American Blessings – Lincoln at Lyceum

The first in a multi-part series of commentaries on Abraham Lincoln’s speech at Lyceum. “We find ourselves in the peaceful possession, of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially… Read More American Blessings – Lincoln at Lyceum

Can You Feel It? Sensing the Spiritual in Life

How to sense the spiritual aspects of life Last week a team came to inspect the homeless and geriatric programs at our hospital. After an outbrief, two team members, one older white woman and one middle aged African American woman, came into my office. They admired my models of the War of 1812 frigate USS… Read More Can You Feel It? Sensing the Spiritual in Life

Battlefield Acupuncture

Basic patient information on Battlefield Acupuncture, a medical modality that promises to help patients with pain, mental health issues, and other problems.    Where did it come from? Acupuncture is a type of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been practiced for centuries. Battlefield acupuncture (BFA) is a variation of auricular acupuncture which was developed… Read More Battlefield Acupuncture

Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the keys to a happy life, but it must be practiced. Right teaching, self-sacrifice, and hardship in life often contribute to building gratitude. For most of my medical career, I have cared for military members, past and present. Many were impressive. One patient in Schweinfurt, Germany in the late 1990s had… Read More Practicing Gratitude

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23

Shepherds have uniquely valuable insights into this most beloved of Bible passages. It was almost Christmas as my young family and I left for church from our town house in Bad Kissingen, Germany, a few miles north of Schweinfurt. A middle-aged German couple lived next door, and one day I asked the wife if they… Read More A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23

Riding Along

A few months at the Citizens’ Police Academy helps us see law enforcement officers in a better, and more human, light. I was about to leave for school when I heard the loudspeaker. Looking out my window on that winter morning, I saw a police cruiser, some uniformed officers, and one policeman speaking into a… Read More Riding Along

Adventures in Athens – Sex, Imagery, and Religion

Religion and sexuality have been closely related in most cultures of the world throughout history. As a result, the images and vocabulary of human sexuality have often been used to express, and to experience, religion. Priorities differ. Near the end of our time in Greece, I wanted to see the battlefield of Marathon, where the… Read More Adventures in Athens – Sex, Imagery, and Religion