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Soul Soothing in Recovery

Carrie Newcomer & Jana Stanfield

Carrie Newcomer &
Jana Stanfield

Music is reliable tool to shift my mood, thoughts and attitude.  It is often a passive prayer with me a quiet watchdog. Music is a terrific driving companion leaving less room for negative thinking.

It has often been an extended hand when I’m awash in turbulent waters of depression, grief and even anguish.  My spirit experiences the vibration of certain chords, the pulse of rhythm, the dance of melody and resonance of harmonies, reminding me that I live and breathe.  Music can nudge me into a sense of hope andlightness.

Jana Stanfield is dubbed the Queen of Heavy Mental, a writer and performer of social work songs. I was listening to her before having much knowledge of 12 step programs of recovery.  It tickles me how I missed the screamingly obvious messages in songs titled, ‘Next Right Step’ and ‘Let the Change Begin’ and ‘Here and Now.’  I just picked up a CD and on the back cover is a coin bearing the Serenity Prayer.  Who Knew? Needless to say, the songs helped me long before I was aware.

Indiana Songwriter, Carrie Newcomer, creates songs and poetry that feed my soul.  She shares her rich appreciation and fascination with “the common things” in life that are remarkably extraordinary when viewed through her lyrics. Her work has fueled and guided my spiritual rebirth and growth.

Wise and peace loving, song after song supports a willingness to love wholeheartedly, inclusively. I am drawn to tales of justice, forgiveness, and relationship. I have learned to thrive in light and dark, and all the shades of grey in between, by learning that the sacred exists in simplest of things.

Music is as personal as fragrance.  It’s a chemical reaction in my understanding. It’s likely we may not enjoy the same sounds or artists. I share this suggestion to explore music as a component to health, a  gentle friend or a good coach.  Thank you, Jana Stanfield and Carrie Newcomer, for being minstrel teachers. You’ve helped me to recognize and appreciate so much beauty. Thank you. I’m glad to be a grateful, sober messenger.

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

Celebrating Mommy Milestones – Book Review

Fresh, Funny, Wise,    Whimsical

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

Unexpected Gifts

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People will forget: what you say, what you do, but never how you made them feel- Mother Teresa

Several years ago when our youngest graduated from high school, we combined efforts with families of a niece, a nephew and another shirt tail relative to host a very large outdoor party for the four grads. Our boy Nate had attended a different school than the others so there were quite a few people we didn’t know. Early in the afternoon under the food tent, a guy, I presumed to be a classmate’s parent caught my eye, engaged my attention and waved. I waved back and smiled. Continue reading