About

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I’m Emily Polis Gibson, a wife, mother, farmer and family physician, living the rural life in northwest Washington state.  I’ve been chronicling life on the farm, in the barn and in the exam room for over a decade, though my emphasis is on raising our family in faithful stewardship to our God and to the land we call home for the time being.

For too much of my life I have focused on the future, bypassing the present in my headlong rush to what lies ahead. There is always a goal to achieve, a conclusion becoming commencement of the next phase, a sunset turning right around in a few hours to become sunrise.

Yet the most precious times occur when the present is so overwhelming, so riveting, so tenderly full of life that I see a brief glimpse of God. I must grab hold with all my strength to try and secret it away and keep it forever. Of course the present still slips away from me, elusive and evasive, torn to bits by the unrelenting movement of time.

Even if I was able to take a photo to lock it to a page or screen, it is not enough. No matter how I choose to preserve the canvas of the present, it is passed, ebbing away never to return.

I must wonder at the present by focusing less on the foreshortening future.

So I write to harvest those times to make them last a little bit longer. Maybe not forever; they will inevitably be lost downstream into the ether of unread words.

Even if unread, I am learning that words, which had power in the Beginning to create life, bring tenderness and meaning back to my life. How blessed to live the gift twice: not just in the moment itself but in writing words that preserve and treasure it all up, if only for a moment.

This blog is a mix of stories, personal essays, memoir, poetry, reflections, and meditations along with my own photos,  many of which have now been published elsewhere, including numerous stories in Country Magazine by Reiman Publications/Readers Digest in addition to regular contributions to KevinMD.com,  aholyexperience.com, www.patheos.com and her.menuetics.  Most recently, one of my essays was published in The Jane Effect, a book celebrating Jane Goodall, another in the anthology Everbloom and a poem published in a literary guide for Lent, Between Midnight and Dawn edited by Sara Arthur.

I am a member of the Redbud Writers Guild.

To contact me for permission to use any material on this blog, email me at emilypgibson@gmail.com

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photos by Karen Mullen Photography

 

1498019_596226267104_290772564_oNate and Tomomi’s wedding in Tokyo December 2013

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First granddaughter Emma Sophia

 

After growing up on a small dairy and beef farm in Washington State, I left for Stanford University, where I found my new home in the Program in Human Biology, researching animal behavior with an eventual goal to do field studies. I headed off to Tanzania in spring 1975 to study wild chimpanzees at Gombe, under the supervision of Dr. Jane Goodall. I was specifically studying mother/infant and weaning behavior.

The May 19th kidnapping of 4 fellow students and researchers by Zairean rebels ended that era of research at Gombe. The students were eventually returned to safety after their harrowing ordeal.

Having worked my way through college as a nurses’ aide in rest homes, I applied to the University of Washington School of Medicine, graduating in 1980 and going on to Family Medicine Residency training at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle. Group Health was one of the original consumer run Health Maintenance Organizations with a strong emphasis in primary care and prevention. I remained in practice at Group Health in an inner city clinic for two years following my residency, but then married Dan, a farm boy transplanted to the city, so we eventually made the move to Whatcom County to raise our children on our farm.  I have practiced primary care in a variety of settings: in private practice, as a consultant for child abuse evaluations and as attending physician for community clinics, with over twenty years of chemical dependency work supervising medical detox.  My primary position since 1989 has been as medical director for the Student Health Center at Western Washington University, caring for thousands of college students during a time of great transition and transformation in their lives.

Our three children are grown and flown, off to families and adventures of their own, living lives of service in various parts of the world.  Dan and I remain working in nearby Bellingham and at home on our farm, attending Wiser Lake Chapel,  a local community church where we have found our extended family of faith.

 

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31 thoughts on “About

  1. Evenin’!

    I found your site when I was out reading about Haflingers. Our family includes 2 Haflinger mares – Joy and Saucey – (Sauce for short) and they live with us – family style – on our property in an itty-bitty town in rural Montana.

    I look forward to reading up!

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  2. Hello Emily,

    I’ve enjoyed everything on the site, especially the quality of your writing. I must fabricate the rural life in my imagination, since however much I wished for it, it seems that my life has pushed me back into the city.
    My son loves horses, especially Palominos. 🙂
    Blessings and many more years of blogging!
    Lavinia

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  3. Thank you again for letting Josiah spend so much time with you and your horses at the Lynden fair. He could not stop talking about your horses. I’m sure those memories will last his entire liftime. Thanks for blessing others.

