July 7, 1975
When I left Brown University 50 years ago, I struggled with my desire to be a writer. The
safer route seemed to be to choose a profession that might afford me the opportunity to
write as an avocation.
I became a cardiologist and practiced my craft for more than thirty years at Kaiser
Permanente in San Francisco. It was a most satisfying choice. I loved my work and
continued to grow under the tutelage of gracious, giving patients. My writing was
scientific at first, but expanded when I became editor of San Francisco Medicine and a
part time restaurant reviewer for the Pacific Sun in Marin County.
I wrote personal essays, editorials, reviews and articles about the things I knew best, the
philosophy and delivery of medical care (Served on the Council on Legislation of the
California Medical Association and the Kaiser Permanente Legislative Forum), human rights
(as a Commissioner for the Marin County Human Rights Commission), Civil Liberties (Sixteen
years on the Northern California ACLU board and member of the Legislative Policy
Committee, recipient of the Benjamin Dreyfus Civil Liberties Lifetime Achievement Award),
travel (visited more than 80 countries) and food (catered for friends and non-profit
fundraisers and apprenticed for a month in an upscale French restaurant).
My wife, Joan Hall JD and I live on a small farm in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. We are a
refuge for a dozen parrots, a toucan, a flock of chickens, a pair of guinea fowl, six dogs,
six cats, a koi pond, a finch, quail and parakeet aviary and a horse. We are gardeners,
cooks, birders and golfers. She is a yogi, horsewoman, singer and artist. We have three
children and six grandchildren.
MD Cardiologist, Chef, Traveller, Food author
Some of my other writings
Recently, our family sat around the breakfast
table. We were four generations ranging in
age from 2 to 84. . . .
An early-morning visit to Tokyo's Tsukiji fish
market leads to a surprising catch. . . .
Chiran is a small town in southern Japan,
twenty miles down the Satsuma peninsula
from Kagoshima. . .
This is the kind of writing I used to do
Copyright Lenny Karpman