05/13/16 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

“The treatment of the disease may be entirely impersonal; the care of the patient must be completely personal” – Francis Weld Peabody, M.D.

When it comes to health care, the priority concerns tend to be cost, coverage and accessibility. But how many people know, or care, about the ethical and social issues in medicine that can have a huge impact on autonomy, patient rights and compassionate care? Do you know what questions to ask, and how to ask them, when you visit a doctor? Do you know how long it takes for a physician to begin formulating a diagnosis during an initial consult? (Hint: it’s a lot shorter than you think!)  (more…)

03/16/16 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Jeanne Marie Merkel in Mullaghmore, Ireland.

COURTESY PHOTO | Jeanne Marie Merkel in Mullaghmore, Ireland.

Join Jeanne Marie Merkel for an evening of Celtic music, poetry, image and storytelling at Friday Night Dialogues at the Shelter Island Library on March 18.

In her presentation, “Inner and Outer Landscapes of the Celtic Soul,” Ms. Merkel will reflect on her May 2006 vision quest in Ireland and what she learned about the Celtic way of being in relationship to the earth, how it can enrich our inner lives and awaken our dedication to protecting the landscapes we love. (more…)