Registered Nurse, Nurse Educator. Occasionally en pointe

Nurses empower one another through a supportive environment, teamwork, and reflective thinking; Workplace satisfaction and quality of care improves when nurses have the freedom to constructively challenge clinical decisions, and are able to give, as well as receive feedback designed to encourage and learn. Nurses are strong individually - and a force to be reckoned with when collaborating.
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"There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs." Steps on Broadway - close enough.

David Adrian Freeland, Jr., Shay Bland, and Aubree Brown performing “Wade in the Water” from Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations’ at the 2014 Fire Island Dance Festival.

[photo: Whitney Browne, via AAADT FB]

Edgar Degas, 19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917

La Classe de danse [The Ballet Class]

Milton Myers
Horton Technique
The grace of disciplined movement

Horton Technique enables us to develop endurance, flexibility and the communicative possibilities of dance. Significant elements are clear lines, concentrated work for the back, strengthening and stretching the muscles of the legs and the back. The understanding of body dynamics leads the dancer to the grace of disciplined movement. Milton Myers is well-known as an outstanding and tireless teacher of this technique.

1. You never know how hard things are for people, unless you take the time to listen without interruption, or project self plights. One of the greatest gifts we can offer another is our undivided attention.

2. It’s rare in this world to find, or be a selfless person. Focus on being that person for others. A pure heart offers unconditional support.

3. Keep your struggles to yourself, and work quietly to resolve them - you are in control internally of how you outwardly manifest them. Focus more on what you can do to relieve the suffering of others.

4. People will judge you, hate you, ignore or be annoyed by you. Don’t ask why, even if you don’t understand. They’re entitled to their reasons. Respect them as you would respect all individuals. Understand that there is no greater critic than yourself - it’s the harshest one of all. Be an internal warrior; Transcend the mind.

5. Sometimes silence, solitude and introspection reveal the best answer.

6. Just do the best you can each day, and always be kind to others.

by MARCELO GLEISER April 16, 2014

Today I pay tribute to my mentors. You know, those rare people in life who take the time to help you, quite often redefining the path ahead. Mentors are people who selflessly give away two of their most precious commodities: wisdom and time.

Who hasn’t been confused, unsure of which way to go, stuck between choices that would lead to very different futures?

We often want to go a certain way but can’t, due to a variety of circumstances. Life demands commitment and sometimes these commitments are more like obstacles than opportunities. Maybe your parents don’t want you to follow this career, or you are afraid of taking the plunge into a radical choice, or someone near needs you and you don’t have the freedom to go your own unencumbered way. Maybe this is why some say that to be free is to be able to choose to what you will commit.

What happens when a smoker quits

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Some days you’re going to feel entirely made of flaws, defeated, confused about your journey, and maybe struggling to just get though the day. Remember that the path to your goals is rarely direct; When others misunderstand, or lose faith in you, keep the faith in yourself, be at peace with all your imperfections, and never lose sight of hope - or the idea that your own undiscovered dreams can one day become a reality.

Student: Dr. Einstein, Aren’t these the same questions as last year’s [physics] final exam?

Dr. Einstein: Yes; But this year the answers are different.

Albert Einstein

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The stream of knowledge is heading towards a non-mechanical reality; the Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter… we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter.

Sir James Jeans 

 in an interview published in The Observer (London), when asked the question:

Do you believe that life on this planet is the result of some sort of accident, or do you believe that it is a part of some great scheme?


I incline to the idealistic theory that consciousness is fundamental, and that the material universe is derivative from consciousness, not consciousness from the material universe… In general the universe seems to me to be nearer to a great thought than to a great machine. It may well be, it seems to me, that each individual consciousness ought to be compared to a brain-cell in a universal mind.

What remains is in any case very different from the full-blooded matter and the forbidding materialism of the Victorian scientist. His objective and material universe is proved to consist of little more than constructs of our own minds. To this extent, then, modern physics has moved in the direction of philosophic idealism. Mind and matter, if not proved to be of similar nature, are at least found to be ingredients of one single system. There is no longer room for the kind of dualism which has haunted philosophy since the days of Descartes. Sir James Jeans addressing the British Association in 1934.

Finite picture whose dimensions are a certain amount of space and a certain amount of time; the protons and electrons are the streaks of paint which define the picture against its space-time background. Traveling as far back in time as we can, brings us not to the creation of the picture, but to its edge; the creation of the picture lies as much outside the picture as the artist is outside his canvas. On this view, discussing the creation of the universe in terms of time and space is like trying to discover the artist and the action of painting, by going to the edge of the canvas. This brings us very near to those philosophical systems which regard the universe as a thought in the mind of its Creator, thereby reducing all discussion of material creation to futility. Sir James JeansThe Universe Around Us page 317.


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The devastation of a loss never quite leaves you, despite any amount of time that’s passed. Distractive healing helps on a daily basis, however, sometimes all it takes is standing in the line at a grocery store, or walking down the street while overhearing a conversation that instantly transports you back to a time when they were alive and well. The memory of the person is so intensely real, it’s like you have the wind knocked out of you, with the realization that they are no longer there, nor will ever be again. A special prayer for those who are silently grieving, but smiling to the world.
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Briana Reed, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater “Cry”

[photo: Paul Kolnik]


so apparently “normal” people sleep in the pm hours and wake up in the am hours???

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