Journal

Downtime

After a hectic couple of weeks working at a local vaccination ‘super clinic’, things have throttled back to lockdown life once more. It seems that they have on-boarded a bunch of undergraduate nurses to assist with the vaccination program, and I’m not exactly sure how much my services will be required from this point on. […]

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Why I write.

I write to make peace with the things I cannot control. I write to create fabric in a world that often appears black and white. I write to discover. I write to uncover. I write to meet my ghosts. I write to begin a dialogue. I write to imagine things differently and in imagining things […]

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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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