Monthly Archives: February 2017

For the Week of February 26, 2017: What It Means to Survive

She is alive.  Although her doctors said there was nothing to be done, she is home, planting her summer garden, is not dead and plans to eat everything she has grown… She will live beyond the harvest and what will … Continue reading

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For the Week of February 19, 2017: Writing to Heal: The Metaphors of Seasons and Landscapes

The fields, the lakes, the forests, and the streams, Ocean, and all the living things that dwell Within the daedal earth; lightning, and rain, Earthquake and fiery flood, and hurricane…   –From “Mont Blanc,” by Percy Blythe Shelley   The … Continue reading

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For the Week of February 12, 2017: Thinking About Doctors

First of all, we believe in the magic of doctors and medicine.  The purpose of a talisman is to give us control over the things we are afraid of.  Doctors and patients are accomplices in staging a kind of drama … Continue reading

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For the Week of February 5, 2017: The Necessity of Metaphors in Illness

Inside every patient, there’s a poet trying to get out.—Anatole Broyard, 1990 Poetry and medicine share a long history, dating back to the Greek god Apollo, who was responsible for both healing and poetry.  Today, The use of metaphor, a … Continue reading

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