November 28, 2019

As we are about to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, I invite you to focus on what it is important, our blessings and our loved ones. Let us remember the good in our lives. I hope we realize that it is precisely because of our challenges we get to enjoy our times of bliss more fully, and apprec...

September 12, 2019

Eighteen years ago early morning, I sat on a rocker holding, my then three month old, niece Angela, who rested on a pillow and was connected to a breathing tube, draining catheters, and IV bottles after her heart surgery few days before. She was in pain and I had spent the whole night trying to soot...

September 6, 2019

“He hates you.“ Her sweet face belied the harshness of her words. “He told me so.” She continued, and in her little girl’s innocence she could not comprehend the meaning behind her statement. 

How many times have you ran into people you knew, and even loved, many years before and found out you have n...

In 1988, I proudly took an oath to become a citizen of this country. I was willing to forsake my loyalty to any other and stand firm to defend the values the United States of America stood for, "One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for All.”

In 1991, I was baptized a member of...

A young friend wrote me a sweet thank you note before she traveled back to school, “ Dear Patty,  she wrote, I firmly believe that your hugs are the cure for cancer.”

Recently, I flew to Oklahoma City for an important event. That day and the previous ones I had been putting in long hours to make up f...

“What makes a virtuous and meaningful life?” Paul Kalanithi, asks in his last book, when as a neurosurgeon on the verge of completing his medical training he found himself dying at the age of thirty six, of stage IV lung cancer. As he poignantly chronicles in his book ‘When Breath Becomes Air,’ our...

I sat in Church that morning while the speaker taught us a lesson on searching for knowledge continuously. Surrounded by friends, I heard her invitation to voice our opinions and personal experiences regarding the subject of knowledge and learning. "Well, I heard my friend Clara say, the Glory of Go...

There is a new royal baby in England and, all around, people are talking about him. Many were just as worried about the baby and his parents, as with when his uncle Prince William would finally meet his nephew. The longer the wait, the greater the speculation on whether or not a supposed rift betwee...

“She should snap out of it!” she retorted angrily at my suggestion that perhaps an apology was required to mend fences with a mutual friend who had taken offense at a joke she had posted on social media deriding this particular friend’s religious beliefs. 

Another acquaintance allowed resentment to f...

“Where do I go from here?” I could hear the pain in my friend’s voice, his fear of the unknown, his impotence to change the circumstances he is living in after the untimely death of his wife of thirty something years. 

Later, speaking to a patient, I hear her sob, “He was my whole life. And, now I wi...

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