Author Archives: annemorris31

About annemorris31

I am an emergency-room nurse, wife, mother, friend, daughter, artist, arm wrestling emcee, purveyor of fine whiskeys and just looking to make a difference while getting more kick-ass everyday...

How Resilient Are You?

I am sure you have heard the question “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Recently, I have had a few friends and acquaintances who have experienced major life events that have tested their emotional and mental strength. Whether … Continue reading

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Ode to a Colonoscopy…

Now that I have your attention… I graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing this past December and feel honored to have been asked to continue writing my blog for this semester. Since then, I have gone on … Continue reading

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Reflecting on a New Degree

Ok, it’s this Friday. My nursing class’s graduation. I am tempted to say it went by quickly, but I feel that would suggest that it was easy. It. Was. Not. Easy. It was challenging, aggravating, thrilling, surprising, tedious, joyous, insomnia-inducing, … Continue reading

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Lights, Camera, Action Under the Mistletoe…

For me, holidays always conjure up the thought of sitting around the TV watching Christmas movies. When I was growing up, there was no way to record a TV show or movie and then watch it later so you had … Continue reading

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Being Grateful in an Ungracious World…

Why do we forget about being grateful? I think it is because it’s easy to focus on what we don’t have or where we are lacking. I also think it is normal to think that we always need to be … Continue reading

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Shifting Perspectives

Two summers ago, I decided to volunteer at the Veteran’s Administration in Washington, DC. I was placed in the CLC, or Community Living Center, the long-term rehabilitation and nursing home within the VA. Although the VA sometimes gets poor marks … Continue reading

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Animal House

On the weekends, isn’t it nice to visit a place you’ve never been before? We live in the DC area, so there is always a museum, concert or festival to attend. Here is a place you have probably never been … Continue reading

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Having the Conversation…

Not a topic that is easily or often discussed, but think it should be. It’s the one thing we all have in common. Like it or not, we are all going to die one day. So whether you are a … Continue reading

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My First Real-life Nursing Job…

This summer, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work as a nurse extern at Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH) in Takoma Park, Maryland. First of all, what the heck is an externship? Apparently, an externship is shorter than an … Continue reading

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Family Matters

Last week, I had the privilege of seeing my father inducted into the Maritime Patrol & Reconnaissance Hall of Honor. My dad’s 35-year Naval career included piloting P-3 Orion anti-submarine aircraft during Vietnam and the Cold War and this award … Continue reading

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