Mea sententia...

Mea Sententia (which translates roughly as 'My Opinion') has been my intermittent blog since 2011. Much of my writing is about medical issues, but my topics range through philosophy, behavioral and decision making, management, humor, and persona/family anecdotes.
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The biography of a winter storm

No two Maine winter storms are identical. They each have their unique personality: gradual or abrupt onset, temperature, kind of snow, duration, wind, with or without ‘frozen mix’ or other forms of precipitation. Here is the story of one storm from earlier this winter.

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B. (Happy) Kliban's Cats

If you are not already acquainted with B. Kliban and his cats, perhaps this will convince you should be.

 

Sharking cats..

Or this...

Meat loaf or cat

Or this:

 

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I TOLD them it was unsustainable...

LL Bean recently announced the end of their famous and generous unlimited free-return policy, which guaranteed a lifetime free replacement. It was inevitable, and I told them so.

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a total stranger...

a total stranger one black day


(by edward estlin (e e ) cummings)


a total stranger one black day
knocked living the hell out of me-- 

who found forgiveness hard because
my(as it happened)self he was 

-but now that fiend and i are such
immortal friends the other's each.

 


 

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Mangled medicalese

The language of medicine is highly evolved and complex and allows clear, detailed, specific and unambiguous descriptions. Except when it’s not.

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Chaos

"Without order nothing can exist - without chaos nothing can evolve."

(Unknown)


 

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Stickiness

An important part of medical care is the sharing of information.

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Innovate or devolve

“If you are not innovating, you are deteriorating.” 

― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha


 

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Is preventive care cost-effective or valuable?

It has become fashionable to assess the ‘value’ of medical care with a financial metric: Is this test cost effective? Does that intervention save money? 

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Inertia

The problem with bureaucracy is reluctance to respond to change. Its motto is 'Ready, aim, aim, aim, aim …'  It just can't pull the trigger! 

(Anonymous)

 

status quo

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