If you read my little review, but don’t feel you have the time to read the book, or want this as a n adjunct to it, here is the one hour PBS documentary based on it: Being Mortal | FRONTLINE | PBS. Read more →
Just finished Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. It was given to me by my mother-in-law, and we’ve had great discussions about it and end-of-life care in general as a result. It’s a good book to pass around the family. And it has opened a can of worms in the public conversation, or at least drawn our attention to… Read more →
Beautiful fog this morning. Everything moist. God knows that we need it. In the distance, I hear chainsaws. They are cutting down a huge old eucalyptus tree that has been a landmark in our neighborhood. Probably threatening water mains and the foundations of houses, not to mention what it could do in a big storm. But still it makes me… Read more →
I was telling a friend, Karen Erlichman, about hearing this on NPR. Dr. Michael Fratkin’s is creating a palliative care startup, ResolutionCare, to serve the people in rural northern California, and to be a model for individualized service everywhere. Since hearing this I’ve had some conversations with the doctor, and as you might expect, he’s a really nice guy, too.
Now is the time. Read this first, dated July 27th, 2014. When I was growing up, my dad had a big sign on the wall of his ceramics studio: IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT IF YOU’RE AN ANGEL, YOU MUST GO TO THE ABRUPT EDGE AND LEAP. As a boy and a young man I didn’t give the… Read more →
There are phrases in the English language that have come into such common usage that we don’t even think about them as representing anything but their current meaning , but they started out as obscene, racist, or just vulgar: That sucks. Used across the social board. My daughter and her friends frequently employ this one. She’s 13 now, and might have some… Read more →