This website is now 28 years old –22 years as a traditional blog. Long time readers (both of you) will know that I traditionally reserve the first post of a new year for some sappy, shmaltzy reflections. So if you’re here for science or bad jokes, this is not the post for you. Tune in next time.

For the whole world, 2020 was a stressful time. It was worse for some than for others. For many, it was brazenly horrific. And for a handful, it was actually a fairly pleasant year. (We call those people “billionaires.”) (more…)

Music and the Ottawa Pops Orchestra

Sorry, readers, this is a non-COVID post. This is, after all, still a personal blog, and sometimes I just have to write about myself. Don’t worry, there will be more epidemiology content coming soon.

A while back, the good folks at the Ottawa Pops Orchestra invited me to submit “my story” as part of their “artists in quarantine” series. The idea is that a member of the community would be profiled through their musical tastes. I would write them a few words and submit a playlist of the songs that meant something to me. (more…)

Something A Little Personal About A Little Person

Let’s take a break from all the science-y COVID-19 postings and get back to something a little more personal. This is a personal blog, after all.

I’m writing this from the maternity recovery room of the Ottawa General Hospital, where my Physician spouse –known on this site as “Blonde Girl”– earlier today gave birth to our first child, a son. (more…)

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Remembering John Last

Dr John Last

So many things to catch y’all up on.  Where to begin?  How about with some sad news. I only just now learned that legendary Epidemiologist John Last passed away last September. (more…)

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