Fred 3 is in the works.

Bonnie is working her magic on the illustrations for the 3rd Fred Snake book “When Jungle Jim comes to visit Fred the Snake”. I asked her to send me one outline in draft which can be used as a coloring challenge. Why not try and send the results to This illustration goes with “Then…
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The second book about Fred the Snake is published

“When Fred the Snake goes to School” is now available. I am expecting copies to arrive very soon, and will be sending them to family and special friends, and also making a marketing push in various ways.

Fred 2 getting closer.

Here is the Title page!

2012 Christmas letter

Xmas 2012 print 1 compressed Xmas 2012 print 2 compressed

Ecuador, Quito and the Galapagos Islands November 2012

Galapagos had been on our “bucket list” for some years, and it seemed a good place to celebrate Marion’s big birthday. We asked some of our best friends to join the party and eventually travelled with Bubber and Jan McAlhany (Dewees neighbors), Rob and Kyra Morris (local friends), Geoff and Diney Gibson (Adelaide Australia), Linda…
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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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