“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”  ~ Booker T. Washington. When you graduate from nursing school, you get a Pinning ceremony.  This is separate and apart from the more familiar graduation event, that comes with cap and gown, in a huge auditorium, shared with students you may not know.  For […]

“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” ~Samuel Smiles. It has been an interesting couple of weeks.  During National Nurse’s Week I have been privileged to observe nurses at work from a different perspective, while visiting a brave family member in the hospital.  […]

“Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.” ~ Rollo May. I love words.  I encountered a new one the other day, ‘sonder’, which is a noun representing the realization that random people live a life just as complex and vivid as our own.  Most of the time we are so […]

“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion”~ Buddha. I have always loved the science of anatomy and physiology.  When I was in my teens, my sister gave me an illustrated textbook which sparked my imagination.  It is difficult to imagine what is going on beneath our skin, the constant […]

“Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw. I am a master at the art of procrastination, have practiced it ever since I was a child.  And although I know that this will get me in trouble, I frequently wait till the last minute to complete assignments.  This is partly […]

“The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.” ~Jane Wyman  Last year I learned an interesting fact about the culture of the people of the Dominican Republic.  We were having a ‘culture’ day in class, a day when I invite the students to bring an item that symbolizes their culture.  […]

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi I arrived in this country many years ago, a wide-eyed innocent, full of idealism and belief in the possibilities of life and humankind. Young people are wonderful, for the most part […]

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