November 28, 2008, 1:32 pm

Change of Shift and Change of Season

Happy Thanksgiving from the Star Wars family, including Darth’s twin brother Garth!

Who knew?

My nephew brought his Star Wars figures and I couldn’t resist taking a “family” photo.

You have no idea how hard it was to get these guys to hold still. The Sand Person was friendlier than I expected but C3PO kept trying to run the show. Han was so full of turkey he kept “leaning” accidentally into Leia.

Yeah, right. A little too much wine for Han.

Luke insisted on brandishing his light saber despite Obi-Wan trying to reason with him.

Stubborn little bugger, but then every family has its quirks.


This edition of “Change of Shift” can be found over at RehabRN.

Bless her for taking this on the week of Thanksgiving; many thanks to her and thanks to all those who took the time to submit during the busy holiday week.

The December 11th edition will be held at Marijke: Nurse Turned Writer. Submissions can be sent through Blog Carnival or to “marijke at medhealthwriter dot com”.

To read a bit more about Marijke, look further down this post!


I’ll be hosting the second edition of the new “MetaCarnival”, a compilation of the best of all carnivals (medical and non-medical) here on December 1st. Administrators of all interested carnivals send in two of the best posts from their latest editions to be included in the MetaCarnvial. It’s my first time hosting, so it should be interesting!


It’s time for the Canadian Blog Awards and Marijke over at Marijke: Nurse Turned Writer would like our support!

She is in the running for the Best Health Blog and you can vote for her in the first round by going here: Canadian Blog Awards: Best Health Blog. She would appreciate your vote!


Remember the Toland family? SSgt. Robert Toland and his family returned from their trip to Disneyworld to a renovated home.

Kevin Haynes of the American Legion Post 1460 was kind enough to send me the link to the segment on the family that aired on “Hannity’s America”. If you didn’t see the episode, be sure to check out the video – it goes much further in depth into the work that was actually done on the grounds and the family’s reaction when they came home.

Many, many thanks to those who donated to help.

But it doesn’t stop there!

Meet the Warrior’s Wish Foundation. Think of it as “Make a Wish” for veterans. The motto of the Warrior’s Wish Foundation is “Make it happen!”:

Our Vision: To enhance the lives of United States Military Veterans who are battling life-limiting illness. We honor Heroes by helping to fulfill a life-long dream or wish. A lifelong dream or wish may consist of any realistic request that will make a significant difference in the physical, emotional or spiritual well-being of the wish recipient.

Newly formed, the Foundation has two wish requests already!

  • A 48 year old Veteran in New Mexico wishes to be able to hunt moose in Canada
  • A 79 year old Veteran in New Jersey wants his daughter to visit him with his grand-children.

The Warrior’s Wish Foundation will “make it happen!”. You can help.

The donation page carries a Pay Pal button that makes it easy to donate, along with alternative methods you may choose to use.

The Christmas season is now official. What a great way to say thanks to our Veterans!


  • NurseExec

    November 28, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I *LOVED* the Star Wars “centerpiece”. Hubby too. Certified geek here, LOL!

  • missbhavens

    November 28, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Ha! Star Wars family.

    You crack me up!

  • trauma junkie
    trauma junkie

    November 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    That’s too funny with the Star Wars figurines!

    All he had to do was use the power of the force.

    Damn, I’m a nerd.

  • Bianca Castafiore
    Bianca Castafiore

    November 30, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    We like to make unusual crèches for Xmas — last year with Winnie-the-Pooh figurines, the year before — an underwater delight featuring toy soldiers in a fishbowl…

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