Racism in Our Backyard

Doing the right thing, even if it’s scary as shit. What I love about these two women, (even tho I hate this story for several reasons), is that actions like this are built into their characters. There was no option to ignore the situation. A Birthday Story – My sister’s  My birthday was no vacation…

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No Shades of Gray

To: My children, who will most likely find this post someday as part of a school project looking back at their parent’s social media history. There are many political and social issues that are nuanced, having valid points on both sides, that could rightly be compared to other instances, events, or even movements. Charlottesville isn’t…

Wilderness Medicine Education is Alive and Well

Early this morning, I turned on the John Denver station on Pandora to keep me company and inspired as I caught up on life and emails and updated a talk on Wilderness Medicine (WM) I gave to medical students today. Reviewing the slides  for this “Overview of WM” took me on a sweet stroll down memory lane into how I landed in this wild niche of…

Prescription for Death

He was one of my closest friends growing up. He was super smart, fun and funny, insanely talented musically, very friendly and generous. He opened my ears to beautiful music I’d never heard, my eyes to books I’d never considered reading, and my mind to travel and exploring things beyond my backyard. We spent years…

“Marriage is the Rainbow that Follows the Rain”

#IDo Five years ago I had the honor of attending this fabulous Drive-Thru double wedding in Vegas. The Vegas Drive-Thru Chapel’s Reverend Lady started the ceremony with that line, “Marriage is the rainbow that follows the rain.” This wedding took place inside of a limo…at midnight on a Saturday…in Vegas. At the time I had to…

Whatever Happened to that NYC Doctor who Got Ebola?

Emergency Medicine residency training, an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and years of practicing medicine in Africa prior to the fall of 2014 prepared long-time Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) member Dr. Craig Spencer, to be part of the international emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014. While we watched the epidemic…