Sign Up for December's NaBloPoMo

The theme for December is JOY. ...more

Spreading the Joy With December's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?  ...more

Add All of Your Blog Posts to November's Open Thread

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! In fact, we're going to be culling out some great posts from the list below and paying you to feature them ...more

Sign Up for November's NaBloPoMo

If you're posting for NaBloPoMo every day in November, add your name to our 2014 blogroll to share your work and enter to win prizes! Just fill out the NaBloPoMo Blogroll Form. Make sure you've selected NOVEMBER, and only submit your blog once, ...more

Join the Big Online Blogging Celebration That is November's NaBloPoMo

Join NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) on BlogHer.com this November, and commit to post every single day this month! Every November, thousands of bloggers commit to posting daily. But it's about much more than getting that post up—it's ...more

The Most Effective Writing Question: What's Your Angle?

They say that there are no new stories. In fact, author Christopher Booker suggests that every story ever told is a variation on seven basic plots. So, how do you differentiate your story from every other comedy, tragedy, memoir, quest, or rebirth? The answer is in the specific angle you use to tell your tale. Consider Eric and Charlotte Kaufman's story. ...more
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NaBloPoMo December 2014 Prompts

The theme for December's NaBloPoMo is JOY. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in December -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more
As cheesy as it sounds, when I'm feeling down I make myself a pot of tea using a special set ...more

Make December a Little More Joyous With NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

NaBloPoMo (11/2014) - Day 28: Black Friday

Once upon a time, I would go shopping on Black Friday. The first year was 1998 with my mom. I wrote about it in a blog post 2 years ago - weeks after my mother passed away....more

Nov 28 Reaping What Got Sown in my Teaching Years

Nov 28    Reaping What Got Sown in my Teaching Years ...more

Day 28 NaBloPoMo; Motivation 3rd post of 3 part series.

Go for it!  Like I said motivation is fleeting, capture it when you can. Just remember to keep things balanced.  Shower, cook and eat your meals, get enough sleep, and spend time with loved ones.  This is where the work in my non-motivational skills hit home.  If I went to bed which can halt my motivation I can keep up the task even though my motivation waned.  ...more

2014.11.28 Moon Falls

We drove a couple miles to the trail head of the next waterfall. This trail was a bit longer, and mostly followed an old logging road. There were sections where the trees were young and planted in rows (ugh).I discovered a dragon that the loggers didn't want to deal with...:)The area and trees around the creek are protected from loggers because it's a watershed, and it was a relief to climb down into this undisturbed sanctuary....more

A Favorite Quote

"One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it."Dr. Clarissa Pinkola EstésThis Caring Hearthttp://thiscaringheart.wordpress.com...more

Contradictions, Paradox and Unity

Way back in my high school days of Dead Poets Society and Oh Captain my Captain teenage angst poetry I remember loving this line by Walt Whitman:"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes."...more

Day 28 - Semi-Live Feed

I thought I would try an experiment today and put in events as they happen during my shift in the ED.  I don't have Twitter so I can't "live feed," but we'll see how this works out, so keep checking back as I will update this post as the day goes along and time permits.0500 - Came on shift to get sign-out of 14 patient waiting for admission, discharge or consultants to see them.  This didn't include the 3 people who were on psych hold awaiting placement at local psych facilities....more

Welcome Christmas!

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On <i>If</i> and <i>Whether</i>

Among the many quirks of the English language is the use of the conjunctions if and whether to make conditional statements.  While this is probably beyond boring to most of you, it holds a certain appeal to my nerdy proclivities....more