Our Family is Learning from the Trumps--This is How

The following transcript was discovered in the hidden files on Sean Spicer upon his sudden resignation as White House Press Secretary.   Secret taping of Raff household during Sunday Barbecue July 16 Dr. Raff: Thank you all for coming to our lovely home today for this wonderful barbecue. I am about to go out and... Read more »

Oops We Did it Again--Another Research Paper Tells Us Pathologists Sometimes Have it Tough, This Time With Melanoma

I keep saying it. Pathology is hard. I know that it is convenient to believe that when your surgeon does a biopsy and “sends it to the lab,” someone you have never met will look down the tube of a microscope, make a definite diagnosis, call your doctor immediately with all the answers and then... Read more »

Why Game of Thrones Will Make You Smarter. 10 Life Lessons I Have Learned Watching Seasons 1-6.

Are you a fan? Get your kicks watching Cersei and Jon Snow and fire breathing dragons? Then I am sure that you will be home Sunday night perched in front of your favorite TV set to watch the Season 7 premiere of “Game of Thrones” live. Sure you could go to a GOT party, but... Read more »

Customer Service- This is Why We Will Go Back to Abt, but Not to IKEA

Scenario #1: I told you about some ghosts in our machine. The new Sony TVs we bought at Abt Television and Appliances didn’t communicate well with our Comcast/Xfinity cable system. Frequent shutdowns and reboots made watching “The Walking Dead” and “Girls” even greater hardships than they otherwise would have been. In contrast, our older TVs... Read more »

Was Your First Job a Perfect Fit? Is it Ever?

The candidate seemed like a good fit for the position we were advertising. She was a new graduate, had the requisite college degree, and impressed the Human Resources phone screener. She was punctual for her interview, had obviously researched our company online, gave appropriate answers to our questions, and asked the right ones of her own.... Read more »

Will Digital Microscopes Replace the Real Thing?

Ask a gaggle of anatomic pathologists what their most important tool is, and they will almost certainly tell you it is their microscope. Ask them who their most intimate friend is and they may tell you the same thing. We know every metallic curve and protuberance, every knob and dial. Line up five microscopes in... Read more »

Tears for the Father of the Bride

  We gave Alex our blessing, and I didn’t cry. We toasted Laury and Alex’s engagement, and I didn’t cry. We chose the hotel and the band, the florist and the photographer, and I didn’t cry. We saw Laury model her gown, and I didn’t cry. We sent invitations to friends and family everywhere, and... Read more »

The Most Humiliating Event in my Semi-Public Life. It is Not This Blog.

There is always a moment or two of panic. With every new blog, there is the worry that no one will read or respond to it. That fear leads to moments of hesitation before I hit the “Publish” button, and another when I send word of the new post to my mailing list (you can... Read more »

President Trump's Birthday--What Would be Enough?

President Trump, today is your birthday. At Passover Seder, a celebration of freedom from tyranny, it is customary to sing “Dayenu”. The word means  “it would have been enough,” and recognizes all that God had done to free the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt over 3000 years ago. With that in mind, what “would... Read more »

What Would The New York Times Say About YOUR Wedding?

With Laury and Alex’s wedding less than a week away, it is no surprise that I have matrimony on my mind. Maybe that is why I was stopped cold by a headline in Saturday’s digital New York Times. I read The Times for its political commentary, but I was intrigued by the headline “Irresistible but... Read more »