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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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