Veterinary Evolution

In Reverence to Nonhuman Hospice and Palliative Care

“An anniversary is the date on which an event took place or an institution was founded in a previous year, and may also refer to the commemoration or celebration of that event.” Anniversaries are remembered for all sorts of reasons. And, something I find at this age is that I have quite a collection of …

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Addressing the Gap of Spirit and Soul

It didn’t happen all the time. But it showed up enough. As time went on I started to notice a pattern. Pounding shifts night after night that never seemed to end would bring it on. A particular case in the ICU that went days into weeks could be bruising. Or an all-consuming ventilator case with …

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A Woman of Heart and Mind (thank you, Joni)

My father really wanted me to be a lawyer. Actually, he wanted me to be a lawyer and a politician. It had been something he dreamt for himself. But the 1940’s and 50’s were a time of working hard for his family. He was lucky to graduate high school. Then, it was on to the …

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The Stories I Tell Myself

I can ruminate over something like a dog worrying a bone. More often than not, that gnawing turns into a story I tell myself. Now in my later years, I’m looking at some of these stories. I’m realizing they might not be honest and true. That’s when I believe I’ve been given an opportunity to …

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The Idealist

What do you think happens when idealists get to be elders? I don’t mean ‘el-der-ly’. I mean elders. One of the ways we define humans is by age group. And as our society changes, we seem to modify the profiles around these age groups. Time is such a trickster. I remember when I was in …

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A Voice Deep Inside

Some call it intuition or gut feeling. I call it my “spidey senses” or my “higher self”. I’ve got a hunch; I’ve got a feeling… all those phrases we place on an internal trigger that’s hardwired in us. Primitive humans would use gut feeling as an additional tool to, say, escape being eaten by a …

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Circles and Cycles

Joni Mitchell’s influence I believe every woman should promise herself the gift of listening to Joni Mitchell’s Blue album before leaving this earth. Listen at night with the headphones of your choice and play as loud as you can comfortably stand it. Relaxing substances are optional. There was a lot of poignant music that defined …

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Hang on to Your Heart

If you spend just a little time searching the web, you’ll find groups whose sole purpose is supporting the mental health and well-being of veterinary professionals. They are welcoming, inclusive, and, with open arms they offer a place of respite and an ear of understanding to those whose hearts are in pain. Someone to walk …

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To the End of One Row and Back Again

Working it all out in the barn I am one who confides in animals. My deep secrets and private discussions take place in the barn most of the time. Regularly, the recipients of these narrations are my horses. I am one who brings the tensions of her day to those that listen while they chew. …

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