The People of Nepal

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I was recently in Nepal photographing a medical trip into the remote regions of the far west of the country. I returned home 48 hours before the earthquake hit. There were many immediate emotions, concern for friends, sadness for the tragedy for so many, the desire to be back to help, and the memories of the many beautiful people I met in Nepal. With continued prayers, I decided to post the faces of those I met along the way. The people of Nepal.

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Purple door

The Sketchbook

There are three much-photographed Victorian houses on Carré St. Louis. You’ll even see them in the Wikipedia entry for the square. One has red trim (here is the door I sketched a few years ago), one has teal blue trim and then there’s my favourite —the purple house. Since we’re having some kind of September heat wave in Montreal, I took a little time to sketch that house today. It’s especially nice in the morning when the sun travels across the door.

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Too Much Pain

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when I woke up this morning

my eyes were heavy

my thoughts were fuzzy

I just wanted to lie in bed

but my neck was cramped

from sleeping with my head

twelve inches high

my back and hips oh my

hurt and hurt and hurt

my knees and shoulders

don’t want to move

feeling like they need oil

feeling like lead is attached

when I woke up this morning

I took a handful of pills

one for hypertension

one for acid reflux

one for pulmonary hypertension

 four milligrams of steroids

a pill for the lupus

another one for the lupus

the antibiotic I take regularly

for a chronic infection

a bunch of vitamins to help

when I woke up this morning

I wanted to go back to sleep

I wanted to cry for the pain

for the pain to stop

I can take a pain-killer

but then I’ll…

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Islamic State, the Balance of Power, and the Imbalance of Refugees

Beyond the Cusp

Journalist, Jurgen Todenhofer, age 75, claims to have managed to be embedded within Islamic State in his newly released book “Inside IS – Ten Days in the Islamic State” and warns that the terror group, self-proclaimed as the new Caliphate and ruler of lands larger than the United Kingdom with borders across central Iraq and southern Syria is planning the most horrific religious cleansing in world history. The one thing which must be made clear is planning or even believing is a far cry from actually doing. As a child I dreamt about many unattainable goals including being the next King of Siam after watching Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr in the King and I (imagine my upset when I realized that Siam was no longer a country and had become Thailand). The attack Mr. Todenhofer writes about, as disclosed in an excerpt released from his book, entails “the terrorists…

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The “Obama Doctrine” is just misguided dithering

In terms of world affairs, these are unnerving times. We’ve got Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, a migration crisis of epic proportions, and more. We’ve got Russian President Vladimir Putin looking like a modern-day Machiavelli.

And last, though certainly not least, we’ve got U.S. President Barack Obama dithering in the White House. The bipartisan concerns about Obama’s foreign policy are nothing new. People have been worried for quite some time.

People were worried before Obama pushed the Iran deal through as an executive agreement. They were worried before the shifts in U.S.-Cuba relations. And they were worried before Russia bombed anti-Assad forces in Syria.

What’s so unfortunate is that, in spite of Washington’s diverse array of miscalculations and blunders, things probably won’t get much better in the near-term.

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