Diane Radford, M.D.

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June 8, 2014
Seaforth Highlander Alastair Frew

Seaforth Highlander Alastair Frew   The 6th of June 2014 marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the landings on the Normandy Beaches. Those landings began Operation Overlord — the Battle of Normandy — the mission to free occupied France. On that day 160,000 allied troops crossed the English Channel — the biggest armada the world had ever seen. The sounds of the bombardment could be heard six miles inland. But the landings did…

March 4, 2014
Crêpes with lemon and powdered sugar

    Crêpes with lemon and powdered sugar In our house, as in households across the UK, the day before Ash Wednesday — Shrove Tuesday — was the day of the pancake feast. Shrove Tuesday is observed in several Christian denominations. The term “shrove” is derived from the word “shrive,” meaning to confess. It is a day of reflection, before the penitential season of Lent. The Tuesday before Lent begins — Mardi…

February 14, 2014
Feb 12, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Anna Sloan (GBR) in the women’s curling round robin session 4 during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Ice Cube Curling Center. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

  Feb 12, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Anna Sloan (GBR) in the women’s curling round robin session 4 during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Ice Cube Curling Center. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Curling is a sport born in Scotland, and played there since medieval times. The first written record of this contest on ice dates from 1541. The game’s popularity and viewership soar every Winter Olympics, particularly during the Games in…

January 27, 2014
Renée Fleming
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  Renée FlemingMiro Vrlik Photography / Shutterstock.com When it was announced earlier this week that Renée Fleming would sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb 2nd, I was overjoyed. Others were bemused, even critical — after all, no opera singer has opened the football championship before. So why can’t there be a first? I asked. Since I’m penning a collection of humorous essays based on my mother Margery’s…

November 17, 2013
Sue and Droopy Thompson

  Someone told me once that dogs are happier if they have a job, if they have work to do. When I heard this I recalled the sheepdog trials that took place in the fields of Crossburn Farm in Troon, fields that were separated from our back garden in Hunter Crescent by the waters of the Pow Burn. Watching a Border collie herd sheep into a pen is observing the well-synchronized partnership between shepherd and dog. Sue and Droopy…

October 28, 2013
Budweiser Clydesdale

Budweiser Clydesdale   The first baseball game I ever saw was in Houston at the Astrodome in 1980. My companion explained the rules to me. In school in Scotland we had played a similar game called rounders where we hit a tennis ball with an ungloved hand. My Texan friend tried to explain that a “ball” was really a bad ball, and went on to try to explain a “strike.” This was a concept hard for me to grasp since the ball is…

April 22, 2013
On Call, Cardiac Surgery, and Cupid

The article by Dr. Pauline Chen in the New York Times on trainee physicians work hours prompted my memory of my own call extravaganza. As an intern on the heart surgery service I shared the workload with two other interns, David and Rick (all names have been changed). The service was a busy one, one of the busiest in the city. That Monday morning in 1987, David signed out to us at 6am before leaving for a weeklong vacation. Rick and I…

November 25, 2012
St. Ninian's Episcopal Church, Troon, Scotland

St. Ninian’s Episcopal Church, Troon, Scotland There are two churches I know celebrating anniversaries in 2012. They are entirely different in location, size and age. St. Ninian’s Episcopal Church in Troon, on the windy west coast of Scotland, celebrates 100 years. Its red sandstone walls framed my christening, confirmation and early years of worship. In my earliest memories of it, I sat in the miniscule wicker children’s chairs when we…

June 17, 2012
Sidney Radford, tailor.

We all worked with our hands, we just had different tools and worked on different materials, be it fabric, leather, or human tissue. Our basic tools, however, were a needle and thread. When I was growing up in Scotland, I remember studying my dad as he worked at his tailor’s bench. In the yellow light he bent over the fabric, lips pursed in concentration, dividing the tweed with huge shears. Around his neck was his measuring tape, by his…

April 20, 2012
Titanic: 100 Years On.

When the rope was lowered allowing us to enter the Titanic Artifacts Exhibit we were each handed a red rose and a boarding pass for the vessel, bearing a passenger’s name. Our tickets were for April 15th 2012, exactly 100 years from the day the doomed behemoth plunged two and a half miles down through the frigid North Atlantic waters to the ocean floor. The name on my boarding pass was Mrs. Frederick Quick (Jane Richards), a 33-year-old…