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Power Suit

The other night at dinner my youngest son Isaac said from the depths of his seven year old wisdom, “A human is the only animal that wears clothes.”  He then went back to chewing his food as I nodded in agreement.  Clothes and the adornments we place upon them say so much about the person.  They can place a person on an economic scale and give a sense of belonging.  Clothes can mark us as different and rebellious.  If an outfit is strong and becoming it may be called a “Power Suit,” as though the clothes can make the man. I think its works the other way within The Walking Gallery.  Recently I painted a jacket story for Ian Eslick.  Ian plans to wear that jacket for his dissertation defense at MIT.  Ian is really smart, as in getting a doctorate from MIT smart; but Ian does not flaunt his…

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The View From Below

The public comment of Regina Holliday on  “A Prototype Consumer Reporting System For Patient Safety Events”(I have placed the slide image below in many of my speeches since September to encourage people to follow your work on this.) Dear AHRQ Desk Officer and Doris Lefkowitz, I have spoken at length these past four years since the death of my husband Frederick Allen Holliday II about the need for the patient/family caregiver to have real time access to the electronic medical record and the need for a national abuse telephone number/website for the reporting of harm.  We desperately need this because there are always two sides to every story.   As today is Sunday and the last day to report comment I will tell you this story. As a child I would sit beside my mother in Church and draw. I know it is important to pay attention in Church, but I thought God…

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Thank God for Mississippi

I have attended quite a few medical conferences over the years where health professionals from states that are struggling to improve their healthcare ratings remind the crowd that they may be bad, but Mississippi is worse.  They may be 48thout of 50 on obesity levels, diabetes care, low birth weight; but they end their speech with: “Thank God for Mississippi!”  These words draw a chuckle from the crowd because Mississippi ranks last or ties for last on rating systems.  United Health Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund both place Mississippi as having the worst score on numerous measures and Mississippi has held this position for over 10 years. So I was very glad when Cheryl Hamill, RN MS Clinical Outreach Coordinator from UMMC School of Nursing in Jackson, Mississippi reached out to me.  Dave DeBronkart recommended me as a good choice of speaker for a potential keynote speech.  The focus of…

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"Independence Day"

My children often laugh at my rather empty cache on iTunes. For a very long time I had downloaded only one song and that was Martina McBride’s “Independence Day.” If you need a refresher on that song you can hear it here and the refrain is written below: “Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing Let the whole world know that today Is a day of reckoning. Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay It's Independence Day.” Last 4th of July, I listened to that song in continuous rotation all day as I painted Julia Hallisy’s jacket: “Independence Day.” Julia Hallisy is one of the stalwart defenders of patient safety in this nation.  Today I want people to realize how much she and her family has been hurt by the current care system. Julia’s Father’s Death: Julia’s journey…