It has been a while since I have posted much on the blog, but I’ve been busy behind the scenes…

First, the new blog, itself, Being Fully Human, has taken some work and I am also working on a webpage davidkopacz.com, which is still under construction. My sister, Karen is a Web designer and has been really doing the work. You can check out her work at Design for the Arts.

My book had been taking up a lot of time, along with my job. The update on the book is that I am awaiting the final edit to be returned to me, after I review that the book will make the next step in production and will hopefully be out mid- to late-2013. I’ll post more updates on Re-humanizing Medicine: A Holistic Framework for Transforming Your Self, Your Practice, and the Culture of Medicine as they are available.

Mary Pat and I have been busy with a few trips and 3 sets of visitors who came through New Zealand. We took a trip to Melbourne, Australia.

Photo in Melbourne with the tram passing in the background
Weedy Seadragon, Mornington Peninsula

We had a series of 3 different sets of visitors come to New Zealand. When my parents visited we went travelled through Northland to Opononi and Bay of Islands, and then took the “Perfect Day” trip out to Poor Knight’s Island and went snorkeling.


Then we caught a flight to Queenstown, on the South Island and did an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound. It rained pretty much the whole time, but we were rewarded with hundreds of tremendous waterfalls. It didn’t stop us from fishing and we caught Jock Stewarts and Scarlet Wrasses (as well as some monster of the deep that snapped a couple of lines). We also kayaked and saw dolphins and fur seals.

waterfalls 6
A misty morning on Doubtful Sound
looking seal
A fur seal watching us

Next, we drove down to Invercargill and Bluff and took the ferry over to Stewart Island where we saw many of the native parrots, Kaka, flying about and being generally unruly.

Half Cloud

The biggest news is that we are moving back to the States this year. We are relocating to Seattle. We have had many great experiences, adventures and misadventures during our 3 years in this part of the world, but we are wanting to be closer to friends and family. We have learned that it is good to have a balance of stability and adventure and currently we are wanting some more stability in our lives as we dream about having our own home again as well as a dog or two.

More details as they become available…..