A friend I lost to cancer

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It was close to midnight on New Year's eve when my phone rang. Zenita, the name of my good friend flashed across the screen. I excitedly answered and in surprise realized that the voice on the other end was not one I knew.

The caller identified themselves as her sister and stated she was sorry to tell me that my friend had lost her battle with cancer earlier that day.

Just as my phone rang my then six-month-old baby had suddenly cried out very loudly, seemingly for no reason I couth fathom.

I was…


A staple in my life and in Guyana

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Guyana — a land nestled in a corner of South America

I saw this picture of rice farming in my homeland of Guyana, and I almost cried at its unmistakable beauty and the memories it evoked.

As a girl, I gazed at similar images many times throughout the years.

I could not appreciate its beauty then, I sure can now.

Guyana’s relationship with rice

Rice cultivation can be traced back about 10,000 and 14,000 years ago. Some evidence and artifacts found in China point to the Yangtze and Huai rivers as the earliest points of domestication of Oryza sativa (domesticated from a wild grass called Oryza rufipogon).


My friend’s story of love, loss, hope, and faith.

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About three days ago I was speaking with a friend of mine. Sadly I had not spoken with her for several months. I think of calling her sometimes, but life always seems to intervene.

So finally she called me, I was at work, but decided to return her call her on the way home.

This is her story.

My friend is 69-years old, she was my boss at one time then we transitioned to a great friendship.

My friend tells me she was ill with pancreatitis for the past two months…


Happy Birthday Illumination!!! Thank you for letting me use my voice, may you continue to birth and raise many generations of writers.


In a valley shadowed

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Being Human

Recently I had a patient that impacted me deeply. Not to say that many don't make an impression, but some more so than others.

My patient was a 41 year old young woman who within the past 2-weeks had surgery to her neck. She presented to the ER some days ago with her husband due to nausea and vomiting.

Often post-surgical patients can have nausea and vomiting due to many reasons. The pain medication as well as the pain itself are among some of the reasons why patients may experience nausea and vomiting.

Though upon further…


God made women on the 6th Day because He knew He could rest on the 7th

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Today is International Women’s Day!

One day to celebrate womanhood, a day to celebrate our formidable strength of spirit and our resilience.

One day to celebrate our steadfast perseverance, our hearts, our souls, our ability to love ourselves and all others.

Our ability to love and instinctively emulate the essence of our creator — God, the Father.

Let us continue to stand proud, tall, poised, and bold as the brave women that came before us. …


An end to pandemic restrictions though most remain unvaccinated

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My mind has been urging me to write on this new atrocity for the past two days as I became aware of the news but I seemed unable to muster the words or the energy to do so.

Governor Abbott decided to end pandemic restrictions 100% in the state of Texas. As of next week, the mandate will be lifted and Texans will be free to move about mask-less.

No one needs reminding that we are still waist-deep in the throes of the pandemic. And the percentage of Texans vaccinated is…


The horrors of winter storm 2021 on the heels of COVID-19

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Winter Storm 2021

Recently we have been hit with some extreme temperatures. Cold temps with combined wind chill factors of -3° F. It has been cooold in these parts.

Texas was ill-prepared.

The rolling blackouts left us dressed as if we lived on the North Pole. Three days and nights without electricity, internet, and the ability to stay warm.

I was bored stiff, but I digress in a wee bit of self-pity.

For some like myself, it was the intermittent electricity and heat. While many others had a total…


The last day of 2020 as we trudge on toward the mark…

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Today is the final day of the year 2020. The year herald with such hope, joy, and promise.

Instead, we have ALL been challenged beyond what many of us thought we were capable of overcoming.

We have fought and continue to fight the good fight. We have won some and we have lost some. We are more resilient than we know and we continue to stand firm in the fight for our lives.

Those of us who trust God, continue to look to him as the author and…


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We lived in a patriarchal world! Women mostly belonged to men. That’s how it was. It was a different time and space.

A man got himself a wife and she became his property, he may not own her heart, but body and soul were all his to do with as he pleased.

As a girl I lived in a village in South America, my little corner of the world boasted what was referred to by the locals as “the two most ignorant men in town”. These were the most abusive men around. …

Pene Hodge

Mom, lover, daughter, nurse, friend. I blog at https://justpene.com /https://www.quora.com/ https://www.quora.com/q/baenzshsaocezikl — email justpene50@gmail.c

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