Welcome to our Podcast

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. After a few days of tinkering with the necessary set-up, we just published our first podcast at anchor.fm/dr-mario-o-laplume. You are cordially invited to hear it at your total leisure. The greatest advantage is that you can listen to it, whenever you want, wherever you want. Practical.

Our dear son Gian Luca (pictured above in a Parisian street) has been designing a podcast with his friend Brennan and he suggested that we should try our hand at creating one. Pour quoi pas?

As a trial, we converted our previous article Happy Easter into a podcast, to see how things turned out. We also prepared a completely new episode but we are still struggling with the Spotify set-up. We want to put some nice romantic music at the beginning so you can relax and start dreaming. Please remember that the signature line of this web page is: Physician – Writer – Planter of Dreams.

This is just a small first step to get the process going; we promise to regularly upload new episodes. Slowly we will improve our techniques, including how to talk more slowly and pronounce correctly. Isn’t it funny that in this age of digital communications, we might be losing the gift of our voices? It is time to re-connect with our sounds, with our physical presences, with our Basic Human values.

Merde!

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Joyeuses Pâques

Chers lecteurs/lectrices, chers blogueurs/ blogueses:

Bon jour et Joyeuses Pâques pour vous tous/toutes. Aujourd’hi nous sommes heureux parce que Gésu , qui avait mort pour nos pêchés, est de nouveau vivant, après le miracle de la Resurrection. Nous jouissons ce fait avec presque le même enthousiasme qu’ont eu Marie Madelaine et tout ses copines quand elle sont arrivées à la cave ou était entérrée Notre seigneur et l’entrée etait libre. Gésu n’était plus là car il était rentré de nouveau avec nous, pour nous sauver du néant et du desespoir.

Danns ce moment nous nous souvenons de ce cher moment il y a seulement trois ans quand nous sommes allés avec nos enfants, Noël Marie et Gian Luca, à la messe de Pâques de Saint Patrick’s Church au Miami Beach, Floride, USA. Il faut rêver que la prochaine année nous pourrons y aller.

Joyeuses Pâques por vous tous/toutes et votre familles.

Qu’est ce-que vous en pensez? Dîtes-nous.

Ne me laissez pas seul.

Felices Pascuas

Queridos lectores/lectoras y colegas blogeros:

Buenas tardes y Felices Pascuas a todos nuestros lectores en Castellano, alli donde se encuentren. Vamos a pasar esta festividad solos en nuestra humilde y espartana celda monástica, rezando por la salvación del Mundo después de esta terrible pandemia y esperando la Resurrección de Jesucristo.

Para paliar nuestra soledad, la siempre amable Señora María de Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen se ha apiadado de nuestro sufrir y nos ha enviado estas dos magníficas bandejas de comida de primera.

Es una bandeja con arroz basmati y lentejas de base, con babaganoush, humus, rabanitos, falafel y medallones de cordero grillados, rociado con una salasita tahini y coroandos con queso feta.

Gracias a la generosidad de María y de toda la gente linda de su restorán, hoy tendremos un festín.

Muchísimas gracias y que Dios Todopoderosito bendiga a los miembros de Zuuk y sus familias.

Felices Pascuas para todos Ustedes!

Que les parece? Por favor dígannos.

No me dejen solo.

A pious well balanced dinner for Good Friday

Tonight we are having a very pious and well balanced meal, within the solemnity of Good Friday, the most painful day for all practicing Christians. Little food, no meat of any kind and plenty of beer.

Following the millennial monastic traditions, we pray in silence while we drink in a communal way.

We remember how the Son of God died for our sins, crucified by the Romans in the Golgotha hill. May he accomplish again the Miracle of Resurrection next Sunday for the joy of all of us, Christians.

Amen!

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Celebrating Five Years of Blogging

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. On March 16, 2016, we decided to create a medical and literary web page for professional reasons. We are celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of our dear web page, a major milestone after so much sustained efforts; we would like to thank our daughter Noël Marie and our son Gian Luca, indefatigable collaborators and fans. This platform is critically important for the publication of our new book Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague.

When we decided to post articles in the English language (lately we started blogging in French and Spanish too) we are humbly following the pioneering, courageous steps of the first blogger in Shakespeare’s language: G.K. Chesterton. In his staid Victorian times, the British intelligentsia haughtily dismissed his prolific writing as second class writing, or worse. What they did not know at the time was that his agile, frequent and occasionally spotty writing in the mass circulation London newspapers would be the forerunner of our present plethora of similar endeavors in so many multiple platforms. He is the true mentor and “unofficial Patron Saint” of us, bloggers.

