COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS

Joan and I are taking a three week hiatus from posting. Yes, we probably will be spending our time causing trouble some other way besides writing. (It does always seem like fun to keep taking tissues out of the box only to have the next one magically pop up.) We just wanted to give fair…

The mental illness next door

From the street, the house appears stately—generously-sized, but not McMansion steroidal. The entryway, circular drive and two car garage seem classy. A fenced yard safeguards an in-ground pool and surrounds a swing set, shed, patios and walkways. Moving closer dispels the favorable first impression. As you approach, inconsistencies surface: patio boards are splintered, paint on…

The simple genius of checklists

Checklists, like the Index Card Cure™, can be used to help manage the complexities of modern life. As Atul Gawande, MD wrote in “The Checklist Manifesto,” there are situations where a simple to-do list may help save lives. In medicine, Dr.Gawande writes, the problem is “making sure we apply the knowledge we have consistently and…