Risa's Pieces

Risa Denenberg

Risa Denenberg
Seattle, Washington, USA
February 25
Smart Girls Ink
I also blog about end-of-life issues at http://risaden.blogspot.com/


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JANUARY 12, 2010 12:39PM

Job interview today ...

wish me luck!

JANUARY 8, 2010 6:44PM

The ID Badge

 I walked back into the hospital today and turned in my name badge. I haven’t worked there in some weeks, and this errand was a final sad parting. It was hard. For one thing, I didn’t want to run into anyone I knew. I felt the shame of losing the jobRead full post »

JANUARY 7, 2010 7:07PM

Jobless in Seattle (with ideation)

In September 2008, I moved across the continent to take a position with a palliative care practice at a hospital in Seattle. And then, after 16 months, I lost this job that I loved for reasons that will probably always confound me.  I’m still in a bit of shock. I’m fortunate/Read full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2009 11:27PM

Don't tell your mother

I thought of sharing this while reading some of the lonely-sad posts that I have found here this past week, melancholy being a familiar accompanist to 'the holidays' for those of us with recent losses.

As background: I had a pretty serious emotional breakdown in 1998 during which I was… Read full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2009 3:43PM

On my reading list

I have just now read Home by Marilynne Robinson, (it's a simul-quel to Gilead), swallowed in a single sitting, impossible to do otherwise. My eyes burn, my throat is dry and raw from setting down the book now and again so I could pace the room for a moment, moaning and wailing, blow/Read full post »

I learned last month that I will be joining the ranks of the unemployed at the end of this year. This was a terrible shock to me, not because it was so unexpected (although it was completely unexpected), but because I have so loved this job that I moved across the/Read full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2009 12:28PM


for John Jones

If there is a harder way
He will choose it
There always is
It takes memory to snake inside
That crevice at Peril's Peak
You could get hung upside down
Blood unable to circulate in the narrows
Chest crushed, heart losing heart
Risking complete shut-down
To follow that byzantine memory
Filling th… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2009 10:46PM

kol nidre

 There are many ways observe the Jewish faith. The most observant go to shul daily, some three times a day, for prayer. There is the Shabbos Jew, who goes to Shabbos services every week on erev Shabbat, Friday evening, and again on Saturday morning, perhaps on SaturdayRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 8:40PM

Seattle Air

Today I noticed the air in Seattle. It’s soft, spongy, almost silky. As waters in different places differ to the mouth, local air has a unique sensation against the face, upon bare arms. The soothing Seattle air makes me happy I moved here. It’s the kind of surprise that keeps me… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2009 10:33PM

Reform? No. I still want revolution.

So is it accepted that health care reform should not include "undocumented" people living and working in America? Why not? I can't understand any of this mess. I thought the point was not insurance reform--what a joke--but making sure that each person in this country has access to health care service/… Read full post »

Welcome to the seventh issue of Palliative Care Grand Rounds, a potpourri of insightful, relevant, challenging, oft-times poignant and always well-written postings from the blogosphere that focus on palliative care. PGR appears the first Wednesday of each month, rotating from one host to anotherRead full post »

JULY 30, 2009 2:04AM

Fighting the dress code--in Sudan

According to this news report, a woman pled not guilty yesterday in a Sudanese Court to the crime of immodest dress-- wearing slacks in public. Had she pled guilty, as it is noted that many women do in the same situation, she would have been punished with 10 lashes and a fine.… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2009 7:59PM

A day in the life

People ask me what Outpatient Palliative Care is. What do I do? Today was a typical day.

Two of my patients are in the hospital.  I'll see them first. Then I can go to the nursing home and do my home visits. 

RB, 26 years old, wants to go home, has… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2009 12:20PM

Still missing you

For Jon Marshall Greenberg, God is gracious.
February 22, 1956 - July 12, 1993

Journal entry, undated, in the year of his death, 1993 
I have been learning, since I first opened that door, to handle spiritual reality for increasingly longer periods of time. It’s wild in there. I ca… Read full post »


You can do something to show solidarity

Join: 100 Million Facebook members for Democracy in Iran here Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2009 9:19PM


JUNE 14, 2009 12:02PM

Flag Day?

It seems like the less a statesman amounts to the more he adores the flag.   -Kin Hubbard, (1868-1930) Read full post »

JUNE 11, 2009 6:08PM

A few haiku

A springboard diver

that moment, arched in the air,

my longing for you.


This separation-

rent into pieces of me/you

no longer myself.


You say, I don’t know.

It takes years to understand.

This is your answer.


But can you say why?

Must this residue always

haunt… Read full post »

JUNE 10, 2009 11:29AM

Go ahead: call me baby killer

I was the nurse.
In the lab, I methodically reassembled
fetal parts: femur, tibia, vertebrae.
Once a spectacular cochlea–a tiny
snail spiralling to a point of origin.
Each part counted, accounted for.
Each woman comforted, released.  

For ten years in the abortion clinic,
anatomy, embryology,Read full post »

JUNE 6, 2009 11:59PM

Yet another favorite OS one-liners

A tanker of chicken guts had overturned on Route 7 some weeks earlier, and the road still reeked of it.  Asphyxiation is poetic but boring. Distance is no object.

In short: am I unwilling to sell the car because I still love it, because I still need it, or because you're notRead full post »


Preventing falls? C-PAP or tai chi?

Probably not.


Ice cave collapse

Finding myself in the crevices/between places

Where I do not belong


Radio this morning: Air France jet disappears on route.


Shaken-baby syndrome

Blast injuries

Death—it’s just the tip of the iceb… Read full post »

JUNE 3, 2009 7:56PM

Palliative Care Grand Rounds

The June edition of Palliative Care Grand Rounds is now up at Angela Morrow's About.com Guide to Palliative Care. Once a month, someone hosts this interesting group of recent blogs about death, dying, hospice and palliative care. Go and check it out!

Palliative Care Grand Rounds is hosted on the… Read full post »
JUNE 1, 2009 12:09AM

Another doctor murdered

I didn't know George Tiller, but I did know John Bayard Britton and David Gunn. The connection? All three were physicians. All three provided abortion services. And all three were murdered--that is, shot to death at point blank range--by so called "pro-life" killers. 

George Tiller MD was shot… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2009 11:56PM

More favorite OS one-liners

There is an ecstatic feeling I just can't describe in words whenever I plunge into a new vagina for the very first time. Mr E

Mr. E. is terribly confused about women and shoes.  Verbal Remedy

I could tally your assets for days.  Hello”she lied

i dont know what rosy world you… Read full post »
MAY 27, 2009 11:10AM

Blog Whore

Ok, read my interview! Please and thank you!

Here 'tis!