Moderna, Round Two: How It Went (And What I’ll Do If I Need A Booster Shot Next Year)

~~~~~ Moderna, round two, did not go well for me.  As anyone who read my blog post about my first shot already knows, round one didn’t go well for me either.  It’s been a bit over two weeks since my last shot.  As promised, I’m here to share some details.  My goal?  I hope to … Continue reading Moderna, Round Two: How It Went (And What I’ll Do If I Need A Booster Shot Next Year)

What Happened When I Got My First COVID Vaccine (And Why I’m Still Glad I Got Vaccinated)

~~~~~ COVID vaccines are a hot topic, aren’t they?  Questions of the day include but are not limited to: Do you get one, will it have side effects, does it really work, and why can’t they make it easier to just get the vaccine already? And, of course, the big one: will I end up … Continue reading What Happened When I Got My First COVID Vaccine (And Why I’m Still Glad I Got Vaccinated)

A Musician’s Health, And Magic At Home: A Conversation With John Largess

~~~~~ Question of the day: what are you doing to keep yourself healthy and, on top of that, to expand your horizons even though you may be confined to home more so than you might wish? As a scholar and healthcare practitioner, now, for me, is an intensified time of both thinking–reading, writing, researching–and focusing … Continue reading A Musician’s Health, And Magic At Home: A Conversation With John Largess

Wearing A Mask: Some Thoughts On Loving Thy Neighbor And On Being Fabulous During A Pandemic

~~~~~~ Where do you stand on the mask question?  I have been asked by patients about my thoughts on whether or not to wear a mask and it feels like the time for a quick blog post on the topic.  It seems like there are a lot of pros and cons, so I’ll give three … Continue reading Wearing A Mask: Some Thoughts On Loving Thy Neighbor And On Being Fabulous During A Pandemic

Citizen Policy Academy of Austin: Six Reasons Why You Should Apply (Yes, You!)

~~~~~ ~~~The Citizen Police Academy of Austin~~~ A Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a series of classes that local police departments offer to their community.  Depending on your city, a CPA consists of between six and fourteen weekly meetings. They are designed to give citizens a basic working knowledge of all facets of police work … Continue reading Citizen Policy Academy of Austin: Six Reasons Why You Should Apply (Yes, You!)

Living With The Seasons According To Chinese Medicine: Spring Tips For Health And Happiness

~~~~~ Living with the seasons–in tune and in synch with weather changes and harvesting patterns, for example–can make you healthier and happier.  There’s a reason why going with the flow is good idea–it conserves energy, for one thing.  It’s a strategy for the long haul that works.  As a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), … Continue reading Living With The Seasons According To Chinese Medicine: Spring Tips For Health And Happiness

Sending Your Daughter or Son Off to College: Some Healthy Advice For You And For Them

~~~~~ Holistic health is my second career; as some of you may know, I was a professor and spent a good two decades of my life in academia before coming to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  I’ve taught at a range of schools, from outstanding small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions.  As the first … Continue reading Sending Your Daughter or Son Off to College: Some Healthy Advice For You And For Them