We would like to share with you what were the motives that sparked our decision to design this web page and our commitment to continue blogging in earnest. We transcribe a segment of our book’s Acknowledgement. Voilà!

“If they don’t want to give you something,

Get out in the street to make big trouble.

You’ll always get something out of it.” [i]

In our list of needed acknowledgments this quote should take pride of place. It was casually uttered by our dear friend Oscar Pérez, a street-smart lawyer from General Pirán in Buenos Aires State, Argentina, that used to be a member of the Peronist Party. For its almost 70 years of existence that populist political party—composed of an heterogenous array of factions ranging from the extreme right to the left one—has had the signature feature of engaging in all kind of mass protests.

When, after several years of assiduous daily toiling at our desk, we finally crafted a novel in 2016, we were flummoxed by the reluctance of literary agents and/or agencies—in spite of receiving some nice accolades for our writing skills—to represent us in order to secure its final publication. After the initial shock, we took a most bold step: we put the novel in a “holding area” as a Kindle book [ii] and decided to create a medical and literary web page at https://drmolaplume.com

Spontaneously following primal instincts, we designed a few original series. One of them titled Emotional Frustration was perfidiously scheduled to go up at an early 7 AM EST slot on Saturdays, a time when we presumed some overworked and under-appreciated homemakers would get up to fix a solo cup of a hot brew and drink it quietly in the kitchen while her house coasts placidly in sleep mode. We took a guess that all these devoted women would be reflecting about their lives and what was missing in them. Usually just a good ear to listen. (Is that too much?)

Hardly did we fathom at the time that it would turn into such a success, receiving the commentaries (in the page and in its associated e-mail address) of emotionally frustrated ladies from all over the planet, even as far away as Asia. These loyal readers even suggested the topics that we should cover. Somehow our accumulated experience of forty years as a medical practitioner and consultant furnished myriad anecdotes about critical issues that women have to contend with in our societies, especially disdain and discrimination for their real capabilities.”

References

[i] The words in the Castilian language were the following: “si no te quieren dar algo, tenés que salir a la calle a armar kilombo, siempre algo vas a sacar.”

[ii] Mario O. Laplume, “Madame D.C., Book I :Three voyages”, https://amazon.com/Madame-D-C-Book-Three-voyages-ebook/dp/B01M715X63/

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Today we are celebrating International Women’s Day to honor the heavenly creatures that give us life, nurture us, love us and guide us with their great wisdom. What better example than our daughter Noël Marie?

Thank you God Almighty for granting us (her mother and myself) the privilege of such a blessed child.

However, wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of honoring our women just this day of the year, we do it every day of our lives? We include below an excerpt of our upcoming book Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague  where we emphatically make this point. We should come out of this terrible pandemic with the firm determination to do right with the ones that have shouldered the heaviest burden in these trying times of cruel Social Distancing. Women.

“If we want them not to be distracted by their disgusting social stereotypes, then we must fight on for a total reconsideration of our civic interactions.

If we want them not to be distracted by the gender inequality in benefits, then we must demand a just compensation inside and outside their homes.

If we want them not to be distracted by the disgusting lack of childcare, then we must mobilize for a much better re-distribution of social wealth.

If we want them not to be distracted by the appalling legacies of racism, then we must override the toxic environmental primes and use better cues.

If we want them not to be distracted by the brutalizing family obligations, then we must pick up more slack at home with child rearing and hygiene,

If we want them not to be distracted when we are ready for ardent love, then we must sit down with them to discuss any aspect of our bonding.

If we want them not to be distracted by the foolishness of our tantrums, then we must shoulder our fairer load at home and outside with a smile.”

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

 

 

Nouvel Souffle

Après la tempête, je veux être le nouvel souffle.”

(After the storm, I want to be the new breath)

Legend of a poster shown in Sentinelle, a Netflix Original film

Tonight we decided to prepare a simple dinner: tagliarini with a dollop of olive oil, butter and parmesan cheese. Being a little blasé from all those fancy sauces preparations and photographic montages to present our pasta creations, we decided to go back to the incomparably sweet and tender memories of our Mother Gladys’ cooking.

This is exactly how she prepared the pasta in a simple yet nutritious way to rightly feed her husband and children.

Muchas gracias Mamita querida!

Watching the publicity of a supposedly new “travel and cooking program about Italy”, we could not help chuckle. The presenter, an American of Italian roots that kept his distance from the untidiness of the kitchen, watched as deli owners and chefs presented him with a sample, which triggered his farcical gestures and exclamations. A fallacy.

