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Monthly archives for August, 2015

divine tools

Usually when someone comes to me for acupuncture, I’m not their first stop for help.  They’ve tried their doctor, perhaps a specialist, maybe physical therapy, various medications – and they haven’t been happy with the results.  Maybe the meds make it hard to function.  Maybe the pain is lingering far longer than they’d expected – […]

Desiderata, a Spiritual Poem

I have not read this since I was a teenager; in fact, I haven’t even seen it since then.  I didn’t know it was written by American poet Max Ehrmann, in 1927, another time when the world was dancing as fast as it could.  It feels more right now than it did when I first […]

choice … and change

I am continuously baffled by conversations that go like this: ‘You’re an acupuncturist?’ ‘Yes, I am.’ “I always wanted to try that.  I’ve got this [insert issue here] problem.  The doctor hasn’t been able to do anything about it, and I don’t like pain medication, it messes with my head.’ ‘I’m sorry to hear that.  […]

it’s a cha cha

I had the same conversation with several patients last week; each has had an injury that they’re trying to recover from, and recovery wasn’t happening as fast as they wanted it to happen.  It makes sense that they’d feel impatient, of course, because no one wants pain,  we especially don’t want pain that interferes with […]

you are not who you used to be

We have all of us at some time or another thought ‘I didn’t used to be like this.  I was more flexible/had less pain/had a better memory/could multi-task/[insert whatever you were here]’.  Certainly I do this, and I hear a variation on this theme from just about every patient I see, no matter the age. […]

do you want to be a hero?

Well…. yeah.  I mean, who wouldn’t, right?  Except doesn’t being a hero involve, you know, danger, possible injury to self, maybe burning buildings, stuff like that? Actually, no, it doesn’t.  I mean, it can, of course, and I’m not in any way going to dis the people who do really big heroic stuff, the stuff […]

it just keeps getting weirder

A friend came to me for treatment last week.  She has struggled with health issues for as long as I’ve known her, going to doctors, getting a diagnosis, dutifully doing what they tell her, not getting better.  Repeat, and repeat again. She’s got a new diagnosis, which seems to encompass all her symptoms, and as […]

it’s de-lightful, it’s de-licious, it’s de-lovely

Here’s a question: when was the last time you woke up singing? Lately I’ve awakened before my alarm goes off to the refrain of Cole Porter’s song ‘It’s De-Lovely’ dancing around in my head.  What a lovely way to start my day: a bouncy, memorable tune and glorious lyrics.  I get out of  bed with […]


Fair warning: this is a rant.  To be fair, it’s (mostly) directed at myself, but it’s still a rant. I read something not too long ago (and anyone who knows me knows it’s futile to ask me to say where I read anything, really)  of a man who took up Qi Gong in his 60s […]

comes a time

There comes a time when we feel compelled to tell our stories, tell what we’ve learned. Life is just so darned full of experiences, all of which have weight in forming us. I used to think this was territory owned by old people (or maybe just older than me people, the line keeps moving as […]