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Maria Jordan (marcoujor)

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As a nurse and a teacher, I urge clients and students to strive for balance with all matters in life. Self - care is paramount to all else.

As a writer, I try my best to inspire and share pieces of life's wisdom I have learned along the way in my fiction, poetry and essays.

Hoping you find something you like and thank you for dropping by.

marcoujor (August, 2015)

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  • Lookout Mountain

    Lookout Mountain

    18 months ago

    This short is in response to Bill Holland's writing challenge. Read on to learn of Sammie's relationship with Lookout Mountain.

  • Ponderings: On Promise

    Ponderings: On Promise

    18 months ago

    "Keep every promise you make and only make promises you can keep." (Anthony Hitt) What songs make you feel a sense of promise...?

  • Ponderings: On Patience

    Ponderings: On Patience

    5 months ago

    Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength. (Edward G. Bulwer). Explore and discuss those songs that you reach for when you are displaying patience.

  • Ponderings: On Loyalty

    Ponderings: On Loyalty

    17 months ago

    “If I were not to put my arms out; would I have not caught you when you fell” (Jeremy Aldana) Explore and discuss those songs that make you think of or feel a sense of loyalty.

  • Ponderings: On Persistence

    Ponderings: On Persistence

    17 months ago

    "Persistence is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." (Walter Elliott) Explore those songs that make you feel a sense of persistence.

  • Ponderings: On Humility

    Ponderings: On Humility

    17 months ago

    “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.” (C. S. Lewis) Explore those songs that make you feel a sense of humility.

  • Ponderings: On Commitment

    Ponderings: On Commitment

    17 months ago

    “Commitment is an act, not a word” ( Jean-Paul Sartre) Explore those songs that make you feel a sense of commitment.

  • Ponderings: On Compassion

    Ponderings: On Compassion

    5 months ago

    "The dew of compassion is a tear.” (Lord Byron) Explore those songs that make you feel a sense of compassion.

  • Ponderings: On Belief

    Ponderings: On Belief

    17 months ago

    “Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” (A.A. Milne) Explore those songs that make you believe in something.

  • Ponderings: On Kindness

    Ponderings: On Kindness

    18 months ago

    "That best portion of a man's life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. " (William Wordsworth) What songs inspire kindness in your daily life?

  • Ponderings: On Understanding

    Ponderings: On Understanding

    17 months ago

    “The development of understanding for others can bring the tranquility and happiness we seek.” (Dalai Lama) Explore and discuss those songs that make you think of or feel a sense of understanding.

  • Ponderings: On Forgiveness

    Ponderings: On Forgiveness

    17 months ago

    They say forgive & forget, but if someones worth forgiving you'll never forget them.. (Unknown) Explore and discuss those songs that make you think of or feel a sense of forgiveness.

  • Ponderings: On Joy

    Ponderings: On Joy

    15 months ago

    Music was my joy, my home, the one place I felt happy and secure. (Lawrence Welk) Explore and discuss those songs that make you think of or feel a sense of joy.

  • Ponderings: On Practice

    Ponderings: On Practice

    17 months ago

    Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. Its the thing you do that makes you good. (Unknown) Explore and discuss those songs that you reach for when you are practicing your passion.

  • Ponderings: On Courage

    Ponderings: On Courage

    17 months ago

    Courage is being scared to death...and saddling up anyway. (John Wayne) What songs give you a feeling of courage in your daily life?

  • Ponderings: On Hope

    Ponderings: On Hope

    17 months ago

    God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us — in the dreariest and most dreaded moments — can see a possibility of hope. Maya Angelou What songs give you a feeling of hope in your daily life?

  • Ponderings: On Peace

    Ponderings: On Peace

    17 months ago

    " All we are saying is give peace a chance." (John Lennon) Explore and discuss those songs that make you think of or feel a sense of peace.

  • Ponderings: On Energy

    Ponderings: On Energy

    17 months ago

    “Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. " - Hunter S. Thompson Explore and discuss those songs that bring you energy.

  • Ponderings: On Strength

    Ponderings: On Strength

    17 months ago

    “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” (Maya Angelou) Through my life, music has made me feel a sense of strength and confidence. What songs make you feel strong?

