When I read Hege Lepri’s short story Things They Don’t Tell You, two parts of my life came together. One part of my life is medical and the other is writing. They are separate – sometimes I think that each is embarrassed about the other. The embarrassment is not their problem, however. It is my …

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Like many of you, I am spending some time this week reading, much more than usual since I have some time off for the holidays. One of my new books is an essay, The Gifts of Reading, contained in a small beautiful Penguin book, by Robert Macfarlane. Macfarlane is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. …

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Do we all really wish we were living in a Scandinavian country? Last week, I reviewed The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People. I have also read a book about Lagom this month and this immersion into Scandinavian living has me wondering why we are all so taken with …

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I cannot even remember how I found this book among the Ottawa Public Library’s lists, but I did and then was attracted to the subject as a matter of science. This is an informative book on an interesting subject that can easily be read on a snowy afternoon – preferably with a cappuccino. You will …

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