Category Archives: Family

4 BEST THINGS A DOCTOR CAN SAY

NOTE:  In memory of John McCain, who died yesterday in the place he wanted to be, surrounded by his family.  (Originally published July 20, 2015). The four best things a doctor can say to a patient facing a health crisis, … Continue reading

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I have been missing my mom lately.  I find myself wishing I could call her up to tell her something I know she would enjoy.  My sibs and I have been exchanging emails about what we remember:  her speaking voice, … Continue reading

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WEDDINGS AND CLICHES

There is something about weddings that lends itself to thinking in clichés. Watching our youngest son at his wedding last week got me thinking about all the life events that lie ahead for the newly married couple and how, for … Continue reading

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PHOTOS FROM A WEDDING IN MAINE

Last weekend our son Nathaniel (Nate) Popik married Suzanna Elkin at a beach wedding in Stonington, Maine, surrounded by family, friends and the occasional passing lobster boat. As promised, here are some photos from the happy occasion.        

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A WEDDING IN MAINE

I am taking the weekend off to celebrate the marriage of our son, Nate Popik, to Suzanna Elkin. Against all odds, Nate, who was raised in California and Connecticut and settled down in Burlington, Vermont, met Suzanna, who was raised … Continue reading

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THE CHARM OF FISHING

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”                            —John Buchan, Scottish politician … Continue reading

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FATHERS’ DAY

My father was a lifelong gardener. I spent part of yesterday, Fathers’ Day, gardening in his memory. This past week I thought about  him and knew I couldn’t, in 350 words, do him and my feelings about him justice. Dad’s father … Continue reading

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DOWNSIZING

Downsizing—the opportunity to review lots of bad decisions. Clothing: What was I thinking? Tin bunny: Why have I kept this? And the most common combo:   What was I thinking and why didn’t I get rid of this years ago? I … Continue reading

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WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

In January, Paul Kalanithi’s book, When Breath Becomes Air, was published posthumously. There are many favorable reviews of this chronicle (here’s one from the New York Times) of his illness and impending death, but that isn’t what I want to … Continue reading

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WHAT MATTERS MOST

Paul Kalanithi, MD was concerned with what matters most in life after he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at 36 years of age. In the short time he had left, he wrote When Breath Becomes Air, which is being … Continue reading

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