We have relatives and friends in the Italian Peninsula that own, or used to own, gastronomical enterprises that are now almost bankrupt, trying to survive with less traffic, the changing pandemic regulations and little financial relief. This kind of silly fantasy about a long gone pre-pandemic world, designed by the perpetually-behind-the-curve gurus of Madison Avenue, is pure falsehood. Once the pandemic restrictions are over, many of these establishments will be gone and , what is much worse, the general public will be more suspicious of sitting down in tight indoor spaces and will have less disposable income, especially if they have kids. Those that emerge out of the seclusion will be changed.

The Post-Pandemic world is right upon us and it calls for a more simple and practical lifestyle for educated people. We will continue to patronize the local restaurants maybe once or twice a week with take-out and delivery, besides sitting down a Saturday night or a Sunday lunch with the family or a “significant other.” We will resume our travel expeditions but there will be less visits to overpriced restos and more cooking in our Air BNB accommodations. Moreover, there will be slightly less emphasis on what’s inside your plate and more consideration for your partner.

We will push a new breath of kindness, sweetness and, pour quoi pas, some old-fashioned romanticism in our lives.

We must assume the drastic changes that the 2020 pandemic brought upon us and then build a new, better world.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Awaiting our book’s publication with a soup

“Entre la sopa y el amor, la primera es la mejor.” Old Castilian proverb

(Between the soup and love, the first one is the better one)

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. These are certainly nail-biting times, from the the social, civic  and personal levels. We are eagerly awaiting the submission of the final galley proofs of our book, Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague, by the proficient, kind and patient representatives of Outskirts Press. Once we review the book draft, which has undergone countless reviews already, we will immediately approve it for publication, hopefully occurring momentarily. Merde!

As we were rigorously instructed in the matriarchate that raised us  (you will need to read our book for details) we always prepare a good soup for the seminal moments of tough challenges in our lives to give us needed strength.

We wholeheartedly encourage you to follow our steps, for your physical and psychological well-being. Avanti!  As soon as we publish the book, you will be able to hit the hyperlink buy my book and conveniently purchase it online.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Muchas gracias por estos dos hijos maravillosos

Queridos lectores y colegas bloggers:

Buenos dias. Hoy Febrero 26, María Tomasa, la madre de mis dos hijos Noël Marie y Gian Luca, está de Feliz Cumpleaños. Gracias a su dedicación, cariño y firmeza, pudimos criarlos de manera exitosa, para alegría de todos.

Muchas gracias por ser una madre ejemplar. Te deseamos la más grande de las felicidades en tu día de nacimiento. Muchas gracias Diosito Todopoderoso por darles el regalo de una madre tan fabulosa que los cuidará siempre.

En esta foto podermos ver, de izquierda a derecha, a Mary, Noël Marie, su novio Carlos, Gian Luca y un dedito (el mío) tomada hace sólo cuatro años, en un día como hoy, en una celebración de su cumple en Miami Beach.

Feliz Cumpleaños!

Que les parece? Por favor dígannos.

No me dejen solo.

Thank you for saving my life

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Last Monday I went to Jackson South Medical Center to get the scheduled second dosage of the Pfizer BioNtech Covid 19- vaccine , which hopefully will give me enough immunity to survive this pandemic. I got an excellent care at the facility and I would like to thank its proficient, efficient and enlightened care personnel. In the picture below, you can see Mr. Eduardo Calero, a Miami Fire Rescue member, and Mr. Lorenzo Chen, a guard.

Thank you very much to the glorious members of the Miami-Dade vaccination team and Jackson South hospital.

Note – The picture above was taken by Mr. Wilson Araujo, who can be reached at @wilsonaraujophoto.

I must insist that only through the stubborn determination and excellent social skills of Noël Marie, my dearest daughter, could I get the necessary appointment for the vaccination, even though I qualify two-fold, as a medical provider and someone at least 65 years old. In the picture below you will see us affectionately holding hands. Beso!

After the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, I had a severe febrile and articular syndrome that lasted almost three days; after the second dose, I have had the same syndrome but in a much milder form and hopefully will last less time. I am absolutely certain that if I had encountered this virus in the street, I would have died in a hospital bed. Alone. A few weeks ago, José Luis Garbarino, a dear uncle that was only twelve years older than me, suffered that fate in a hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay. We are still deeply mourning his loss. The pandemic became very personal for us.

In this country of 350 million people, only 40+million people have been fully vaccinated so far. How can that be? We sincerely hope that the new administration of Biden-Harris will get the critical Covid-19 Relief Bill approved quickly. We must vaccinate as many citizens as possible before the dangerous virus variants spread in our vast country.

A certificate of vaccination like this one should be carried in the wallet and handbag of citizens, like a driver’s license.

Speed the vaccination process! Do not procrastinate with concerns of financial costs! We will deal with that issue later.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.