  • Ponderings: On Inspiration

    Ponderings: On Inspiration

    17 months ago

    Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, lifts it to a realm which it would not reach if left to itself. (Henry Ward Beecher) Explore and discuss those songs that bring you inspiration.

  • Ponderings: On Faith

    Ponderings: On Faith

    17 months ago

    A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song (Maya Angelou). Through my life, music has connected me to my spirituality. What songs remind you of your faith?

  • Ponderings: On Love

    Ponderings: On Love

    17 months ago

    "If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love." — Maya Angelou Through my life, music has made me feel a sense of love. What songs make you fall in love with love?

  • 14 Life Lessons My Dog Taught Me

    14 Life Lessons My Dog Taught Me

    17 months ago

    "There is no better psychiatrist in the world than a puppy licking your face." (Woodrow Wilson) Dogs are natural teachers by their very actions and the role they play in our lives.

  • Celebrations in Virtual Communities

    Celebrations in Virtual Communities

    3 years ago

    The variety of communities, both real and virtual, that we belong to are vast. In a virtual community, members can meet decent people and in some cases, find a best friend - a reason to celebrate.

  • Time Management Tips

    Time Management Tips

    17 months ago

    Time is a precious and short commodity. We need to take responsibility for how we manage our time. Minimizing interruptions and gradually increasing time spent on single projects is a great start.

  • Holistic Health -  The Subjectivity of Pain

    Holistic Health - The Subjectivity of Pain

    2 years ago

    Pain can be physical, emotional and spiritual. Leading to the feeling of agony, pain is subjective to all of us. Wounded healers promote holistic health and show that healing is possible.

  • Musings on Wawa, Nike and Veterans

    Musings on Wawa, Nike and Veterans

    3 years ago

    I wonder about those people drawn to health care or people - related professions like teaching counseling, ministry where the holiday giving spirit is present all year long.

  • A Father's Wisdom

    A Father's Wisdom

    18 months ago

    We can learn so much about life by a Dad's wisdom and example; mine was no exception.

  • A World of Wonder

    A World of Wonder

    2 years ago

    Wonder can be experienced each and every day in a myriad of ways. Wonder has many facets and perspectives such as curiosity, speculation, astonishment, admiration, marvel and miracles.

  • Loyalty:  The Invisible Bond

    Loyalty: The Invisible Bond

    18 months ago

    Invisible bonds of loyalty can go beyond trust, including a blind devotion with deep - seated feelings of guilt to keep family secrets according to Nagy's contextual approach to family therapy.

  • Haiga -  Surrounded By Sunshine

    Haiga - Surrounded By Sunshine

    18 months ago

    A haiga is a haiku with imagery, a beautiful form of poetry that can be used to honor any occasion. Six examples enclosed in fifty things that can be learned from turning fifty years of age.

  • What Matters:  Sleep On It

    What Matters: Sleep On It

    2 years ago

    Based on the quote by Jonathan Kozol: "Pick battles big enough to matter and small enough to win", this article explores what truly matters in life.

  • What You Don't Know: Intellectual Humility

    What You Don't Know: Intellectual Humility

    3 years ago

    Intellectual humility is the wisdom of discovering your ignorance or lack of awareness of information in certain, or even many, subjects.

  • The Charitable Spirit: Good Deeds

    The Charitable Spirit: Good Deeds

    3 years ago

    Some of us are situationally charitable. Still some view life as being of service to others. It seems easier to be charitable when it is your choice. Organizing food and clothing drives, taking a senior to a doctor's...

  • Social Issues:  Teach A Man To Fish

    Social Issues: Teach A Man To Fish

    3 years ago

    Poverty has a direct impact on health. It is understandable, yet unconscionable, for seniors, veterans and young mothers to have to choose between food and medical treatment. As nurses, providing health education and...

  • Gratitude:  Welcome to Holland

    Gratitude: Welcome to Holland

    3 years ago

    To even begin to think about the subject of Gratitude, I would have to start with Mom. From the time I was a little girl, Mom showed me the importance of being thankful for the smallest acts of kindness. I learned...

