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the beginning …

I’ve started this blog, as I wish to tell a story.  It’s a very personal story, & as a rather extreme introvert, I struggle with that, as well as with the concern that it may appear to be self indulgent.  … Continue reading

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from starfish reproductive physiology to family medicine

It was a cold & windy day. I was onboard the Argentine-registered Islas Orcadas, heading North across the Drake passage, between the South Orkney Islands & the Falklands. and we Knew we were going to Die. We’d spent the previous … Continue reading

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The Fall, from this side

There are two stories to tell, which are both distinct and non-distinct from one another, both occurring simultaneously, one in this world and one elsewhere;   Half of my consciousness was firmly in this world, intellectually & perceptually intact.  So … Continue reading

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The Fall, from the Other Side

So this is the more difficult piece to write – For a long time I felt awkward to share it, ‘cause it seems like it might have been a rather privileged experience, perhaps something not to really be shared with … Continue reading

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Left Neglect

One of the strangest and most disruptive neurologic sequelae of my stroke, was “left neglect.”   So difficult to attempt to describe, let me begin with the rather dry, intellectualized description in the WikiPedia: Hemispatial neglect, also called hemiagnosia, hemineglect, … Continue reading

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Rocks

I’ve mentioned my early childhood leanings to ornithology; still there, tho not as a profession.  I kept my sanity (well …) on board ship on my antarctic adventures by getting up early for bird censuses – albatross, shearwaters, storm petrels, … Continue reading

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Life 0f the Spirit …

My mother was raised Methodist, my father Episcopalian.  I think I’ve got that right, as background it’s close enough.  I was raised in a Wisconsin farm town transitioning to suburbia, with Germans & Polish as the dominant ethnic groups, in … Continue reading

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The Fall, another attempt to describe

I’ve been reading my 19.October Post (The Fall,from the Other Side) and realizing I might have done a decent job describing my sensory impressions at the “time,” but not so much the Experience of that walk on the Edge.  In … Continue reading

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

My diagnosis was informal, tho strikingly definitive.  I was walking down the hallway on a general medical ward in my 2nd year of medical school, followed closely by an attending rheumatologist (John Bland, M.D.), for whom I later developed enormous … Continue reading

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Malas

Many years ago I had the rare pleasure of meeting a genuine friend, in Farokh Master, of Mumbay India and the World.  Those of you who share my homeopathic community likely know Farokh as a brilliant homeopath and teacher of … Continue reading

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So somewhere in there I became a homeopath …

My training in conventional family medicine was thorough, captivating & ultimately disappointing.  I had many wonderful mentors along the way – Larry & Laura Weed; Christopher Smith, a small town doc in rural northern Maine; John Bland; the venerable Lou … Continue reading

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Loons

I’d mentioned that my stroke-time Bardo experience was distinct from both dream and hallucination, and felt it might be worthwhile to recount an hallucination.  Unlike many of my generation, this was not the result of ingested substances, but rather the … Continue reading

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Writers of my Life Story

Some of my favorite writers – as one might guess, from my awkward borrowing of their devices & elements – are:  (this list could go on & on – how could I omit Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, John Gorka, …) … Continue reading

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