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/

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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.”

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Just a little delay

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning.  For the past few weeks, many readers contacted us to find out if we had already finished editing our new book Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague and when it would be finally published as both a physical and e-book formats. We proudly announce that we have finished that task and will send it to the publishing house.

In early March we had just sent a supposedly final version of the book  but the dramatic moments we went through thereafter, both personally and professionally due to the pandemic, made us re-consider our decision. It would have been dishonest to ignore the dramatic effects of the Social Isolation and Economic breakdown we were witnessing.

Not only we reviewed our previously finalized writings but, based on new articles of our page, we added more than fifty pages of new material with many updated references. Moreover, we dared to discuss some of the startling features of the coming “new reality” that will bear little resemblance to the familiar world we used to consider “as ours.”

Women will play a decisive role in rebuilding our lives inside and outside our homes, like they did after the Great Plague of 1348; their more assertive socio-economic role will bring major changes at the family, financial, labor and employment, civic realities. If we rely on them to help us get out of this morass, we should at least respect them more.

We present you a new page, which was added at the beginning of the new manuscript.

If only one person reads this book…we would feel very satisfied.

If only one person gets the message…our mission would be done.

If only one person is distracted from the Horror…we would be happy.

We were about to deliver the final edited version of this manuscript for its publication when the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic brutally broke in the public scene of the United States. Initially shocked like the rest of the population, we went into strict social isolation. However, as a practicing physician, we had to continue our duties as best we could. In the relative safety of our desk, we pondered whether we should publish it or not. We knew that there had been a complete shutdown of most publishing initiatives.

People cloistered at home deserve the possibility of substantive reading. Terrified by the darkness swirling around, they might like this little piece of light. Emulating the heroic example of Anne Frank, we should garner our moral strength. Dismissing any commercial considerations, we will go ahead with its publication.

In one of the poor quarters of Nàpule —where some of our kin had lived —a neighbor lowered, with a little rope, a basket with a sign from the balcony: inside it, passers-by could drop groceries they wanted to offer for others to pick up.

Chi può metta…Chi non può, prenda[i]

[i] In Italian, it means “Whomever can, put something…Whomever needs it, take it.”

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