Writing with Humor

“It’s not what happens in your life but how you write about it.”                                                 —David Sedaris, Master Class: Storytelling and Humor I watched David Sedaris talk on Master Class the other night. I got hooked right away when he said that everything is funny—eventually. David Sedaris Lately, I’ve been feeling preoccupied with the complexity of…… Continue reading Writing with Humor

Why Do We Write?

Reblogged from September 16, 2012 I attended the book signing this past August. Farther Along, written by my friend and mentor, Carol Henderson, which tells the stories of thirteen mothers (she is one of them), a bakers dozen as Carol points out, who had lost children at various ages. I was prepared to cry. I…… Continue reading Why Do We Write?

Writing More Personal Stories

While it was time consuming, I loved doing the April Alphabet Challenge A to Z. It got me writing new stories, released memories I had forgotten and expanded my writing skills. Going forward with my Blog, I will intersperse more personal tales.  This is a timely decision since nurses are getting greater attention being on…… Continue reading Writing More Personal Stories

What was my Memoir really about?

It has been two years since my book was published on November 6, 2018. Shortly afterward, I wrote this for She Writes Press Blog: Download What was my memoir really about? November 2018 By Marianna Crane This guest post was written by Marianna Crane, author of Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers. Marianna…… Continue reading What was my Memoir really about?

Writing advice: Anne Lamott and Toni Morrison

This past Saturday, I watched Anne Lamott on a webinar sponsored by Book Passage. She spoke from her home for three hours, sharing her wisdom on writing. She shared titles of books that might help with writing: Stephen King, On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft Walter Mosley, This Year You Write Your Novel Abigail Thomas, Thinking About…… Continue reading Writing advice: Anne Lamott and Toni Morrison

Top 100 Nursing Blogs Of 2020 That Matter

My Blog, Nursingstories.org, was selected by Nurse Buff: Nursing Humor & Lifestyle Blog as one of the best 100 Nursing Blogs and/or Websites in 2020. While I am honored with this selection, I am also so impressed that we nurses are now publishing our stories on the internet in impressive numbers. Rather than add an…… Continue reading Top 100 Nursing Blogs Of 2020 That Matter

The Cat

The story that I wrote almost thirty years ago was chosen as a finalist from 200 submissions to Carolina Woman Writing Contest. Debra Simon, editor and publisher of Carolina Woman magazine, decided that this year she would include a list of finalists. Lucky for me. Thank you, Debra Simon and Carolina Woman magazine, for selecting…… Continue reading The Cat

Stories that Need to be Told

I almost forgot about Dennis. That’s what Carol Novembre thinks his name was. Carol and I worked together in the early 60s at Pollack Hospital in Jersey City. It was a county-run hospital. Dennis was head of maintenance. I learned a lot from him about the political corruption that went on behind the scenes. Not…… Continue reading Stories that Need to be Told

 It Takes a Village or a City Block

This is my 262nd Blog post. It’s a significant number for me. I spent the first twenty years of my life in a two-bedroom apartment in a three-story brick building in Jersey City, New Jersey: 262 Summit Avenue. Most of the buildings on the block were three stories with an apartment on each floor. I…… Continue reading  It Takes a Village or a City Block

How PTSD is hurting nursing

I came upon this post on KevinMD.com, written by a nurse. I am pleased that a physician has provided a vehicle for nurses to tell their stories and, in this case, share the heavy toll that working in a hospital setting can have on nurses.  How PTSD is hurting nursing ANNE NAULTY, RN | POLICY | MAY 22, 2019…… Continue reading How PTSD is hurting nursing