Empathy, Education and Respect: A Prescription for Racism in Medicine

Originally posted on A Better NHS:
What can we do about racism in medicine? “Change means growth and growth can be painful. But we sharpen self-definition by exposing the self in work and struggle together with those we define as different from ourselves, although sharing the same goals.” Audre Lorde I grew up in Kent,…

I would have never…

I belong to the Grassmarket Community Project, a gem of a place in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, also a gem of a project. I didn’t join for the architecture, but for the attitude of a community where everyone, anyone, can feel positive about themselves, valued and connected to others. I started my membership … More I would have never…

A Thin Blue Line

For some weeks I have been wading through reading a book: Alex. S. Vitale, The End of Policing and suddenly it is heartbreakingly relevant. The book blurb says: The problem is policing itself. Is that the problem? or Is it that policing has to change? [I remember when the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the police force … More A Thin Blue Line

Lockdown Birthday

What to do on one’s birthday in Lockdown? OK – first I find it very hard to get to grips with a number like 77 as it doesn’t seem it should be different from any other number. So I searched [using ecosia of course, not G**%#^]. I found Angel Number 77 is an Indication of … More Lockdown Birthday

Yet Another Day

Settling into a pattern where I forget what day it is, but somehow quite often they are nice days. I took the bicycle out again yesterday and rode the Innocent Path and along to Jewel. For those of you who do not know Edinburgh, those names will not evoke the frames they do for anyone … More Yet Another Day

Crazy as a Coot

Why are coots called crazy? On Block island our birdwalking group was called the “Crazy as a Coot” birdwalkers. There I learned how to look, even if I didn’t know which bird I was looking at. Now I look out the Edinburgh window. During lockdown, I had a brainstorm that said the work-table should not … More Crazy as a Coot