Cake Pops

Dessert Haiku

What blessing to me

To make other folks happy




I learned something about myself even at this age: I love making people happy with food. I have made goodies for my staff – cake pops, candied pretzel sticks, pumpkin spice muffins, pistachio green fluff dessert – and, the happiness I feel seeing and hearing the oohs and aahs coming from them is so wonderful.

I have been serving patients my entire career as their physician. But, making delicious and fun goodies for my staff is another skill which I’ve gained recently. Indeed, it is a pleasure.

Love Language

“Yes, love? I was busy but I’m always interested in what you have to say.

I saw that on my twitter feed today and it grabbed me. This is precisely my love language. What is yours? I first became aware of the concept of “love languages” back about 10 years ago when I read Dr. Gary Chapman’s bestseller.


There are 5 love languages:

  1. Words of affirmation
  2. Quality time
  3. Receiving gifts
  4. Acts of service
  5. Physical touch







To be clear, this idea refers to how one feels loved, not how one shows love. I may show I love someone in a way i.e. a language, that does not cause him to feel loved. For instance, I may naturally want to give someone a present as an expression of love. But, she may not feel loved unless I hug her when I see her. I think I’m loving him by spending money on a present for him. Yet, because that isn’t his love language, he doesn’t really feel  loved. Get it?

It took me quite a while, but #2 is mine: quality time which is explained so well here – “To your spouse, 20 minutes of your undivided attention – listening and conversing – is like a 20-minute refill of his or her love tank.” What is your love language?

Blessed is he who has his/her love language spoken to him/her every day.

My Top 10 Posts of 2014


Ladies and gentleman, **drumroll**, my top posts of 2014.  It’s kind of fun reviewing my work. I started this blog in November 2012. At the time, I had somehow acquired a pressing desire to write and to learn the craft of writing well.

What really fanned this fire was reading the book On Writing Well by William Zinsser recommended by Dr. Judith Tintinelli – arguably the matriarch of Emergency Medicine. It seemed blogging was the right fit, the right type of writing for me. So, off I went.

In the two years since, I have been honing my skill and think I am coming along nicely: I had an article published on MedPage Today; I’ve had 4 or 5 posts in CMDA‘s weekly devotions. And, I have had encouraging words from some of my readers.

The primary reason I write is that it helps me sort out and crystallize the ofttimes swirling and disorganized thoughts and feelings within. Another reason I write – a close second – is that I want to inspire, teach and encourage others who are alongside me or behind me in this journey through life.

When I write, I am trying to share an experience I have had which touched me in some way, and, in so doing, awaken something of this experience in the reader. I pray that you are blessed by my writings.

So, here they are. My top 10, most read posts. I think my personal favorites are #5 followed by #2.

1. Patient Satisfaction is Killing Both You and I

2. So, A Roach Walks Into A Local ED

3. Introduction to Emergency Medicine Part 1

4. Hummingbirds

5. Death To My Vision

6. Introduction to Emergency Medicine Part 2

7. Top Ten Reasons I Still Love Emergency Medicine

8. I Have the Craziest Job

9. Good Fruit

10. Help, There’s A Fish Bone In My Throat