Issue 3: Spring!

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.  ~Anne Bradstreet

Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

This was one of the harshest, coldest winters we have experienced in a long time. Yet, as it draws to an end, we realize just how much it makes us appreciate and welcome the coming spring. We welcome it with our joy at the sight of a flower in bloom, with our smiles in response to the warm radiating sunlight, and with our shuffling through our closets to retrieve shorts, skirts, and t-shirts. We also welcome it with unleashing our creativity and allowing our imagination to take root; we water it with our optimism, nourish it with our experiences, and shower it with the warmth of our thoughts and ideas. Our photography celebrates nature, the ethereal beauty of a single flower, great architecture, and exotic travels. Our art captures our perceptions of the simple things in life, from eyes to a rose to a bagel. Finally, our writing captures our emotions in response to our experiences from humanity explained through dissection to the early throes of an infatuation, and words of wisdom passed on to the younger generations. But most of all, this collection represents us and will hopefully allow us all to reflect and admire and derive inspiration from each other.



Philosophical Musings on Financial Planning for Young PhysiciansMark Haimann, MD

Imprinting Devotion Under the DomeEmman Dabaja, ’17


Poems,  Namrata Kulkarni, ’17

See Me Through You,  Aisha Ahmed, ’17

Medical MusingsAbram Davidov, ’17 



Lisa Akiyama’16

Gabriel Jose Dominguez’16

Joe Liu’17

Dierdre Bartlett’17

Julie Blossom, ’17

-Visual Art-

Robert Petrossian’17

Renee Cholyway’17

Aishwarya Navalpakam’17

Melonie Summers, OUWB Electronic Resources Manager

Name Inspiration: “Penumbra” is the viable tissue following a stroke and is also the term for the partial light one sees from the sun circulating the moon during an eclipse. Our journal’s mission is to shed light on partially illuminated parts of our lives and in so doing, illuminate our shared humanity.

We also wanted to thank everyone who submitted to PENumbra! We are very sorry that we weren’t able to publish everything, but we encourage everyone to keep submitting. We do appreciate all submissions!

Please click here if you’d like more information about Penumbra, our staff, and how to submit to future issues!