As a Physician, Here Is Why I Oppose Euthanasia

 The Doctor by Luke Fildes  "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." - C.S. LewisIt seems almost surreal.Only a few short days ago in Belgium, a teenager afflicted with a terminal illness was actively killed under the watchful eyes of the medical establishment. The chilling story of an act unprecedented in the modern age received widespread coverage. Surely, one might think, there would be … [Read more...]

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“Don’t Lose Sunday to Monday”: On My Imperfect Art of Keeping Peace During Stressful Times

It was a four day vacation at summer's end. My wife, my two daughters and I headed to the Lake Superior sprayed coast of Duluth, Minnesota. It was a much needed escape from a summer of busy clinic schedules, nightly soccer games, Lego/basketball/volleyball camps and extended family vacations. This vacation would just be...us.Duluth is a magical place for me. An eagerness sets in every time I drive those final miles downhill on the lazy north end of Interstate 35. As the road meanders this … [Read more...]

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What Winston Churchill Taught Me About Leadership

It was quite curious.They were both British Conservatives. They were both addressing the House of Commons (and their country). They were both mobilizing a nation against wicked Nazi aggression.And yet their speeches were so different.This is when I realized Winston Churchill could teach me a great deal about leadership.Let me explain.Seventy-seven years ago this week, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain stood wearily before the House. With shoulders visibly heavy with the b … [Read more...]

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Why I Choked Up Over a Michael Phelps Commercial

 Okay. Okay.I choked up over a Michael Phelps commercial.There. I admitted it.But I'm not ashamed. Let me give you some background.It came out months before the Olympics even began. It was the latest in a line of commercials Phelps has done for the burgeoning sporting goods company, Under Armour. Attempting to "redefine what it means to be successful in training", Under Armour unveiled a campaign of commercials respectively featuring the United States Women's Gymnastics t … [Read more...]

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Michael Phelps’ Greatest Conquest

 Oh, you saw it.Didn't you?Look here and let me refresh your memory.Sitting in the corner of the "Ready Room" in Rio's swimming center, a hooded Michael Phelps focused intently on the 200-meter butterfly semifinal awaiting him. With headphones fixed and jaw tight, Phelps envisioned the race as he stared ahead into the lanes of water occupying his mind's eye. That is, until South African swimmer, Chad Le Clos walked in. With a cocky swagger and an impertinent grin, Le … [Read more...]

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What This John Cusack Movie Taught Me About Fate and Freewill

 It was Christmas in New York when it happened. The gently brooding Jonathan Trager and the playfully superstitious Sara Thomas simultaneously reached for the last pair of cashmere gloves in the middle of the bustling department store. Their eyes met. The world slowed down. And a movie was born.Serendipity, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, is a charming 2001 romantic comedy which puckishly explores the notion that Fate will deliver us to where we ought to be, that Destin … [Read more...]

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