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moving is hard

If you are a frequent, or even an intermittent reader of this blog, you have probably noticed a few things:

  • The blog was unavailable for a few days at the end of January
  • The comment section was not active into early February
  • The blog looks different than it used to

Although a blog redesign was in the works for a future date, we were faced with an immediate need to revise and revamp for the following reasons, which may actually be too much information for some of you. Feel free to skip the explanation and just know that I haven't chosen to stop blogging, or interfere with you, the reader from accessing what might be important to you.

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What got your attention in 2012

I feel like I am cheating, and I am to an extent. Writing my “greatest hits of 2012” for this blog, as so many others have done. Nothing new here. But I am glad you have come back to review the year as I have.

In 2012, I published 43 posts on this blog. All were read (or at least looked at) by several hundred different people. Some were more popular than others. I have listed here the “top ten” posts in 2012: in other words the ten posts that received the most views from you during the past 12 months. Here we go…

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if I had won Powerball

Did you see the happy winners in the papers or on the internet? A “once in a lifetime” moment.

For most, winning the lottery is not the godsend they have dreamt of.

To suddenly become part of the one per cent is not easy.  Most fritter away their winnings, and end up much less happy than they were before.  So I have thought about this a lot. What would I do if I won a huge amount of money? Of course, its not at all clear to me WHY I daydream about such an event, as I am by nature not a gambling kind of gal. And, they tell me, you can’t win if you don’t play.

So its not likely to happen.

On the other  hand, somehow, maybe some day it WILL happen. So I should be prepared. Don't you agree?

Here is how I would spend my money.

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warning: failure to vote can be hazardous to your child's health

Like me, you are probably sick and tired of the numerous negative ads on TV and radio for the presidential candidates. And you are tiered of picking up the phone to listen to a representative from the RNC or DNC urging you to vote for their candidate. You might be scared of what could happen if the “other” candidate wins.

This is a high stakes election for many reasons. I am not going to tell you HOW to vote, just that you MUST VOTE. I am distressed that there was no discussion of issues affecting the health of children by the presidential candidates. Therefore, you need to make you voice heard. The way to begin is to vote. Then you can urge the winner to do the right thing by and for our children.

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Flashback to Knoxville, spring of 2012

Speaking at Social Slam 2012 in Knoxville, TN

I am very embarrassed that I neglected to post this video before now. As many of you know I was a speaker last spring at Social Slam 2012 in Knoxville.

I promised to show you the video of my talk. Hmmm…

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on the art of reflecting

I must say I am a bit disappointed. I anticipated that my last post would have generated millions of comments, or at least a couple. I was anticipating posting your thoughts and insights into the process of reflection. Oh well, such is the plight of the blogger. They say fewer than 1 per cent of readers ever leave a comment. I guess “they” are correct. So, in case you missed it, I asked you to look at five photos of sunsets. They were basically of the same scene from my vacation, but taken under varying conditions.

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reflections on reflection

As I have written recently, I am working with the pediatric residents on enhancing professionalism in our practice of pediatrics. Part of this entails the process of reflecting upon situations or cases that exemplify issues which either pose a challenge to one of the pillars of professionalism, or have presented personal challenges in response to difficult situations.

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do you need a vacation?

Of course you do. Everyone does, at least occasionally.

I know that I certainly need one, and am delighted that I am about to start my one week “family” vacation.

A time to enjoy the grandkids, who live too far away for me to visit as much as I would like.

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what's the big deal about budget season?

Those of you who know me in person may have detected a bit of increased tension over the last few weeks. I find I am not as fun to be around as usual. I am probably scowling more than I am smiling. I have frequent headaches.

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a first step toward humanism

I have become rather obsessed lately with how to facilitate the development of professionalism in physicians.

Humanism is important in medical practice, and is included as a component in most definitions of medical professionalism. A healthcare practitioner who acts humanely thinks about the person under his or her care in a holistic manner, and behaves accordingly. Such a practitioner considers multiple perspectives and includes the patient and family in the decision-making process, identifies where the patient's perspectives might conflict with his own, or with societal norms and values, and finally acts in a way that puts the patient's perspectives and values first.

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