The C2S blog draws on the arts, the social and biological sciences to explore the many meanings of health and "dis-ease." Designed to be a locus where patients, their families and professionals can meet on a level playing field, it is the natural off-shoot of the Cell 2 Soul Online Journal. We encourage the submission of ideas, essays, poems, stories, humor, and timely reviews relating to the humanities and health care.
The infinite sky is motionless overhead and the restless water is boisterous. On the seashore of endless worlds the children meet with shouts and dances.
They build their houses with sand, and they play with empty shells. With withered leaves they weave their boats and smilingly float them on the vast deep. Children have their play on the seashore of worlds.
They know not how to swim, they know not how to cast nets. Pearl-fishers dive for pearls, merchants sail in their ships, while children gather pebbles and scatter them again. They seek not for hidden treasures, they know not how to cast nets.
The sea surges up with laughter, and pale gleams the smile of the sea-beach. Death-dealing waves sing meaningless ballads to the children, even like a mother while rocking her baby's cradle. The sea plays with children, and pale gleams the smile of the sea-beach.
On the seashore of endless worlds children meet. Tempest roams in the pathless sky, ships are wrecked in the trackless water, death is abroad and children play. On the seashore of endless worlds is the great meeting of children.
"Rare birds aren’t a rarity in Hawaii, which leads the nation with 35 birds on the endangered species list. The green, tranquil island of Kauai has lost almost half of its native forest bird species. Only eight of the island’s original 13 forest birds still exist, six of which can be found only on Kauai. They include the akekee, the akikiki, and the puaiohi, three species that are on the brink of blinking out."
This is a fine introduction to Kauai's indigenous wildlife.
Recently, I was visiting Kauai, that magical Pacific island, and some friends took me to their favorite Indian restaurant in Kapaa town. There, I chanced to meet my old friend, Tim Lee, an ophthalmologist and an accomplished pianist. During our brief conversation, he told me about work he’s been doing with other physician-musicians in Hawaii, particularly, his partner on Kauai, Dr. Jean Shein, and Honolulu ophthalmic surgeon Dr. Jorge Camara.
Kauai, Hawaii: far from the madding (and maddening) crowd, on this rock in the vast Pacific, amazing people spend their days. The backdrop is (mostly) blue sky with fluffy clouds, whispering trade winds, all-encircling blue ocean, and the constant crowing of the feral jungle fowl. The larger world is far-removed.
In this paradise, for many decades, a woman lived who was held dear by many. She passed away, a month shy of 60, recently and her friends held a memorial service to celebrate her life. One wrote the poem which follows. Please spend a moment to honor the life of Jessei Jardin:
What is a Life?
What is a life?
Who is to say how it should be spent?
God gives us the spark
And we are the keepers of the flame.
We can smile and light up a room
Or we can quietly teach by example.
We can walk or sway to the beat
Of our own drum.
We can sew glorious costumes
Or sow seeds of friendship wherever we go.
We can force others to bend to our will
Or let them learn at their own speed.
We can allow others their illogical way
Or walk away without judgment.
It is up to us.
Jessi you have always had all your “ors” in the water.