Journal

The poetry of radishes.

So, what’s my all-time favourite poem? I have many favourite poets. Garry Snyder, Mary Oliver, Rumi. Many more. I like poets who abandon the rules of poetry. Here is the performance poet (or spoken word artist as he calls himself) Buddy Wakefield in action. He shows us the electric power of poetry brought to life: […]

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A jab in the arm.

As I am now working in a COVID vaccination clinic, my mind has been drifting to the pointy end of things of late. Today it suddely dawned on me: We are currently managing the Delta strain of COVID.The vaccine is given into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm. The deltoid muscle is named after […]

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Hand on heart.

As I look back at my career as an emergency department nurse, some memories continue to haunt me. For example: I fall into what must surely be a small cohort of people who have had the retrospectively profound experience of trying to keep a fellow human being alive by reaching into their chest cavity and […]

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Jabby McJabnurse

Twas about this time last year that I came out of retirement to help out at our local COVID-19 testing clinic. I ended up working there for a total of 3 months. By that time, Australian COVID-19 numbers were tapering off and business at the clinic was slow. I figured that was my curtain call […]

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Is there a good source of COVID-19 information left?

” Hey Ian, I’m just getting so sick of all the COVID/Vaxx misinformation and hate vs counter-hate in the media and online right now. I know you used to be a nurse, can you recommend a good source of info?” — Sally (USA) Actually, over the last few months, I have pretty much lifted my […]

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Conflict and COVID

Peter Limberg (a philosopher) writing over at The Stoa takes a soak in the conflicting narratives in the COVID vaccination debates.  Soaking in this bubbling hot-tub of misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, cognitive biases and general all-caps yelling (both virtual and physical), Peter attempts to find some root commonality or synthesis from which progress might be made. He refers […]

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Parsley sage.

Kelly and I took Juno for our daily COVID lockdown constitutional this morning. We noticed a lady up the street had set out a small herb garden for passers-by to help themselves. It’s the little things.

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