My father listed the address of every house where he ever lived. He listed every company he ever worked for. He listed his religious affiliations, his schools, and his absence of anything else to list. He listed his life in …

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“I’m fundamentally, I think, an outsider. I do my best work and feel most braced with my back to the wall. It’s an odd feeling, though, writing against the current: difficult entirely to disregard the current. Yet of course I …

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I remember a meeting of the PICU Steering Committee in 2000 where I had a small talk to give the Attending doctors and nurse managers about Family Centered Care and the changes my little group was making in the culture …

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REVISITING HOME AFTER FIFTY YEARS© The porch is gone and the screen door. The peeling clapboards look like siding and roof is new. Insects flew right in the torn screen door. Even the cat found entry: It was a broken place. …

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I have just started reading Jill Bialosky’s stunning History of a Suicide and already, only ten pages in, I sense her sister’s feelings as inescapable. Clearly, I am identifying more than I should with the woman who took her own …

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I have just read Brenda Miller’s Blessing of the Animals and I am struck dumb by the symmetry and loveliness of her writing as I struggle through Philip Bromberg’s The Shadow of the Tsunami for at least the second time, left-braining what is probably …

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