Editor's Note Vol 5: Iss 1

This collection of work comes from a Group Health Writer’s Conference. Participants were asked to write for 10-15 minutes, creating a “Quick Write” piece to share with their group and with us. These short stories, told in a few minutes, tell stories deeply personal, heartfelt, and heartwarming; stories of becoming whole, finding self, finding home, and helping patients to become whole—emotionally if not physically. These are stories of loss and hope; stories of humanity. The images reflect that humanity: a flower from a loved one and a mother’s “worship flower,” a footstep in the sand, and more.

 We tell our stories and create images to express our human experience; we read stories and gaze upon art to share in that experience, to learn from the experience of others, and to revel in our own humanity. I hope you enjoy these brief revelries.

—Max McMillen, ELS

Naag Champa

Artwork, Volume 5; Issue 1

Naag Champa

Photograph taken in Mumbai, in the home where I grew up, with a Nikon F100 camera, a Nikon 105 mm f2.8 macro lens, and Fuji Velvia 50 film.

“Naag Champa”: My mother’s worship flower.

For her morning prayers, my mother would collect a few fresh blossoms from our garden and place them as an offering to Lord Shiva. In 2003, on one such morning while visiting her, I decided to photograph the flower because of its unusual structure.

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