Tuesday, October 23, 2007

It is SO me =)

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Autumn is Sweet...We call it Fall

Blatant plagerism from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of my favorite bands. It isn't that they are pretty hot to look at, it is the lyrical intellect that runs through the majority of the songs. That to me make them a band I will listen to forever. =)

Speaking of intellect, one of my all-time favorite websites is "I can has Cheezburger?" http://icanhascheezburger.com/ . This site displays Engrish captioned pictures, usually of cats. The result range from mildly amusing to pee-your-pants funny.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Six weeks.....and counting


What else can I say? I have really been enjoying my new job. Despite some political and financial gaffes (sorry Heather!!!) early in my tenure, I have been immersed in world I should have entered a decade ago. I really feel like I have found my niche.

My team is awesome. They each have talents they utilize well and they work well together. What more could a manager ask? I am sure there is still a lingering scent of honeymoon to my arrival, but the day-to-day grind isn't one I dread.

I have made some changes, mostly cosmetic to the facility, but nothing major. I think what has made the most impact is that the staff know I am there *for them*. My goal is to see them grow and succeed. Yes, that may mean some move on to bigger and better things, but isn't that the point?

My writing has taken a dip, so if you need tech or medical writing, drop me a line!


Sunday, August 5, 2007

New Job

I have made a transition. I have moved from my limited previous job to one with much greater potential. One that actually uses the information I went to school for, yeah!!

The position is as a manager in a medical office, one that has not had an on-site manager since April. The staff, with the help of the director and other site managers has done an amazing job of keeping things together quite admirably.

I started last week, and have had a week full of meetings, new processes, policy and procedure, and unfortunately, a somewhat flimsy map of expectations. I am anxious to get going, but am still a little unclear as to what *exactly* it is I am to do on a daily basis.

Oh, not the whole day certainly, but I want to make certain of the core expectations, you know.

The people have been wonderful, especially one particular manager of another site. She has taken the time to walk me through a bunch of things; I am very grateful to her.

So, anyone who is a manager in a medical office and has a generous heart, leave comment with your best ideas to engage the staff, make them comfortable, and to hopefully generate as smooth a transition as possible. I would be very appreciative!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

White Paper Writing

The author of one of the blogs I read faithfully is making a wonderful offer I can't pass up, especially since a trip across the country is out of my budget = (

But I can let you know about a pretty cool opportunity and get a very cool reference for myself.

As you know I am stretching my writing skills by learning both technical and medical writing.


So far so good.

I *also* have an interest in writing a related product called a white paper. I have looked over the 'net, and settled on Michael Stelzner as an excellent resource. I read his blog,

( http://www.writingwhitepapers.com/blog/ )

and I get his e-zine, and have the RSS feed on my igoogle home page. Pretty good stuff here. He has written white papers for some of the biggest companies--FedEX, Microsoft, Motorola, Monster, Hewlett-Packard. He has written a lot of them as well; over 100.

You can see why he got my vote.

He is putting together and in-person seminar in my old home town of San Diego, California
{ insert sad sigh here}.

Here is the scoop:

Creating and Marketing Winning White Papers Seminar in San Diego

Interactive, hands-on white paper writing and marketing training

Full day at San Diego Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego

Limited to only 25 people (so get a spot while they are available)

Held September 21st

Taught be Michael Stelzner

Here is the link to the seminar and more details:http://www.whitepapersource.com/seminar/

I wish I could go. I miss San Diego, and this looks like it will be an awesome Seminar!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007


Or would that be paws?

I am neglecting my blog, I know. However, it is for a good reason. I am on deadline. How cool is that?

I am also taking two courses right now; one on technical writing, and one on medical writing. They both are online. The tech writing class is from my alma mater of Kennesaw State University in collaboration with ed2go.com. http://tinyurl.com/2o4quk

I have been in class a couple weeks thus far and have learned a great deal.

The medical writing class is also online. it is produced and distributed by Diego Pineda @ http://www.becomingamedicalwriter.com/ .

He also has a blog @ http://medicalwriter.blogspot.com/

And no, I have NO affilliation, nor have recieved any compensation from either. I paid full fees, just like anyone else; I am just passing on information.

I have just received the package and will be starting tomorrow, so I will report back soon.

I will diligently report back, promise!

(Of course, my oldest child insists on getting me the T-shirt that says "No one reads my blog!")

Sunday, June 10, 2007

I'm Baaaaaaack!

