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121: Minimalism should be called Maximalism

Ep. 121

People see my apartment and often describe me or my lifestyle as minimalist.

I don't like labeling people or being labeled, but if anything, a more apt label would be maximalist.

You might see the lack of stuff, but my focus is on values, relationships, self-awareness, free time, fun, joy, mental freedom, physical freedom, simplicity, space, delicious food, beauty, fitness, social and emotional skills, happiness, emotional reward, and so on.

You can't see those things, but I focus on them. The more joy I create in my life, the more I want to create more, which a TV gets in the way of for me.

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340: Michael Turner, DDS, MD: On the front line of Covid-19 in New York City

Ep. 340
Want inside views of covid-19 in the epicenter of the epicenter?Michael has been working at the front line of Covid-19 in New York City.He's also my brother-in-law who has known me since the 80s. I started the pattern of bringing people to share inside views of my work with my mom's episode, which I encourage you to listen to.He shares inside views on the flaws and weaknesses of both.He starts by sharing stories only surgeons can---for example, of saving someone's life on an airplane. You know in movies when the plane captain asks if there's a doctor on board? It happened to Michael when he was the only doctor on the flight---then just starting. He says he didn't fully save a guy's life, but it sounded close. Based in New York, he also treated a Victoria's Secret model and famous actors and singers.Then we covered the pandemic. You'll hear how he risked his life to conduct surgeries of patients with Covid-19, inside views of doctors fed insufficient information seeing the pandemic dawn on them, dealing with government, and dealing with the looming threat of having to choose who might live or die. Most of all, hearing the inner sentiment that drives a care giver to go into harm's way for another person's health.Then we talk about what brought me to invite him: his seeing me change over the years. I got more than I expected and different views than my mom.It's two conversations---one on the front lines, the other personal, both meaningful, both honest and candid.My mom's episode