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Monday Memo: The High Calling of Servanthood

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As long-time readers know, I have the privilege of serving as a visiting professor at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have recently identified their core values as: Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Excellence, and Servanthood and asked me to speak to the faculty and staff on the topic of servanthood. I thought you might be interested in seeing my remarks. I'm grateful to Dr. Charles Stanley on his teaching on the topic and my talk is adapted from a 2010 sermon he gave on the topic. (more…)
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Monthly Family Update – August 2020

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                                             Monthly Family Update – August 2020 Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Hate is too great a burden to bear: My Past as a Racist More Nice Endorsements for “The Best Medicine” Want to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else? Vaccine Study Answers to last month’s prayers Prayer requests for this month Past Issues (more…)
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Monday Memo – “Ask Dr. Walt” column on sleep

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I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here are my Q&A's on sleep issues from the July 2020 issue You can click on any you’re interested reading. I hope you’ll consider getting a subscription: Can Poor Sleep Harm My Health? I don’t get as much sleep as I used to. I’ve read that poor sleep can actually harm my health. How can that be? — Sleeping Less in Alabama Advice for Better ZZZs What are some tips to improve my sleep? — Wanting to Snore More in Texas Treating Sleeplessness What are the best treatment options for insomnia? My doctor says health professionals are no longer using sleeping medications long-term. What’s that all about? — Insomniac in Iowa
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Monday Memo – More Great Endorsements for “The Best Medicine”

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I’ve told you in past letters about my next book, coming this October, about my early practice days in Kissimmee, Florida. It’s called “The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor.” I’ve received more nice endorsements, and I’m so happy to share these with you: PREORDER HERE Dr. Walt Larimore has written a delightful look at the life of a small-town doctor chock-full of interesting characters and medical tales. This is the kind of book you want to sip like sweet tea but wind up drinking in a satisfying gulp. You will enjoy the journey!Chris Fabry Moody Radio host and author of A Piece of the Moon I was raised a small-town girl—one who moved from the low country of coastal Georgia to the ‘big city’ in Central…
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An Independence Day Remembrance of My Father – A True Hero

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Today many of us will gather with family and friends for barbecues and picnics to celebrate our country's 242nd Independence Day. But, at some point between the hot dogs, hamburgers, and the firecrackers, I hope each of us will take time to reflect on what Independence Day is really about – remembering the sacrifices of our American soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and guardsman who have given their service (and some their lives) to protect the freedoms so many of us take for granted.  (more…)
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Monthly Family Update – July 2020

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Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: SPECIAL: Racism and the Church - Where do we go from here?More Great Endorsements for “The Best Medicine” Want to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else?2020 Walk for LifeToday’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” columnWhat a Blessing I Received3.5 MILLION WORDS!?!?Answers to last month’s prayersPrayer requests for this monthPast Issues 1) SPECIAL: Racism and the Church - Where do we go from here? Some young black followers of Jesus have posted a remarkable 11-minute video on YouTube that I think is really well done and thought provoking. I highly recommend it and hope you will find it as convicting and inspiring as I. You can see it here. 2) More Great Endorsements for “The Best Medicine”  I’ve told you in past letters about…
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Monday Memo – A Publishing Milestone (1000)

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Those of you who write will understand the import of this milestone. This month my 1000th publication saw the light of day. It was a small news item I wrote with my long-time friend, Reg Finger, MD, MPH: "CDC Proposed Expanded HCV Screening." Vaccine News You Can Use. Colorado Family Physician. 2nd Quarter, 2020(Spring);63:26. My first publication was in 1977: Larimore WL. "Friedman curves in undergraduate obstetrical education (Research Paper)." Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, 1977.My second was in 1984: Larimore WL. "Encounters of a poisonous kind." Nantahala Outdoor Center Newsletter, Fall/Winter, 1984:13.2004 was my “peak year,” with 127 publications. I’ve been honored to have written or co-written thirty-three books (that have sold over 750,000 copies, including several best-sellers (with four more books in various…
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Monday Memo – What a Blessing I Received

