Remember Who the Real Enemy Is

In what feels increasingly like a dystopia, a line from The Hunger Games seems like a fitting place to start. Right now, there is a wave of protest spreading deep and wide. It is astounding. All kinds of people, from those on the perpetual protest circuit to those who’ve never been engaged in anything more... Continue Reading →

The golden rule is wrong. Fight me.

As a healthcare provider and educator, equity is a top priority for me. I try to consider the differential impact of every decision I make on different people with different needs. I know I don’t always do this perfectly and I am always learning. It helps to observe others a lot and develop some basic... Continue Reading →

We need an adult. . .

Part of my role as a nurse is to model healthy behaviors and choices. I eat a whole foods, plant-based diet. I am physically active every day. I keep boundaries around my work life. I don’t take antibiotics when I have a cold. I wash my hands in the room so the patient sees me... Continue Reading →

Practice makes practice.

I first started yoga and meditation practices regularly when I was in Varanasi, India, the year after high school. I was 18. I know how cliched that sounds, but it's true. It was just days after 9/11. It was bizarre and surreal to be both physically removed from the familiar and to have my very... Continue Reading →

screen overload

I am grateful for the technology that allows us to communicate. To see each others' faces, hear each others' voices. To blog. To find out about important guidelines and events. To access classes and teach classes and hold meetings and share resources. To hold seders and family dinners and happy hours. We need this, all... Continue Reading →

Where is your soul?

Stay home, except to get medical care or essentials, and stay six feet away from other people. That was the advice, gentle at first, then more forceful, and finally, backed with a threat of fine or maybe arrest— it wasn’t clear. The change in the city was dramatic. The freeways flowed free. The commercial streets... Continue Reading →

WHERE’S ZAB?? or, notes on boundaries

Working a lot (at institutions that employ me— that kind of work). Work-life balance is tough, and sometimes I spend more time “at work” than is optimal for me. That’s the way it goes— every day on the planet isn’t the Zabby show. There are seasons— and trade-offs. I’m new-ish in two different jobs, which... Continue Reading →

Diagnosis vs. Understanding

I’ve been a long-time fan of the Diagnosis column in the New York Times Magazine, written by Dr. Lisa Sanders. (Yep, I get the Sunday Times delivered. I also take my rescue dog to the dog park, shop at the famers’ market, drink kombucha, and wear athleisure. Bite me). Dr. Sanders writes about medical puzzles— cases... Continue Reading →

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