At Stanford University, a group of researchers studied the ability of four-year olds to wait for a treat. In the experiments, children were offered two marshmallows if they could hold out and overcome the oh-so-tempting one marshmallow that sat within reach. Guess how many children could delay gratification for the bigger, better outcome? Watch: The […]
So how powerful are words? And trophies? As I was cleaning out the attic recently, I came across several boxes full of soccer and little league trophies. There were ribbons and medals from swim meets, too.
The title of this book caught my eye right off the bat, and the mother who sent it to me is raising one of my all time favorite families. You may know her as the lady who created the breakfast cookies we sometimes bake for the patients. As I opened the Blessing of a Skinned […]
It’s June. I love how my city describes the hot, humid days we love to hate. It’s just so ‘close.’ When I came to Richmond to go to medical school and first heard that phrase, I remember thinking, “Close to what?” VCU Medical Center was MCV back then, and when I graduated to become a […]
April is Autism Awareness Month, and when the folks at NBC Channel 12 called to ask if I would help them raise awareness, of course I said, “Yes.” I began thinking about Autism Awareness Month and wondered who decided we needed one. Isn’t everybody aware of autism? The startling reality is, according to the CDC that 1 […]
I attended a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the VCU Medical Center/Children’s Hospital of Richmond and its “planned-for-2014” outpatient pediatric clinic facility… and I’m sure I was the only one who left in tears. Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is the official name of our city’s only full service hospital for children, but most people would […]