I was pleased to see in my most recent issue of The Smoky Mountain News that Dr. Doug Gates has joined Sylva Orthopedics. I worked with Doug over many years of his training in surgery and in orthopedics. He is a good doctor and a fine gentleman.
For many reasons, this summer in particular afforded many opportunities for reading. During a 60-hour stay at Figure Eight Island, for example, I finished a novel and a book of essays, mostly because my hosts wanted to do nothing more than cook excellent meals, sprawl on the sand, and read books. As a result, my pile of books for possible review sprinted ahead of my ability to write of them.