EARLY IN LIFE, WHEN WE ARE STARTING TO MAKE AN INCOME, WE MAY WANT TO DONATE A PORTION OF OUR INCOME TO HELP SUPPORT OUR PLACE OF WORSHIP, HELP THE ELDERLY, HELP CHILDREN, HELP THE HOMELESS, OR TO HELP UNWANTED PETS. GO AHEAD, DONATE. START SMALL. DO NOT DELAY UNTIL WE ARE FINANCIALLY STABLE BEFORE WE ACT ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO US.

Charles Tadros, M.D. April 14, 2022 Saint Louis, Missouri

ONCE WE ARE CONVINCED THAT IMPORTANT CHANGES NEED TO BE MADE IN OUR LIVES (OR WE ACTUALLY MAKE THESE CHANGES), OUR WORK IS NOT DONE. SINCE NONE OF US LIVE IN A VACUUM, WHAT MAY BE LEFT TO DO IS TO CONVINCE OTHERS TO: ALLOW THESE CHANGES, ACCEPT THESE CHANGES, SUPPORT US IN THESE CHANGES, OR AT LEAST NOT BLOCK OR CHALLENGE THESE CHANGES. OFTEN, OTHERS ARE NOT ONBOARD WITH OUR CHANGES, SO WE HAVE TO DECIDE IF WE ARE GOING TO SPEND TIME AND ENERGY CONVINCING THESE PEOPLE, OR IGNORING THESE PEOPLE.

What we often forget is that our changes force others to think about, or even expend energy on: understanding what is happening, supporting us, or even possibly needing to make their own changes. Charles Tadros, M.D. April 10, 2022 Saint Louis, Missouri

MANY TIMES WHEN ADULTS HAVE HAD DIFFICULT CHILDHOODS (trauma, familial instability, abandonment, abuse, fear, confusion, personal or family member illnesses) THE STABLE AND SECURE FOUNDATIONS WHICH SHOULD HAVE DEVELOPED, NEVER FORMED. THESE HEALTHY FOUNDATIONS ARE IMPERATIVE IN ALLOWING YOUNGSTERS TO EVENTUALLY LEAVE THE NEST, EXPLORE, QUESTION, EXPERIMENT, FAIL, LEARN, AND STILL BE ABLE TO COME BACK TO LOVE, KINDNESS, APPROPRIATE CONSEQUENCES, REASONABLE BOUNDARIES, AND ACCEPTANCE. THESE ACTIONS AND RESPONSES ARE NEEDED IN ORDER TO HELP CHILDREN, WHO ARE NOW ADULTS, TO FORM A HEALTHY SENSE OF SELF AND TO BE ABLE TO HEALTHFULLY SELF REGULATE.

Charles Tadros, M.D. March 6, 2022 Saint Louis, Missouri

By definition, learning something new means that we: don’t understand, haven’t been exposed to, are not familiar, or have no prior knowledge with which to make a connection between the familiar and unfamiliar.

Many of us were expected to have straight “A’s” from school in order to prove our knowledge and mastery. However, adults do not need “A’s” in order to gain the practical knowledge which allows us to function better in our jobs and in our lives. When adults state that, “It’s too late for me toContinue reading “By definition, learning something new means that we: don’t understand, haven’t been exposed to, are not familiar, or have no prior knowledge with which to make a connection between the familiar and unfamiliar.”

ON DEATH AND DYING

Sitting with, living with, or caring for someone for the last few weeks or months of life are the most revealing to what it really takes to provide good care and comfort for the terminally ill and the dying. Dropping in for a few minutes or FaceTiming the terminally ill or dying does not giveContinue reading “ON DEATH AND DYING”

For years, Saint Louis had the Globe Democrat, Post-Dispatch, Beacon (online) and other newspapers. All of these sources of news have/had different politics and different points of view. News outlets have always had a point of view (and not just expressed in their editorial columns). This makes for a lot of work for the rest of us if we do not want to rely on the story angle, or the data, facts, and statistics from one, “authoritative”, source.

Charles Tadros, M.D. February 4, 2022 Saint Louis, Missouri

OCCASIONALLY WE HAVE TO HAVE A PROPER FUNERAL AND PAY OUR RESPECTS FOR ALL THE WISE ADVICE FROM OTHERS, AS WELL AS FOR OUR OWN INSIGHTFUL EXPERIENCES, PERCEPTIONS, AND WELL THOUGH-OUT ASSUMPTIONS, WHEN ANY OFF THESE ARE NO LONGER HELPFUL IN IMPROVING, OR RESOLVING OUR CURRENT PROBLEMS.

It is so important for us to be able to properly let go in order for us to be able to move on. Glean truths and applicable advice from others as well as our own wisdom, but don’t be married to these if they do not unstick us or help us move forward. Charles Tadros,Continue reading “OCCASIONALLY WE HAVE TO HAVE A PROPER FUNERAL AND PAY OUR RESPECTS FOR ALL THE WISE ADVICE FROM OTHERS, AS WELL AS FOR OUR OWN INSIGHTFUL EXPERIENCES, PERCEPTIONS, AND WELL THOUGH-OUT ASSUMPTIONS, WHEN ANY OFF THESE ARE NO LONGER HELPFUL IN IMPROVING, OR RESOLVING OUR CURRENT PROBLEMS.”

W. E. B. DU BOIS

“WE SHOULD MEASURE THE PROSPERITY OF A NATION NOT BY THE NUMBER OF MILLIONAIRES, BUT BY THE ABSENCE OF POVERTY, THE PREVALENCE OF HEALTH, THE EFFICIENCY OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO CAN AND DO READ WORTHWHILE BOOKS.” (One does not have to believe or agree with every action or thoughtContinue reading “W. E. B. DU BOIS”

TRADITIONALLY, THE VERBAL DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLIC POLICY BY PUBLIC OFFICIALS HAD TO BE PERFORMED USING BASIC LANGUAGE, WITH DEFINITIVE WORDING, USING SOUND BITES, EVEN IF THE POLICY WAS NUANCED, AND THE SUPPORTING INFORMATION AND THOUGHT PROCESSES WERE COMPLEX, FLUID, AND NONDEFINITIVE.

With the internet of rapidly available information, along with opinion blogs, others can rapidly check an official’s word, work, current and previous statements, as well as obtain contrarian information and viewpoints. Now, more than ever, public officials need to explain their thinking, their sourcing of information, the implications and consequences of the stated policy, andContinue reading “TRADITIONALLY, THE VERBAL DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLIC POLICY BY PUBLIC OFFICIALS HAD TO BE PERFORMED USING BASIC LANGUAGE, WITH DEFINITIVE WORDING, USING SOUND BITES, EVEN IF THE POLICY WAS NUANCED, AND THE SUPPORTING INFORMATION AND THOUGHT PROCESSES WERE COMPLEX, FLUID, AND NONDEFINITIVE.”