RESIDENCY ROUNDUP: Break, Don’t Shatter

RESIDENCY ROUNDUP: Break, Don’t Shatter

The other Sunday I sat with my three young sons at church while my husband was two-but-might-as-well-have-been-a-million miles down the road in surgery, and I bounced the baby with one arm as I scrubbed crayon squiggles from the pew with the other, whisper-lecturing...
RESIDENCY ROUND UP: Between Me & the Moon

RESIDENCY ROUND UP: Between Me & the Moon

Where I come from the trees grow majestically tall and their evergreen branches blot out all but a sliver of steely gray sky and like a fern I thrive there in the constant half dark. I left thirteen years ago and for the past nine I’ve hoped to move back, but...
SURVIVOR STORIES: Assorted Advice

SURVIVOR STORIES: Assorted Advice

My dear husband’s ENT residency was five years long, and we did a lot of “keeping our eyes on the prize” to make it through that time.  I think we were aware that life after residency wouldn’t be all sunshine and lollipops, but like anything...
RESIDENCY ROUNDUP: Countdown

RESIDENCY ROUNDUP: Countdown

5. I bought a dress today, little black dress, cap sleeves, faux wrap bodice, comfortable and elegant. It’s going to look smashing with my red pumps in honor of Kansas (there’s no place like home-for-five-years), and I’m wearing it in six months as...
RESIDENCY ROUND UP: Packing my Village

RESIDENCY ROUND UP: Packing my Village

This time of year, maybe even as we speak, a beautiful couple in Oregon is unpacking their Christmas village. A hundred little ceramic houses, a glass ice skating pond, and a fluffy cloud that sprinkles white confetti snow take over their dining room and, when they’re...