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STORIES OF HOPE

Guest Post: Youth, Illness, and Advance Care Directives

==I This piece is a guest-written essay by Leilani Graham, a Palo Alto native and graduate of Henry M. Gunn High School. Leilani is now a San Francisco-based writer,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Sep. 25, 2018
Last comment by George, on Dec 8, 2018 at 9:14 am | 4 comments | 3080 Views

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Selfishness, Poverty, and Lunch

I was late to lunch in a new city, chipped and chilled by biting winds. A man entered my gaze as I hurried forward; he was facing what looked like the city...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Nov. 26, 2018
Last comment by Charlatans, on Dec 2, 2018 at 2:31 pm | 3 comments | 1650 Views

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Trials of My Grandmother

There was no single change which confirmed, to my mind, that my grandmother had suffered a stroke. She had, of course, but I had been trying to see things...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Nov. 12, 2018
Last comment by Mindfulreader, on Nov 16, 2018 at 10:02 am | 2 comments | 2410 Views

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The Death Conversation

==I In this post, we'll be taking a break from our continuing series on Ada's Cafe, and returning to a particularly important theme in my own life, and in the life...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Aug. 27, 2018
Last comment by Art Star, on Nov 12, 2018 at 1:49 am | 2 comments | 2386 Views

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Love, Justice, and Ada's Cafe

Few things are truly indispensable in life. Or even important, for that matter. True, I often act with the opposite perspective—placing status or looks on...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Oct. 29, 2018
Last comment by Votethemout, on Nov 2, 2018 at 9:56 am | 1 comment | 2164 Views

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The Oft-Unseen Fruits of End-of-Life Care

==I The following essay is a modified version of a piece titled, "Compassion and the Uncertain Caregiver," which was recently accepted by the medical journal, Palliative...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Sep. 11, 2018
Last comment by Smith, on Sep 30, 2018 at 9:31 am | 3 comments | 3583 Views

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The Elevating Embrace of a Man with Down Syndrome

==I This piece is the third in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- the 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jul. 2, 2018
Last comment by Susan, on Sep 27, 2018 at 8:50 pm | 1 comment | 2279 Views

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Thought and Matter: A Young Man's Search for Interest and Meaning

==I This piece is the fourth in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- a 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jul. 16, 2018
Last comment by trivani, on Sep 27, 2018 at 2:08 am | 11 comments | 3506 Views

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Modern Hospice Care and The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Readers: Apologies for my recent delay in posts! I've been awaiting approval for pieces on a couple individuals in the Ada's employee series. In the meantime,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jun. 19, 2018
Last comment by ankie147, on Sep 10, 2018 at 8:56 pm | 5 comments | 4173 Views

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A Concrete Joy: The Life and Love of Charlie Foley-Hughes

==I This piece is the sixth in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- a 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Aug. 13, 2018
Last comment by Yvonne, on Aug 18, 2018 at 9:42 am | 1 comment | 2778 Views

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What Am I Striving For?

==I Recently, my work life and professional aspirations have been getting the better of me. In turn, I’ve felt myself getting worse: tension, unease, and discontent...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Apr. 2, 2018
Last comment by pooja, on Jun 25, 2018 at 10:44 pm | 8 comments | 9664 Views

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Alcohol, Opioids, the Loss of a Son: One Couple's Journey Through Pain and Redemption

On a Monday afternoon in October of 2017, Rick and Bev Dyer received the call. Their son, Brian, was in the hospital with a “serious but not life-threatening”...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on May. 1, 2018
Last comment by mjjones33, on Jun 22, 2018 at 10:26 pm | 8 comments | 11933 Views

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Always Moving: Jazmin Toca's Tale of Joy, Disability, and Purpose

==I This piece is the first in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- the 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on May. 14, 2018
Last comment by Ashwin kumar, on Jun 20, 2018 at 6:03 pm | 1 comment | 8623 Views

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At Home with John Collins, Wherever You Are

==I This piece is the second in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- the 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on May. 29, 2018
Last comment by Pkp, on May 29, 2018 at 12:31 pm | 1 comment | 3142 Views

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Data and Compassion: Radical Tools in the Fight for Gun Control

Students in Washington D.C. during National Walkout Day, March 14, 2018. During last week’s National Walkout Day, a nationwide demonstration...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Mar. 19, 2018
Last comment by mohit2931, on May 23, 2018 at 1:34 am | 13 comments | 8984 Views

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Family Matters: Caring for the Dying, and Their Loved Ones

As I walked into the patient room of a local hospice facility early this year, I knew what to expect: An eighty-year-old woman, with gently-curled hair and a strained...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Feb. 20, 2018
Last comment by joepumper, on May 16, 2018 at 7:14 pm | 4 comments | 4149 Views

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Community Revisited, Part One: Would I Raise a Family in Palo Alto?

==I These past few weeks, I have thought quite a bit about community. I've been attending Bible studies and discussions at Stanford, specifically focused on community;...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jan. 29, 2018
Last comment by meycing999, on Apr 29, 2018 at 4:23 am | 19 comments | 6564 Views

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Motherlode of Possibilities: A Posture Village in Silicon Valley

Growing up in India, Esther Gokhale had a natural love for the human body; whether practicing yoga, dancing, or watching Eastern medical masters around her, she...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Mar. 5, 2018
Last comment by Mini Arya, on Apr 23, 2018 at 11:14 pm | 4 comments | 11834 Views

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The Cost of Service

In a gently-lit room, there he laid: a man, seeking comfort in hospice after a long battle with terminal cancer. Oxygen tubes and intravenous ports were his markings...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jan. 16, 2018
Last comment by sdafjdskajf, on Mar 31, 2018 at 6:16 am | 4 comments | 3883 Views

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Reflections on Death, Suffering, and the Beauty in Hospice Care

I spend much of my time as so many do: obsessed. Obsessed over success, over recognition, over comfort. I feel no guilt over these fixations, as...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Dec. 4, 2017
Last comment by Reet, on Feb 25, 2018 at 11:44 pm | 11 comments | 10825 Views
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