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#Cinderblocks4 Coming May 18-20, 2017!

#Cinderblocks4:The Walking Gallery Gathers is a patient led medical conference held in the beautiful mountains of rural Western Maryland.  This is a destination event and the spirit of the conference is Burning Man meets healthcare. Now some of you may not know why I use the hashtag #Cinderblocks4, so I thought a refresher might be in order.“When I was a child I went to an elementary school that had few resources.  In fifth grade, someone donated a large amount of books to our class.  We were very pleased to have them, but we had no bookshelves on which to place them.  My teacher contacted the local lumberyard and requested they donate some 2×4's and cinderblocks so we could make shelves.  The lumberyard manger said yes, with one caveat, we would have to pick up the supplies. That year our fifth grade class had a field trip.   We left the school…

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One to Grow On

When I was a child we looked forward to our birthdays with joy and trepidation.  Yes, we would get a few presents, a birthday cake and for a few very fortunate children there would be a birthday party to attend. But we would dread school on our birthdays.  Back then there were birthday spankings.  Ah, the acute embarrassment of going to the front of the classroom and bending over a desk to receive a spanking for each year of our lives.  These spanks weren’t too painful, but then there was the “one to grow on.” That final spank packed quite a wallop and many a child would return to their seats rubbing their behind. When Alex Fair asked me to paint him a new jacket for him to wear in the Walking Gallery, I painted him with a birthday cake and candles. I named it “The candles that never go…