Well, I am back from vacation and the inevitable return to the day job. I visited my Father in north Florida; it is beautiful there. I grew up near the ocean (San Diego, CA) and miss the beach and ocean tremendously.

Have you ever noticed that? I have discussed this with others who have moved to Atlanta. Some people just seem to bodily crave the ‘feel’ of their childhood environments. I can feel my body relaxing and feeling different when I am near the ocean. Perhaps it is nothing more than the barometric pressure difference or the scent of the air; but my arthritis is not so bad there. I sleep better too. Hell-- I am ABLE to sleep.

Yeah, I have arthritis. And pre-menopausal osteoporosis, degenerative disc and joint disease, and a few other things most women under 50 have only read about. The pain levels keep me from sleeping well or long, despite a plethora of pharmacological helpers.

I ran across a very cool website yesterday called Chronic Babe (www.chronicbabe.com). The website gives a ton of support (And a shop that is beyond awesome--) and information for those of us where were blindsided by the onset of chronic conditions while we were busy having an active life working, raising kids, raising pets, or just trying to find that path. It is cool, it is hip, it is bright orange and pink. I plan on visiting the site often.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Georgia’s Dona Quixote

With seventh installment of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, due out this June, Georgia’s vey own Dona Quixote, Laura Mallory of Gwinnett County, is tilting at windmills—again.

Ms. Mallory has attempted several times in the past to get the Harry Potter books banned from the Gwinnett County school system, on the basis that they promote witchcraft. Not only is she sadly misguided as to what witchcraft actually is, she is mixing religion and government; not an unusual occurrence in this state. (Remember the Cobb County Evolution stick fiasco?)

The trouble with her whole plan is that no one is buying it. She has been shot down several times since her initial 2005 request to her child’s elementary school to remove all the Harry Potter books from the library shelves. At each turn, from school panels, to the district, to the school board, the vote has been to unanimously retain to book series. (1)

Ms. Mallory, apparently unsatisfied, took the case to the Gwinnett Superior Court in January of this year, where she again lost her appeal. (1)

So what is it about these books that cause Ms Mallory to cast herself in the fool’s light? She herself has said that she has not read the books, but instead relies on conservative Christian website testimonies to keep her informed. She has gone on record stating that she believes that raising a country full of witches is just not right. (1)

While that sentiment is certainly debatable, or would be if Ms. Mallory had any sense of what witches really are and do, she is certainly entitled to restrict her children’s reading. She could even go so far as to request that the offending books be removed from her children’s PUBLIC school library. After that however, she really needs to reassess her motives.

Why would she seek to restrict every child’s reading in Gwinnett County? Does Ms. Mallory believe that freedom only applies to those in her coterie? Or perhaps only to those residing in Gwinnett County? (Poor Fulton and DeKalb Counties—do you feel left out yet?) Is she seeking glory for herself? Her religion? Is she just seriously misguided?

I don't know.

Sadly, I do not think Ms. Mallory does either.

(1) Ben Smith. Atlanta Journal Constitution (May 29, 2007). Next installment of mom vs. Potter set for Gwinnett court. http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/stories/2007/05/28/0529metPOTTER.html?cxntnid=amn052907e

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day

My deepest gratitude for all those who have given whatever it takes to keep me and mine safe and free. Memorial Day began after the Civil War to honor union men fallen in battle. After WWI, the holiday (once known as Decoration Day) included any fallen soldier. (1)

Take a moment today to vist a veteran cemetary or memorial today. If you feel moved to do so express your gratitiude to those who make it possible for me to write this, and you to read it.

(The photo above is not mine. It is however an awsome (public) phote that captures today's thought. The photo is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahbelle1/ , along with more great shots from this photographer.)

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Paisley Pawprints

Good evening. Sounds so very Lugosian (as in Bela) doesn't it?

Welcome to the scratchings of my virtual pen. This blog serves several purposes, not the least of which is enforced daily writing time. I would love to be a full time --paid-- writer.

To that end I am beginning a study of technical writing to go along with my academic and fiction writing efforts. Anyone have a thought or comment of the viability of tech writing? I would like to specialize in the health field, since I am an RN. I also edit other's writing, usually for a pittance, but at least it keeps me in practice.

I love the written word, and read just about anything, from the the back of shampoo bottles to the lastest paranormal romance release. I would one day like to try writing one of those (the romance book, not the shampoo bottle ingredients--though with tech writing, that may happen).

Enough pawing around, will post again soon.

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