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.”
[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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