Year: 2017

Looking Ahead


This is the last Saturday of 2017. It has been a fun and fruitful year for me, especially in starting this website. Once again, I thank you for your readership and I hope you enjoy the new presentation and format. […]

Medicine and Literature


Once again, please excuse my absence, which has been far too lengthy this time. I have been recovering just in time for Advent. Yesterday I met a Johns Hopkins specialist who had heard about my degree in Spanish Literature from […]

Halloween in Baltimore


Halloween in Charm City is marked by a very special tradition. The tragic figure Edgar Allen Poe is buried in downtown Baltimore. He is known for the macabre in his stories and poetry. Every year in the middle of the […]

Be The Change


Mahatma Gahndi said, “be the change you want to see in the world.” So we need to ask ourselves what we can do on a daily basis to make the world a better place. Whether in our professional calling or […]

How We Mark Our Endings


We mark our endings, in our stories and our lives, within our beginnings. Literature in all languages is often classified and studied by famous opening lines. But what about life? Are we bound by our first impressions? Do the days […]

Baltimore Book Fair


I have just come from the Baltimore Book Fair, which is being held today, September 24th in the Inner Harbor. I heard Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of the National Bestseller, Americanah, describe writing fiction as a “discovery.” She emphasized the […]

Letters We Look Forward To


This weekend I get to fulfill one of my favorite teaching duties which is also a privilege: writing a letter of recommendation for a former student. The student who has contacted me is applying for a Fullbright Scholarship. I have […]