Daily Prompt: On the Road

Several years ago I had the amazing fortune of traveling to India and studying healthcare. It is difficult to describe all the sights, sounds, smells, and experiences. Sometimes pictures do speak a thousand words… If I could go anywhere right now, I’d go back in an instant. I’d visit my friends. I’d go back to…

That One Conversation

Think back to your childhood or teenage years. Think back to that time when your parent or parents got super awkward and weird and made you feel all awkward and weird and made you sit on the couch to talk about…sex. Yeah, I got a dose of that this weekend. But from the other point…

Travelling a Broken Road

To be fair, this happened nearly a month ago. It has taken me this long to put it into words.  Today I faced a fear. To exactly define this fear is not easily done, so all I can say in short is that I went to West Seattle. In my mind, West Seattle is a…

Patience: Is Pain Worth The Wait?

My patient’s bony, bird-like hand gripped mine with extraordinary strength as she called, “Hurry up! Hurry! It hurts! Can’t you be quicker about this? Just get it over with!” My counterpart never skipped a beat as he bent over her other arm, needle searching for her elusive veins. “I cannot hurry this process, Joyce*. This…

My Big Fat Problem with Kissing Dating Goodbye

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the best ideas turn out to have bad consequences? Or that words meant to be wise sometimes get twisted and misguided? I’m not just talking about the inability to discern whether a text is said in jest or in seriousness. I’m talking about people who are supposed to be…