Persistence and Parkinson’s

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."  Calvin Coolidge Persistence: Besides remaining hopeful, being persistent …

Contentment, Gratitude, And Mindfulness

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” Thich Nhat Hanh “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”  Maya Angelou “Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived.” Eleanor Roosevelt Contentment:Life is not like the typical interstate highway, smooth, …

Stumble. Fall. Stand. Adapt. Re-Learn. Keep Going. Stay Strong!

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” Winston Churchill The So-Called …

Students Provide Resounding Hope and Support

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." Albert Einstein "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."  Albert Einstein Teaching Undergraduates: Since 1996, I have had the privilege, honor and pleasure of teaching university undergraduates in a …

A Patient’s Tale

"The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease."  William Osler An Educator: I have had the privilege of being a medical school educator since 1987 (28 years).  The work includes lecturing (to a class of 180 students), small group facilitator (36 students), course management/administration, and curriculum development …

How Do You Feel When You Wake Up Each Morning?

"Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it."  Kevyn Aucoin "I wake up every morning …

Tremor Tutorial

"No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible."  George Chakiris Start of the Story: Dr. James Parkinson was the first to describe (published in 1817) the condition that now bears his name.  He described Parkinson’s like this: “Involuntary tremulous motion, with lessened muscular power, in parts not in action and even …

Be happy, be healthy, and be lucky

“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it's enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.” Richelle Goodrich Classic Rock Band: "The Who" are on their 50th anniversary tour.  Unlike some of their peers (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and the Beatles), …

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