I made the cut: 50 Top Nursing Blogs for 2015


From 50 Top Nursing Blogs for 2015 by TopRNtoBSN.



Technically I made it twice on this list. My lil’ ole’ blog My Strong Medicine was listed as #27 and then Scrubs Magazine, where I’m a columnist, was listed as #18.

Not too shabby huh?

Same-sex marriage. Equality across a nation today. My thoughts


A day cemented in the history books my friends. The chatter is loud out there in social media. A chatter that can be viewed as a bit of shouting from both sides of this virtual “wall” that has been officially torn down.

“Equal dignity in the eyes of the law”

I had a lot to say about this topic. I really did. I wanted to perseverate on my personal feelings, my history in the military, my non-religious up-bringing and how many ‘gay’ people I know, and how many ‘gay’ people I’ve known in my short time on this earth to be such genuine souls.

But I’ve decided to keep in short and simple. Here’s the one thought I have on the equality of marriage.

How would have my life been for the past ten years, had I been told, by the law, that I could not marry my best friend, I could marry my soul mate? That in the eyes of the law, you’re love is not recognized.

The answer is quite simple. I would have a very different life.

And now those who have had to lead that ‘different’ life, get a chance to express themselves properly in the eyes of the law.

Game. Set. Match my friends.

It’s really that simple. Love is universal. Don’t make it any more complicated than it has to be. Hate begets hate, don’t forget that.


Friday Fun Fact



Millennials, or those born from 1982 through 2000, now make up more than a quarter of the U.S. population, exceeding Baby Boomers (1946-1964) for the first time.

-from U.S Census Bureau

This fun fact is an eye-opener in regards to population behavior and the paradigm shift in social habits, the market and of course just good ole’ fashion relationships. I mean you have noticed there are some changes goin’ on with how we as humans interact with each other haven’t you?

Things that make you go hmmm.

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So… A recurrent thought …



Ever have an idea in your head that you just can’t let go of? Just won’t leave your brain. Keeps knocking on your subconscious.  Keeps buzzing around your skull like that mosquito in the bedroom.

I’m having one of those ideas. It’s an idea I’ve had for a while. An idea that still seems a bit crazy to me, but I just can’t let go of it.

Stay tuned folks. As if I don’t already have enough on my plate. I think I might be trying something new. (Is that vague enough for ya… don’t ya hate those type of posts?)

Not unless someone can tell me how to get rid of this damn mosquito in my head?







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My Father. My Hero.


Happy Father’s Day Dad



Happy Father’s Day Dad. I find the need to re-post this every year. This was an old blog post from years ago that was born out of an email I sent my father for Father’s Day years ago. I feel inclined to share it every year, since it speaks volumes about how lucky I was, and am to have this man as my Father.



  • How to pull his finger
  • How to appreciate everything I have or own
  • How to look something up in a dictionary
  • How to box
  • How to hit a baseball.. By practicing with a ping-pong ball.
  • How to fish
  • How to hunt…. And how not to scratch my cornea on a tree twig
  • How not to slide down the windshield of a car!
  • How to do backwards math
  • How to stick up for myself
  • How to have self-reliance
  • To be accountable for my actions
  • How NOT to play with a Rubik’s race.
  • How to moon your family on Christmas morning
  • To reap what I sow
  • How drinking alcohol is not all it’s cracked up to be… especially the morning after.
  • How to be independent
  • How to trust and be trust worthy
  • Learn the difference between what is good and what is right.
  • How to be humble.
  • How to never take anything or anyone for granted
  • What it means to be a friend
  • How to install a water heater
  • How to treat others
  • How to be yourself, not someone else
  • The difference between arrogance and courage.
  • How to never give up, and never quit
  • How to kill a raccoon in your attic with a compound bow.
  • How to feel safe
  • How to install a garbage disposal
  • How to change the oil in my car
  • How to install a car radio
  • How to properly install a new light switch
  • How to understand and appreciate your family lineage
  • How to appreciate where you came from

My father taught me that we all get one chance to make our mark on this world, and if there is anything worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

I am the man I am today because my father cared enough to teach me how to BE a man.

He taught me how to become a man and he still teaches me every time I see him or talk to him on how to be a better man.

Everything that is good in me, is a direct result from the man who calls himself my father.

Chance favors the prepared mind, and my father never wanted me to be ill prepared.

Thanks dad for being you.

I am proud to say you are my father, and I brag about being your son.

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Nursing school Pre-req’s. Who remembers Microbiology?



Microbiology. Or ‘Micro’ as we Nurses call(ed) it. I remember it well. 8am every M-W-F. I still remember the auditorium. I still remember the sounds. I remember the sights. I remember my seat. I remember the name of my Professor. And, no, she was not difficult to look at every morning (sshhh, don’t tell my wife – even though she was in the very same class).

The crazy thing? It was over 10 years ago. It was pre-Nursing school. Remember, I attended a diploma program. I took pre-requisite classes at the local college campus, then attended nursing school. Yet, I have such vivid memories.

The paper you see above is an old homework assignment. Yes. we still had paper back then. Yes, I’m showing my age.

I look at this now and chuckle inside. Man, I remember how tough that class was back then.

Who would have ever thought I would be where I am today?




Just because. Truffle Shuffle



Who doesn’t like Chunk?

The movie “The Goonies” is still one of my all time favorites.

And now back to your regularly schedule day. Sorry, I needed the laugh.

-Sincerely your 80’s wild child…