Birthdays Past and Present

  Two months ago my older daughter, Rajini celebrated her 19th birthday. This was her second birthday away from her family. When she was at home, my thoughts at this time would have been focused on planning the birthday party because this daughter is the one who enjoys gatherings of family and friends combined with …

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Rising…

Last week Sunday, a little after midday, as I was preparing to take a shower, an unusual sight caught my eye. Through the bathroom window, I saw a huge john crow (a Jamaican name for a vulture) flying very low and close to the house. From my perch in the shower, looking out the window, …

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A Mother’s Day Reflection

On Mother's Day this year, the person who brought me into this world is enjoying a trip of a lifetime with a person that I brought into this world. My mother and her firstborn granddaughter are at the tail end of a two week excursion to Vietnam, enjoying the sights, the food, the cultural activities …

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Prescriptions and politicians

Sometime ago one of my regular patients needed a prescription for antibiotics. He asked me to write the prescription in his cousin's name as that cousin had health insurance. I refused, explaining that it was not only illegal, but dishonest to write prescriptions like that. Predictably he countered that other doctors had done so for …

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“For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday” – Khalil Gibran

Eighteen years ago, on the morning of September 20, after almost 24 hours of labour, we finally got to meet our first-born, a beautiful baby girl with a headful of hair, and a face that was the “dead stamp” of her father, as we say in Jamaica. We named her Rajini, which means queen but …

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Remembering Iris

In these days of  gift registries and wish lists,  giving a gift can become a somewhat soul-less activity. All that is required is for one to go to the appropriate store and choose an item from  the list of stuff that the recipient has selected.  It's not my idea of giving a meaningful gift.  This …

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Birthday Present

December is my favourite month of the year. The sound of lawn mowers and the scent of fresh cut grass, the cool"Christmas breeze" stroking my skin and ruffling my hair, clear blue skies and lush green everywhere after the October rains, and the first Christmas carol on the radio are things I look forward to …

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