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...

August 2, 2020

 During the time of Covid-19, most of us have had significant increases in our average time spent watching TV, Netflix, Hulu, etc. A couple of programs that my wife and I have become hooked on are "Highway Thru Hell" and "Heavy Rescue: 401” on the We...

July 6, 2020

"So much about life is not about whether you're good or bad, right or wrong, or can afford or not afford - it's just about timing."—A.A. Gill

 Portland, Maine— It was a typical September evening in Guam as the setting sun provided a beautiful end to a...

July 5, 2020

Manila – When a tropical storm and its nonstop rains darkened Metro Manila for days in early June, I realized that, in ordinary time, summer was making its last huff. Then it was gone.

I say “ordinary time” because it’s difficult to keep track of the...

June 2, 2020

Portland, Maine— In this unusual time of great need for physical healing, jobs, financial help, and, in many cases, food on the table more and more people are looking for help from a higher power.

In the time of America's Great Depression, President F...

June 2, 2020

 It was my epic fall.

I was taken straight up 90 degrees to 415 feet high (about 38 stories). Totally vertical, I experienced weightlessness for 6.5 seconds. Then the “Superman: Escape from Krypton” hyper coaster slammed me straight down at almost 100...

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