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Time to Leave the Island

This is #NHITweek, that would be National Health Information Technology Week, to the twitter illiterate.  I had the honor and pleasure of painting once again in the great hall of Health and Human Services as some amazing people from ONC, The Office of The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology spoke at a meeting entitled “Consumer Health IT Summit.” So much has happened and many things have changed in the four years that ONC has worked on Meaningful Use and consumer engagement.  These changes were visually manifest in the fact that half of paintings in the room were worn on the backs of jackets rather than hung on the walls of these hallowed halls.  Members of the Walking Gallery showed up in large numbers! Keith Boone, Casey Quinlan, Don Fluckinger, Matthew Holt, Donna Cryer, Mary Anne Sterling and Nick van Terheyden were some of those who walked wearing their powerful…

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Finals

Surely, you remember those days.  The sleepless nights filled with cramming knowledge into tired minds preceded days of testing.  We walked around in a caffeine-fueled daze; our pencils sharp prepared to fill little bubbles with darkness or scrawl endless essays. And so it went, through junior high and high school.  The finals would come, time and time again. We would be tested.  We would pass or fail.  And if we passed, there would be more tests.  College finals were a little different; we would download the content of our minds in essay fashion into a little blue book. I hated to write in a blue book, as my handwriting is abysmal.  But beautiful or not, everything I knew was laid bare for my professor to see.  I would pass or fail based on what I had managed to impart between these blue pages. Do you know Peter L. Levin?  If…

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Let’s Talk Murals In DC

Please join us to discuss “Capital Colors” Saturday, Sept. 14 Site: Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW Washington, DC Time: 3:00-5:00 pm DC muralists step up to offer interpretation and insight on a panel discussing public art in upper northwest Washington. Presentations showcase diverse styles and themes in a basket of color stretching from Dupont Circle (ToyTheater, Peter Waddel, 2012)  up Connecticut Avenue (73 Cents, Regina Holliday, 2009)  to Takoma Park (From a Model to a Rainbow, Sam Gilliam and Steve Frietch , 2011).  Caitlin Carroll previews her documentary film on the murals of DC. ABOUT THE PROJECT In 1997 Perry Frank, Ph.D., initiated a project to document and showcase the outdoor murals created throughout the city beginning in the early 1970s. With a team of associates and advisors, she has photographed the murals; conducted oral histories of the artists and sponsors; authored text explaining the art; led mural tours;…

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Speaking in Kansas City Sept 12-13, 2013

I am very exited to tell you I will be speaking in Kansas City on September 12-13 at The University of Kansas Medical Center.  This event is sponsored by the Center for Interprofessional Education.  I met the KU interprofessional team at the Collaborating Across Borders event in Vancouver, Canada this past June.  They were intrigued by my message of patient communication and were surprised how of my work much stems from family experiences in the Kansas City area and The University of Kansas. My Keynote speech is “The Eye of the Storm” and I will speak twice on Septemeber 12th.  The title of my speech references the happy years my late husband Fred Holliday spent in Kansas as he pursued his doctorate degree and the years I spent managing the Art Dept. at the Jayhawk Bookstore in Lawrence Kansas.  It was a lovely time compared to the maelstrom circling around…

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Lean Into the Sorrow

Lean into the Sorrow Last fall I was reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In” on a plane.  I looked around my aisle at seats filled with business travelers and the majority of them were men.  As I read Sheryl’s thoughts on the fields dominated by men in positions of authority, I knew there was a field dominated by women: care giving. Over 80% of caregivers are women.  We are wives, mothers, daughters and friends caring for our loved ones.  We are the great silent majority that keeps healthcare on track, even if that track is worse for wear. Sheryl reminds the reader that to get ahead we will have to lean in.  And we do.  We lean into the nurses station demanding medication be delivered, as it is already late.  We lean into the embrace that lifts a body from a bed into a wheelchair.  We lean into the wall…