Advent Words from Longfellow

Advent Words from Longfellow

  Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow           Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote prolifically, creating one of the greatest collections of American poetry, much of which depicted the history of the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries. He published the first of his many poems at only 13 years old. … Continue reading Advent Words from Longfellow

How your health care may change under  the new government

How your health care may change under the new government

  The United States voters have elected a new president and a new legislature, both Republican. Analysts expect major changes in policy and law after 8 years of Democratic control. In a previous post, I outlined then- candidate Donald Trump’s proposals for health care reform, chief of which is repealing the Affordable Care Act (alternately … Continue reading How your health care may change under the new government

Advent Words from Charles Dickens

Advent Words from Charles Dickens

      Charles Dickens, English writer, wrote some of the most beloved and quoted literature in the English language. Almost everyone is familiar with his Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas, better known as  A Christmas Carol, which has been portrayed on stage and film - there are … Continue reading Advent Words from Charles Dickens

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

  I share a video with you this week.  It is a "flashwaltz" which happened, where else, in a hospital (after all, this is a health blog) . Music students played The Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky at the Hadassah Hospital.     As we in the United States celebrate the Thanksgiving … Continue reading Giving Thanks

Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

In 1961,  my mother and I went to my school on a Sunday afternoon to receive the newly released oral polio vaccine. She along with other parents eagerly sought a way to prevent a dreaded disease that had the potential to cripple or even kill their children. In medical school I learned about diphtheria, a … Continue reading Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

Weekend Words from the book Romans

Weekend Words from the book Romans

Romans 13      English Standard Version (ESV) Submission to the Authorities 13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment … Continue reading Weekend Words from the book Romans

Finding Hope for PTSD, Veterans’ Bitter Legacy

Finding Hope for PTSD, Veterans’ Bitter Legacy

The United States celebrates November 11 as Veterans Day, designated to recognize and honor people who have served in our armed forces. (This is historically Armistice Day, the end of World War I.) I remember the veterans in my life- my late father, my husband, cousins and many friends. This year I especially remember my … Continue reading Finding Hope for PTSD, Veterans’ Bitter Legacy

Weekend Words from an old hymn

Weekend Words from an old hymn

How Great Thou Art  This well known Christian hymn began as a poem written in 1891 by Carl Gustaf Boberg, a Swedish pastor, editor, and member of the Swedish parliament. From its original Swedish, it was subsequently translated into German, Russian and English.     https://youtu.be/tXQpDDcrN-w       You can find the full history at this … Continue reading Weekend Words from an old hymn

Voting on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Health Care

Voting on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Health Care

  Tuesday November 8th, we in the United States will elect a new president. It's been a contentious , bitter campaign and we are all glad it's almost over. But we should also be glad that we have the privilege of open discussion and disagreement and settling our differences by voting for our leaders.    I … Continue reading Voting on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Health Care