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Reader Survey Results

2017 First Annual Reader Survey I’ve been thinking about doing a reader survey for over a year and finally stopped being a little scaredy-cat and just did it. I want to thank all the people who responded freely, all my friends that received reminder messages from me, and all of my “insiders” that subscribe to […] Read more…

Provocative Joy Anniversary This Dust Never Settles Reader Survey

First Annual Reader Survey!

Reminiscing on the past This virtual corner of property has come so far! Do you remember when I first started? Back in 2014 this place was called This Dust Never Settles and it was primarily a way for me to work through my thoughts in writing and keep my family and supporters updated on my journey […] Read more…

Home

I’m home! And it feels so good! I was so worried about coming home and the challenges of re-entering my own culture. I have actually been pleasantly surprised at how relaxing and peaceful it’s been. All of these little moments give me twinges of gratefulness. My first night in Yonkers, NY, my mom-in-law had the […] Read more…

Privilege

Today I’m dedicating my writing to the phenomenal Malagasy people who I work with. I only hope I can do as much justice as possible when speaking of them because they are the spine of the work we do. The day crew. I talked about them just a few days before Christmas in my Ghost Stories […] Read more…

Ghost Stories

In spite of all the differences between nursing in the U.S. there are some similarities to how our hospital runs. The ward nurses work rotating shifts so I could be working either days, evenings or nights. We get one chunk of nights (usually 3 or 4) per month. Since Christmas break is next week, there […] Read more…

Honesty

I think about writing almost every day truthfully. There is so much happening every day, all around me that I’d love to tell you about, but I get stuck. Sometimes it takes a week to simply process an experience I had weeks ago. I’m not always sure what my readers are most interested in hearing […] Read more…

For Fun

It’s one of those days that just blows my mind yet again. How in the world did I get so lucky? I’m laying in bed on board the Africa Mercy as we get clearance from the port of Capetown, South Africa. Last night my window had ocean, tonight it has lights, other ships and vessels, […] Read more…

I Am Anti-Anxiety

Can I have some permission to lighten the mood and stop writing about Mercy Ships for a minute? Maybe you felt a very light mood, but if you could get in tune with the way my brain works, you would see how easy it is for me to feel anxiety throughout the Mercy Ships prep […] Read more…