Hebrews 12:1-2

"..let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." - Hebrews 12:1-2

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

So I have spent a little time playing around with the site and have added a few things. This top section will hold any news that I feel like sharing about Lisa and I, while the section on the bottom left will contain any thoughts I may have about anything. The section on the bottom right will be dedicated to music, whether it be a review or simply lyrics to a song I am currently enjoying.

You will also notice on the top of the right menu a music player. It's got several songs that I like in it, so give it a play if you want to hear a little of what I have been listening to lately.

I'm trying to learn some new tricks in web programming, so anything that doesn't work right or look right will be blamed on that. As always, if you want to contact me, type my first and last name without any spaces and follow it with at hotmail dot com.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I'm going to try and spend some time updating some things on this site. Hopefully, it will become a place people might find more interesting or useful...

In the meantime, check out the new photo galleries!

Friday, March 2, 2007

The American Plague - Book Review

The American Plagueby Mary Caldwell Crosby

This book traces the history of the Yellow Fever virus in America from its origins to its current status in modern medicine. The majority of this story revolves around two geographical areas. The first area is Memphis, Tennessee which was basically decimated by Yellow Fever in the late 1800s and the second is Cuba, where doctors from the United States gathered to study the virus and attempt to find a vaccine. Following the stories of some of the people who survived the epidemic as well as some of those who didn’t, the author effectively portrays the devastation that the virus wreaked not only on the individuals directly impacted but also on the surrounding inhabitants who lived in constant fear of the invisible cause of grotesque, painful death.

Overall, the story is a fascinating tale of how suffering, perseverance, ignorance, pride, politics and commerce all come into play in how a virus is spread or contained and how decisions in arenas that have nothing to do with medicine or health can directly impact the health of a nation. At times the story seems to stall or drag, but the chronological approach that the author takes in telling the tale seemingly demands these moments of academic argument and political posturing, which had a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of people. If you have an interest in medicinal history or just a curiosity about how Yellow Fever has impacted America, this book is worth the read.