Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait – Slight Asymmetry

I introduced asymmetry in yesterday’s portrait accidentally. I was too tired to fix it and published it as it was. My artistic error gave way to musings on asymmetry and my efforts to understand Mike, my older brother who is autistic, nonverbal and low functioning. I’ve been thinking a lot about Mike these days.  He […]

Hospital Communication: Do Not Consider that Your Message is Understood the First Time

My brother Mike is in hospital. It is bad enough that he is not allowed visitors, but he is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. Mike has been a regular at the hospital. His care givers pay close attention to keeping him healthy. His problems are now worse than they have ever been. He is 70 […]

Palliative Care

We met with the palliative care folks today. They talked a lot about the Advanced Healthcare Directive. The gist of it is, you can change your mind at any point, but if you have decided, for example, that you don’t want to be revived, you put it in your directive, if you become unconscious, your loved ones can just […]