Tales of Tragedy & Triumph

October 23, 2013

I was asked today what the most interesting aspect of my job as a doctor is.

I answered: the story.

It is the privilege of hearing the stories of others, and sometimes playing a small part in their stories, that I find most compelling.

And most heartbreaking.

Because not all stories are easy, and not all stories end well.

And, largely, I am entering the story long after it began. I have no control over what came before.

Even worse, I have little control (far less than I might like) over what will come next. All I can do is show up, and offer my best.

Which sometimes is good enough, and sometimes not.

Because, of course, I can only play the part I have been offered. I am not a god. I am not omnipotent, nor omniscient.

That is, in the end, life.

We expose ourselves to heartbreak, or we don’t

We show up, or chose to hide.

We know sadness, and joy, and frustration, and love for our fellow beings.

We decide every day, as doctors and as humans, whether we will commit to being part of the story.

We hope you enjoy our conversations with Michael Paterniti, author of The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese, and Sheila Nee of Lives in the Balance. Thank you for being part of our story.


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Join us on Sunday, October 27 for our episode "Tales of Tragedy & Triumph," featuring guests Michael Paterniti and Sheila Nee.

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Financial Fitness

October 15, 2013

Tempting it is (and probably smart) to pick low hanging fruit first.

This notion applies to a wide variety of situations, both literal and figurative.

If one is, literally, confronted with a fruit-laden apple tree, it makes no sense to climb over ripe produce hanging from lower branches in order to reach that which is situated closer to the top.

Once the more easily accessed apples are gone, however, by necessity it is the uppermost branches which must be tackled.

Unless there are many other trees from which to gather fruit.

If there is but a single tree, then the choice is clear: every effort must be made to reach the top.

No matter how difficult the climbing may be.

The upward climb may exhausting, and seemingly endless. Each question begets a new question; each financial layer peeled back reveals another financial layer previously unrealized.

Some of the apples are wormy; some rotten.

Very few are sweet.

Yet every single apple is important. Each must be sought out and retrieved.

Until someday, that final apple will be picked, and laid to rest in a basket amongst its lower hanging brethren.

Then re-growth will begin.

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Please join us Sunday, October 20 for our show "Financial Fitness" featuring guests Kate Northrup, author of Money: A Love Story, Tom Shepard of Shepard Financial, and Stephanie Cabot, Founder/Owner/Cycling Instructor at Reve Cycling Studio.


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October 08, 2013

Autumn has arrived, and with it, the leaf-peepers.

Leaf peepers are a wonderful subclass of tourists who enjoy traveling to Northern climes in search of brilliant fall foliage.

Maine, home to thousands of acres of deciduous trees, offers a special treat to those who would peep at leaves.

Maine is a special place to visit for much of the year—and those who offer hospitality to our visitors are in large part responsible for this fact.

I have had my share of experience offering hospitality to Maine visitors.

As a high school student, I manned the counters at various Freeport retail establishments, and waitressed at the (now defunct) Down East Village restaurant in my home town.

Later, I became an in-state visitor, and have had memorable moments at many fine Maine eateries and hotels.

It feels good to take care of people, and to be cared for by others.

These experiences offer a unique type of healing, from which we might all benefit.

Executive chef Jonathan Cartwright of The White Barn Inn, and Camden Harbour Inn co-owner Raymond Brunyanszki can attest to this.

They have delivered healing hospitality to thousands of Maine visitors and locals.

Though people may come to the state for our autumn leaves and beautiful vistas, they return—again and again—for our healing hospitality.

What a gift it is that we may offer this to the world.

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Please join us on Sunday, October 13 for our show "Hospitality," featuring guests Jonathan Cartwright, executive chef at The White Barn Inn and Raymond Brunyanszki, co-owner of the Camden Harbour Inn.

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Economies of Scale

October 01, 2013

I did not learn how to host a radio show in medical school.

Nor did I learn how to create the business that would enable a radio show to become financially sustainable.

Although some of the skills that have been important in my doctoring career—learning how to listen, how to problem-solve and how to organize, to name a few—have proven equally critical in my radio show life, there were many skills I had yet to learn.

Now in our third year of the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour & Podcast, and on our 108th episode, I continue to learn new skills, and practice the ones recently acquired.

Here in Maine, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. We work with the resources we have, creating new and interesting products to share with the world. No small feat, given our geography and relatively small population base.

This is our birthright. We are farmers and fishermen; mill-workers and river guides.

We are fiercely independent, and the same time admittedly interdependent.

We rely heavily on our community as we pursue our entrepreneurial paths.

I’ve relied heavily on the community at Maine Magazine, and the Maine Media Collective, as I’ve learned the skills necessary to bring this radio show to life.

More importantly, I’ve learned which skills I lack, and which tasks are more efficiently and effectively performed by others.

This week’s radio show guests, Philip Conkling, founder of the Island Institute and contributing editor at Maine Magazine, and Dream Local founder & Client Success Officer, Shannon Kinney, understand the entrepreneurial process.

Entrepreneurs themselves, they have brought their unique talents to Maine, creating and nurturing organizations that act as valuable resources for our community.

Their organizations brighten the face of the local economy.

Like me, they learned many of their current skills as they’ve gone along, never assuming that their formal education would meet all of their future needs, and always seeking to hone the skills that would make their businesses a success.

I’m fortunate to spend time with individuals such as Philip Conkling, Shannon Kinney and the team at the Maine Media Collective.

Long after my graduation from medical school, my education continues.

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Please join us this Sunday, October 6 for our show "Economies of Scale," featuring guests Philip Conkling, Contributing Editor at Maine Magazine and founder of the Island Institute and Shannon Kinney, Founder/Client Success Officer, Dream Local.

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