I came across a group of Italians while on a hike along a river recently and the experience left quite an impression. Italians, as you know, tend to live life enthusiastically. This group was no exception. I let them walk ahead of me, which may have been a mistake given the enthusiastic arm waving that […]

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Appreciation and Contentment


All the birds have flown up and gone; A lonely cloud floats leisurely by. We never tire of looking at each other – Only the mountain and I. Li Po – “Alone Looking at The Mountain” It was said that it is difficult to be content with few things, but impossible with many. There is […]

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Never Blind


It is said – and most people would agree – that true love is never blind. But what does that mean, really? I’m sure that the explanation is in, ahem, the eye of the beholder, but to me this statement means that seeing matters through the eyes of true love requires honesty, transparency and authenticity. […]

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The Fragrant Rose


The Fragrant Rose, a poem by Gregg Hake Of all the things I saw today, The cars, the planes, man’s great display- None so much did touch my heart As the fragrant rose. She sat upon her thorny perch Like an angel in a church- Trumpeting her inner joy Through the dewy air. I sat […]

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The Processes of Life


“Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.” – Paracelsus The achilles heel of reductionism is the almost inevitable loss of perspective on the whole that […]

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The Art of Healing


“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.” – Paracelsus I had the good pleasure of spending most of the day yesterday with my friends and coworkers at the Spa on Green Street in Gainesville, Georgia. We had an employee development […]

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