A lot of media attention, including television, print, and online sources, is focused on various plans to revolutionize the delivery of health care in America.  Critics point to medical errors, waste of resources, and lack of access among the numerous factors requiring the replacement of our health care system.  To many politicians and think tank experts, the combination of government support programs (including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security disability) plus ...

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After finishing the pitch for my book at a recent Harvard Writers’ Conference in Boston, I felt relieved and encouraged by the judges’ comments. As I waited for my turn at the podium, I glanced above my notes over the faces of 300 of my fellow attendees who had accomplished so much in their respective fields of medicine, nursing, and counseling. The pitches made by these would-be authors revealed an amazing ...

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During a recent walk at Crystal Cove, a splendid California State Park with miles of pristine coastline, I encountered two young women sitting on a bench with a magnificent view of the ocean.  Yet their only view of interest was their cell phone screens.  One of them lifted her head long enough to say, “Your dog is cute,” then returned to the rapture of her device.  I thanked her and ...

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