Day 522: The Core of Discovery

Yesterday, I revisited pacemaker clinic.  Bob — who is part of my team there — reprogrammed my pacemaker, which was a definite improvement.

Here’s Bob:



While I’ve known Bob for many years, I discovered some new things about him, yesterday. For example, Bob:

  • doesn’t read my blog (or any other blog),
  • considers himself old-fashioned,
  • can picture himself living in the early 1800’s, and
  • admires The Corps of Discovery.

Do you know what The Corps of Discovery is?

Yesterday, I thought Bob was saying:

The Core of Discovery.

until he explained how it was really spelled, and that it was the original name for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Here’s what Google first discovers, this morning, about Corps of Discovery:

Lewis and Clark Expedition – an expedition sent by Thomas Jefferson to explore the northwestern territories of the United States; led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark; traveled from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River from 1803 to 1806


Bob also told me about a favorite book, about the Corps of Discovery:


I like the name of that book, very much.

After my visit with Bob yesterday, where I felt very validated and renewed, I held a core of discovery in my heart, as I made passage back through the hospital. That is, I viewed everything with new eyes, including what I saw in the hallway of The Floating Hospital, the children’s unit of Tufts Medical Center:



According to Wikipedia:

In 1894, the Boston Floating Hospital was established by a Congregational minister, the Rev. Rufus Tobey. At the time, many believed in the cleansing and therapeutic qualities of sea air to improve health, and Tobey had heard of a hospital ship for children in New York. For the next 33 years, two successive ships were home to the hospital for children in Boston Harbor. In 1931, after the second Floating Hospital for Children ship was destroyed in a fire, the hospital was relocated to a permanent building onshore.

I also saw more, yesterday, in the hallway there:






Now, I’m off to make more discoveries about being a group therapist, at the first day of a three-day conference.

Thanks to Bob (although he’ll probably never see this); to the Corps (and the Core) of Discovery; to Alison Hayes, Meg Dempsey, Jeremy Zschau, and all others contributing to the art I saw yesterday; to  children in hospitals everywhere; to those who have navigated through rough seas; and to you —  of course! — for discovering here, with me, on this day.*

* The 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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19 thoughts on “Day 522: The Core of Discovery

  1. To the fleet of folks who care for my friend Ann, and to the wonder of discovery that you hold so dear in the very center of that very special heart of yours, my friend, I float this humble tribute of respect this morning.

  2. Gene Phillips

    Wonderful post! I especially loved the poems.

  3. “Undaunted Courage” indeed. Lovely post especially the poetry.

  4. yeseventhistoowillpass

    I learned something! Lewis and Clark are very popular lately.

  5. So glad the adjustment brought relief! Have a great weekend – travel safe!

    • Thanks, Kate! Your thoughtful comments give me relief, too. I’m relieved that I only have to travel a few miles to get to the conference.

  6. I actually have that book on my shelf – not sure how it got there – but I’m reading it this weekend. Thanks for the informative post!

    • I could tell Bob really loved that book. I want to read it, too! Many thanks for your comment, and I hope your weekend is enjoyable, through and through.

  7. You should email the link of this post to Bob! Love the history of the floating hospital and all the lovely poems. How lovely it would be to be on a boat gently rocking on the water. So grateful for Bob and others who take care of you.
    Diana xo

    • I will email Bob this link; we’ll see if he reads it. Your comments make me feel gently held, rocked, and cared for, Diana. I am so grateful for that.

  8. Bob seems such a great person! You are surrounded by love, expertise and inspiration in so many ways Ann. 🙂

    • You are part of that surrounding circle of love, expertise, and inspiration, Val (in case you didn’t know). And Bob is a great person, too!

  9. Bob was a good sport to let you take his picture, especially since he’s not a blogger! 🙂 I am a bit of a Meriwether Lewis fan, especially after following blogger/author Andra Watkins and her recently published book, “To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis.” You might find her blog interesting. She recently walked the 444-mile Natchez Trace because it was the trail Lewis followed. I think Bob would really like her…too bad he doesn’t read blogs. LOL! It sounds like you have some wonderful people on your medical team. 🙂

    • I am so glad to hear about your regard for fellow explorers.

      You are an excellent judge of character: Bob is a very good sport, and a kind, caring, and thoughtful person. I am an excellent judge of character, and I can tell you share these qualities with my old friend Bob.

      I have wonderful people, indeed, on my medical and WordPress teams. Thank you!!

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