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Weirdest Moment as a Medical Doctor

I found this absolutely fascinating both as a nurse and a writer. Since I plan to include a character with a medical problem in each of my books I’m always on the lookout for the more unusual cases and this fit the bill perfectly. Only problem is I don’t have a story for it to go with just yet. I discovered this on Quora. While I have no idea how long ago this happened, I’d still like to extend my condolences to his family and friends. It was a terrible tragedy. ~ Connie

What has been your weirdest moment as a medical doctor?
Shreya Thacker, Physical and Respiratory Therapist
Answered Jun 16

This incident started off as weird but ended with a Sherlock Holme-y twist.
Once during a night shift in the Emergency Room (ER), we received a patient with a gunshot wound to the head.
The accident had taken place just a few blocks away from the hospital.
The patient had been sitting in his car, parked in a rather gloomy alleyway, well past midnight, waiting on his friend.
In an inexplicable turn of events, a fight broke in the middle of the street between a bunch of hooligans due to what appeared as a disagreement over money transactions for drugs.
One of them opened fire. Soon things went out of hand with other members of the gang running berserk.
The patient in the car, unfortunately, was mistakenly shot when he got caught up in the middle of the fire.
The incidents up until this point made sense.
What made us scratch our heads was the location of his gunshot wound.
He was shot smack-dab in the center of his head. Not forehead but the center of his skull. Like someone would have to take a shot from over the roof of his car for him to be hurt that way.
It did not make sense.
How can a man, who was shot from the front (his windshield was shattered), while sitting in his car, have a gunshot wound at the center of the skull?
Things were not adding up.
(FYI, medical attention was not withheld due to this dilemma)
Just as they were rolling him to surgery, an elder nurse took one last good look at him. And suddenly, in an instant, it dawned on her –
He ducked!
‘He ducked! He saw them open fire and he ducked! It was a self-preserving move. He must have crouched at the steering wheel in fear of being shot. That exposed the top of his head to the windshield and he got shot!’
I wish he had not done that or at the very least crouched onto the passenger’s seat. That way he would’ve taken a bullet to his face or would’ve escaped it altogether.
The hit to his head took his life.

Faith Filled Friday: Bible Verses for Help and Times of Need

I love having Bible verses that I can easily refer to and her posts are perfect. I’ve reblogged a few of hers already, but thought I would make a list so you can have a ready reference also. She has a lot more on her website so you might want to visit her.
Trust in God and have a blessed day. ~ Connie


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Lessons in Storytelling From a Musical Theater Nerd

This is quite a different way to look at writing! Great idea!

A Writer's Path

by Cristina Fernandez

I am a huge musical theater nerd. It’s something that’s been a part of my life since I was two years old and Grease was my favorite movie. However only recently have I become aware of the part of me that is absolute trash when it comes to Broadway shows.

Over the past year I’ve only seen three professional productions: Something Rotten, Fun Home, and Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. I was in a school production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, saw my friends production of Assassins and after much more of this extensive… research, I’ve concluded that despite the huge differences between musicals and books as mediums, there’s a lot that authors can learn about storytelling from musical theater.

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Finally! The Real Truth About Queries

I think I saved this post more for the cartoon than the writing advice! As you may have noticed it’s 2 years old. I decided to share it before deleting it. Don’t think the advice is bad; it’s simply that I have several newer articles with the same advice. I did save the cartoon. I plan to print it and hang it where I can see it as I work. 🙂 ~ Connie


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Query. It’s the big F-word in the writer’s vocabulary.

It’s the ultimate eye-roll in the agent’s life.

Queries. They’re like taxes. A seemingly giant waste of time, but completely necessary to keep the world going round.

Writers don’t like queries because they take away from valuable writing time and it’s basically an email (or letter) that might as well just say:


Because apparently that’s what all agents read while glazing over your query letter while snickering and sharpening the spear on the end of their tail, right?

I’ve been writing queries for many years now and I’ve learned a few things not to do, and, having spoken with many agents, I’ve also gained insight on what they think about queries.

This post is to share thoughts on both…

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SABOT — San Antonio Botanical Garden

This looks like something out of a fairytale. It’s beautiful! ~ Connie

Life Unscripted

Friday dawned with raindrops on the car — but that was just because the dewpoint was WAY up there!  With a forecast for 92º we set our sights for the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

Botanical gardens seem to me to be infinitely variable. They are harmonious compositions to the creativity of nature and of man.  I learn a lot about each locale by learning about the plants that grow there, and I learn a lot about the culture of a community by the gardens that they support.

I don’t need a lot of gold like Trump….

LOL — that may be why we chose to become members of the Missouri Botanical Gardens for a few years, instead of the Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee.  Now, of course, I have talked about supporting the National Butterfly Center which is a work very much in progress.

Still, a garden — whether…

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Bible Verses for Father’s Day

Heather C. King - Room to Breathe

  • Exodus 20:12 ESV
    Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
  • Deuteronomy 1:29-31 ESV
    Then I said to you, ‘Do not be in dread or afraid of them.30 The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes,31 and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.’
  • Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV
     And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie…

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I love this simple explanation. ~ Connie

Reflections from dr. dan...

religion-vs-christianitySomeone asked me recently in a sarcastic tone, “Well, just what is the difference between Christianity and other religions; what differentiates Christianity from other religions?” Their insinuation was  Christianity and other religions are all the same. Is there a difference?

The answer is not complex: Christianity is God coming down to man in Jesus Christ to atone for the sins of humanity; while in other religions the focus is upon man’s vain attempt to lift himself up to God by his own bootstraps.

In Christianity our transcendent God came down to man and enters our souls to regenerate, remake and remodel us; religion is man seeking to lift himself up to God and is so doing remake himself.

Christianity is God taking the initiative to redeem man; religion is man‘s initiative to in some way to redeem himself.

Christianity is the Holy coming to walk amongst the unholy; religion is…

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