care in the air



I wrote two articles in the Spring issue of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses Care Magazine.   One was the feature on LPNs in pre-hospital practice called (cleverly) Care in the Air, where I learned about the exciting world of emergency care.  

The other piece is one of my favourite articles I have ever written.  I wrote a short bit about a woman named Emma, who is 102 years old and lives in an assisted living facility.   I had a great amount of reverence when I walked into her room with my notepad and my camera,  and learned that people’s seemingly ordinary lives are always extraordinary when tempered with love.

my humble job

Last week, I interviewed a woman who is turning 102 years old next month.  This is for an article in the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s Care Magazine.  I’ll post the link when it is published in March.

I was thinking how fortunate I am to have a job where I get to meet people who are 101 years old.  And chat with them and take photos, too.  Meeting extraordinary people I would never ordinarily come across is a definite perk to my job.  I’m continually humbled by it, and thankful for such opportunities.   I mean, have you ever met anybody who has lived through two World Wars?

post-washington trip


I went to Washington DC last week for three days to canvass for the Obama campaign.  I went down because I believed in Obama’s message

I hooked up with dual-citizen friends and we worked in Northern Virginia.  We went to Obama’s last campaign rally in Manassas Virginia.  And we celebrated hard at 11 pm EST when CNN declared Obama the 44th president of the United States.

I pitched my trip as a story idea to a couple of places.  Nobody was interested.  But that’s ok.  What I came back with from this experience was the knowledge that people are decent and good.  And that hope is a more powerful motivator than fear. 

And a re-realization in the power of storytelling.  If you listen to Obama speak, he always weaves in a personal story in his speeches.  People respond to people – not to political machines or corporations.  I was very proud of the Americans on November 4.  Hope.  Believe.  Change.

CLPNA article – changing gears

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta has released the fall version of their Care magazine.  In it is a feature on Dave Dearden entitled:  Changing Gears – from trucks to scrubs.  (Scroll down to page 18).

I did both the words and the photos for this piece, and I immensely enjoyed the entire experience.  Dave is a fascinating guy with a colourful story…he was thoughtful and analytical about his life choices.  

Dave taught me that everybody has a story that needs to be told.  I hope he is an inspiration to other LPNs out there.  Being an LPN is one of the toughest jobs in the health sector, and they deserve to be celebrated.  Thanks to Dave for his openness, colleague Tim for his sportsmanlike conduct, and my two models:  Kaitlynn and Ella.

foodie suz

I lead a double life on the Internet.  I also have another blog called Foodie Suz, where I chronicle the daily eating of my family of five. 

I’ve got healthy obsessions with local food, farmer’s markets, and Jamie Oliver.  Click here if you are curious…

paving the way for prenatal care

The new Primary Care Initiative website has just been launched.  I wrote the feature story – Paving the Way for Prenatal Care.

One of the things I love about writing stories is that I learn a lot about the issues, too.  I have a special interest in health care because of my health admin background and years on project at Alberta Health and Wellness. 

The passion and enthusiasm for this midwifery project in Rocky Mountain House came shining through, even through phone interviews.  These women are doing important, unsung work in rural Alberta to help babies and moms…this appeals to the mom in me, too.