November 1, 2020

  Portland, Maine— On this gorgeous fall Sunday in Southern Maine, my wife and I enjoyed our first cup of coffee and flipped on the TV to catch one of our favorite local shows.
 

The aroma of that first cup was spoiled by the bombardment of negative...

October 30, 2020

Manila — Death happens — if not to someone we know — to us. The only problem we have with it is how we pass its test on our level of strength, on how we accept it. It challenges us on how we continue living without the persons we used to love and liv...

October 30, 2020

Death, it is said, is 100 percent fatal: all of us will suffer and die from it. These days, it is in the news like no other. November is our nervous laugh about death. Like falling on a banana peel in front of a crowd and saying “I did that on purpos...

October 5, 2020

Portland, Maine— In Holly, Michigan, where I grew up, your family was either Ford or General Motors.  

My dad was a Ford man. I have childhood memories of many of these vehicles, including a Ford Custom, whose headlights would go out without noti...

October 3, 2020

    Manila— Every time I passed by the dimsum restaurant in my neighborhood, it was being torn down bit by bit, until a few weeks later, it’s gone. Now, there are just iron walls covering the glass windows from where I used to see diners cr...

September 9, 2020

 Portland, Maine-Two of my favorite places, Guam and Maine, both had their first confirmed case of Covid-19 around Friday the 13th of March 2020.

Both Guam and Maine, under the leadership of their first female governors in history took early decisiv...

September 4, 2020

Manila – Truths, realities, epiphanies. This coronavirus pandemic is such an unprecedented ballgame it made many of us come to certain points in our lives that we didn’t even see coming. Our truths revealed themselves; our realities emerged and we ar...

September 3, 2020

Dr. Paul Brand is an acclaimed hand surgeon, a pioneer in developing techniques of tendon transfer. His technique was pivotal in the surgery of leprosy patients’ hands. He was a medical missionary to India and coauthor of “Fearfully and Wonderfully M...

September 1, 2020

Portland, Maine— A Johns Hopkins’ study published in 2016 estimated there are at least 250,000 annual deaths in U.S. hospitals related to medical errors. The complex coding and billing systems in the U.S. contribute to the challenge of documenting th...

August 6, 2020

Manila— I took the opportunity of the relaxed quarantine to visit the family of one of my siblings, the one who lives nearer to me, to share an advanced birthday lunch with them. I spent a few hours eating and chatting while their dog kept barking at...

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