Italy 2012: Images of Tuscany

Today is our last day in Italy.  Italy is my new favorite country to visit.  The people have been uniformly cordial.  The food is excellent.  The culture is artistically outstanding.  The landscape and architecture are very beautiful.  There is a constant sense of the presence of a long rich history here.  I look forward to[…]

Italy 2012 — Part 2: La Dolce Vita

It’s impossible to visit Italy without being constantly reminded of its illustrious history.  Two thousand years ago, at the height of the Roman Empire, Italy was the center of the greatest empire and concentration of wealth, power, and learning that the world had ever known.  The conquering Romans left their marks from the British Isles[…]

Italy 2012 — Part 1

Our flight to Verona, Italy, took us via Denver and Frankfort, where I got to speak a little German.  The short flight from Frankfort to Verona took us over the Swiss ad Italian Alps.  It was easy to see that the Alps are younger mountains than the Rockies in the US, because they are more[…]

Thoughts on My Birthday

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I get to sing that Beatles song all year…Will you still need me, will you still feed me…This is my first “Facebook birthday”. It is amazing to receive greetings from dozens of Facebook friends from around the world, as well as from close to home. Some of the greetings are from people I’ve never met personally.

Frank Sinatra Jr.

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Almost thirty years ago, Susan had the opportunity to play with Frank Sinatra, Senior, which was a life-changing experience for her. Mr. Sinatra, the “Chairman of the Board”, appreciated Susan’s playing so much that he had her place her harp with him in front of the rest of the orchestra.

Dinner With Fulbright Scholars

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The Fulbright educational exchange program, founded in 1946, is the largest educational program of its type in the world. Americans study in other countries, and foreign scholars come to America to study. In the course of its history, forty-three Fulbright scholars have won the Nobel prize, and seventy-eight have won the Pulitzer prize. Approximately eight thousand Fulbright grants are awarded annually.

Colorado Nursing Conference 2012 — Part 2

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Much discussion at the Caring Science Conference has dealt with providing an alternative to the biomedical model that looks at a patient as a body, the body as a machine, with the result being reducing the patient to the moral level of an object. Basically, the healthcare system does things “to” patients, denies their humanity and capacity to participate in their own care, and puts nurses in the position of having to set aside the 150 year nursing tradition of honoring the dignity and personhood of those they serve.
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