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Sacred Media

I met @PraticalWisdom on twitter in the fall of 2010.  Back then twitter the feed listed the @ name clearly but not the person’s real name.  I have always been known on Twitter under the rather unimaginative name of @ReginaHolliday, but Lisa Fields chose @PracticalWisdom.  So for over a year, I pictured @PracticalWisdom as a rather down-to-earth oracle rather than a person.  She would appear in various discussions and threads always connecting folks and offering advice on a multitude of subjects. In the fall of 2011, Lisa had dinner with another Walking Gallery Member Colin Hung.  He told her all about his Gallery experience. Then I asked Lisa to email me and consider joining the gallery herself.  Soon after she joined SpeakerLink.org and expressed to me her interest in speaking as well as helping other patient speakers perfect their power-point presentations. In the spring of 2012, Lisa sent me her…

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If I only had a heart

When I was a very small child, I would walk three blocks with my grandfather to Rexall’s Drug.  He would walk slowly in his cowboy boots and spit chaw into the weeds beside the path. He would tell me tales of long ago.   I would scamper beside him like a puppy, my bare feet skimming the pavement as I circled around him.  We would enter Rexall’s Drug and he would buy me a soda pop in a glass bottle. I would relish the cold drink and trace my finger upon the beads of perspiration on the glass.  I would wait patiently as he joked with the shop-keep.  One day near the register, I noticed this small blue lettered chipboard sign covered with little red paper flowers.  I asked grandpa if I could have one of the flowers.  He purchased it for me and as I admired it in all of…

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Non-compliant

The woman looked at me and partially asked in jest, “What exactly does Ted do?”  I am familiar with this question as I am a friend of Ted Eytanand he is not easy to quantify.  Shall I answer in the traditional way?  He is a doctor.  He works as a Director of the Permanente Federation with a focus on emerging technologies, utilization of social media channels and health information technology that supports patients and their family members in achieving an active role in their health journey.  But grasping the true concept of Ted is sort of like holding liquid mercury between one’s fingertips; for like mercury, Ted is fast and reflective. In May of 2009, I attended a small Health 2.0 meeting in Washington, DC.  My husband was in inpatient hospice and gave me leave to spend a few hours with some amazing people who were trying to change the…

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Return to Sender

I grew up in the age of the stamp.  When I was a child the post office was a grand and honorable place with marble columns and brass trimmed service windows.  As we would enter the monumental building with its magnificent foyer, I would marvel at the spacious height of the ceiling.  My footsteps would echo upon the specked marble floor and I would wait in silent awe as we stood in line to mail a package or buy a sheet of stamps.   My mother would open her coin purse and count her coins and dollars.  The mail clerk would hand her a glassine envelope filled with stamps.  I would stare at that envelope seeing the distinctive dips and swells of the gummed paper edges of the stamps contained therein. If I were very good, when we returned home I would get to lick the stamps and place them upon…

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The Scribe

Once only the wealthy, the scribes and the priestly class accessed the word of God.  The populace had to settle for images wrought within stained glass, carved within stone and painted upon walls to enlighten them.  Then the printing press was invented.  Then Martin Luther demanded change.  Then he translated a Latin Bible into the people’s German.  Nothing stood between the common man and the word.  The world was thrown into turmoil.  Scribes wondered what they would do.  Priests felt their Godlike powers sway, as a questioning public read the word in their native tongue.  During this time the western world plunged into religious war due to a change in technology. We are again at a time of great change.  The doctors of medicine long have been revered like priests of old; scribes copied their words as a holy writ that the public could not easily access.  Then came the…