As a newly minted octogenarian, and as a reprise to a brief memoir that I wrote in 2013 about my first 7 decades of learning, I felt a desire to offer a few words about this present 8th decade. You will first have to indulge me in a quick, tip of the iceberg review of
Guest author, 96 year-old Dr. John A. Blaschke, shares his early learning experiences that have stayed with him throughout his life and his distinguished career. In his own words: “WWII Naval Aviator where I learned discipline of self and the discipline of a greater cause. Graduate of Univ. Oklahoma College of Medicine 1950 made possible
GUEST AUTHOR: Dr. John A Blaschke – 96 year old, semi-retired physician “WWII Naval Aviator where I learned discipline of self and the discipline of a greater cause. Graduate of Univ. Oklahoma College of Medicine 1950 made possible by GI Bill. No nation ever rewarded its military veterans as the USA did after the war.
That’s how fast you drive on the Interstates in the West? Yes, but that’s not what I’m thinking about and I promise to keep it brief. OK, go. You celebrate your 80th birthday tomorrow and start your 81st year. What do you think about that? What do you make of that? I feel enormous gratitude
Tomorrow, June 21, marks the annual event known as solstice, summer in the northern hemisphere, winter in the southern hemisphere. Literally, it’s the moment when the “sun stands still” before it starts back in the other direction and for those of us in the north, it is the “longest” day, meaning the most amount of
I received the following note from a long-time friend and colleague recently and I have his permission to use it as a springboard to my response. “In questioning my most purposeful activity at this point in life, I am considering not continuing in service for others…but rather look at all the expectations and all the
On May 22, my mother-in-law decided, and announced, at 103 years old, that she was moving back to Oklahoma City, a distance of 535 miles from Santa Fe, NM, where she has lived for the past 12 years. For most of that time she has lived independently in her own house, fairly close to two
Most people cannot project with much clarity or certainty what their future is going to be like without work, without a job, although many dream of that day. The big exception is people who through no fault of theirs, lose their job. Some make it, some don’t, but that is not what this is about.
I want to begin within the context of enormous gratitude for competent and caring physicians, nurses and technicians from so many medical practices and hospitals. These dedicated practitioners serve their patients and communities with high level, quality service. That said I want also to register concern about medical practitioners being held hostage by insurance companies