November, 2008 Archive

November 5, 2008, 1:10 pm

Michael Crichton

The most frightening book I ever read was “Jurassic Park”.

Far from the adventure movie we have all seen a million times, this novel was downright evil.

I read it in one sitting.

And trust me, if you want to hear every creak in the house, jump out of your skin when your cat meows, watch the hair on your arms stand straight up and feel your throat close because you have forgotten to breathe for five minutes,

Read it at 4 am when you are home alone.

I did.

And then I went out and bought every single book Michael Crighton had written.

Some of his work I loved (“Prey”) and some I found appalling (“Rising Sun”) and one of his projects has affected me every single day that I work (“ER” – via the public’s perceptions).

Geeze, I wish I could write like he does.

Like he did.

The fact that he is dead absolutely sucks.

We’ve lost a great talent, a great intellect.

I think I’ll start at the beginning and re-read the entire catalog. Wikipedia says his last novel will be released in May of 2009.

Time to pre-order.

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November 4, 2008, 1:58 pm

Elect to Read Grand Rounds!

It’s time for the Election Day edition of Grand Rounds!

Mother Jones has put in a great deal of research and effort to produce a wonderful Grand Rounds of history and Presidents!

It’s not widely known, but I am a history buff and especially a Presidential history buff! This is right up my alley and a post after my own heart. Head on over to Nurse Ratched’s Place , check out the information, check out the topics and if you haven’t done so yet, be sure to vote!

“I Voted” – the one sticker you can wear on your shirt as an adult and not feel silly!


Speaking of elections, I was pleasantly surprised when I went to the polling place today. I usually go mid-day because it is sloooooooow. But not today! We were lining up to vote and everyone was talking enthusiastically about the election. Not the candidates or issues, but the fact that it was Election Day!

The poll workers, usually around 80-something years old, were young! As in 20s and 30s young! There was an energy that is not normally felt at this elementary school entrance hall where my neighborhood votes.

No matter who wins or loses tonight, we all had the chance to make our voices known! And while I have a severe case of chronic election fatigue, today I was excited to be a citizen and cast my ballot.

Corny? Maybe to some. But it’s a genuine emotion and I intend to enjoy it, no matter what the outcome!


Emily at Crzegrl, Flight Nurse is hosting the next Change of Shift and although it won’t be “Pirate Day” like the last time she hosted, I’m sure it will be just as entertaining!

Send submissions to Blog Carnival or to “emily at crzegrl dot net”.

Emily is in Minneapolis for a convention right now! Hey Emily, where ya stayin’?


Well, there are blog carnivals and then there is the mother of all carnivals, the Metacarnival!

The brain child of Alvaro at Sharp Brains, the Metacarnival takes the best of the carnival blogosphere (medical and non-medical) and puts it all together in a once-a-month extravaganza!

Individuals don’t submit to the Metacarnival. The “keeper” of each Blog Carnival chooses one or two of the best posts sent in that month and they submit to the host-of-the-month at Metacarnival.

From birds to biology to anthropology to medicine to nursing to oceans and more! Think of it as a neighborhood block party where all the different neighborhoods can get to know each other!

And, if I’m not mistaken, that block party is going to be here this month!

I’ll keep you posted on the details.


Remember the post I did on the Robert Toland family? Well, Kevin from the American Legion has sent in a link of some photos of the project taken while the family was away.

And the story was filmed for “Hannity’s America” on the Fox News Network.

Many thanks to those who have sent in checks to help the family!


Well, I started my 50,000 word novel for the National Novel Writing Month on November 1st. The event is hosted by the Office of Letters and Light. They help students and adults find their creativity via writing through special programs, in addition to hosting the NaNoWriMo.

I’m looking to raise $200 in donations so that I can go to the big Write-a-thon in San Francisco on November 15th where 200 novelists will sit and write for six hours with much food and fun for all. If you would like to help me get to $200 (or more!) in donations, my FirstGiving page is here.


There are lots of great opportunities to help out there. Beka, our favorite Medscape Nurse blogger, suffers from dystonia and yet manages to work as an intensive care nurse. Once an avid cycler, Beka is no longer able to ride (and suffered an inability to walk recently that kept her bedridden for a week!).

Well, has put together a Bike4Beca ride, where you can ride, walk or hike along the “virtual bike trail” to help earn funds for research into the disabling disease of dystonia. Beka is actually the founder of Care4Dystonia, and the story is truly amazing. Check out the links on the left sidebar when you visit Beka’s site.

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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