Archive for March, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday, Dobby!

Dear Dobby,

I can’t believe how quickly time has gone – we’ve already had you for 9 months and you’re turning 1 year old today!

You were such a cute little ball of fluff on the day we got you from Bonnie and Darrin, the toy poodle breeders in Jacksonville – you couldn’t have been more than 3 pounds? But definitely 3 pounds of energy. Your predecessor, Pippi (her ashes are in the barrister bookcase in the living room – I half think they speak to you sometimes, telling you to do things that Pippi used to do) was a skittish little wallflower who was afraid of her own shadow and those behaviors just got worse as she got older. We wanted to make sure that we got a dog that was brave and energetic; one who had personality and boy, did we get what we were looking for! We had a choice of Read more…

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Dwayne of April (or April’s Shower)

I had a patient earlier this year, “April,” who I just loved. She had muscle weakness because of an extended hospitalization and recovery period but was finally home and doing well. She was in her early 80’s but totally with it, quick and, my favorite, compliant. Her husband, “Dwayne,” had been a pharmacist in his earlier years  and he really was a hoot – he had this really gravely voice and had a mouth like a sewer. And besides their obviously having the excellent good judgment for taking my recommendations to heart, Read more…

John Morris Said I Had to Blog About Today’s Rehearsal

John Morris said I had to blog about today’s rehearsal, so I figured that was as good of an entry title as any.

Joe and I had a rehearsal today because some of us Sing Live USA members are going back to England pretty soon for another opportunity to sing at the Royal Albert Hall, this time as part of The Night of 1000 Voices charity performance to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma research in the UK. There are Read more…

Working in Psychiatry: Let Me Draw You A Picture

My very first “career job” was in a Psychiatry unit of a local hospital. In retrospect, I was 23 years old, fresh out of college with a B.S. degree, still very wet behind the ears and had NO idea of what I was doing at first (actually, a lecturer and then life experience have taught me that you’re not good at ANY job until you’ve been doing it for at least 7 years). It also wasn’t my first choice for where to work (long story) but I slowly meddled through it all and eventually learned to truly enjoy and be really good at working in Psych.

I was hired to work in Read more…

Ding-Dong, Ring Ring, Open Envelope, GO AWAY!

Our subdivision has a “No Soliciting” sign as you enter, but I’m pretty sure it’s only there for show. It’s not enforced and certainly has never stopped people from soliciting. I hate solicitors. I know I really shouldn’t, because my father was, essentially, a solicitor. Well, he was actually a door-to-door salesman…one of the last of his breed. He started selling Read more…

Adventures In The Dog Park

So we finally brought Dobby to our community’s dog park. This wasn’t just a delay on the 9 months that we’ve had her. Oh noooo…before we could get a permit for her to use the dog park, Joe and I had to get Community ID cards. I mean, we’ve only been living here for 7-1/2 years without them. We weren’t actually trying to be delinquent or anything…just never really did anything that would warrant needed them. Well, except for the 2 times we used the handball court. Or those 3 months last year when I walked the bike track for a half hour 5 days a week. But no one asked us for our ID cards then, so nope, we had never gotten them. We needed ID cards to get Dobby’s tag for the dog park though, so we jumped through all of the required hoops and were ready. Read more…

It’s Not JUST A Chorus – It’s An Adventure

For those of you who may not be aware, I am in a local, community-based chorus called Sing Live.  There are no auditions to join, as its philosophy is that anyone who enjoys singing should have the opportunity to sing in a chorus, regardless of talent or ability.  The concept was started in England about 11 or 12 years ago, was brought to the United States in 2007 and I am a charter member of the American wing of the Sing Live organization. To our credit, most of the singers are on key most of the time, and if someone hits a sour note here or there, there are dozens of people to drown him/her out so it’s never even noticed. The system works out well and the members of Sing Live UK and Sing Live USA have done some kick-ass concerts in local venues as well as in really cool places like the Vatican, Royal Albert Hall in London, England, Ground Zero in NYC, EPCOT’S Candlelight Processional and on Cruise Ships. More info about Sing Live USA and Sing Live UK can be found here and here, respectively.

Anyway, instead of doing one big local concert this Spring, Sing Live Orlando is doing a bunch of mini concerts as a change of pace – singing for churches, fundraisers, local community festivals, etc. to give the community a taste of what Sing Live is about, in case anyone would like to become a member and join us. Such was the case this past Saturday, when we were scheduled to sing at Read more…