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Puncturing a lampshade and crossing the Rubicon

After leaving Milwaukee I returned to DC. I needed to clear my desk and I had a medical check up scheduled. Getting close to the action created temporary feelings of inadequacy and purposelessness. But being a patient at the overly technological office visit reminded me of the outrage I feel at the complexity medical care […]

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Stepping into the void after 31 years

I have stepped into the void. After 31 years in private practice, I have graduated. I have finished my charts at the hospital, changed my status from Active Staff to Honorary Staff, turned in my office parking pass and key card, and carried home the detritus of my career in three cardboard boxes. Self-unemployed. It […]

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Why it’s OK to have a (non)plan for a Gap Year

It’s here! Our Gap Year officially starts today, June 1, 2013. Sam and I haven’t gotten very far with planning. (Except for two things, see below). The truth is that we’ve been so busy the past few weeks, we haven’t had time to sit down and articulate every dream that will come to fruition in […]

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Yes, And…

Despite, or perhaps because Sam and I have been married for 40 years, we disagree about a lot of things. But we’ve been in surprising agreement about launching this blog and chronicling our decision to take a gap year at ages 61 (Debbie) and almost 62 (Sam). I know that sounds old to some of you reading […]

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