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I received a wonderful blessing recounting a story from long, long ago. Dear Walt,  Do not know if I ever reached out to you but will do so today because what I have to say is important.  In the early 70s, I was working for the Plains Presbyterian Church in Zachary, LA, as a summer youth "counselor." I invited you and your lovely wife to come to Zachary and speak to our Youth Group.  I was an aspiring pre-med, and you had been accepted into medical school. So of course, that made you my hero, and I hung on your every word. Your testimony that night, as a Christian physician-to-be, left a huge stamp on my heart. Your words helped reframe medicine for me: it went from being a position…
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Monday Memo – Endorsement for “The Best Medicine”

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Coming this October: A book about my early practice days in Kissimmee, Florida. It’s called “The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor.” PREORDER HERE I’ve received another nice endorsement, and I’m so happy to share it with you: After reading The Best Medicine, I could settle for calling author Walt Larimore an engaging storyteller. But he’s more than that. Dr. Larimore connects with people through their stories and truly cares about their life experiences. In The Best Medicine, he shares a delightful assortment of stories with us in such a way that I felt as if I was sitting across the table from him, not reading a book. I laughed. I cried. And I found myself caring about people I’ve never met. Beth K. VogtChristy Award-winning author…
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Monday Memo — My Dad’s Book: “War Horses”

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In the past I’ve told you about my 15-years of labor to research stories about my dad’s World War II exploits, get them into a manuscript, and hopefully have it published. The book is tentatively titled: “War Horses: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners.” Right now, my agent, Greg Johnson, is shopping the book, but with no takers just yet. In fact, an editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wrote: Many thanks again for sharing WAR HORSES with me. What an incredible story—but I have to confess that the writing itself felt a little flat to me, which seems likely to make this a tough sell here at HMH. I’m sorry not to have a different take, but thank you again for sending this…
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Monthly Family Update – June 2020

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Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Some Good News About My Dad’s Book: “War Horses”Second Great Endorsement for “The Best Medicine”2020 Walk for LifeWhat a Blessing I ReceivedA Publishing Milestone – my 1000th PublicationWant to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else?Answers to last month’s prayersPrayer requests for this monthPast Issues 1) Some Good News About My Dad’s Book: “War Horses” In the past I’ve told you about my 15-years of labor to research stories about my dad’s World War II exploits, get them into a manuscript, and hopefully have it published. Its tentative title is, “War Horses: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners.” Right now, my agent, Greg Johnson, is shopping the book, but with no takers just yet. In fact,…
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This Memorial Day, Teach Your Children Well

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Today is Memorial Day, a national observance first known as Decoration Day, which was first observed on May 30, 1868, on the orders of General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.  Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery to remember those who fell during the bloody battles of our brutal Civil War.  The holiday's significance has been extended to honor all those who paid the ultimate price for our nation.  These thoughts from my friend, Gary Bauer, seem appropriate for our time: Of all the dangers facing our country, perhaps the greatest is the one that doesn't make many headlines -- our collective national amnesia.   Our history textbooks are sanitized to be politically correct and give our children little…
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Monday Memo – A Remembrance of Patriots on Memorial Day

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Today marks Memorial Day, a national observance first known as Decoration Day. The first Memorial Day was observed on May 30, 1868. Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  Initially meant as a time to remember those who fell during the bloody battles of our brutal Civil War, the holiday's significance has been extended to honor all those who paid the ultimate price for our nation. As they have done every year since 1948, soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment will place flags at more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They will remain at Arlington National Cemetery throughout the holiday weekend making sure that the flags remain upright. Gary Bauer's comment on Memorial Day is, to me, particularly poignant, and…
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A Memorial Day Remembrance to My Dad and My Hero: Major Philip B. Larimore, Jr.

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Today many of us will gather with family and friends for barbecues and picnics to celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer. But, at some point between the hot dogs, hamburgers, and volleyball, I hope each of us will take time to reflect on what Memorial Day is really about – remembering the American soldiers who have lost their lives in battle to protect the freedoms so many of us take for granted. (more…)
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