Changing Times

For good reason whenever 2024 is brought up, the phrase “sweeping change” tends to be in the conversation. And whenever change is afoot, there’s a special flavor of discomfort that accompanies it. Let’s see what can inspire us to handle all that’s on our plate this year. Changing Times “Mixed reality” became a new term to familiarize ourselves with last week as… Read on…

AI, Bad Science, and Astrology

All in the name of finding yourself. You and Your Community The cellular biologist will struggle to explain the whole of cellular activity without considering forces outside the cell.  What about the system of surrounding cells, the organ system, the connective tissue around the organ, other organ systems, the neuro-immuno-hormonal milieu of the body as… Read on…

Is there a blood test that can screen for cancer?

“Hey, doc? Is there a blood test that can screen for cancer?” “Do you mean like one test for all cancers?” “Yes, a simple blood test that can tell you if you have cancer somewhere in your body?” This is a question I have heard repeatedly throughout my career. The answer always has been, “No, we… Read on…

How’s Your Boundary Function?

The scene above invites a revisit of Mending Wall by Robert Frost. Frost wrote the poem in 1914 drawing on his long-time experience as a resident of rural New England. Rhythms and ritual are central themes of the short poem just as pondering the work needed to maintain a healthy boundary is, including questioning the value of the border structures in the… Read on…

Monument Mountain Manifesto

Whereas, you are a great and powerful spiritual being with dignity, direction, and purpose* on an important earth mission; Whereas, self-knowledge is essential; Whereas, your inner world consists of thoughts, feelings, and motives for action; Whereas, thinking is the essential starting place to stake your claim on your inner life; It is hereby concluded that you should… Read on…

Artificial Intelligence and the New Year

It’s a new year! In the past, you’d be feeling renewed by the fresh start of a new beginning. Does that hold up this year? What does the new year hold? It seems to me we are in an era that is difficult to predict. There is such chaos around us. New things flow from chaos but… Read on…

Winter solstice

The longest nights are upon us. The darkness is deep. It accompanies us in the morning when we rise and on our evening commutes. The sun seems distant and faint. Its path in the sky is low, and its rays are weak. Even at its distance from us the sun still has a glorious luster when it shines, but even… Read on…

“How can I best be of service?”

“How can I best be of service?” It’s the world’s best question. Like any good question, it is a good one to keep asking because the answer will change. To be of service to science is to trust primarily what has been proven by the modern scientific method. Modern medicine in the West feeds off the evidence.… Read on…

The Power of Optimism

A lot of people’s starting point is to question if optimism is at all justifiable in today’s world. It is justifiable and then some! And the optimism movement needs you! So says the cohort of people that unapologetically cultivate a fearless and focused commitment to optimism. Are you in their club? Would you like to be? These are the 2… Read on…

Healthy Joints

“For me to be happy I need to walk today,” she says to me every day. “I need to smell the leaves and chase the squirrels and chipmunks. I need to let my paws pound the dirt paths, and let my muscles stretch and flex and twist.” She’s so smart. I love my dogs. Aging… Read on…