Jerry’s zest for life and breadth of experiences, combined with an idiosyncratic sense of humor, have yielded this collection of entertaining, insightful, and heartwarming essays. Life Is What Happens While You Make Other Plans is a must-read for anyone interested in getting a glimpse of life through the spectacles of a modern-day Renaissance man. —DAVID LEE, MD, emergency department physician, Palomar Health
Dr. Jerry Kolins—pathologist, hospital administrator, scuba diver, fine wine collector, Wolverine football fanatic, and bow tie aficionado—has now shown what he can do as a writer. Life Is What Happens While You Make Other Plans is a collection of essays that are poignant, funny, and sincere. —JOHN CANNON, retired, editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune for twenty-seven years; Pulitzer Prize nominee; and graduate of Loyola University Chicago
Jerry couldn’t make it physically through one day of football practice, but his passion and obsession with Michigan football are truly sincere to those of us who played the game. —BRAYLON EDWARDS, Fred Biletnikoff Award winner (2004), NFL Pro Bowl (2007), and author of Doing It My Way: My Outspoken Life as a Michigan Wolverine, NFL Receiver, and Beyond
Jerry’s vibrant personality comes across through his engaging prose, the relatively concise themed segments, and his ability and willingness to tackle a wide range of topics, even extremely painful and personal ones, head-on. That’s rather brave of him, and it adds significantly to the authenticity of his voice. —DIARMAID Ó FOIGHIL, professor and curator, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
JERRY KOLINS was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Jamaica High School and went on to get his bachelor of science in zoology from the University of Michigan and his MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine. His postgraduate work at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the National Institutes of Health provided him the medical foundation for a career in laboratory medicine. Dr. Kolins is currently the medical director of laboratories at Palomar Health in North San Diego County. He lives with his wife, Dale, in La Jolla, California.