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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | May 4th, 2019

Friendship, A Vital Nutrient

Today would have been the 59th birthday of a dear friend of mine, who tragically was killed in a car accident shortly after his 21st birthday. I was driving; and the ensuing grief was compounded by deep remorse that I carry to this day. The circle of friends that surrounded us were never quite the…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | April 5th, 2019

A Life with Purpose

I speak to many people each day about health. In fact, once they find out I’m a physician, the questions fly. And, I get it. There’s a great desire to be healthy and any symptoms or conditions that get in the way of that can be irritating at least, if not debilitating at worst. But,…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | February 4th, 2019

When Death Comes – A Tribute to Mary Oliver

Each month, in this “MoonLetter,” I try to capture a concept and distribute it along with some of my own thoughts and reflection. I truly hope they are of some benefit. Indeed, I sincerely care about its meaning and value, and spend some time with it, in preparation. This is a creative process, one that…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | January 5th, 2019

What Do You Desire?

As a physician, I am used to questions about health. My formal training was to treat the subject in the most concrete and materialistic way, focusing on the physical aspects of the body, almost exclusively. (Indeed, modern culture might be defined by that word…. materialism.) Of course, my “professional” entry into this world began in…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | December 7th, 2018

Meet Me in The Field

As the year comes to a close, like many, I begin to think ahead, while I reflect back. If I can manage to stay afloat amongst the swirling winds of social pressure to consume, it is a time of consolidation, integration and renewal. In that spirit, I am drawn to this quote by Rumi that…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | November 7th, 2018


Though it’s been a fairly rainy autumn here in the Northeast, on those occasional autumnal nights when the sky is clear, the stars seem especially bright. Indeed, the air, this time of the year, has a characteristic quality of lightness itself. I find it particularly profound, and moving – this quote by one of my…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | October 9th, 2018

The Cults in our Culture

You only have to watch the news for a few seconds, or scan the paper or your Facebook feed, to see it. The “us” and “them” mentality seems to be intensifying. Also true is that this is not new. As far back as recorded history, the story has remained much the same: oppression — the…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | September 3rd, 2018

What Trees can Teach Us About Life

Ever since I was a little boy, I was fascinated by trees. I remember this became painfully obvious to me after a hurricane hit Long Island where I grew up. There was this Weeping Willow in my backyard that I loved to climb that came down in the storm. I remember going up to it…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | August 11th, 2018

Love, The Only Medicine You Need

This month I’m going to go a little farther out on the limb of a tree I’ve been cultivating–the primacy of a spiritual compass and its relationship to Medicine. I’ll admit up front, I know that I’m running the risk of upsetting you. So, I apologize in advance, because it’s not my intention to turn…

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