  • Interview: Paula

    Interview: Paula

    5 months ago

    Paula, also known as fpherj48, is a strong, inspirational and balanced writer. "The Beat Goes ON-Surviving a Heart Attack" gives an idea of Paula's amazing instincts, written in her one-of-a -kind style. "How to Weigh...

  • Writer's Interview: Shauna Bowling

    Writer's Interview: Shauna Bowling

    16 months ago

    In this second interview, Shauna, also known as bravewarrior, answers the same questions that were posed of the men in HubVille in the It's Raining Men series. Shauna has a writing style that ranges in subject from her...

  • Getting to Know Shauna Bowling

    Getting to Know Shauna Bowling

    16 months ago

    Shauna, also known as bravewarrior, wears her rose-colored glasses 24 / 7 and reminds her readers of the power of positive thinking and determination. Learn what puts the sparkle in her step.

  • Perspectives on Vanity

    Perspectives on Vanity

    16 months ago

    Vanity is defined as taking great pride in one's appearance and accomplishments. A synonym for vanity is conceit. In Latin, the word vanity is translated to irritum. The mythological story of Narcissus is a perfect...

  • Interview: Dana Strang

    Interview: Dana Strang

    17 months ago

    Dana Strang, also known as DanaTeresa, demonstrates committment, strength and passion in her writing style. From Haiku's to her "Crazy Cemetary Series", Dana's writing is fresh, creative and interesting. In Dana's...

  • Interview: Nellieanna Hay

    Interview: Nellieanna Hay

    15 months ago

    Nellieanna Hay writes poetry that is reflective of a life well lived. Her style is filled with love, hope and beauty, written in a graceful and flowing manner. Like the author, her work is timeless, thought -...

  • Interview: Becky Katz

    Interview: Becky Katz

    17 months ago

    Becky Katz writes in a unique, 'slice of life' style. She can relay both family fun and hardships in a relatable and engaging manner. She is writing a fictional series," Finally, A Family to Love", that is charming and...

  • Interview: Linda Bilyeu

    Interview: Linda Bilyeu

    17 months ago

    Linda Bilyeu (also known as Sunshine625) has a fun, upbeat and creative manner of writing about all sorts of subjects, from soup to nuts. She has a passion that is embraced throughout her work, which is truly like a...

  • Interview: Pamela Oglesby

    Interview: Pamela Oglesby

    17 months ago

    Pamela Oglesby (aka Pamela99) writes a wide variety of informative and comprehensive medical and health - related articles. Rather than giving up when diagnosed with lupus, she readjusted her life goals. As a writer,...

  • Interview: Ruby Fuller

    Interview: Ruby Fuller

    17 months ago

    Also a nurse, Ruby Fuller ( aka Always Exploring) has a compassionate and nurturing manner. Ruby writes with her heart. She feels life so deeply that the reader is quickly swept into the meaning and imagery of her...

  • Writer's Interview: Daisy Mariposa

    Writer's Interview: Daisy Mariposa

    17 months ago

    Daisy Mariposa is a consummate writer. From parodies on art to Comet Halley (Halley's Comet), voted the Most Interesting Hub in the 2012 Hubbie Awards, Daisy writes with a commanding, informative and unique style.

  • Making a Habit of Happiness

    Making a Habit of Happiness

    2 years ago

    As a writer, it can be more comfortable to write about others. As a nurse, it can be easier to make everyone else happy before yourself. We all need to discover what makes 'us' happy physically, spiritually and...

  • Interview: Rasma Raisters

    Interview: Rasma Raisters

    17 months ago

    Rasma Raister, also known as Gypsy Rose Lee, writes with a diversity ranging from travel to modern day fairy tales to poetry. There is a decency, goodness and faith that shines through every piece of her work.

  • Interview: Tammy Maticic

    Interview: Tammy Maticic

    17 months ago

    Tammy Maticic (aka tammyswallow) writes on a wide variety of subjects and life experiences with a uniquely powerful, and oftentimes funny, voice all her own. Tammy received a 2012 Hubbie Award for 100 Great Things You...

