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St Lucia

c5af6992-dbd8-4d0b-89c8-927270c5a80eSaint Lucia is an independent country in the West Indies in the eastern Caribbean on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. With a land area of 238 square miles and a population of 180,000, it has a rich history. Its capital is Castries. The terrain and shores are picturesque, and the people are delightful, making it a “must return”

Business Monopoly

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A business monopoly refers to a company or group that becomes large enough to own all or nearly all of a market. There are antitrust laws in place to discourage monopolies, and the FTC maintains that reduced competition can lead to higher costs and lower quality. The healthcare system in our area has been granted a COPA by the 2 involved states which effectively supplants the federal antitrust oversight of hospitals with a state regulatory review process. But, while competition concerns are factored into a COPA review, they may be overshadowed by perceived public benefits of enhanced quality and addressing particular public health concerns.

There are many controversies currently being debated about our healthcare system; and in my opinion, it is becoming obvious why antitrust laws were created.

Honeymoon

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The origin of honeymoons date back to the 5th century when newlywed couples would drink mead, a honey-based alcohol, after their first “moon” together as a married couple. The mead was a gift from guests, and it was believed to have aphrodisiac properties to help with conception.

Newlyweds going away together on a holiday trip originated in early 19th century England. Upper-class couples would take a “bridal tour”, sometimes accompanied by friends or family, to visit relatives who had not been able to attend the wedding.The practice soon spread to the European continent.
Honeymoons in the modern sense—a holiday voyage undertaken by the couple—became widespread during the Belle Époque, as one of the first instances of modern mass tourism.
The average honeymoon costs about $4000.00.

Our Wedding

85F38557-2385-4709-B87E-896F7E4385EC“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Tomorrow (12/22/2018), Sheridan and I will be married. Our story began when she, a news reporter, interviewed me as the first Radiation Oncologist in a new Cancer Center. Soon thereafter, we serendipitously met at a fundraiser and talked all day. Somehow we did not start dating then because we misread each other’s interest. Our paths diverged for 9 years, and then we reconnected on LinkedIn and our journey together began 2 years ago. We have traveled the World and shared so many precious memories already; but, God willing, we are just beginning. Yesterday, my sister informed me that my maternal grandparents were married on December 22, 1925–that and the Full Moon tomorrow—good signs🙏