Category: Family

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I am still here…..

If I have any reader(s), thank you for your continuing kind attention. I hope that you have not been concerned about my silence for more than three months. We have been busy. We much enjoyed spending a week in England over Christmas. Many many thanks to Andy and Nicky and families for your excellent hospitality. As…
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Our 2017 holiday letter

For those who did not receive our annual Christmastime letter, here tis. Bring on 2018! Xmas 2017 comp email Dec 1

“Come from away”. A NYC musical about 9/11 in Newfoundland.

Last night we went to see “Come from away” on Broadway, the show about the 7000 people who descended on Gander, Newfoundland when 38 planes were diverted on 9/11. It was really great show. They managed to turn a scary experience into a heart-warming musical. Terrific!            Some will recall that…
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Down English Memory lanes

Just back from three great weeks in England, visiting our special families, as described in my last blog. I took the opportunity to reconnect with several friends from the (very) distant past, and cannot resist sharing them with you. Joe Clayton and I met 60 years ago, in 1957, when we both represented Cambridge University…
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Three weeks with families and friends in England

  Just back from enjoying time in England with family and some old friends. First the family highlights. Great to be with the whole Cotton family (Andy, Fiona, Alex, Charlotte and Issy) again in Bury St Edmunds          Busy as always with horses and singing.      We helped Alex celebrate her 16th…
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You’re (still) looking well

Having recently enjoyed meeting several people that I hadn’t seen for years, I was again struck by how often they said “you’re looking well”. I wrote about this 5 years ago: “That is nice of course, but it carries an undertone of surprise, and the suggestion that perhaps you should not be well, or still…
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Family summer on Dewees

Nothing can be finer than to be in Carolina, especially when all the family come to stay. We are lucky to live on Dewees Island, a barrier island just north of Charleston, SC, a15 minute ferry from the Isle of Palms.               We look over Lake Timacau to the…
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Pine Valley golf

Andy and I were kindly invited last week, by fellow gastroenterologist Jay DiMarino of Thomas Jefferson University hospital, to play golf at Pine Valley. The course is consistently ranked number one in the world! A real treat to play with Jay and his son Michael. Not ostentatious or fancy, just a pure golf experience. Great course,…
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I don’t often sing, but….

I think I was selected for the choir at school for my looks rather than my voice. Indeed, I was asked to open and close my mouth , but try not to let any sounds out My reluctance to sing ever since was finally overcome during an emotional celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary at our…
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Fred and friends go to the beach!

Delighted to announce that the 5th book about Fred the friendly snake is now published. Jack the boy’s Dad comes home from a trip and takes the whole family with Fred, Bernadette, Jungle Jim and all the animals on the ferry to Dewees island, where I live. They have a great time, but had a…
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