Monthly Archives: May 2012

Curing and Healing

Driving to the restaurant where my college was hosting a luncheon to honor retirees (me!), I tuned in to the tail end of a show on National Public Radio about a new hospital that recently went into business. All the rooms are singles so the patient has more control over creating a healing environment for…

Summer Reading and Some New Baby Brain Findings

Can’t wait to get through all the student research papers so I can finish up my community college teaching and live this new life public speaking, teaching medical humanities, and writing in earnest. I’ve got a full line-up of books and articles to read and re-read this summer. Here are a few of the titles:…

When Medical Professionals Wound

Whenever I tell someone of the new direction my life is taking–public speaking about PTSD Awareness and Self-Empowerment, teaching Writing as Healing workshops, and teaching reflective writing at a nursing program or medical school–I am often given a story in return. It’s usually after I mention that the field of medicine is undergoing a change…

The Sacred Body

Right before I left for Iowa to attend The Examined Life Conference, I saw my chiropractor. She has helped me for the past year recover from a concussion and whiplash, so I am in deep gratitude to her. But after this particular adjustment, I had a problem. As I lay on my back, she suddenly pulled…