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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2021

Mother’s Day is my favorite day of the year. Not because we usually do something big and fancy… but because it’s the one day my kids know they need to step up and show me the love. And they do. Over the years I’ve cherished their sweet handmade cards, freshly picked flowers, misshaped pancakes, home-made gifts, and some store…

Covid-19 Pandemic: One Year Later

A year ago we all watched with horror as we came to grips with our new reality: the world was dealing with a deadly pandemic. Every single person across the globe has been impacted and suffered in some fashion; this pandemic has changed pretty much everything. Our college freshman packed up his dorm with 24 hours notice and flew cross country to shelter at home…

Systemic Racism: Dr. Naina Mahngar, Oncologist

Medicine has long been a male-dominated field. But that is changing. Women now account for 36.8% of physician’s according to census data, and 33% of medical oncologists are women. However they still encounter disbelief of their profession on a daily basis. Racist and sexist bias against patients is a prevalent issue, but often overlooked is the existence of racist and sexist…

Up at The O2 (London) Climb

Since we are living in London for a few months, we are determined to explore this beautiful city inside and out. We were excited to have the opportunity to tick something off of our London Bucket List… we were going to climb ‘Up at The O2.’ The O2 is a large entertainment district located right next to the river Thames on the…

Afternoon Tea in London: Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel

Afternoon tea is a quintessential English tradition of sitting down around 4pm for an afternoon treat of tea, sandwiches, scones, and cake. The taking of afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon since her evening meal was served around eight o’clock, leaving…

Cahoots: A Playground for London Scoundrels!

I have finally finished my 14 days of self-isolation after arriving from the USA, and I was gagging to hit the streets of London (safely of course). I was excited for our first real date in SIX MONTHS and planned to visit Cahoots in London for some ‘tipples and treats.’ Cahoots is a 1940’s themed pub hidden underground beneath the…

We Are Living in London, England!

We did it!  We’re currently living in London!  Not permanently, the plan is to live in London until the end of the year. We’ve been talking about this for precisely 147 days since we were all forced into an endless staycation. Like most other people, in March we cleared our calendar, canceled holidays, and held out hope for summer to happen…

Systemic Racism Spotlight: Meet Vincent Rowe

Medical professionals are increasingly aware of how systemic racism and discrimination in health care affects healthcare professionals and patients. It’s time for institutions to prioritize creating a hospital environment where perpetuating discrimination against physicians or patients is unacceptable. If this doesn’t happen, racial bias will continue to harm both doctors and patients. Meet Dr. Vincent Rowe. Dr. Rowe is the Professor…

Systemic Racism Spotlight: Meet Will Smith

In my previous article, ‘5 Ways White People Can Stand Up to Systemic Racism’, I share my plan to spotlight stories and experiences from people who are, or have been marginalized. I now realize that inaction is complicity. I share these words with deep humility, and my ​hope is these stories are thought-provoking, and spark discussions​. I’d like you to meet Will Smith…

6 Items to Get You Through Covid Quarantine

Covid-19 has turned the world upside down, and is impacting every single person. It’s been completely bizarre these past few months managing our Covid-19 quarantine. I’m on week 12…16…59…. of quarantine… who the heck knows at this point! Each week seems to blend into the next. I’m desperately trying to find…