Reflections From My Twilight Years

Ed Dodge, MD

Ed Dodge, MD

A blog by Ed Dodge, M.D.

Introduction

It’s clear that I’ve entered the twilight years of my life. My perspective about life has changed. Achievements are not as important as they used to seem. Relationships with others, especially friends and loved ones, always important, are more so now. Other subtle changes in my outlook come up from time to time. None of this is bad. Indeed, it makes life interesting.

I’m able to do some writing again, but rather than revive my newsletter, I’m starting this new blog. These reflections may be about health, but may range widely over many areas of life. They may be unconventional enough to surprise you, but they will reveal my honest outlook.

My new blog posts will be published at intervals varying from weekly to monthly.

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