As the world sheds tears over the unspeakable tragedy in Connecticut, I am reminded, inexorably, of how time with our family is the greatest gift of the holiday season. Thomas Jefferson shared this view, saying, “The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.” Like Jefferson, I feel blessed for my time with my wife Cheryl, my daughter Joanna, and my sons Josh and Gabe (and yes, Jake too!) over the holiday break.
At this time of year we typically reflect on the year that has passed. We have seen outstanding accomplishments in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and that is due to the support, commitment and hard work of so many people in the Faculty, in Kingston, and around the globe. I feel very fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated group of people who, each day, give their best for Queen’s, for their students, and for their patients. To all of our colleagues, partners and supporters my sincerest thanks for all that you do for Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences.
I hope that you all have time for that “greatest gift” of an enjoyable and restful time with your family and friends. My very best wishes to you and to your family over the holiday season and in the New Year.
With that, your intrepid blogger will be taking a break until 2013. So, for the time being, please share your holiday experiences online…because, this is the one time of year that my door at the Macklem House will be closed.
Richard, Cheryl, Joanna, Josh, Gabe (and Jake)