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A Book Review.

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The Book in 3 Sentences

  1. Travel does not have to be expensive or fancy.
  2. You can learn a great deal by getting away from the tourist traps and getting to learn the real people of a country.
  3. Sometimes you need to go with your gut and experience things.


A Comedic take on the past twelve months

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10. Saying, “My co-workers are a little loud today” on a Zoom business meeting to indicate your barking dogs can’t be controlled is neither cute nor funny after the third time.

9. When working from home, the term multi-tasking usually involves some form of pornography.

8. Having to wear “business attire” below the level of the waist should be optional when returning to office life.

7. Teachers really aren't paid enough to put up with our kids.

6. Having an hour of private time while commuting back and forth to work will…


An interesting text for the novice or seasoned professional.

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Ditch Medicine was written for what the author, Hugh L. Coffee, terms the Pre-Hospital Care Provider (PHCP). Prior to the first pages, the reader is warned that the text contents are to be used only by certified medical professionals. With that warning in mind, many EMTs, nurses, or even lay-persons could use the well-thought-out diagrams and pictures contained in some chapters to provide care in a last-ditch effort, should the need arise.


When things don’t start quite as planned.

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After living through the productivity-killing year that was 2020, we should all be experts at living by the seat of our pants. Yet, for those who love our to-do lists, productivity software, and all those little moleskin notebooks, planning and productivity measurements still are a must.

To that end, I spent much of December of 2020 working on plans for starting 2021 off right. Setting up templates and tables on Notion, labelling notebooks, and putting task and to-do reminders on calendars took up a great deal of that time. As the New Year approached, I was ready to get going…


A book review.

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Whether you are looking to truly start over or to add a little extra privacy in an increasingly conspicuous world, this book by Frank Ahearn has several points for you to consider.

As a former skip-tracer, Frank is an expert in the field of disappearing and in finding those who would prefer not to be identified. For decades, he was sought after to find those who preferred running away from their problems.

With this book, he turns his sights on helping those who need to get away. He has helped women evade abusive husbands or stalkers. He…


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Every student out there has but one desire in life…

To not be a student anymore.

We all grow up with the idea that the first twenty years or so of our lives should be spent in a preparatory mode with school and learning. This is then completed, capped by some form of certificate or diploma, and then we move on.

We either get a job, settle into a cushy inheritance, or somehow make our way into the world for the next forty years. Then we retire and are free to live our lives doing whatever we like.

This is…


Weighty Issues

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As the CoVid-19 pandemic continues to rage across the world, a secondary but no less deadly pandemic continues to grow — no pun intended. This secondary pandemic has been going on much longer, kills many more but has not captured the headlines as dramatically.

Obesity kills 2.8 million people worldwide each year. At the time of this writing, obesity deaths are 10 times more than the US death toll from Covid-19 over the past 9 months.

While a vaccine may be on the horizon for CoVid-19 — Pfizer announced a 90% effective vaccine this morning — no such vaccine has…


Life is not an Instagram post

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During this time of unprecedented changes, there is much that so many are suffering from. For many, the suffering is physical — CoVid-19, hunger, or illness brought on by homelessness. However, countless others are suffering, often unseen, with pains of an emotional or psychological nature.

These sufferings can be due to worry for family, friends, or ourselves that we might become the next victim of this new and frightening disease process. For those who have not been classified as “vital employees”, there is worry over where money for bills, the rent, or even the next meal may come from.

Even…


A thankless job in an auto-correct world.

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I consider myself lucky. I had the pleasure of diagraming sentences, learning cursive, and of learning to read using phonetics. This was a time before the cellphone, the home computer, or texting ever existed. We were learning skills that (while we disputed it at the time) would help each of us to rise to the highest levels of our fields.

We disputed this at the time because we had no idea, at age 8, how these critical topics would be utilized.

How could we?

We were more concerned about GI Joes and Barbies…


Your guide to exceptional care, anywhere.

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Well… Anywhere in the US, that is.

In this first of a series of articles, I want to discuss communication. As we all know, communication is foundational to any good relationship. We also know that communication is not something we will ever perfect. We must continuously learn and evolve in how we relate to others, whether new acquaintances or old friends.

One of the reasons I write, blog, and own a podcast is to help others navigate the wilderness of the US healthcare system. …

Jason H. Smith, MD, MBA, FAWM

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