There Is A Real Human Behind Every Mask-Searching For Peace

By Brian De Francesca 18 years ago today, my mother died. If that was the end of her journey – I do not know.   I was not with her. I was on my way to Stockholm where Casper was due to arrive on the scene; that had its own challenges and learning experiences – a … Continue reading There Is A Real Human Behind Every Mask-Searching For Peace

SHARED BIRTHDAYS, by Farrukh Ahmad

“How old are you?” I asked the guest, while we were seated across from each other on the train heading into town. I was back home from college after freshman year and, as was customary in our household, assigned to escort our summer guests to the local tourist hotspots. The guest whose age I had … Continue reading SHARED BIRTHDAYS, by Farrukh Ahmad

How Strange A Thing Is Life?

By Alya Ahmad, Pediatric Hospitalist "How strange a thing is life..." It starts out so simple, just food , sleep, and comfort for the bodily routines. It is the baby regarding the warmth of the mother's voice, face, and the breast.  then comes the first turn, the roll over, the baby steps, and so then … Continue reading How Strange A Thing Is Life?

Guns and The City

By Alya Ahmad MD, FAAP, Pediatric Hospitalist It was a slow night in the pediatric emergency room, a little after 2 am on April 8, 2000. A 15 years old African American male walked in to the pediatric emergency room with a chief complaint of a sore throat. Working the night shift was always tough … Continue reading Guns and The City

“There’s No Heartbeat” By Farah Karipineni

Dr Farah Karipineni is an academic endocrine and general surgeon in Central Valley California “There’s no heartbeat.” Three words no one ever wants to hear. Three words no one ever wants to deliver. And yet, as a community of physicians, we deliver those crushing words on a daily basis. None of us would ever take … Continue reading “There’s No Heartbeat” By Farah Karipineni

This Story took my breath away….

TEXT EXCERPT - "LETTING STORIES BREATH" -by Arthur Frank Fifteen years ago I became caught up in a story that I have told on numerous public occasions, sometime reading it, sometimes telling it from memory. This story is by the South American writer Eduardo Galeano, and it is titled “Christmas Eve.” Fernando Silva ran the children’s … Continue reading This Story took my breath away….

A Surgeon Mom’s Call For Action Against Gun Violence, By Dr. Farah Karipineni MD

http://www.educaterefugees.org @FKaripineni Like many of us, I have been struggling to reconcile my love for everything good about this country with the senseless gun violence that terrorizes us today. In the wake of each shooting, I vow to do more—to speak up as a surgeon, as a former victim of gun violence, and simply as … Continue reading A Surgeon Mom’s Call For Action Against Gun Violence, By Dr. Farah Karipineni MD