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Landscapes, Inner and Outer

Landscapes, Inner and Outer

By Mick Krasner, MD

I recently attended the screening of a German documentary film titled Grenzland, which translates to Borderland. In it the filmmaker Andreas Voigt presents a series of miniature portraits of ordinary people on both sides of the river Oder which forms part of the border between Poland and Germany. The lives of the protagonists in this film have been shaped by the ever-changing nature of this and many other borders around the world. This part of Europe although sparsely populated with small villages and few cities and rich and diverse in bird and plant life nevertheless has experienced in the past 100 years tremendous social, political, and economic upheaval.

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Slow medicine: Gardening, Clinical Care and Ourselves

Slow medicine: Gardening, Clinical Care and Ourselves

By Ron Epstein, M.D.

Each year I plant a garden, but since the start of the pandemic, I’ve been more attentive and ambitious. My garden plot gets just enough sun for cherry tomatoes, and I have herbs growing in pots on the deck just outside my home office. I also have two bay laurel trees, now over 7 feet tall, which I grew from seedlings.

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Equanimity

Equanimity

By Fred Marshall, MD

The other morning, as I was listening to the radio on my drive to work, the music was interrupted by an announcer with a stentorian tone: “Severe Storm Warning for Monroe and the Surrounding Counties.” In a matter of just a few more blocks, the weather transformed from docile to frantic. Trees were losing their branches, the wind was howling, leaves were swirling, and the rain was horizontal…

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Mindful Practice: Community, Healing and the Long Journey of Medicine

Mindful Practice: Community, Healing and the Long Journey of Medicine

By Mick Krasner, MD

If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.
– African Proverb

Our work in Medicine is not a sprint. It is more like a marathon. We know it requires discipline, commitment, intention, hard work, and stamina. But unlike running a marathon for individual reasons, it is a community activity. And in this time of the Olympics…

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

By Ron Epstein, MD

For many of us, amid the fears and uncertainties of the past year, the pandemic has been a time of reflection and re-integration of our life vision, purpose and meaning. The pandemic has brought many of us face to face with what really matters, and, for many of us, the things that mattered most before the pandemic matter even more now…

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Coming Out of Seclusion

Coming Out of Seclusion

By Mick Krasner, M.D.

Our training for a career in medicine feels, at times, like this- just waiting to go on. It is lengthy, tedious, physically, emotionally, and cognitively demanding, and we often ask ourselves questions about our readiness and our competencies, while along the way doubting our places of belonging in this profession. Rehearsing for this work is one thing but stepping onto that stage is another entirely…

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Finding Resilience in the Community

Finding Resilience in the Community

By Fred Marshall, MD

As the rate of COVID infection begins to wane in our community, the trauma of our prolonged isolation from one another weighs heavily on my heart. I think about my patients and their families. So many of the people I care for are elderly, many living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities from which their family members were barred for nearly a year. The toll that social isolation has taken is profound…

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Kindness: Reflections on a Year of Pandemic

Kindness: Reflections on a Year of Pandemic

By Mick Krasner, M.D.

Although local and small in a certain sense, each of us as health professionals, directly or indirectly, has been those health professionals who Dr. Runyan describes, leaning into the unknown and showing up for whatever presents itself moment by moment, day after day…

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Shifting Perspectives

Shifting Perspectives

By Ron Epstein, M.D.

A few months ago, at a master class, I played a movement from Bach’s first English Suite. I was focusing on the details, as if each note mattered more than anything else in the moment, which, of course, in Bach’s exquisite complexity, is not an unfair assumption. Mark, the teacher whom I was meeting for the first time, said to me that the notes didn’t matter, it was the figures that mattered…

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Reservoir of Interdependence

Reservoir of Interdependence

By Fred Marshall, M.D.

Winter has come to Rochester. The slowly setting light fills the sky with a faint glow, amplified by the snow on the ground and the ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. Russet-rose fades to orange-yellow, pale blue, dark blue. Finally, black night blankets the low slung hills and the snowy tree tops…

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