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Columns

  • COLUMN: Can cell phone threat improve public health?

    Doctors need to stay “connected” as part of our job. We need to be available for our patients, hospital staff and families.

    In the past, I remember lugging around an inconvenient bundle of a cell phone, pager, Palm Pilot and keys everywhere I went. But now, thanks to technology, it’s all on my smartphone.

    So imagine my surprise when I heard that a World Health Organization panel classified cell phones as “possibly carcinogenic.”

  • GINGER: Santa's way better than Snow White

    My 5-year-old daughter is going through that stage of trying to discern the truth about Santa.
    Listening to her speculate has become a source of entertainment around our household.
    Her logic and reasoning reminds me of, well, myself actually.
    It’s all over the place, and depending on what thought pops into her head at any given moment, it can entirely change her mood.
    One morning, as we were driving to preschool, she was providing her younger brother with a running commentary on the merits of believing in Santa Claus.

  • BOB MUELLER: Appreciate yourself

    I know a super volunteer for many organizations who works really hard at being generous and helpful. If anyone has a need, she goes out of her way to try to fill it. The people in her life greatly appreciate her.

    But ironically she has expressed to me that she feels completely isolated and unappreciated. At times she can fall into a depression, feeling that she gives so much but gets nothing in return.

    I told her I think I know why she’s so stuck. It is difficult for her to receive any kind of appreciation or praise. She’s a master at deflection.

  • BOB MUELLER: How to get the most out of dying

    Several years ago I wrote an article called “How to Get the Most out of Living” which I have developed into a talk I give to various groups.
    At a recent talk a woman who knows I have been in hospice work for many years said, “You should write an article about how to get the most out of dying.” So here are 10 ways to do so:
    Live and let die – This doesn’t mean living without caring about other people. It just means just letting go and let death happen as it inevitably will. Look at death as a natural part of living.

  • BOB MUELLER: Don’t get ahead of your nose

    No matter what we do or how perfect our input, the fact is, we are never in control of the outcome of any situation.
    Even when we know that we cannot count on a particular result, we tend to expect things to turn out as we’d planned.
    And when they don’t, we will look for someone to blame. Some of us are terrific at blaming ourselves and then feeling unnecessary guilt or shame. That’s how hard it is to believe that outcomes are not controllable.

  • GINGER: The tapestry of time

    I distinctly remember that moment, 12 years ago, when I plunked my final diaper purchase onto the conveyor belt at Wal-Mart.
    My 2-year-old daughter was potty-trained, and I had decided that after she finished one more pack of diapers, I would let her wear undies.
    I etched the moment into my mind because I knew it was a milestone in life.
    There are many “last times” that go unnoticed when you are parenting, but because she was my last child, I did my best to pay attention and burn those moments into my memory.
    Fast forward eight years.

  • BOB MUELLER: When we have blessedness within our soul, nothing on earth can touch us

    Today’s Americans have more to make their lives easier than any people who have ever lived. We live in the finest houses, wear the nicest clothing and eat the best food that any generation has ever known.

    Yet, at the same time, so many of us take it all for granted instead of for gratitude.

    Why do we take for granted the many blessings we have? Why do we fail to be more thankful?

  • GINGER: 90 years of a life well-lived

    I’m awake before dawn, trying to get this article zipped up and submitted so I can focus on the tasks before me.

    I’m thankful for the greeting of a crisp, clear, autumn morning, for this is the day we will bury my grandmother.

    I was blessed to have been born with eight living grandparents. Over the years, I have watched as one by one they went on to their eternal reward.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Why drivers ride the bus

    According to Advertising Age, a top magazine for trend analysis, the automobile is rapidly becoming less relevant to an increasing number of people younger than 30. 

    Reasons for this change include telecommuting, high fuel prices and environmental concerns.

    Bad news for the auto industry may be good news for public transportation services. But, not so fast, that doesn’t mean everyone endorses the need for public transit.

  • BOB MUELLER: Are you present?

    When I experience or witness sickness, I vow to appreciate every moment of my life.

    When I sit on a bench, I am reminded of the joys of simply being present to my surroundings. Enjoying my breakfast and morning paper is my cue to be here now.