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...

February 2, 2019

My friend couldn't contain her excitement Friday morning when she shared with me her plans for the weekend. She is going to a stone fair where she plans to buy supplies for the beautiful jewelry she creates. She is a physician with a busy practice and works long hours. She is also a cross fitter wit...

December 31, 2018

At the end of this eventful year, I have been making remembrance of all happenings, experiences, blessings, hurts, challenges, losses and triumphs which have occurred in my life during 2018.

I recently celebrated another birthday. Among the many best wishes I received through messages, texts, calls,...

December 13, 2018

My paternal grandmother came to visit when I was barely fourteen. I had recently discovered the wonders of make up, but had none of the skills to apply it to enhance my looks without making me look like a cheap doll. Come to think of it,  I still don't.

Grandma Leonor was a woman of strong faith, hum...

December 2, 2018

Be The Light of The World!

After several months devoted to my family and patients. When I have been busy traveling, and hopefully making memories with my loved ones. When I have been serving my patients and working on serving my community with podcasts on health and wellness and my friends at Divine...

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