Sweet Dreams

Apparently I’m stressed about something lately, because I keep having my current stress dream.  The one that my brain defaults to now is this:  I’m somehow called back to my former job as a hospitalist, taking care of sick kids in the hospital along with a team of residents and medical students.  My dream brainContinue reading “Sweet Dreams”

Summer Feet

“They feel too small!” exclaimed my 8 year old, complaining over the gym shoes that were actually a size too large.  “Give me back my sandals. It’s only the first day of school, nobody will care.” ****** Growing up, back to school shoe shopping was a rare treat.  The Bier kids were allotted two pairsContinue reading “Summer Feet”

Intense, Vivid, Saturated

Note:  I was asked to give the toast at my 20 year reunion at Lawrence University this past weekend.  People seemed to enjoy it, so I’ve reprinted the text below.   It’s always so magical to get back here and grapple with the simultaneous reality of permanence and change.  I am always happy to beContinue reading “Intense, Vivid, Saturated”

Good neighbors don’t need fences

Making friends as an adult is a tricky, tricky proposition. If you’ve got kids, that’s a good place to start.  I’ve found it useful to identify potential friends among my kids’ parent group by complaining about something and seeing if anyone joins in.  Just a little bit, I mean they have to know what they’re gettingContinue reading “Good neighbors don’t need fences”