Laughs Sealed the Deal

St. Agnes Academy was the high school determined to create “Women of Worth.” The all girl high school was directly across from the catholic Cathedral and next to the boy’s prep school that shared the same name. Some of the Providence nuns still wore traditional habits and all rules of etiquette were a very proper. While our freshman class likely all menstruated we were far from being women.
Study Hall for freshman was in the attic at high noon. The 1910 building had no air conditioning and we were in wool uniforms and full of adolescent hormones. Continue reading

Blogging 101 Day 9

It’s hard to explain what draws one to another. For instance, scrolling through hundreds of URLs of Blogger 101 participants I selected checked out five of six. Two of the sites lingered with me. http://kenwhitehawk.com and kidneyingaround.wordpress.com.
Both address much of the unseen or poorly understood, Native American, Ken Whitehawk honors sacred traditions and is gifted in seeing beyond the here and now doing psychic readings.

Kidneyingaround’s author has a great sense of word play, and speaks with an authentic patient’s experience of both political activist and someone affected by chronic illness and depression.

It’s always about the conversation and how a story unfolds.

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Sometimes my job is to be a vessel or container for words. Sometimes a messenger while other times a touchstone or connection. I love the journey of learning and living.

Good Neighbor Blogging

What a terrific assignment today! Comment on a minimum of four blogs that I’ve never commented on before. In the current Blogging 101 series there are literally hundreds participating. All are listed by site so it’s a buffet of lowercase, no space websites.
Pretty much like reading crepe paper banners of alphabet soup.

I landed on some interesting sites but cannot recall and failed to copy the URLs. I signed up to follow so I know they’ll be in touch.
One lobbed serve over the net, it’s their turn now.

The beauty of having an assignment to wander, explore and make new acquaintances is an adventure without travel. Therefore no packing, iffy bathroom breaks and unpacking!) There are those who get out there and actually travel. Blissfully readers can enjoy their photo journals of places and people they meet. What a generosity.

Our real life adventure included seeing a new family physician and location and dinner with some cousins tonight. That’s guaranteed fun. Be Well, and do all the good you can do!

Walking Wounded Caring for Patients

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Healthcare and healthcare workers of all disciplines are weary, under appreciated, fearful about the overwhelming responsibilities, liabilities and lack of security. Patient acuity and volumes are high. Nurse to patient ratios in many places are unrealistic. It is stressful, raw, gritty work regardless of all the shiny, electronic and adaptive tools. Healthcare is still a wonderful, miraculous, important calling. I believe it’s imperative that we help the on the job warriors to heal themselves and their work groups. Continue reading

In the Beginning

Blogging 101 Day 2

When I started to write it was with the intent of working toward some larger projects. The blog was to test material, to build confidence. The dream was to publish a couple of books I have in mind that are wildly successful and to be asked to read my own words to audiences. I’ve learned much in the process- the biggest of course is how little I know.

But I do know with certainty the importance of words gifted to this reader as lifeblood, an essence to living each day. So I will keep plugging away. In the meantime I am called to share stories, strength and hope as professional speaker. With that in mind, I’m making some changes to my site. I hope readers will respond and stick around.

If we happened to meet in an elevator or at a business or social function here’s my latest introduction.

Hi I’m Michele Wood
Nurse. Speaker. Crusader. Entertainer. A trained observer, fascinated by Humans –especially their interior and private parts that fuel writing and story-telling guaranteed to teach and amuse. A big, colorful, lifetime of experience, service, strength and hope are my credentials.
Looking for strategies to heal, improve and revitalize your organization, employees, and community? Could you use a jolt of child-like wonder, hopefulness and peace? Do you want your team to feel strong, confident, understood, respected and absolutely capable? Invite me to visit. I’m in the business of restoration, repurposing, laughter, and making people better.

“Blogging 101″ Student

What appears bold or fearless is often sheer ignorance or misguided confidence that I am as likely to succeed as to fail. Many a project, assignment, or even a career move has been nothing more than being thrown or pushed into a pool and told, “Swim!” Gagging, splashing, flailing wildly to survive describes my particular dance with education, preparation and planning. Swimming to survive is a lot different than swimming skill. My isolated blogging experience is much the same.

Today I am the student, excited, willing and ready to learn from the beginning. This will require a lot of attentiveness to my impatience, and self will. By doing this work I hope to reduce my fear and resistance to those grave gravitars, winnowing widgets and all the other programming lingo that makes my eyes cross and head ache.

