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Alcoholism & Substance Abuse

Dr. Paul
Man with a glass of whiskey.

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend an Al-anon meeting with a family member. Alcoholism and substance abuse are equal opportunity diseases—they can impact families from all backgrounds. While I’ve recommended Al-anon to scores of my patients over the years, I had never actually attended a meeting myself. Read more about Alcoholism & Substance Abuse

Dr. Paul's Tips: Back to School

Dr. Paul
Back to school tips.

I can’t believe it! The long, warm days of summer are coming to an end. And what a summer! Aside from some days of smoky haze, we had great weather. The long dry spell made up for the long wet winter. But I will still savor the sunny days of September.

For kids and parents, the days before the start of the school year are busy. Families fill the malls with back to school shoppers— buying new clothes, new shoes, and replacements for worn out backpacks. I always loved getting school supplies—new notebooks, pencils, and crayons. Read more about Dr. Paul's Tips: Back to School


Pre-pregnancy Thoughts

It’s always a joy to meet a newly pregnant mother (and of course her family) and to embark on the greatest of journeys as her doctor.

What I want to focus on is the pre-pregnancy time frame, during which many topics are important, but I’ll focus on a few that seem to come up frequently. Read more about Pre-pregnancy Thoughts

Is this who we are?

Dr. Paul
Robert E Lee statue in Charlottesville, VA.

The recent events in Charlottesville were troubling and frightening. The images of adults carrying Nazi and KKK symbols, with weapons, openly in our country, brought back many terrifying memories to those of us that grew up in the fifties and sixties. Segregation in the south was a reality during those years.  Civil rights activists were beaten, arrested, and killed. To take a stand against segregation and for equal rights took enormous courage. A friend of my family was one of the civil rights activists who was killed during that era. Read more about Is this who we are?


The Modern Art of Grandparenting

Dr. Paul
Grandparent playing with grandchildren.

Last week, my daughter arrived in Seattle with her husband and her 6-month-old daughter in tow! She is spending two weeks with us, camped out in our bedroom with a “pack and play” crib. Of course, the easiest and most enjoyable part of her visit is holding our granddaughter and watching her put all manner of things in her mouth. Needless to say, she has completely charmed us. We are putty in her hands. Read more about The Modern Art of Grandparenting



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