To say holidays are stressful on everybody is an understatement. It seems like our blood pressure rises just a little bit on what is supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year.” Personally, I love Christmas but logistically it can make my pressure rise a tad. My lovely family is a blend of two cultures. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your taste preference that means I have two of everything. Two different ways to celebrate the holidays. In the Philippines
It's long been said that the good old U.S. of A. is the great melting pot of the world. It's definitely an optimistic view at best. But maybe that's because we've never taken the time to ask questions about our neighbors and the reasons behind their customs. Some of The Echoes Blog subscribers and contributors have offered a quick guide to how their family celebrates their very own unique blend of Americanism and their family's culture. Enjoy. And maybe incorporate some in yo
In 2012, the Mormon Church launched a website called “Mormons and Gays.” I saw that as HUGE progress. It asked for members to have love and compassion for their LGBT sons and daughters. Sure, I didn’t love everything about the Mormons and Gays site. The Mormon Church still believed that marriage was only between a man and a woman, so those of us who are gay should either remain single and celibate or be in a mixed orientation marriage. Neither of which felt authentic to me. A
Even after 25 years as a nurse, it's so hard working that 7 to 7 shift at a county hospital. I take great pride in my job and I work hard. People don’t realize the physical toll it can take on your body. That particular morning I ached all over from wrestling "Mr. Johnson" into leather restraints after his alcohol withdrawal antics became violent. Back at work, feeling positive, and loaded with caffeine, I go in to answer a call light. I see this patient’s dressing is soaked.