Language

It’s no secret: I love culture.  And I love the vehicle of culture, the vessel by which it is transmitted: language. Learning other languages, such as Brazilian portugûes and español have really helped to broaden my view of the world.  It is such a gift to be able to communicate with people from other cultures […]

Mimosa (not the brunch beverage)

I first became acquainted with the non-alcoholic meaning of the word when I was bautizado (baptized) “Mimosa” by Mestre Samurai, my Capoeira instructor.  Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian dance-martial art performed to music that was developed by African slaves brought to Brazil, allowing them to practice martial arts, self-defense, and all-around body toning and flexibility right […]

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the ancient healing arts developed thousands of years ago in the ancient Chinese civilization.  As one of the pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is an effective therapy that is currently gaining a wider acceptance in Western Medicine to treat and lessen symptoms of conditions such as headaches, labor pain, […]

Hope

In lieu of the week’s presidential election results, I would like to offer a sentiment which I have been working diligently all week to cultivate: Hope. I am hopeful for the people of my country and the world in which I live.  I am hopeful that beautiful, peaceful ideas of acceptance of each others’ differences […]

Thank a Nurse!

I recently reflected that I have officially been licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) for 7 years.  Holy crap.  I can’t believe I survived that long in the nursing profession and am STILL in it!! Nursing is TOUGH work.  I mean, grueling, thankless, depressing, exhausting.  However, it is also highly rewarding, self-revealing and amazing.  I have […]