Week 3: April 14, 2013

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Feeding chickens at dawn, one of the Flannigan twins. Twelve hours later I was on a flight to Bahrain.

Feeding chickens at dawn, one of the Flannigan twins. Twelve hours later I was on a flight to Bahrain.


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Dear Amanda,

Last weekend I hiked along the Amalfi Coast. At the very end, near Salento, our group happened upon a tiny shack selling freshly squeezed juice, a mix of lemon and orange. In minutes, the modest aisle of red plastic chairs was overrun with tired, thirsty hikers and tourists.

Sitting next to me was Susie Hamill, a nurse/midwife from Scotland who now lectures to the merchant marines in Glasgow on how to care for the injuries they sustain while at sea. I asked her to tell me a memorable story of her time working in the ER. I could listen to her voice all day. In case you miss the operative word, it is this. "That's the one that really stuck in my mind."