Category: Daily Life

  • Floss in 2014

    On my 0.3 mile walk to and from work each day, I pass by endless amounts of litter. It is disheartening to say the least. However, there have been two incidences when I noticed someone threw their mini flosser thingy on the ground and each time I was elated. Someone actually flossed around here! Hallelujah!…

  • What Shall We Remember?

    What Shall We Remember?

    For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to take my girlfriend for a date through the Pulitzer Prize photography exhibition in Philadelphia. She is much more artistically-minded than I and we had talked before about visiting a gallery or museum sometime. I love photography and thought that the exhibit would be a…

  • Growing Smaller

    Growing Smaller

    I turned 30 this year, a milestone which I heartily celebrated.  I had been looking forward to this for at least six years, ever since I read through the Old Testament in 2006 and kept noticing how many of the patriarchs had been 30 when significant things happened in their lives: “Joseph was thirty years old when he entered…

  • Dinner Table Story

    “Today my patient came in looking a bit depressed. According to routine, I asked if he had any changes in his medical history. He stated that he was ‘zoning out’ because he had just witnessed something he shouldn’t have. My concerned but nosy self asked him to elaborate. He explained that his neighbour had been…

  • On Technology, Thanksgiving, and Patience

    On Technology, Thanksgiving, and Patience

    [Originally written in 2007 for a campus publication while I was in medical school; it has remained disquietingly relevant.  It will be posted on the ESN blog tomorrow.] We have become impatient, unfulfilled, and perpetually fixated on the future. We have filled our lives with so much hardware and noise that it makes us wonder if we too will…

  • Kittens

    Kittens

    The morning was brisk and crisp and bright.  I tugged the door tightly shut behind me.  Already late, I fumbled for my keys and rushed down the short walkway to my car.  I was not expecting to see the two bundles of fur that nearly blended into the gravel.  They trembled in the  early fall…