after the rain

With the need to escape the news for a while today what better place for reflection than the Pacific Spirit Park after the rain.

“be an Adeline”

Today over 200,000 Americans have died of Covid-19. How heartbreaking that one of them was 28-year-old Dr. Dr. Adeline Fagan an Ob-Gyn resident in Houston Texas who died on September 19th. My thoughts are with her family, colleagues and friends as I send them my heartfelt condolences. I am also thinking of all my healthcare hero colleagues at this time, particularly our own surgical residents who I know must be as deeply saddened as I am today.
“Even in this darkest of times, there are good people willing to share a piece of themselves for the sake of another,” Adeline’s father Brant has written, and he encourages us all, “to be an Adeline.” I can assure him we will.



Ruth Bader Ginsburg, born March 15, 1933 died today September 18th, 2020.

Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” RBG

“She represented the best of the American tradition…it is a loss for the nation,” historian Jon Meacham. In her posthumous statement she hoped that a new president will be installed before she is replaced.


science knows


Mind Over What Matters

Quote of the day, with a slight adjustment in the punctuation:

“I don’t think.”
“Science knows.”


such despair

A sombre start to the week as our thoughts are with those who have lost family, homes and friends in the fires down south, with gratitude to the firefighter heroes on the frontlines including volunteers from British Columbia. Let’s hope for better days to come this week.

a weekend of champions

Congratulations to Naomi Osaka winner of her second women’s US Open title yesterday who has shown herself to be a true champion both on and off the court. Her message was heard loud and clear and we salute her for it.

Congratulations to Dominic Thiem who won the men’s US Open final today in a thrilling match to win his first Grand Slam title and became the first man in 71 years to win a final after dropping the first two sets.
The USTA and all the players, staff and doctors are to be thanked and congratulated for giving us two weeks of glorious tennis during these difficult times.
And a look back at my painting of that memorable moment of beautiful sportsmanship when Naomi Osaka supported Coco Gauff after her loss in their Third Round match in last year’s US Open Championship. It was a truly uplifting moment and showed us once again what a role model and inspiring young woman she truly is.