‘And How Do We Feel This Morning?'

Written by Rev. James L. Snyder

Without question, going torepparttar hospital is teamwork fromrepparttar 118071 time you arrive until you are wheeled outrepparttar 118072 front door. Everyone is working together forrepparttar 118073 common good ofrepparttar 118074 patient, or at least a crack at his bank account. That is as it should be in such mercenary endeavors.

Spending a few days inrepparttar 118075 hospital recently reinforced this in my own mind. Although my time inrepparttar 118076 hospital was brief, I was givenrepparttar 118077 full treatment.

The hospital staff left no bed unturned inrepparttar 118078 holy quest of my recuperation. No matter what time of night it was, each nurse cooperated in awakening me and asking, "And how do we feel tonight?"

Teamwork is good for a number of things in life. Peanut butter and jelly, ham and eggs, and bologna and cheese are a few things benefiting from cooperation. In each example, one element complimentsrepparttar 118079 other andrepparttar 118080 combination is greater than each individual part. This is coordination at it finest.

There is a limitation torepparttar 118081 so-called cooperation, especially inrepparttar 118082 environment ofrepparttar 118083 hospital. I don't want to complain, but now that I am out, I feel a little freer expressing my opinion, without fear of any needling fromrepparttar 118084 hospital staff.

I will grant you, nurses are some ofrepparttar 118085 most wonderful people inrepparttar 118086 world. The job they do is simply marvelous. It is absolutely true that patients could not get along without these nurses.

Onrepparttar 118087 other hand, what would these nurses do without patients?

I don't want to brag here, but if it were not for patients like me (if there are patients like me), nurses would not have a single thing to do inrepparttar 118088 hospital. Essentially, they owe their job to me. The level of their significance is in direct proportion torepparttar 118089 patients they serve.

Not one to belabor a point, (it's hard to do any labor in my condition right now) I think it's about time someone stood up for patient rights. Since I have nothing to do forrepparttar 118090 next week except recuperate here at home, I amrepparttar 118091 perfect person to say something about this crucial issue.

The major complaint I have is withrepparttar 118092 "we-disease" rampant in hospitals acrossrepparttar 118093 nation. This "we-disease" syndrome has gotten out of hand and despite allrepparttar 118094 research, no cure seems looming inrepparttar 118095 hospital corridors.

Every morning, around 5 o'clock, my nurse came bouncing into my room withrepparttar 118096 cheeriest of dispositions, completely disregarding my condition at hand and boldly asked, "And how do we feel this morning?"

Even on my best day, 5 o'clock inrepparttar 118097 morning is not a good time to ask me any question, especially how I'm feeling. If there were any chance that I was feeling good, I certainly would not be inrepparttar 118098 hospital.

My Pride of Barbados

Written by Arthur Zulu

(To my future wife)

Flowers. Only God knows howrepparttar world would have been without them. Perhaps colorless. Thereforerepparttar 118070 Great Artist seeing how unbeautifulrepparttar 118071 earth would have looked like inrepparttar 118072 absence of these plants, decided to add them as a finishing stroke in his canvas. So God said: “Let there be flowers.” And there were flowers. And God looked and saw that they were very good.

Very good? Very good! Because flowers are beautiful things, they have delighted all creation. Birds and insects won’t leave them alone. Some have died sucking their nectar. Wild animals gaze at these masterpieces of creation. And humans have put them to better uses as gifts and objects of decoration in selected places.

But God was not choosy when he decoratedrepparttar 118073 earth with these plants. Flowers can be found everywhere: on volcanic peaks (the Tower of jewels in Canary islands); inrepparttar 118074 Alps and Pyrenees (the Carline thistles); inrepparttar 118075 wild (the English iris); on mountain tops (the mountain houseleek orrepparttar 118076 better name, live-forever); in tropical forests (the Bromeliads); inrepparttar 118077 deserts (the primroses and lilacs of Death Valley, California); onrepparttar 118078 sea (the lotus). And in whatever clime you find them, they are a beauty to behold.

Because of this, women have enhanced their beauty by wearing a garland of flowers on their heads or around their necks—fromrepparttar 118079 ubiquitous Hibiscus flower torepparttar 118080 majestic Rose flower. But flowers have played ignominious roles too. Like what?

It is common to send a bouquet of flowers to loved ones. And women have been wooed and won by them. Flowers with names like Queen ofrepparttar 118081 night and Morning-glory work magic. Onrepparttar 118082 contrary, flowers have been used to send negative messages by estranged lovers to one another. In this infamous group are Touch-me-not and Forget-me-not. God didn’t think of such roles when he created them.

Neither did he consider them as national symbols. The beautiful daffodil orrepparttar 118083 musical long name, daffodowndilly, has becomerepparttar 118084 national symbol of Wales. Notrepparttar 118085 whales ofrepparttar 118086 sea but Walesrepparttar 118087 republic. Then clan ofrepparttar 118088 former is reputed for swallowing run-away prophets. Ask Jonah. But Wales,repparttar 118089 nation, is not alone in this respect. Which land comes next?

Barbados,repparttar 118090 tourists’ paradise, popular for her pristine surrounding and lovely beaches. Famous for her hospitality and rich culture. None of these, however, has popularized this island more than a simple flower—the Pride of Barbados.

What name, Pride of Barbados! If you are in temperate lands, you may not live to see this flower. Even if you waited for 76 years. You might only see Halley’s Comet—that is if you can cheat death. For none sees it twice. Mark Twain didn’t. Pride of Barbados is a tropical flower. So you have to travel torepparttar 118091 land of abundant sunshine to behold it. What if you live inrepparttar 118092 tropical climate but are yet to see this flower?

Then let me show yourepparttar 118093 flower as we walk in your garden. Sorry, it isn’t there. The 10 to 15 feet Dwarf Poinciana or Flower Fence, which blooms all year round, could be found in your fence. We see many flowers as we inspect your fence. But look atrepparttar 118094 fiery red or yellow one with five petals and yellow margins whose fifth petal is smaller thanrepparttar 118095 other four. As you examinerepparttar 118096 flower, be mindful of its prickly branches. You will notice that it has large leaves with many small leaflets. You will also find out that each flower is about 11/2 inches across with five sepals. You will equally discover thatrepparttar 118097 ten stamens—with colored filaments and anthers atrepparttar 118098 tips—are long and that pistils project fromrepparttar 118099 center ofrepparttar 118100 flower. You have seenrepparttar 118101 Pride of Barbados! The red variety appears onrepparttar 118102 Barbados Coat of Arms and isrepparttar 118103 National flower of Barbados. But which is your favorite flower?

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