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  4. I knew Willi Unsoeld…. I had the honor of being his student. And I was with him on Ranier in March of 1979…an experience that has carved out my life in so many ways.

    I just missed knowing Devi. I knew her and have known her as an inspiration and mentor in many ways throughout my life. How could we not? She must have been just an incredible life force to be around. I agree that she would have no doubt been a leader of her generation…. unprecedented….

    I stumbled upon your piece that you wrote about her today as I was looking around and letting time and fate lead me….
    Thank you.
    ~marj butler

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  5. Dear Emily

    I have enjoyed reading your Lenten meditations. I also love the quotes on the side of your page.

    Thanks for inspiring me!

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  6. Dr. Gibson:

    I love your post in response to: Doctors need celebrities to spread the vaccine message http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2011/09/doctors-celebrities-spread-vaccine-message.html

    We are in the process of gathering compelling stories of positive outcomes from preventative health to use in our communication around the patient-centered medical home initiative.

    I would love to share any stories of non-events if you would be wiling to share them with us.

    Respectfully requested,
    Lisa Roberts | Kansas PCMHI coordinator | lroberts@kafponline.org

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  7. emily, im from northern maine. i love horses it was you and your bog that i turned to”haffies” i have yet to own one but you also have taken me away from “my world” and allowed me into yours . thank you.i am just now discovering WP and have found the title horses101. i have ALOT to figure out on how to use this.. if you could give me any pointers i would be more than grateful.. ;];];] i hope to look forward to many more posts on here thank you , sincerely Patty LeVasseur from maine

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  8. Dr. Emily,
    I have am grateful to be included in receiving your blog. I have read your
    name for many years and loved reading your writings over time. The family
    picture is telling us how you love your life and family.
    We have been living on our farm for 22 years and share our “home” with
    3 Haffies – Babe, Arosa & daughter AnnArosa, plus 2 Shetlands – Anne and son Owen, and two American Classic Shetlands – Dottie and daughter Lilly, and finally Captain, a section A Welsh cross (we think) gelding. Most all of our ponies were purchased because of their living situations, and the mares came with little surprise packages. We let the mare’s wean their foal, for the most part and on occasion would assist the mare with the process. Arosa is an exception,
    we are sending Arosa to our trainer for two months to start the weaning her 10 month daughter on July 10th.
    We drive our ponies around the farm and roads in our area.
    Thank you, Linda from Southwestern Wisconsin

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  9. Hi Linda, thanks so much for being a constant among my readers, so appreciated! Sounds like you have plenty to keep you busy, especially with “surprises” that aren’t anticipated! thanks for writing!

    Emily

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  10. Dear Emily,

    Just read your sensible comments about the dangers of shaving pubic hair, on the Guardian website. Well said. However, I think it’s pretty clear the ‘fashion’ for shaving genitalia, has been influenced by the massive growth in online porn.

    How ‘sad’ is that!

    Best wishes,
    MC.

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  11. I just discovered your blog–by way of your discovering mine, I think. What a lovely one it is. I look forward to reading you more. I love sweet peas, too!

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  12. hello emily. what a joy to meet you via ann’s blog. i, too, am a northwesterner, from oregon trail stock five generations ago. i reside in springfield, or. i also come from a long line of believers, and our three grown children are continuing to pass the faith to their seven children. what a joy to share in that journey! i look forward to reading more of your blog! blessings,,,

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  13. good morning, emily — thank you for your beautify words and the word of “Listening to Others” on your blog. they were words for my weary soul this morning. bless you

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  14. What a serendipity to discover you and your faith-filled reflections while skimming Patheos articles! I’m intrigued to learn more from you as I follow similar pursuits in the Hood Canal area of Western Washington! Thank you!

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  15. Nice to meet you. Read your article on KevinMD about what really counts as something terrible. Most have no appreciation for what they have here. Poor little helicopter parented children now shatter when someone tells them no. I can’t imagine how this generation would have survived the “horrors” of WWII, as a nation. Life is risky.
    You are speaking my language. Best cure for depression is to help someone else. Will -subscribe and follow along!

    http://www.southgeek.blogspot.com

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  16. As a new follower (as of yesterday), having always waxed romantic thoughts of farming, you bring my down to earth with your beautiful words and photos. Not as ‘fun’ and ‘romantic’ as I thought–not by a long shot. But I loving reading your blog and the photos, of course, are outstanding. Thank you so much for such enjoyable reading.–Lois

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