Fred 2 on the way!

AT LAST! Bonnie Lemaire has finished the illustrations for the second Fred book, called “When Fred the snake goes to school”. They are well worth the wait, as shown in the one showing Fred acting as a skipping/jump rope for the school kids. The publisher hopes to get the book out before Christmas

Vietnam and China October 2012

We had not been in Vietnam before, but took the opportunity on our way to a medical meeting in China, because it has been recommended by many of our friends. We had only a few days, mainly in the largest city, Hanoi, so our impressions are selective and superficial, but certainly positive. The country is…
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My Chinese "Grandchildren"

You may be surprised to know that I have grandchildren in eastern countries like China, indeed some great and great great and maybe great great great grandchildren! I am referring to my students, where generations progress every 10-15 years. So, in China, I have been meeting young doctors who have been trained by someone who…
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"You're looking well"

Every year many thousand gastroenterologists like me gather for a scientific meeting called Digestive Disease week (actually 4 days). Last month it was in San Diego. Inevitably we bump into people from all over the world that we haven’t seen for years, which is always fun. But this year I was struck by how many…
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Bonnie Illustrator

Fred the snake lay dormant for many years because I could not find an appropriate illustrator. Happily, Amazon’s publishing house (Createspace) showed me some of the work of their regular artists, and I loved what I saw of Bonnie Lemaire’s prior illustrations. She was obviously the right person to bring Fred to life. Bonnie lives…
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Oooops, gator

We love living on a nature reserve ( but commuting can be tricky

Odd "animals" on Dewees beach

What do these look like?  Can you see a gator, old donkey and a rhino on our beach? Love from Gdow

Aim higher; attitude

The senior nurse (Phyllis Malpas), who manages our Endoscopy department at the Medical University where I work, is the incoming President of the SGNA, the Society for Gastrointestinal Nurses and Associates in USA. Kudos to her and a tribute to her leadership talents. She is making a video for her presidential address, and asked me,…
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Eagles on and off the course

We enjoyed hosting Marion and Linda Wier from Augusta for the weekend. Dewees was blooming, and even the gators were sunbathing.         More unusual and very exciting, we have bald eagles nesting near the impoundment.     Our regular golf match with the Wiers was close, despite Linda scoring a (net) double…
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Weekend in Miami Beach

Sorry for radio silence. We were at a surgical meeting in Miami Beach, which consists of lots of tall buildings, like our hotel Eden roc hotel           and many people speaking Spanish. Weather good and some nice seafood restaurants  Golf a little disappointing (as usual), but the course had some amazing trees…
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