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About ethicsbeyondcompliance

I hold a PhD in medical humanities with an major emphasis in ethics. I began teaching college-level ethics in 2000.

Salutations for Sally (#poem)

A poem for my wife’s birthday. Salutations for Sally  The years don’t pass slowly anymore, But there’s still time for an eternity In your eyes, in your arms, your love. Each moment a step to infinity, But time doesn’t march, … Continue reading

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Quaker Eugenics: Antinomies and Paradoxes

Some of history’s most famous and infamous hereditarians were Quakers: Samuel Morton, Francis Galton, Karl Pearson, Daniel Garrison Brinton, and Henry Herbert Goddard. In varying degrees, they exhibited a passion for knowledge and scientific research, concern for the improvement of … Continue reading

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Close to the Flames (#poem)

I stood outside the gates of Hell, Ready to dive headlong into flame, But you put your hand on my shoulder, Turned me toward you and kissed my face. You held me tightly against you and promised You’d protect me … Continue reading

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Twenty Ways to Ruin a #Poem

It’s best to sneak up on the reader. Change the meter, Change the rhyme, Change the tone, Or change the subject. Try to do something unexpected, Like confessing a crime Or secret perversion, Even in a Short poem.

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To Define a Thing (#poem)

He broke her spirit when he declared He didn’t even know what love is. She had only asked a simple question As she planned her own future. Whilst he resisted closing his options, He never noticed how open hers were. … Continue reading

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Confessions (#poem)

At the interview, she said, “These are some designs I’ve been Working on since I got out of jail.”   On his dating profile, he said, “I’ve finished the last course of antibiotics And feel I’m ready to date again.” … Continue reading

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Support the Troops (Remembrance Day Poem)

A farmer working in a field with his children formed A bucolic scene in the countryside, maybe. An older man crashed his bicycle and Injured his leg, or so it would seem.   On the first tour, these scenes did … Continue reading

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