I have two books coming out soon!
The first is my memoir. I am calling it "Cutting Out: The Making and Unmaking of a Surgeon." The cover illustration is above, and fairly self-explanatory. The second is a collection of short stories and essays. This one is entitled "Joie de Vivre, As I See It." The same artist, a dear friend, will be drawi
I have two books coming out soon!
The first is my memoir. I am calling it "Cutting Out: The Making and Unmaking of a Surgeon." The cover illustration is above, and fairly self-explanatory. The second is a collection of short stories and essays. This one is entitled "Joie de Vivre, As I See It." The same artist, a dear friend, will be drawing a joyful cover for that one as well.
The memoir is the story of my journey, through a privileged background and highly competitive educational background to medical school. And from there, through a challenging surgical residency and on to the private practice of surgery. I describe my special interest in weight loss surgery. All along the way there are anecdotes, many of them humorous, some quite the opposite, but all, I hope, entertaining.
From my surgical career, I take the reader through a transition period and ultimately a to career change to the teaching of yoga.
The key part of that transition is the story of how I met the love of my life in college, went a different direction, tried twice to reconnect on a permanent basis--both times without success--and finally got it right 16 years ago.
It is a modern version of the archetypal story of the journey to find one's real calling and reunite with one's soulmate.
This memoir is the culmination of 4 years' of writing, rewriting and editing. It began as five pages of one-line reminders of interesting events that I compiled over a 30 year career.
The book started out as something I wrote for the kids, but became a work with general application.
The other book is a collection of short pieces I wrote in the white heat of inspiration during the Fall of 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. The stories and essays fill in gaps from the memoir. They are about baseball, music, theater, reading, walking in the neighborhood, living on a floating home, teaching yoga, and driving cars. There is almost nothing about my surgery career in this book, which tells you how far I have come since those years.
Archway Books, a self-publishing subsidiary of Simon and Schuster, will be bringing these books out.
On this Website you will find quite a variety of subjects discussed, links to other Websites, articles, video and audio clips. The intent is to keep the page a work in progress. I hope you will keep this Home page in your Favorites file and come back to it weekly, as you will always find something new, hopefully thought-provoking, or at least different, here.
Yoga has changed my life dramatically for the better, and it is my desire to give something back to the science (and it is a science, as well as an art) by devoting the remainder of my professional life to yoga-related educational endeavors. Teaching is like breathing to me, and yoga to me is life.
Please E-mail any comments or suggestions. Or feel free to call. Contact E-mail and telephone numbers are listed in the top right corner of this page. And enjoy this precious moment and all the others which follow close upon it!
A nice way to start your day is with simple Vedic Sun Salutations. These are easy enough to do. The combination of back bends alternating with forward bends is beneficial for early morning stiffness and chest and sinus congestion.
Vedic Sun Salutations:
One of the best ways to get the kinks out after traveling is with strap twists.
Supine Strap Twists
Then repeat steps 1- 10 for opp. leg.