The Continuing Misery of Afghanistan

As a nurse/humanitarian aid worker, Afghanistan was my first assignment and the place I returned to most often in my decades long career delivering aid in some of the world’s bleakest spots. On my first trip, a savvy reporter told me that it would become the place that would forever hold my heart. And, through…

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Looking Back on Covid

Was it only a year ago that life as we knew it, came to a swift and unexpected halt as, what was then, a strange new virus, Covid-19, was moving like wildfire through Europe and Asia and then it was suddenly on our doorstep. “A pandemic is upon us. Two weeks.” they said, “will allow…

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Behind the Mystery Series

People always assume that I am solely a women’s fiction writer and that my recent foray into crime thriller is a real departure. I’ve been writing since I was seven years old when I penned my first short story series, but it was at age 12 when my English teacher, Mrs. Hughes, gave the class…

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Merry Christmas!

Christmas.  This has been a most difficult year for all of us, but as we sit and celebrate the joys of Christmas and our own resilience, let’s remember that the magic and the promise of Christmas still exists in our hearts and our most precious memories. For me, even the name is magical.   Christmas!…

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Behind The Book – Dead Girl Walking

I am a nurse who has spent much of my career in the ER and, as with so many ER nurses, our roles include a significant bit of detective work and skills. From those first moments in Triage, whether the patient has arrived on foot or via ambulance, it is the nurse who will undertake…

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Nursing in the Time of Covid

Long before the pandemic hit, the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared 2020 The Year of the Nurse, and now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems especially fitting to acknowledge the work of nurses, for whose life hasn’t been touched by a nurse? That degree of commitment to patients happens not just…

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In Celebration of Nurses

Nurses’ Week is upon us, and this year, in the midst of this Covid 19 pandemic, it seems especially fitting to celebrate nurses, those quiet heroes who walk among us. For in every hospital around the world, it is a nurse who works feverishly to stem the tide of death and disaster that the virus…

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Wishing a Joyful Holiday to All Around the World

Christmas.  Even the name carries a hint of magic as it twirls through my thoughts stirring up wonderfully evocative memories of enchanting, never to be forgotten moments.   I remember, as though it was yesterday, a snowy Christmas eve, my weary dad trying to shoo us to bed, his finger to his lips, whispering “Shh, can…

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On Writing

I am an accidental author.  Though I’ve been reading since forever, and writing since I was seven years old, I’d never thought of myself as a writer. I am a nurse and an aid worker, and it wasn’t until I began writing articles, which chronicled the stories of my aid work, for a nursing journal…

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In Just a Few Days…

  In just a few days, my third book will be released. Much of the pre-release flash of activity—marketing, publicity, the rush for blurbs—is all-consuming but somehow familiar. The rush for reviews and mentions is a necessary part of the process. I do, after all, selfishly want you to buy my book, review it, recommend…

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