  • Interview: Mary Craig

    Interview: Mary Craig

    17 months ago

    Mary Craig, aka tillsontitan, writes on a rich variety of subjects and life experiences. She also received the 2012 Hubbie for Best Avatar. Read on to learn more about this amazing lady and writer....

  • Interview: Genna East

    Interview: Genna East

    18 months ago

    Genna East is a gracious, lovely and warm presence in HubVille. With a compelling, well - composed and creative style, you will definitely want to check out her fiction, poetry and inspirational writing. Like fine...

  • Interview: Gail Sobotkin

    Interview: Gail Sobotkin

    17 months ago

    Gail Sobotkin, aka Happyboomernurse, is supportive, compassionate and nurturing. She also happens to be a passionate and multi-dimensional writer and an amazingly inspirational photographer. She is a beautiful right...

  • Writer's Interview: Martie Coetser

    Writer's Interview: Martie Coetser

    16 months ago

    Martie Coetser is a force to be reckoned with. She is fiercely intelligent, passionate, diligent and endearingly direct. She writes with a visceral 'in your face' style with a talent that is hard to come by. Enjoy...

  • Writer's Interview: Alastar Packer

    Writer's Interview: Alastar Packer

    17 months ago

    If history and the paranormal are your passion, Alastar Packer is a writer you will need to check out. The following interview sheds some insight into what puts the heart behind the words on his page.

  • Interview: Jim Trimble

    Interview: Jim Trimble

    17 months ago

    A cool combination of salty and sweet, the following interview from Jim Trimble, aka The Frog Prince, will be sure to show you why. With a style that tends toward political commentary, every so often Jim will "bust...

  • A Solid Foundation from a Good Mother

    A Solid Foundation from a Good Mother

    16 months ago

    Maria Couchara Jordan, aka marcoujor, has decided to participate in her own "It's Raining Men" Interview series. With a mantra of "be true to yourself and what you write", Maria currently writes mostly about her love...

  • A Mother's Legacy - To My Daughter With Love

    A Mother's Legacy - To My Daughter With Love

    2 years ago

    My Mother will always be the smartest person I have ever known. I believe it is a tragedy that times did not permit her the opportunity for college education. With her brilliant mind, I can only imagine where an...

  • Interview: Dusty

    Interview: Dusty

    11 days ago

    I was truly honored when Dusty, aka 50 Caliber, agreed to participate in the It's Raining Men Interview series. I thoroughly appreciate the authenticity of his writing and the emotions it evokes in me. Please join in...

  • Interview: Vinaya Ghimire

    Interview: Vinaya Ghimire

    16 months ago

    Whether poetry, fiction, thoughtful essay or research on human behavior, I am always delighted and intrigued by what I read from Vinaya Ghimire's corner. His Interview with Women Series to celebrate the International...

  • Interview: Vincent Moore

    Interview: Vincent Moore

    16 months ago

    I was thrilled when Vincent Moore agreed to participate in my "It's Raining Men" Interview series. There is a range of poetic expression that comes out of his quill. His writing is visual,visceral and vulnerable,...

  • Interview: Mike Friedman

    Interview: Mike Friedman

    5 months ago

    It is my privilege to present Mike Friedman (aka mckbirdbks) in this interview, as he is a most creative writer with an incredible range. He pens a story about "things that 'might could' happen at a Texas (Emerald...

  • Practicing What I Teach

    Practicing What I Teach

    17 months ago

    Thanks to my first mentor, I learned that some people in life teach me what to do and some, what not to do. Also, that we may never know of the positive impact we make on others.

  • Poem: Cats and Dogs Of Our Journey

    Poem: Cats and Dogs Of Our Journey

    18 months ago

    These have been the most beautiful fur babies ever in the entire land in this Mother's eye! We thank each of them for the fun, the personalities, the lessons learned and the unconditional love!

  • Tips on Tipping

    Tips on Tipping

    17 months ago

    This is the kind of shop that is sort of like a second home to many of us. It has seen us coming in "at our worst" and leaving "looking like movie stars"!

  • More Than A Veterinarian - A Friend

    More Than A Veterinarian - A Friend

    18 months ago

    It is hard to sit by when you care about someone... Right now I can imagine Mom saying: "You don't really have all the answers now. Don't borrow trouble."