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Person: from the Latin ‘Persona.’  An actor’s mask, a character in a play.  Merriam-Webster. Americans of all stripes are wearing masks to a degree never before seen in our history. What messages do these face masks convey? And how – in our wearing them – may we be changing our very character and the roles we play? To address these questions,...
My column last month was a bit of a jeremiad, a litany of woes and dire predictions. I wrote not just to express my mood but to acknowledge that many of us are feeling discouraged and impatient and just plain bored. And that’s okay. We can use those frustrations as resolve to do the hard things we need to...
As you may have heard, Michelle and I are closing Crozet Running on September 30. This is the end of seven life-changing years for us serving this community. Closing a business is hard and emotional, and I suppose you could ask if we are bitter or upset. You might think that we may want to blame politicians. Damn you, President...
A deep weariness has settled into my bones. I feel like I am living the plot to the movie Groundhog Day, where every day is a repeat of the day before and nothing changes. It has been six months since the first COVID-19 case was diagnosed in the US and still we do not have a national plan to...
By Dr. Maura McLaughlin Editor’s Note: The Gazette asked Dr. Maura McLaughlin, a family medicine physician with an independent practice in Crozet, to help us understand where we stand now with COVID-19 and what we should do next. Without naming names, your editor certifies that the virus is bona fide here in Crozet. We give our sincere thanks to the health...
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – Declaration of Independence, 1776. Slavery Ended!  When Will Justice Begin?  Black Lives Matter!!!  Language on sign held high by protester, front cover of June...
As with many mental health disorders, bipolar disorder is often misunderstood. Many of us, myself included, have used the word “manic” to describe a friend who is racing around, with a lot of energy, talking fast about a bright idea. Or we have used the word “bipolar” to describe someone who gets angry and irritated easily and quickly. The concept...

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Insights for Flourishing: Masks: Their Meaning in the Era of COVID-19

Person: from the Latin ‘Persona.’  An actor’s mask, a character in a play.  Merriam-Webster. Americans of all stripes are wearing masks to a degree never...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: The Splendid and the Vile

My column last month was a bit of a jeremiad, a litany of woes and dire predictions. I wrote not just to express my...

Back to Fitness: “Never Say Goodbye”

As you may have heard, Michelle and I are closing Crozet Running on September 30. This is the end of seven life-changing years for...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Strong Medicine

A deep weariness has settled into my bones. I feel like I am living the plot to the movie Groundhog Day, where every day...

Keep Your Distance: A Coronavirus Perspective

By Dr. Maura McLaughlin Editor’s Note: The Gazette asked Dr. Maura McLaughlin, a family medicine physician with an independent practice in Crozet, to help us...

Insights for Flourishing: In Pursuit of Justice and Happiness This 4th of July

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,...

Bipolar Disorder: The Other Mood Disorder

As with many mental health disorders, bipolar disorder is often misunderstood. Many of us, myself included, have used the word “manic” to describe a...