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.
"On a cloudless Sunday afternoon in April, a 100-year-old woman named Ida Keeling laced up her mustard yellow sneakers and took to the track at the Fieldston School in the Bronx. Her arrival was met without fanfare. In fact, no one in the stands seemed to notice her at all."
This is a fine piece about healthy aging. Ms. Keeling is an outlier; but it is important to study (and celebrate) the lives of exceptional people. If you click on the article, don’t skip the one minute video!
Her nail polish was the same color as mine. The same silver ipod was clipped to her Nike running shorts. Aside from the banded design tattooed on her ankle and the star at her right hip, I felt as though I was looking at myself lying there on the table, dry-fit top and sports bra being cut away, central lines and IV’s being placed. What was she thinking of as she laced up her running shoes that afternoon? Certainly not that her run would lead her here...
He had come back east at the beginning of the month to see his family for the holidays. It was the first Christmas without his grandfather. The young man had lost his job—got laid off—and left his car at his apartment in Utah. “Go back,” his landlady had told him. “Go back east and figure things out.” more»
Brian T. Maurer has practiced pediatrics as a Physician Assistant for thirty years. His "Marginal Notes" column appears periodically in the Cell2Soul Blog. The title "Marginal Notes" is taken from a quote by Henry David Thoreau: "I love a broad margin to my life."