Growth Factors

When I first started writing on this site, I chose the title "Growth Factors" because it held a clever dual meaning to me. Biologically speaking, growth factors are substances such as hormones, that influence the growth of cells. We can't exist without growth factors. Nor can we adapt to our ever changing environmental challenges. Our … Continue reading Growth Factors

On gratitude…

Let’s talk gratitude. The holidays are the time of the year when we’re supposed to focus on being grateful. It’s nearly an obligation. We give thanks for all the things we take for granted at all the other times. We’re thankful for our friends and family. For our health and happiness. We pause to connect … Continue reading On gratitude…

How changing sides made this oncologist a happier person…

I’ve moved to the other side. But the thing is, it’s not so dark where I stand.   During my residency in medical oncology, amidst the strain of learning my craft, seeing countless appointments, and studying for board exams, I centered myself by meditating on where I would wind up working when I finished. It … Continue reading How changing sides made this oncologist a happier person…

Trying on something new…

I've fallen back into a bit of a funk lately. I can't palpate the exact cause of my signs. Despite my vast medical training (albeit with animals), I'm not capable of deciphering the underlying cause of my blah-ness. I'm lethargic, unmotivated, and my head becomes a bit foggy. I possess motivation, but lack the energy … Continue reading Trying on something new…

Where were you on this day?

Today marks fourteen years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. I've posted this entry several times before, but it's still relevant to me, and something I believe is worth repeating. We each memorialize September 11th in our own personal way. This is how I choose to do so.   It’s remarkable to consider the amount of time that's … Continue reading Where were you on this day?

It’s a girl!!! And a boy!!!

We welcomed two kittens to our household this holiday season! On the top of the picture is Prunewich, named after the famous delicious breakfast sandwich at the Fractured Prune donut shop in Ocean City, MD.       Yummmmmm - cheese, egg, and meat inside a (gasp!) donut....     She's a tiny, but sassy tortoiseshell who's … Continue reading It’s a girl!!! And a boy!!!

I’ll take your Elf on a Shelf

And raise you a Mensch on a Bench! I'm totally kvelling over the newest addition to our home! Stay tuned to find out if he's full of mischief or mitzvahs!

Where were you on this day?

Today marks thirteen years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. It’s remarkable to consider the amount of time that's passed since the terrible events of that day. Thirteen years transpired in nothing more than a fleeting heartbeat. I was a first year veterinary student on 9/11/01, and only few short weeks into my curriculum. It was a time … Continue reading Where were you on this day?

A different kind of article: What makes a writer a writer?

Did you know I’ve been a writer since the third grade?   No joke.   I was fortunate enough to experience a distinct and significant turning point marking my conversion from being just another geeky child who carefully pressed pencil to lined paper and traced letters while struggling to learn the difference between verbs and … Continue reading A different kind of article: What makes a writer a writer?

Kitty City!

My husband and I just returned from a belated honeymoon in Europe.  While in Rome, I was told I needed to visit "Kitty City", a feral cat shelter located amongst the ruins of the ancient city.  While I am a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, I filed the piece of information away, but didn't officially add … Continue reading Kitty City!

But first…

Let me take a Goat-Selfie...   I'm obsessed with goats.  So when one made their way into the clinic today, I just couldn't resist taking some pictures!    

As if I need another reason to move to the beach….

Turns out I run faster here!  I'll blog more about the Ocean City Island to Island 1/2 Marathon later, but the spoiler alert is despite a multitude of organizational idiocies, the race went far better than I imagined!  Stay tuned for further details about monsoons, missed busses, near death experiences, and pizza at 9:30 in … Continue reading As if I need another reason to move to the beach….

Happy Easter!

Awesome day in DC today! We even met the Easter bunny during brunch. I'm surprised he had the time to stop in for a mimosa. Judging from the "thumbs up", he had a great time too!