Monthly Archives: March 2015

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