Paul Tobolowsky, M.D.

Stardust Dancing

A Seeker's Guide to the Miraculous



I took a circuitous path to becoming an author. My father was a doctor, and I couldn't imagine any other career. I followed in his footsteps by attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where I was senior class president, graduation speaker, and Upjohn Award winner. After an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital, I worked for three years in Massachusetts emergency rooms. A tightrope walker without a net has a safer job than a doctor working by himself in a small town emergency room, faced with handling alone every case that comes through the ER doors. After a particularly harrowing case that fortunately had a successful outcome, I decided to return to Internal Medicine, which I practiced for 30 years in and around Dallas, Texas.

I was simultaneously a husband and father, a doctor, and a spiritual seeker, hoping that someday these apparently separate tracks would all come together. My secret wish was that during my lifetime I would witness one real miracle, any miracle. In midlife, through a fluke, I realized that I was the miracle that I had been seeking, and that everyone else was just as miraculous. It was like solving the single crossword puzzle clue that allows the rest of the puzzle to be solved within seconds. Despite our difficulties and misfortunes, we are each miraculous beings in a remarkable world. My life and career were transformed.

I began winning Best Doctor awards at the local, state, and national levels. My formula was simple - recognize the amazing nature of each person and treat them as the miracle that they are. I retired in 2009 to write this book. We are all stardust dancing, and so is the planet Earth. If you, like me, have been looking for a miracle, begin by looking within. Then look at the world, and you too can become a collector of miracles. Stardust Dancing (A Seeker's Guide to the Miraculous) will demonstrate to you that the miraculous is hidden in the ordinary, camouflaged in plain sight. Your tour of the miraculous can start right now, beginning on page one.