parenting

How I Did Not Lose My Sh*t With My Kid and What Helped

I wish I could stay calm and cool. I wish I was one of those parents who so rarely raises their voice that when they do, kids attend immediately. Their teachers are particularly skilled. Kids will be being kids, unruly and giggly and squirmy, and the teacher will say something like Look at Tommy, sitting… Continue reading How I Did Not Lose My Sh*t With My Kid and What Helped

fitness

Snow Woes and Pros

You may have heard of the "Bomb Cyclone" hurricane-style blizzard we on the East Coast were treated to yesterday. To the hardy New Englander, the snow totals were no biggie. It was the wind and the storm surge that caused the most problems. A significant storm surge is essentially a tsunami. I have never seen… Continue reading Snow Woes and Pros

home life

The Revolutionary New Year’s Resolution

It's almost 2018. Per data from Google searches and Twitter trends, hundreds of thousands of people are committing  to change something about themselves. Of course there's the usual health-oriented ones like Exercise more, Eat healthy, Lose weight, Drink less, Quit smoking. And the practical Save more/ Spend less. I'm heartened to see Be a better person… Continue reading The Revolutionary New Year’s Resolution

home life

One More Holiday Hack: DIY Gift Baskets

Around Thanksgiving when all the Christmas stuff started showing up, I was perusing a display of fancy gift baskets at our local market. As everyone probably already knows, the baskets themselves tend to be pretty flimsy, and the total worth of the things in the basket is always far less than the whole cellophane-wrapped affair… Continue reading One More Holiday Hack: DIY Gift Baskets

recipes

Holiday Hacks: Easy & Impressive Chocolate Bark

We're all busy, right? But we all secretly want to make the best Christmas cookie, too. C'mon, admit it. It's not exactly a cookie, but chocolate bark can meet all of your holiday requirements: cookie swap offering, office party treat, homemade gift... AND it's the easiest recipe, AND is amenable to a gazillion variations, AND… Continue reading Holiday Hacks: Easy & Impressive Chocolate Bark

work life balance

How To (And Not To) Hold An Office Meeting: A December Story

In outpatient clinical medicine, as in any profession involving an office, there are meetings.  Meetings for all kinds of reasons, but especially for when mistakes happen. Because in medicine, as in any profession, mistakes happen. And we have to have meetings about them, of course. This Tuesday, I was a participant in an office meeting… Continue reading How To (And Not To) Hold An Office Meeting: A December Story

current events

And this is basically what my entire blog is about…

Many, many thanks to Dhruv Khullar, physician-researcher-writer, for this (finally!) painfully true yet refreshingly validating New York Times Op-Ed titled Being a Doctor is Hard. It's Harder for Women. He (yes, he's a he) reviews the statistics and scientific evidence showing all the different ways it's harder, from gender bias, salary inequality, and discrimination (for… Continue reading And this is basically what my entire blog is about…

current events

Us, too

Yesterday, we had an afternoon-long retreat for our entire medical practice. As work retreats go, it was fairly productive. But the most powerful part was after it ended. The meeting was adjourned, but a group of doctors and nurses lingered, chatting. Almost all of us have families and other responsibilities, but we rarely get to… Continue reading Us, too

clinical

Falling Down and Owning Up: The Psychology of Embarrassment

This morning, 6:00 a.m., I parked my car in the grungy pigeon-poop peppered parking garage of the train station, gathered my heavy purse, lunch bag, and travel coffee mug, and began my amble to the platform. Of course, just then, the intercom announced that my train was approaching. So I ran for it, as fast… Continue reading Falling Down and Owning Up: The Psychology of Embarrassment

clinical, political

Science vs. Bullshit: Dr. Jen Gunter battles falsehood with facts, again

I hesitated  for about a millisecond before placing that swear word in the title. But it's the least I can do to honor my favorite F-bomb-tossing social-media-savvy OB/GYN. Dr. Gunter has enjoyed some solidly positive news coverage for her lively Twitter takedown of GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow's exploitative, pseudoscientific feminine products company. Lately, however, she has… Continue reading Science vs. Bullshit: Dr. Jen Gunter battles falsehood with facts, again