The Quiet Plague of Painkillers

My next article now appears on desiring God. This was a challenging topic for me to tackle; I hope it speaks to others. The Quiet Plague of Painkillers: The Opioid Epidemic in America  

He Loves You Even More Than I Do

My next desiring God article is up. This one I wrote out of compulsion. He Loves You Even More Than I Do: Letter to My Children Excerpt: “He knows your every whim and fingerprint, and reigns over every cloud above you, every wave into which you venture (Matthew 10:30; Psalm 139:1–12). As you stumble through…

No Regrets

A number of young women have reached out to me to inquire about a career in medicine as it may coincide or conflict with responsibilities at home. While I’m delighted to mentor on an individual basis, I also feel compelled to address the topic publicly. My intent in writing From Medical Doctor to Stay-at-Home Mom…

Reflections

Years of training in surgery equipped me with the skills and confidence to stop massive bleeding, take out gallbladders, and open the chest in under half a minute. These skills mean bupkiss when a toddler sets a Scrabble game on fire. Recently my husband was out of town, and the kids and I were quarantined…

Season of Change: Then and Now

  Eight months ago, I left practice as a critical care surgeon in favor of homeschooling my kids. As part of the “day in the life” linkup on Simple Homeschool, I’m sharing a glimpse into life before I left practice, and how the days appear now. Myriad factors influenced my decision to leave clinical work,…

A Critical Care Surgeon Meets the Great Physician

My testimony appears in the March 2017 issue of Christianity Today. This is very close to my heart; I pray the Lord uses it to encourage others. A Critical Care Surgeon Meets the Great Physician

Chasing Sparks

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats On our worst homeschool days, hairstyling attempts with glue, fights over blocks, and a busted toilet sabotage all semblance of curriculum. Evening finds me slumped forward at the kitchen table, holding my head in my hands and…

Christian, Your Pain Is Never Punishment

New article on desiring God: Christian, Your Pain Is Never Punishment “… we must never presume to know God’s intent for someone in anguish. God has an infinite capacity to effect goodness in the midst of our inequity.”

Oceans Rise

Green-gray swells billow, unmoor me from shifting earth. Lapis and slate crash, spill, scour the sky until horizon fades into vapor, vanishes. My lungs boil with brine. I claw the deepening dark only to grasp ice and salt, wisps of ghost trails through my fingers. Sin-clad, I sink, plummet toward that gulf with no memory, that fatherless tomb. Yet gleaming metal slices…

Sea Dragons and Dirt

I’ve discovered my daughter prefers dirt to sea dragons. With my boys away visiting family, I thought my toddler daughter B and I should spend some quality girl time together. She nearly topples over with excitement when she spots fish tanks at Petco, so the aquarium seemed a perfect destination. For several mornings in advance of…

Article Index

  The following list includes my articles — editorial, not scientific — published elsewhere. Articles appear in reverse chronological order. I’ll update this index periodically. Christianity Today A Critical Care Surgeon Meets the Great Physician, March 2017 When Prolonging Life Means Prolonging Suffering, Sept 2016 desiringGod.org Out of the Depths I Cry to You, August…

A Master Teacher

When a ragged edge of the Atlantic careened over the prow and swallowed my knees, my first thought was, Is it ok that the side of the boat is parallel to the water? “Jibe! JIBE!” Ferg shouted.  He shoved Scottie from the helm and seized the tiller. There was a curse word, the sea retreated…