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Cousin Carl

November 18, 20212 min read

Carl was born at a time when persons with Downs Syndrome were institutionalized almost from birth but that was never a consideration for my aunt and uncle. The family lived in a small town in the Maritimes surrounded by family and a close community so Carl stayed at home. Family parties were pretty raucous in those days and Carl was…

Charles Barkley and H.A.

November 11, 2021

First up I was never much of a Barkley fan when he played but when he said forcefully that we should not rely on him to be a role model for our kids, I cheered! My son is a huge basketball fan and he played for years. Thinking about his rookie year in high school will still bring a tear…

Thinking of Johnny

October 15, 2021

Lots of opinion and misinformation, angst and anger around the issue of vaccination. It’s not getting better as proof of vaccinations are required in many situations and those who refuse to comply dig in for what many describe as personal reasons. The line we hear from the medical community that resonates with me is that vaccines protect the disease from…

Ben-Hur (not the Charlton Heston version)

October 4, 2021

If you read my blog, you will have noticed my life is largely governed by the movies I have seen with some TV thrown in from time to time. Last weekend I watched the fantastic remake of Ben-Hur. It’s a fabulous retelling with Jack Huston in the role of Judah Ben-Hur and it also stars Morgan Freeman so there’s that!…

CRISPR

September 14, 2021

A few months ago, I heard an interview with one of the winners of the Nobel prize in Chemistry. Jennifer Doudna is credited with Emmanuelle Charpentier for the invention of Crispr, a revolutionary gene editing technology. Ms. Doudna said quite casually that they had been thinking about such a process and discussing options when things came together and Crispr was…