My patient, Ms. Q, was on oxygen in the Coronary Care Unit where I was a nurse. She became quite a challenge as you will see. Ms. Q had a long history of cigarette smoking coupled with a heart attack. On her admission she and her family were instructed on our policy of no smoking … More Compassion and Understanding
This is one of my favorite stories from my childhood. Since I no longer have the book, I’ve told the story as well as I could remember it, but with a few of my own embellishments. Once upon a time a poor farmer, his wife and three children lived in an average sized farmhouse. But as … More No Room For a Sneeze
Over my lifetime there have been certain qualities that have been instilled into my heart, mind and soul. My parents, my experiences in church, school, with friends, and everything that touched my life gave me a longing for these qualities. So years ago I wrote this poem about my life’s goals. I was fortunate enough … More My Life Goals
For a whole month after foot surgery in 2017 I was dependent on a wheelchair for most of my mobility. I learned some wisdom about how living is like being in a wheelchair. 1. There are two small wheels on the front of a wheelchair that determine which way the big wheels and chair will … More Wisdom From a Wheelchair
Have you ever had a close friendship with someone but were separated through consequences beyond your control? You move away from each other; get too busy to write or even call or just lose contact with them. You feel sad that all of those memories of shared experiences fade in your memory and evidently theirs … More What Are the Odds?
When I was two years old my uncle gave me a “real live,” Smokey the Bear, teddy bear for Christmas. Smokey had a hat and shovel, which was lost so early on that I don’t remember them. But somehow the plastic belt with a metal buckle that spelled out his name, “Smokey,” lasted many years. … More My Inner Child Is Alive and Well
During the holiday season we often hear the words, Peace on Earth. Right now with all of the uncertainty, violence, magnified fear and suspicion of people from different cultures and religions added to the fear of political changes that may or may not affect our future adversely; it may be difficult to be at peace, … More What Is a Peacemaker?