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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Waves

A trip from Kingston to Toronto has a finite beginning and end. Even a longer journey from Jamaica to Sri Lanka or Australia, which has stops along the way,  still has a start and finish. There is only so long that you have to put up with the inconvenience and discomfort of airport security, the …

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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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Choices and Sacrifices

A Birthday Reflection from 2014 Letters to the newspaper can have unexpected consequences. After a letter I wrote  to the Jamaica Gleaner (commenting on the treatment of a patient at one of our public hospital)  was published, my mother was asked by a doctor she knows whether I had suffered any backlash as a result …

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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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“You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you” – Khalil Gibran

Last month I had the pleasure of spending a quiet Ash Wednesday at home with my younger daughter. It was just the two of us, because her dad was away travelling for work, and her older sister has been away at college since last September. Both of us were engrossed in our own work, but …

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My Father’s Words

In January 1998, I moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to be with my husband while he completed his PhD. I was there for almost a year, and during that time, my primary means of communication with my family and friends back home in Jamaica was by regular mail (aka snail mail) or email. It was before …

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Shades Of Grey

At my mother's house, there is a grey couch that sits in the part of the living room designated for telephone activity. It looks very ordinary compared to the other richly carved antique furniture in my mother's house. If there was a fire and I could only save one item it would be that couch. …

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