Thursday, April 22, 2010

My favorite phrase: It's complicated

My friend Pat Weaver wrote on her blog about the mystery genre and how she didn't like mysteries, but changed her mind.She stated that mysteries were just puzzles. That makes it sounds so much easier. I commented that puzzles can be complicated and that could be why I'm having so much trouble writing one. I read how one author starts at the end and works her way back to the beginning. That must be the way to do it. I started at the end, and then went to the beginning. The middle is giving me fits "It's complicated" So I guess I'll start over from "The End".

Since we are on mysteries and I'm hung up on "It's Complicated", I looked up in my very old dictionary on where "complicated" came from.

According to the Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language, College Edition, 1957, complicated comes from the Latin word complicatus, meaning to fold together.
plicare- to fold or weave
put them together and you have to make or or become intricate, difficult or involved.

Who would have guessed? I guess you could say: "It's Complicated!"

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Happy National Lab week

Many of you may not know that April 18-24, 2010 is National Lab week.
There are a variety of jobs to be had in the lab. Here are the one that I can think of:
MLT- Medical Laboratory Technician- takes a two year course at an accredited college and studies courses specific to the lab along with some basics courses like Math, English and History .

MT- Medical Technologist: four year program that studies in more detail Chemistry and Biology along with the basics and includes management.

Phlebotomist: fancy name for the person who collects blood. They are trained in anatomy of veins and reactions a person may from drawing blood like fainting. Also has to deal with difficult patients and children.



LIS- Lab Information System- this person takes care of the Information system for the lab, making sure all these new tests inputted into computer along with billing codes and test codes.

Laboratory Director- is usually an MT
Medical Director- Pathologist: Doctor who has studied disease and helps other doctors in diagnosing patients.

Histologist-prepares tissue samples for pathologist
Cytologist: reviews slides at cell level

Lab Personal must: MLT, MT, HT and others must be certified, some states requires a state license.

We are tested throughout the year to maintain competency and proficiency in our ever changing fields.
If you know someone that works in a medical laboratory wish them a Happy Week. They work hard to make sure you get the right diagnosis.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Oak Alley and other pictures

This is snapped from the second floor veranda, which goes completely around the house. We are facing the front of the house. There is a levy at the end of the trees and across the road. These Live Oaks are approximately 300 years old the trees in the back of the house are only about a 150 years old.(bottom photo)

The fountain is behind the house and as you can see flowers were blooming every where. April is a good month to visit Oak Alley. The azaleas were in full bloom.

More artwork by the wood carver believed to be Marlin Miller at Pass Christian Park.
Notice the trailer in the background is their public library.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Beauty Out Of "Natural Disaster

While visiting relatives in Biloxi,Ms, my sister-in-law, Evelyn Dawson, showed me and my family around the sites. One of them is this eagle that was carved from one of the trees that was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.

This was taken at the park in Pass Christian, MS. She said it was done by wood sculptor Marlin Miller. He and another sculptor, Dayton Scoggins, donated time and effort to these. It is so nice to something beautiful along the Beach Road or Highway 90. Other things that are shaping up is some artwork in Ocean View, MS. I'm sorry to say that I don't know the artists name but if you get a chance to visit, it is a very nice town with lots of little shops to pique your interest and pocketbook.
It really gave me encouragement and made me think about my writing in a different way. Sure I may butcher my idea at first, like when they first started carving on the trees or putting the mosaic tiles together, but with time and fine tuning, cutting away what is not needed you end up with a beautiful work of art.