A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.
It's a chilly February afternoon, as ordinary as an old coat. Beyond
the clinic window, occasional snowflakes float without purpose in the updraft
from below. A physician, who is in the middle years of her ordered life, absentmindedly
leafs through a travel magazine. She flips the page, and an aerial view of
the San Juan Islands, with lumps of lush green land amid clear blue water,
rests in her lap. Thoughts of Seattle, of sailing and scopolamine patches,
of Spain, of fresh crab bounce through her head as carefree as the gusty winds
outside. She has come for her annual gynecologic examination.
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