A Poem 4/6/2020

submitted by Gloria Herms, contributing writer The doors closed. The sun silently slips through the back window, making herself known as a slice of yellow across the dusty table. The particles arise and dance in adoration.             A shuffle in the dark, a grunt, …..low voice…., mumbles,… a sigh. The sofa sags on one side.…… Continue reading A Poem 4/6/2020

April 3, 2020— A journal entry

submitted by Gloria Herms, contributing writer I go to work with these half-faced people- my colleagues. Most I’ve known for years, now in this new norm- a barrier divides us. I often don’t recognize a familiar face that is masked as eyes peer out; every single person, every day, for 8 hours straight. I see…… Continue reading April 3, 2020— A journal entry

Finding Happy During a Pandemic

submitted by Gloria Herms, contributing writer It’s Sophia’s birthday today. She’s three. Rachael will be making a wonderful cake for her. They will celebrate it with their little family. No extended family- my heart is breaking. I cry almost every morning as I am hit with the loneliness of distance and no touching. No hugging.…… Continue reading Finding Happy During a Pandemic

Thirst

  submitted by Gloria Herms contributing writer I feel lonely at times- So I am ever grateful for the beautiful days; to get outside for walks. I step up my stride on this paved path surrounded by hills of green grass and flowering trees. The scene ahead of me is coming into view- a group of…… Continue reading Thirst

Exemplar Submitted 8/18/2019

submitted by Gloria Herms contributing writer As Pat Benner (1989) suggests that “Nursing is a caring practice guided by the moral art and ethics of care and responsibility that unfold in relationships between nurses and patients “, St. Elizabeth Healthcare has adopted a pledge to pursue improved care team-patient communication and overall patient experience in…… Continue reading Exemplar Submitted 8/18/2019

This Ironic Life

written by Gloria Herms,  contributing writer. This ironic life A promise of summer             A threat of doom The birds are singing;             While the spring flowers bloom Preparations are made              As the death toll doth rise We still praise God;             We know He hears our cries. There’s no escaping it.              It’s…… Continue reading This Ironic Life

On Lock-Down and Laying Down One’s Life

I am stuck here, mostly sitting with my left leg propped up with ice on it to keep swelling down, (I had knee replacement surgery March 18th) doing nothing productive. The first few days I was either too dopey or hurting too bad to come up with anything to write or even talk about and…… Continue reading On Lock-Down and Laying Down One’s Life

Prologue

Galveston, Royal Caribbean Cruise, and New Orleans: From December 5 till December 16, 2019 we had another awesome vacation. We did Dickens on the Strands in Galveston, Texas, did a 7 day Royal Caribbean Cruise out of Galveston and stopped for a night in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The best part was the company. Here’s  a…… Continue reading Prologue

On the Road to Texas

Thurs. Dec 5th   On the Road Me, Joe, JR and Jackie drove to Bryant Arkansas, almost 10 hours with a Cracker Barrel breakfast stop and numerous rest stops for stretching our legs and relieving our bladders.  JR and Jackie had driven to Kentucky from North Webster Indiana after work the day before. It was 30…… Continue reading On the Road to Texas

Galveston Texas

Sat. Dec 7th Galveston Breakfast and coffee in hotel lobby. Another nice day, 60s and sunny. We drove down to the Historic Strand district, in Galveston, near the harbor. We found the long-term EZ Cruise parking on Santa Fe Street for tomorrow. We walked a bit then headed back to our hotel.            Later we walked…… Continue reading Galveston Texas