Without Conscious Effort… mSw March 2021 v04

Three words. Just three. And yet there is an entire universe of possibility present in those three words. For me, without conscious effort starts with Zen and the concept of Mushin—roughly translated as no mind. A state without the presence of an active mind. Without ego, anger, and fear. This is something most often experienced…

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Culture Matters…

I’ve thought more about culture since I was accepted as a member of the Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) at the City of Hope than I have in my entire life. That’s probably because supporting the City of Hope’s culture is important to me. An important part of what we do on the PFAC. Because…

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Redefining Our Relationship with Time? mSw Feb 2021 v03

  It seems as if I’ve spent my entire life looking down at my wrist or up at the wall trying to figure out where I was in relation to time. l spent my days in school monitoring the seconds as they slowly formed themselves into minutes and then hours. As an adult—an automotive service…

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Spinning Your Wheels…

  Spin class saved my life. While that might seem overly dramatic, I can assure you it’s not. I would not have qualified for the stem cell/bone marrow transplant that saved my life without it. The more often I attended class. The harder I worked. The stronger I got. The more my doctors became convinced…

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