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Still no word from my parents…

This week has been extremely difficult. "Let me call you back later," my dad said last Tuesday evening and I haven't heard from him since. He was preparing for Hurricane Maria to hit Puerto Rico where he currently resides, while I worried from California. I am the type of person who walks glumly around a… Continue reading Still no word from my parents…

Adventures

Of Roots, Heritage and Identity Crisis

I sat at my dinner table on the verge of an identity crisis. My mom was empathically informing me that she didn’t identify as Jamaican. All my life, I had known both my parents to be Jamaican. My dad was born and raised in Jamaica, while my mom was born in Massachusetts and raised in… Continue reading Of Roots, Heritage and Identity Crisis

Musings

You won’t find God in a Hurricane

This hurricane season has been pretty brutal. Hurricane Harvey tumbled onto the shores of Houston with flooding, damage and homelessness in its wake. Monster Hurricane Irma barreled across the Caribbean and on into the southeastern American States–behind her a trail of devastation and destruction. There was an 8.3 earthquake off the coast of Mexico. Some… Continue reading You won’t find God in a Hurricane

Musings

Never, never ask why

I was preparing for my nursing boards the other day by doing practice questions. I don’t remember what the question asked, but the rationale indicated that asking "why" was nontherapeutic because it could come across to the patient as accusatory. More on that later. However, there is a lot to be learned about therapeutic communication… Continue reading Never, never ask why

Adventures, Musings

Grandma & Grandpa’s house

At the end of a little cul-de-sac nestled in a little jungle of plants in my grandparents’ home. How this was possible in the middle of the California dessert I do not know. In their tiny plot of land, they managed to plant a garden that resembles a miniature rainforest. There are orange trees, grapefruit… Continue reading Grandma & Grandpa’s house