Chairman Bao is a Shih Tzu. We travel a lot. I drive. He watches. We've logged at least 10,000 miles and he's never once said, Sweetheart, don't you think you should stop and ask someone?

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Here's Bao, curled up with a good book. There's nothing he likes better than to curl up with a good book -- or failing that, someone who's reading one!

This is a good book. This is a great book. This book is really good fun. And I'm not just saying that just because the author happens to be a dear friend of mine, although he is. It's called, Doctor in Vanuatu by E.A. (Ted) Freeman and it's about packing up your young wife and five kids (one of them newly born) and going off to the New Hebrides to be a medical missionary in the sixties. Lots of us did lots of things in the sixties, but this takes the cake, although doctoring on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was definitely no cakewalk.

You had to learn to do without certain things in the New Hebrides, things like running water and refrigeration and electricity. You had to be flexible. You had to be the sort of person who could perform surgery by torch-light, with a medical text propped open in front of you. Occasionally, you also had to be the primary blood donor. No blood banks in the New Hebrides, back then.

And you know what? They enjoyed every minute of it, the whole family. They had a ball. That's what I mean when I say this book is fun. It's a blast. It's an experience. You can get it through Amazon and I promise you, you'll love it.


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