Typhoon Yolanda: More Team Members Arrive

Typhoon Yolanda: More Team Members Arrive

First thing this morning I was able to take a shower. My freshly washed clothes were sort of dry. However, even after bathing and putting on "fresh" clothes, I still smell like a wet goat.

The team from Stanford and our two new team mates, Michelle La Vina and Sharron Tissel arrived today. The Stanford folks headed down south to the house that was our original site. It was great to add Michelle and Sharron to our team! They even brought more protein bars and snacks! Ah, the simple things in life.

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A Tribute to My Dad, Paul Dean Diamond

A Tribute to My Dad, Paul Dean Diamond

My Dad was my hero, my inspiration and my best friend.  January 17, 2012 he went to be with Jesus, our Ultimate Hero, Inspiration and Best Friend. My Dad and I had the most incredible relationship imaginable. From the time I was just a little boy, I could hardly wait to introduce my friends to my Dad -- even when I was in High School and other kids were embarrassed by their parents, I thought that my Dad was someone they just had to meet. I would like to introduce him to you. 

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Watch Out! This Could Cause an Epidemic!

Watch Out! This Could Cause an Epidemic!

Even as a physician well versed in infectious disease, I still am amazed how some things can be so contagious. I recently observed a group of employees that was working well together and having an overall great work experience. Then a strange thing happened. An employee showed up that had just returned from vacation and is known for seeing the negative in everything (I know, go figure, she just got back from vacation and yet she was still negative). When she walked in, the whole mood shifted dramatically. Everyone stopped what they were doing to gather around her to hear her complain. The smiles disappeared, the productivity came to a screeching halt and moral plummeted. We've all seen it and experienced it; many of us have caused it. Fortunately, I was far enough away that I didn't become infected. Even after she left, the sour mood persisted for an hour or so. She didn't even have a clue what she had done. The impact was tremendous and it only took a few minutes to accomplish it. What do I bring when I walk in the room? How to I impact people? Negativity is certainly not the only thing that is contagious.

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Hypnotizing Haitian Chickens

Hypnotizing Haitian Chickens

During my senior year at Washington State University I did research on chickens at the Veterinary school. You know, it was just one of those things. In the process of it, I learned how to hypnotize (mesmerize) chickens. It really is something that everyone should know how to do. After all, you never know when it might come in handy. At WSU we did it so we could put them on their side and give them medication to relax them before we operated on them. So I just couldn't resist teaching my Haitian friends how to do. Besides, the team was eager to learn as well.

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