Obituary for Vincent Vega

Obituary for Vincent Vega

2011. (We are still grieving the loss of our one & only pet). Vincent Vega (the 1st) Fish: At approximately 12:09, Vincent Vega was killed accidentally in his home in a (name of MT town) 3rd story apartment. Witnesses say his co-owner/mother was trying to clean his mucky bowl, but Vincent refused to be caught in a measuring cup during the cleaning. So his mother poured out a tiny bit of water as so to make him easier to catch, but, alas poor Vincent swan dived out of the bowl down to the…continue reading →
People of the Book.

People of the Book.

book by Geraldine Brooks. blog post by Ryan. (He also reads). People of the Book is an historical fiction novel about an ancient book restorer researching and writing a journal article about a 15th century religious text. Wait! Keep reading! Despite the preceding sentence being accurate, the book is surprisingly not boring! Rather it is suspenseful, compelling, and heart breaking in spite of the apparently dry subject matter. The story flips back and forth from (more or less) present day as the protagonist researches this rare Jewish prayer book to epochal moments in…continue reading →

waiting at the Vegetable Aisle

the automatic sprinkler system drizzles down on the fleshy carrots sprouting white-ginger buds like May before it snowed and sugar snap peas crunching, like autumn and ranch dressing with purple coral romaine lettuce and gristly celery stalks, their crimped skin begging to choke— all sitting neatly stacked like dishes in lifeless black plastic shelves the color bursting with vivacity, scheming to roll out and march victoriously down the aisles.continue reading →
This is Not Chick Lit

This is Not Chick Lit

Short stories. Edited by Elizabeth Merrick. Multiple writers including one of my favorites (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie). I think I've read a "legitimate" chick lit book before...it was about this woman who lost a bunch of weight and moved to LA. This is not a review of that book. I frequently enjoy reading People magazine (more so, just looking at the "worst dressed" photographs). Fluff is okay sometimes. But, a book written by a woman (especially considering fiction) is not automatically "chick lit." That should be a given. Just like a "female comedian" is…continue reading →
About the Nurse blog. And other things.

About the Nurse blog. And other things.

Why another nurse blog? Because I am yet to be satisfied with the nurse blogs that currently exist (no offense to any of you nurse bloggers). Or maybe I just haven't found the right ones? I have read a few articles from nurse blogs that have fabulous content, but sub-par writing. My writing isn't always grand, but at least I attempt to use spell-check and do a quick edit. Also, reading one gigantic (like, 3 page-long) paragraph is not appealing. Or the blog is, "I am this really kind, compassionate, wonderful person and…continue reading →
a funny conversation at the Cache

a funny conversation at the Cache

(8/26/11) man on a motorcycle/ from Kansas City/ wants to know when I will get married/ “settle down”/ he is more concerned with “it”than me/ wants to know if I’ve “got a church”/ I say “Methodist” to avoid preaching/ to avoid the “saving” from what I’m not so sure. he isn’t sure about his bike/ what if he breaks down on the rez? who will save him? Lots of religious nuts on Hwy 89/ like the Albertan that picked us up hitchhiking from Pendroy/he had a bible in his backseat/I’d love to tell…continue reading →

The Beginning. (Or, some disclaimers).

I wrote my first novel when I was in 5th grade. Yep. I was a really cool kid. I'm pretty sure I wrote all 200 pages longhand (in pencil). I had one of those brightly colored trapper keepers with a picture of a baby seal or dolphin or something. The "novel" (if you will) was called "Faith in Green Eyes" and it was about a popular girl with cancer. I knew nothing about the topics. Needless to say, it was terrible. My father & my friend Laney read the entire thing. Nobody else…continue reading →