So bring on the Happiness Engineers. I’m on board. Coach, inspire, direct and amuse me as I try and do when I blog. Build my abilities and confidence. Let’s go! Michele

Celebrating Mommy Milestones – Book Review

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Fresh, Funny, Wise, Whimsical

Celebrate the Mommy Milestones™ by Lanelle Vasichek
Fresh, funny, whimsical and wise describe the brand new book Celebrate the Mommy Milestones™ by Lanelle Vasichek. It is validating, encouraging and totally focused on the mommy when all else centers around the baby, she refers to as The Boss.
Vasichek admitted feelings, challenges and roles seldom talked about as anything but hormonal shifts and sleep deprivation. Nothing is off limits; bowels, boobs, intimacy, reality colliding with expectation are addressed with wry humor paired with fabulous stylish illustrations by Annette Wood. I found the the running editor, words crossed out and replaced with a gentler version, extremely honest and engaging. I gained appreciation for women of with more modesty and privacy needs than I had before.
Mommy Milestones is a lifeline to mommies that they are awesome no matter how sticky and messy things might be for a while. This book will offer hope, relieve critical self talk and guarantee laughter. Vasichek’s unique Mommy Milestone book will encourage, entertain and delight.
I can’t wait to share this with my daughter in law (I’ll make BIG points in understanding!) and all of my nieces and nephews in the baby time of their lives. It should be in all hospital gift shops, OB offices, and maternity and infant shops.

Response to Dirty Little Secrets in Mighty Nurse

We are only as sick as our secrets and our secrets keep us sick. Working conditions in healthcare are less than optimal.  I think we need to move beyond the grief and resentment and figure out some actual solutions. Without reimbursement, there will be less healthcare, technology, and intervention.  Additionally we each are responsible for our attitudes and actions.

Perhaps it is time to capture the attention of the general public with a massive, advertising campaign teaching them how to give healthcare glowing satisfaction scores. We need a Mary Poppins affect of a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine— the tough stuff, pain, impairment, economic losses of illness separate from the care to address it.  Maybe subliminal messaging embedded in TV’s, EMRs, waiting and family areas, hallways and cafeterias about the wonderful world of healthcare similar to a Disney ride would make everyone happier. Continue reading

It’s a Really BIG Day

Today is a really big day. It is the day that a friend launches her first book, Mommy Milestones.  I met her only two years ago, when her idea was a note pad tucked into her back pack. In two years she has brought this book full term, ready to meet the world. Today is a big while a niece works as an R.N. in her first nursing job. She returned to school earning a second degree to make this a reality. She is brightening her patients and co-workers day with her sweet, competent kindness and compassion. She is an exotic beauty that will add art to their lives.

Today is a really big day. I exchanged texts and baby photos with loved ones before getting out of bed.  My heart and eyes smile hearing my son laugh talking with friends. He is safe from a night shift he works diligently. Today is a really big day as I head toward a university campus to perform health screenings. It is an opportunity to meet young people, fresh perspectives and concerns. These students are full of promise.

Later I’ll meet people more life-worn, often of many broken promises.  The working poor as they come to have their taxes prepared. Citizens like you and me.  It is a big day as I wonder what story or character will touch my heart, spark my imagination or ignite shared laughter.  Today is a really big day to be alive, encouraging and grateful.  Is today a really big day for you?

Creativity Month

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January is dubbed International Creativity Month.  Whether cultural, cosmic or calendar driven I find this to be true in myself.  January holds the promise of a clean slate. The magic of a new calendar, those blank pages and the anticipation of adding the big deal events like, births, weddings, graduations is exciting.  Setting goals, updating plans works well while more house bond due winter and its short daylight conditions.

The narcosis of too much food, especially sugar and erratic holiday schedules has lifted. Even if I’m not in full swing the New Year energy of friends and colleagues is contagious.  The de-clutter bug is alive and well – an actual epidemic in January according to all the container ads and magazine covers at the grocery check out aisle.  I must have gotten a vaccine-a fail proof inoculation that prevents the De-clutter Bug from coming to our house.

I create a flurry of activity filing stacks of receipts by category into envelopes preparing for taxes and official closure of the prior year.  This always frustrates me.  I begin each year with a file system that I use consistently through March. By June or July I may do some catch up and then in the summer months apparently lose my mind.  I develop an aversion, a resentment or simple rebellion. It bothers no one but me.

My creativity challenge is to re-craft my thinking to adjust my behavior regarding household finances and record keeping this year.  It may de-clutter only a square foot of physical space but I suspect it will clear a great deal more creative space in my mind.  The strategies will include accountability and tasks like scheduling time on my calendar and evaluating my progress.

Consistent Attention is my goal for 2015. A quote to get me started is from Maya Angelou.

“Nothing will work unless you do.” 

Readers,  I appreciate your feedback and request that your lift me up with good thoughts as I do for you.

Be well.

Michele