Sorty Makin’ a Doctor

Brutally Honest, Wildly Entertaining

Memoir author J. Douglas Smith has published his debut novel which is a combination of memoir, sports, and spirituality. Here is a synopsis:

A memoir that follows one man from lower middle class in the midwestern United States through medical school, thirty years of practicing medicine to his transition into coaching high school basketball. The statement that true life is stranger than fiction is no more accurate than when we look at the world through a lenses of a physician, especially one who spent a lot of time in the Emergency Department. You’ve never met a doctor who got help from a convict, had a pepper eating contest with a man called “Fat Whore,” participated in American Ninja Warrior, and took a canoe trip down river with a nude Intensive Care doctor. The story is told with humor, humility, and brutal honesty that stirs all of the emotions.

You can find out more about this memoir author on his website. You may send him a Tweet at @SortofaDoctor1, an Instagram at sortofadoctor1, or find him on LinkedIn. See what he’s reading or ask him questions at Goodreads Author J Douglas Smith.

Doug’s Interview

You prefer (1) to eat a home-cooked meal with family and friends OR (2) to eat in a big-name restaurant?

Home with family and friends hands down. Everyone can be himself, unafraid of spills, and nobody has to be concerned about the cost of the meal. For three years running after my dad had a stroke, we have had my parents over weekly for Sunday dinner. It is definitely time that we all cherish.

Family meals for you!

Do you (1) buy an item on impulse OR (2) save up to buy the item?

Your joking, right? Save. I can’t say I’ve never bought anything on impulse, but I’m usually the guy who can walk in the store and leave with the one item he has planned to purchase. That planning usually takes a fair amount of time.

Controllable shopping!

What provides more inspiration to you: (1) art OR (2) nature?

I think I’m equally inspired by both. I live on a small farm and enjoy seeing life constantly evolving and regenerating there. I love the last visible rays of sunlight as Old Sol says so long for the night. I’m also deeply moved by art–music, literature, and movies in particular.

Balanced mix!

Your significant other or child asked you to do something you don’t like to do. Do you (1) grin and bear it OR (2) mumble to yourself while doing the task?

Most times I grin and bear it. My love language is acts of service. In turn, I feel like I best show love when serving others. When I do stumble with a grumble, I am comforted to know that God provided me with a resource that lets me know that it’s ok to be human. (Matthew 21:28-32)

Tries not to ever grumble!

What is your favorite (1) song OR (2) book?

It’s much easier for me to say with certainty what my favorite song is than I am able to single out one book, movie, or tv show. If I have any friends or family left when I cross-over, Roll with the Changes by REO Speedwagon will undoubtedly be played at my celebration of life. Every time I hear the first two notes of that song, I’m instantly transported back to the insouciance of youth and to fantastic memories of shared experiences with my family and closest friends. Besides, no matter what life throws at you, what else can you do but Roll with the Changes?

Turn some pages!

Thanks for being interviewed, Doug!

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Sorty Makin’ a Doctor

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