Weight Gain: Veggie newbies beware

So, you’ve decided to banish meat from your diet and become vegetarian, counting on this change as the road to a healthy utopia. In your quest, and perhaps your innocence, you overcompensate, packing away too much pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, and processed food trying to fill the vacancy left by the absence of meat. Consequently…

None of my business

I used to make it my business to care what people were saying behind my back. It was during my high school days when much of what was said was right in my face. Being called bumpy or crater face because of my acne pimples or white girl because I talked proper, stung with the…

Trust Truth: It knows no lies

What do we know about truth? Truth is raw, naked, unbiased, and consistent. It has the power to spread love or hate, create divisions or unity, make friends or enemies. It can sneak up on you, hide behind a mask or walk boldly into your life waving a banner and aย  flag. No matter what…

Love you: Let your inner light shine

I remember years ago, volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, a talk with my supervisor ended with her advising me to not to let my light shine so bright. Her comment immediately put me on guard but I wasn’t sure what she meant until I thought about it later. She was telling me to…

Portion control: the only ‘diet’ you need

I don’t diet. The concept of dieting makes no sense to me. It’s all about restriction, which suggests the negative action of keeping something away that you like. Here’s how it works when you diet: You remove from your food list anything you believe is causing you to gain weight, which normally include fatty foods…

Nightshift: Sunshine for an introvert

It’s after 12 a.m. and I’m at work, just outside of my patient’s room within earshot of his soft snore. As soon as the central air kicks back off again, the house will be prayer-room quiet. This might be the time for many people to rush to their Facebook account for a “Who’s up with…

Trump’s Two Days of Truth

Two days. That’s how long it took for Donald Trump to finally break his silence amidst media criticism. Two days. That’s how long it took for the nation to finally get a forced leadership response from a man whose incendiary Tweets and “Fake News” outbursts have nearly reached legendary status. During that time the nation…

When life cow-tips you, make a new plan

In high school, I always had at least one large bottle of TJ Swann in the back of my closet. I don’t think my mother, and surely not my father, ever knew about my stash. However, they did know that I was the one who refilled the vodka bottle with water; and a quick sniff…

Partners in Patient Care

Partners: definition – “a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor.” It’s what I what I was taught that my role in patient care was when I became a nursing assistant. “Partners” is supposed to describe the goal of what a nurse and a nursing assistant should be focused…

Star Rates: Where the taxi elite shine

A few posts back, I wrote about the Lyft driver who had the nerve to call me lazy … while he was driving me to work. The star rating he got was more than generous, considering. But before him and since, I’ve had a couple of extreme cases where I handed out low-star ratings for…