This week I’m introducing Half Baked. This is a phrase I use to describe an idea, or sometimes a constellation of ideas that may hang out together but don’t fully form a cohesive concept or in this case, blog post. It will appear every now and again, when I’ve got something to share that doesn’t quite fit anywhere else.Continue Reading
My first ambition in life, circa 1978 was to be a cowboy. This was followed in quick succession by the desire to be a boxer, a chemist, an astronomer, and an artist. In between there were brief moments of being Yosemite Sam…and Fonzi. A lifelong fan of movies from old Hollywood, the stories I watched were interested in the human experience and emotions. Their attention to geographical or historical detail was loose. Old movies, and even television when I was growing up, were not quite as obsessed as we are today with what is real and fact checkable.
I think that when Hollywood was in its golden age, reality was quite Continue Reading
I meet with patients all the time, at different points of their diagnosis and treatment. From the minute they are diagnosed, people have to make endless decisions about their cancer treatment. They are becoming experts in everything they never wanted to be experts in and at the speed of light. They are learning about their diagnosis, the disease and its variations as well as treatment options, all while trying to make sense of the changes that will come to their lives as a result. They are using their resources–friends, doctors, nurses, support groups, and the internet–to fill in the blanks and to understand what is happening. Continue Reading
I want to introduce you to two friends of mine– Joe and Muppet. They shared the most profound of moments with me this weekend, and in so doing, have me thinking about the magnitude, potential, and pain that comes when we let ourselves love deeply.
Joe is a lifelong friend of mine. We met in 8th or 9th grade, and despite us being very different, I loved him. He was part of my family and and we were good friends for a long time. At some point, as often Continue Reading
Last week I wrote about listening to the tiny voice of truth in our hearts, and how that simple action unlocks everything we might aspire to–personal connection, integrity, love, and a way to live our values fully. After I posted it, I sat and thought about what keeps people from living that way. From living truthfully and fully, when we hold the key all along. The answer is simple. The answer is that we are afraid.
I mentioned last week that it takes courage to live fully. To listen to the little voice of Continue Reading