Memoir, Nostalgia, Nursing Stories

The Old Faded Picture

Recently rummaging around in my office closet for my watercolor materials, I came across an old envelope with a faded 5 X 7 picture inside. Years ago I had planned to frame it. Obviously, I forgot all about it. Most of what is stored in the closet fits into the category: out of sight, out… Continue reading The Old Faded Picture

Geriatrics, Memoir, Nurse Authors, Nursing Stories, Telling Stories

My Book is on Amazon

Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers  Paperback – November 6, 2018 by Marianna Crane (Author) Running a clinic for seniors requires a lot more than simply providing medical care. In Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic, Marianna Crane chases out scam artists and abusive adult children, plans a funeral, signs her own name to social security checks,… Continue reading My Book is on Amazon

Chicago, Home Health, Nursing Stories

The Murder Building

Originally posted on February 19, 2012   When I visited a patient in my caseload that lived in an “unsafe” part of the city, I went in the morning. Right after the pimps and drug dealers had called it a night and before the shop keepers pulled up the bars over the store windows and the… Continue reading The Murder Building

Breast cancer, Memoir, Writing the Book

A Story You Won’t Soon Forget

For the past ten years, I wrote my book in isolation. Long hours in front of my computer at my home, or a coffee shop, library and on Amtrak traveling between our home in North Carolina to Washington DC or New York City, and in other spaces I can’t remember. Wherever the location, I rarely… Continue reading A Story You Won’t Soon Forget

Health Care Services, Memoir, Nursing, Nursing Stories, spinal cord injury, Telling Stories

A Broken Man Who is Hard to Forget

Richey rolled himself in a manual wheelchair into the exam room of the spinal cord clinic for the first time on a warm spring day in April. He managed to lift his quivering right arm to shake my hand. I was the new nurse practitioner in charge of his care. He had some ability to… Continue reading A Broken Man Who is Hard to Forget

Laughter, Memoir, Nursing Stories, Successful Aging, Writing the Book

Dream Deferred 

Dream Deferred  by Langston Hughes   What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does… Continue reading Dream Deferred 

Memoir, New Year, Nursing Stories, Writing blogs

Letting Go of the Life We Plan

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ― Joseph Campbell I didn’t plan to write a book but that’s what happened. I had always wanted to be a writer and, even as I worked as a Nurse Practitioner, I took… Continue reading Letting Go of the Life We Plan