The Back Room

With respect to Socrates, my unexamined life is not worth living. The front room is the face we show everyone but we hide our true self in the back room.

Getting Closer to Clarity

My blogs are usually about relationships, identity, art or race.  I have so much thought swirling around inside it often causes me discomfort. I don’t want the discomfort to go … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · 4 Comments

Unfinished Business

Another patient of mine died. He was more mentally ill than physically ill so this came as quite a shock.  With his share of physical issues but healthy enough to … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

How one thing leads to another and then another

One thing. Imagine a world that only exists while you are present. One of my patients, living with dementia, started our conversation today the way it had been left a … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · 2 Comments


He used to be intelligent. I have heard family members, friends and nursing staff utter this phrase, while shaking their head slowly.  At different facilities, patients of mine are referred … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Here and Now

The population I serve is mostly in their 80’s or 90’s.  And most have been given a diagnosis of Senile Dementia, indicating late onset, with a possible add-on of Complications … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Snapshot of an SNF (skilled nursing facility)

“I was going to sit with my sister and eat my lunch but I can’t.  Because of the smell.” The administrator attempted to reassure her that the mess was being … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Not even a day needs go by before my furiously active mind seeks new perceptions. I thought I would chew on the events of this morning for a while but … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

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