Protecting Sight #132: The secret language of trees. Routine cataract surgery & bulimia-induced varices, The end of Swiss Family Robinson & Why Work-From-Anywhere Is Here to Stay.

Welcome to my daily learning journal. My daily goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery. I also plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, short story or significant work.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Camille Defrenne and Suzanne Simard: The secret language of trees. “Most of the forest lives in the shadow of the giants that make up the highest canopy. These are the oldest trees, with hundreds of children and grandchildren. They check in with their neighbors, share food, supplies and wisdom gained over their lives, all while rooted in place. How do they do this? Camille Defrenne and Suzanne Simard explore the vast root system and intricate communication of trees. [Directed by Avi Ofer, narrated by Bethany Cutmore-Scott, music by WORKPLAYWORK and Cem Misirlioglu].” (

I have a great appreciation for the forest since college days. The Yale Forestry School (now Yale School of the Environment) had a central place on the Yale campus. In 2018, I donated a collection of forestry papers to the Forest History Society:

Ravi D. Goel Collection of John R. Neetzel Papers, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.  John. R Neetzel was a graduate of the University of Minnesota (BS Forestry 1929) and University of California (MS Forestry 1930).  He had corresponded with numerous giants in American forestry, including Yale Forestry School Dean Henry S. Graves, which piqued my interest in these papers.  Includes a remarkable poem which Bob Marshall — an early forester, conservationist, and co-founder of The Wilderness Society — writes to his friend & forestry icon Raphael Zon.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Complete Cataract Case: Routine Surgery. I wish 100% of cases were like this!

3. Journal – Azad AD, Charlson ES, Kossler AL. Bilateral Atypical Eyelid Lesions in a 50-Year-Old WomanJAMA Ophthalmol. Published online October 15, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.2090

4. Book Chapter – The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss – Chapter 57-58. Finished! (Gutenberg | enotes).

5. HBR Ideacast (Harvard Business Review). Episode 763: Why Work-From-Anywhere Is Here to Stay. “Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury, associate professor at Harvard Business School, was studying the growing work-from-anywhere movement long before the Covid-19 pandemic forced many more of us into virtual work. He says that more and more organizations are adopting WFA as a business strategy, one that not only reduces real estate costs but also boosts employee engagement and productivity. He acknowledges that there are challenges to creating and maintaining all-remote workforces but outlines research-based best practices for overcoming them. Choudhury is the author of the HBR article ‘Our Work from Anywhere Future.'”

It’s always good to look outside of medicine (and ophthalmology) for new ideas. I look forward to seeing how work from anywhere transforms organizations and living spaces.

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