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Surviving Takes All Kinds of Friends

C.S. Lewis once said that friendship “has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” He was partially right. Friendship undoubtedly improves the quality of our our lives. Yet evidence suggests it also improves the quantity. One study on elderly Australians showed that having a larger network of …

Anchor your Taproot

taproot (noun) tap·​root | \ ˈtap-ˌrüt , -ˌru̇t \ (Merriam Webster) 1 : a primary root that grows vertically downward and gives off small lateral roots 2 : the central element or position in a line of growth or development I spent a long time in the final weeks of 2021 reflecting on why I …

Root to Rise

When my family lived in Asheville, we had a huge oak tree on the master bedroom side of our house. It’s limbs stretched 40 feet in the air, and branched so far that throughout the early fall we would go to sleep to the sound of acorns pounding the roof like hailstones. In a bumper …

Organic Roots ==> Authentic Fruits

Too often we let others pull us into becoming an inauthentic version of ourselves. We get pulled into conversations, relationships, assignments, and confrontations that have absolutely nothing to do with who we want to be and everything to do with someone else’s agenda. When we allow this to happen, we plant our roots in someone …

Broken but Stronger

Original version in the April 5th edition of Modern Healthcare with accompanying podcast available here. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” You’ve seen Hemingway’s famous words before, perhaps in a dramatic Instagram post about resilience. I’m here to tell you that Instagram lied. The famous quote is pulled …

Four Key Lessons from COVID Command Centers

One of COVID-19’s defining impacts on healthcare operations is the widespread, large-scale, long-term activation of Command Center operations. Command Centers aren’t new to healthcare – they’ve been locally deployed for disasters like hurricanes for decades. But never has every health system in America had to prepare, activate and operate under a Command Center model simultaneously …

An Unspoken Eulogy

***My grandfather Harold DeRienzo, Sr. died this week at age 89.  He did not have COVID – he died peacefully in his sleep from what I believe to be aspiration pneumonia, his body thoroughly ravaged by hit after hit after hit of the terrible luck that strikes young and old alike.  He did not have …

Artifacts

Today’s era is destined to become our great-grandchildren’s “old days.” And make no mistake – just as the Depression and World War II define “The Greatest Generation” and Woodstock defines the hippies, so will COVID-19 define today. While first-person stories are by far the richest reminders of day-to-day human experience, the artifacts left by these …

Why So Many COVID Models are Broken

When I was in college, a friend noticed how often I squinted to see the whiteboard.  She told me I needed glasses.  I didn’t believe her.  I went to the eye doctor anyway.  Two weeks later, I learned it was possible to see leaves on trees from more than a few feet away.  With glasses …

Launch Day Special!

On Launch Day – June 11, 2019 – we incredibly managed to sell out the ENTIRE online stock of Tiny Medicine at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble within minutes!  To celebrate, we have a limited number of signed bookplates and will send them to anyone who orders the book from Amazon and completes the …

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