Memoir, Nurse Authors, Nursing Stories, Telling Stories, Writing the Book

Excerpts From My Book

  My book will be published on November 6, 2018 by She Writes Press. I have changed the title over the course of writing the book so many times that I can’t give you a count. The latest one, and I do hope the final one, is Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner… Continue reading Excerpts From My Book

Christmas, Family, My Dad, Nostalgia, Nursing Stories

Dad and the Bride Doll

  My father, a complicated man, was the oldest son of 10 children. His parents came to America from Naples, Italy via Ellis Island at the turn of the century, and settled down in Jersey City, New Jersey. He left school in the sixth grade to pick up bits of coal from the railroad tracks,… Continue reading Dad and the Bride Doll

Cooking, Lasagna, Nostalgia, Nursing Stories, Thanksgiving

Happy Lasagna Day

  My husband and I are spending Thanksgiving alone—by choice. We had been invited out but graciously declined. After having three sets of houseguests in six weeks, we are happy to be alone. By the way, the house has never been cleaner. And we broke from the traditional Thanksgiving dinner—we are having lasagna. I love… Continue reading Happy Lasagna Day

Writing the Book

WHAT DOES PEA SOUP HAVE TO DO WITH WRITING?

It’s a soup day. Well, okay, it’s 76 degrees outside on this August morning in Chapel Hill but it’s dark and dreary. The sound of the rain hitting the roof makes me think of soup. Thoughts of the warm aroma of Grandma’s bean soup and the sweet, earthy taste of Mom’s chicken soup, made with the… Continue reading WHAT DOES PEA SOUP HAVE TO DO WITH WRITING?