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Caring For Mrs. J

May 8, 2018

Each year, the University of Virginia's School of Nursing sponsors a writing competition for its students -- a chance to reflect on the career they've chosen. 

This year's winner was graduate student Kit Barger, who recalled the case that taught her to speak up for her patients.

Pet to Table Dining

Apr 20, 2018

       Growing up, I desperately wanted a pet. We lived in a tenement bordered by an asphalt driveway in the back and a concrete sidewalk in the front. Our apartment was so tiny that we needed only a cook stove to heat the whole place. Clearly, I faced limited pet options. However, being an optimistic child, I decided to ignore the reality of my situation. Against all odds, I begged my parents for a horse.

Don't Grab The Stick

Apr 20, 2018

Once, as I waited for my husband, Bruce, outside the door of a Trader Joe’s in Manhattan, a blond-haired man walked up and stood uncomfortably close to me, definitely well within my personal space. He looked as if he’d stepped out of a Brooks Brothers catalogue—collar turned up, arms of a cashmere sweater wrapped around his shoulders, khaki pants, loafers, no socks.  He lit up a cigarette, then turned so he was mere inches from my face.  He smiled and blew smoke straight at me. I edged away, moving to the other side of the door.

While There Is Still Music

Dec 22, 2017

As we head into a new year, many of us will be looking for inspiration – to lose weight, add exercise or make other changes in our lives.

Seeing The Deadish

Dec 22, 2017

In this age of alternative facts, almost anything can be up for debate.  Take one obvious distinction – whether someone is dead or alive. 

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