About

DWH_SPH_portrait_UgandaThis is the Gap Year site for Debbie Weil and Sam Harrington (aka Samuel P. Harrington, M.D.). It’s where we are chronicling what it means to take a continuing Gap Year at age 65 – more than forty years after we were supposed to take time out before starting real life. Oh wait, we’ve had a real life. And we’re married. This is kind of meta. Photo taken in Bududa, Uganda in March 2014.

 

About Debbie Weil

debbie-weil-Sept_2015A graduate of Harvard, Debbie Weil is a Web pioneer, an international speaker, a former journalist and a published author. She founded Voxie Media, a small publishing company that offers writing programs, book coaching, and publishing services for visionary business and nonfiction authors. The tagline: Big Ideas. Short Books™.

She was named one of the Most Influential Women in Technology by Fast Company and a DC Top 100 Tech Titan by The Washingtonian. She has been blogging for over a decade and is the author of one of the first and most definitive books about business blogging, The Corporate Blogging Book, published by Penguin Portfolio. The Updated Edition is available on Amazon Kindle.

She has written for: The Guardian [The Secret of Happiness: Delete All]; Huffington Post [Open Letter to BP: Three Tips on How to Use Social Media to Diffuse Your PR Crisis]; ClickZ Marketing News and numerous other publications, including Roll Call. She was a reporter for The Atlanta Constitution and the Jonesboro (GA) News Daily

She has been quoted on the topic of corporate blogging and corporate use of social media in: The New York Times [All the Internet’s a Stage: Why Don’t CEOs Use it?]; The Wall Street Journal [Blog It and They May Come]; Fortune; BusinessWeek; USA Today; the LA Times; The Washington Post; Investor’s Business Daily, the Miami Herald; SmartMoney and many other publications.

In addition to a B.A. from Harvard, she has an MBA from Georgetown University and a Masters in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin.

OHA_boatsShe and Sam now live in Stonington, Maine and also spend time in a small apartment in Brooklyn, NY, near three of their grandchildren. Debbie is on the board of Opera House Arts, whose 100-year-old historic Opera House is pictured here. She is also a mentor with Ready By 21 Mentoring.

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About Sam Harrington

Samuel P. Harrington, M.D. is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard College and the University of Wisconsin Medical School, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the honors medical society.

He trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the Emory University Affiliated Hospitals between 1977 and 1982.

He practiced medicine at Sibley Memorial Hospital from 1982 to 2013. He served as Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine. Until recently, he served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Sibley Memorial Hospital.

He is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopists. He is a member of the Clinico-Pathological Society. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He was named by Washingtonian Magazine as a top gastroenterologist in D.C. for many years.

He  and Debbie are the parents of three grown children: a pediatrician/neonatologist; a lawyer who works for Google; and a third-year general surgery resident at Yale. They have four five grandchildren, the youngest of whom, Josephine, arrived on October 8, 2013 Libby, arrived Sept. 30, 2014. Sam wrote about his two physician daughters here.

Sam is currently completing a book about end-of-life decision-making for the elderly. The book, to be published by Hachette, is due out in February 2018.

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