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I truly believe that we will all live in peace and brotherhood someday. And so that I don't lose my faith in humanity, I will live my life as if that day had already happened.

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Any Will Shakespeare fans out there? We're cooking up this weekend's post.

Over dinner and drinks.

Ask us anything...

Saturday, December 6th. The Weekend Edition of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.

"You are a shallow, cowardly hind, and you lie."

Henry IV, Part I, Act II, Scene 3, Line 15

Last day at the homeless clinic.

This clinic has been a part of my life in one way or another for almost ten years. I worked here as a Medical Assistant until 2008, when I left to attend Physician Assistant School. Right after graduation in 2010, I found myself back here doing the work I love, providing health care for the homeless population.

What with one thing and another, the municipal organization that contracted for medical care has decided not to renew our contract. So today is my last day.

It's not all bad, though. They were planning to dilute the mission here, admitting patients from subsidized housing, and so on. And that's fine. They need health care, too. but my heart is really with the people who are grinding it out, day by day, on the streets.

I'll still be with the same community health organization that hired me in 2010. But now, I'll be working at our mainstream clinic full-time. And thanks to the ACA, a lot of my homeless patients will be able to follow me over there, since they have insurance now, and won't need grant-covered health care. Thank you, President Obama!

So, it's not all bad. And I'll have a shorter commute from now on. But I will miss this place.
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