A Birthday wish and a Birthday fish.

It is Spring in New Zealand, and whilst thankfully there is no Covid in the air, there is change. The cadence of nature is all around you. Springtime ushers in brilliant green grasses and budding tree leaves. These vibrant greens burst into full color (or, colour) display when the sun shines, as it did duringContinue reading “A Birthday wish and a Birthday fish.”

A Walk on the Wild Side…of Wanaka

In 1972 Lou Reed released his second album (you know, the vinyl kind) which included the song, “Walk on the Wild Side”. It would be his biggest hit, and interestingly the album was co-produced by David Bowie. Also on the album was the song, “Perfect Day”, and so my weekend in Wanaka encompassed two songsContinue reading “A Walk on the Wild Side…of Wanaka”

It’s like I live here….

Last week, as I drove along the Southern Coastal Highway (a two lane road) towards a favorite local fishing spot, I began to feel…well….comfortable. I noticed I’m no longer freaked out by seeing the steering wheel on right hand side of the car. I rarely have to remind myself to stay on the left handContinue reading “It’s like I live here….”

A day in the life of a doctor, and a life’s end…

If you’re a physician, the CT scan above ought to get your attention….but more on that later. A lot of people (well, doctors mostly, but they, too, are people…mostly) want to know what’s it like to practice medicine in a different country. So this week I thought I’d share a typical day of my workContinue reading “A day in the life of a doctor, and a life’s end…”

Adjusting to life, with no mask!

It was an unusual sensation, my firsts breaths of fresh air without wearing a mask. Once I cleared the last health check in Auckland (after 2 negative COVID swabs, the first on my third day of quarantine, and the second on the 12th day), I was then ‘processed’ by immigration (making sure my passport andContinue reading “Adjusting to life, with no mask!”

Re-entry

When a space capsule returns to the Earth, it has a heat shield to protect it from burning up in the atmosphere.  As I walked into our newly renovated house in Los Gatos I wondered, where is my heat shield? Boxes and boxes everywhere!  I, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, wanted to tapContinue reading “Re-entry”