Holiday Greeting 2022
By Warren R. Heymann, MD, FAAD
Dec. 21, 2022
Vol. 4, No. 50
Dear DermWorld Insights and Inquiries Devotee:
Soaked and nervous by the end of the 8th inning with the Phillies down by a run, I turned to my daughter Andrea and whispered, “JT Realmuto needs to get on base any way he can — a single, error, or hit by a pitch — and let Harper have his Hall of Fame iconic moment.” It was more prayer than prediction. Within seconds there was “Bedlam at the Bank” as Bryce propelled a drive through the rain into the left field seats, overtaking the Padres in Game 5 of the NLCS, leading to the 2022 National League pennant. I cannot recall the last time I had experienced such unadulterated happiness as Andrea and I hugged with tears on our cheeks and joy in our hearts. What made this so special was that it was all so unexpected — the Phillies scratched their way into the playoffs and many fans like me almost wished they had not, so we would not be embarrassed. This wonderful crew magically exceeded every expectation, and although they succumbed in the World Series to the Houston Astros in six games, the team endeared itself to the entire Delaware Valley and beyond, forever.
In the golden age of Hollywood, people would flock to the theaters to escape the depression by reveling in the grace of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers gliding in splendor. It was glorious to be absorbed in the pursuit of a pennant and not thinking about the recent events of 2022 — monkeypox, long COVID-19, mass shootings, climate change catastrophes, inflation, election strife, the war in Ukraine, tensions with China, MIPS, impending Medicare cuts, health care inequities, etc., etc.
The pennant chase rekindled hope, desire, and the all-too-infrequent sense of bliss when unexpectedly good things happen. It was a reverie to emerge from years of COVID-induced languishing.
I have so much to be grateful for this holiday season, most importantly, good health for my family and close friends. I am also blessed in my professional life, being surrounded by brilliant and dedicated colleagues. DermWorld Insights and Inquiries (DWI&I) is special for me, and I hope for our readers. Its reach continues to grow. There have been over 600,000 page views this year, and we should cross the 2 million mark since launch early in 2023.
This success could not be possible without the assistance of our outstanding editorial board, contributing experts, the editorial eye of our assiduous associate editor Danielle DeHoratius, and our indefatigable, dedicated managing editor Richard Nelson who makes this all possible. A special thank you to the talented Kathy Schwarzenberger, the supportive editor of DermWorld.
On behalf of the entire DWI&I team, I wish you and your families a beautiful holiday season and a joyous, healthy, productive, and successful 2023 (and beyond)!
Warren R. Heymann, MD, FAAD
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