How to Pronounce the Names of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winners


Another useful internal pronunciation email from an NPR editor…

From: Mark Katkov

Subject: Nobel Peace Prize pronouncers

Date: October 10, 2014

To: NPR News Desk

Kailash Satyarthi     KAY-lash sah-tee-AR-tee

Malala Yousafzai    mah-LAH-lah yoo-sahf-ZIGH (as in sigh)

My girl Malala finally got the Noble Peace Prize. My Pakistani feminist, education advocate soul is over the moon.





Great job maintaining the locked elbows and compressing to a proper depth, Fred — but your rhythm is a bit erratic.

National Physician Assistant’s Week!

I’m a little late to the party but this celebration runs from October 6-12 this week!

It kind of commemorates my one year anniversary to Tumblr since I started blogging on here around this time last year. Let’s give a hand to all the PAs and future PAs that we know.

Delete! Delete! Delete!

Today, I’m seriously considering deleting a link to my work email from my iPhone. The reason being that it causes me undo stress to see emails when I’m away from my desk.

Here are 10 reasons why you should delete a link to your work email from your phone:

1.) you usually need to look up some information before you can respond to the email. More than likely, your not able to look up that info. (file/folder/article/meeting minutes) on your phone.

2.) most people that need to access you urgently will call you. If they aren’t calling, it’s not that urgent.

3.) it doesn’t look professional when your email response is signed “Sent from my iPhone” or “sent from my Android”.

4.) the reason you are away from your laptop / desktop is usually because you are in a meeting, doing another task, or off the clock (at lunch, at home, or sleeping). Looking at emails on your phone during any of these indicated times is inappropriate, focus on the task at hand!

5.) Does your phone ping every time you get a new email? It’s bad enough when your laptop notifies you of new emails, but do you need your personal phone also buzzing and pinging away? Nope, that’s sensory overload.

6.) you should have designated times during the day that you check your work email. Having direct access through your phone may hinder work. You will be reactive (based on what the emails ask you to do) at work and not very productive (stick to a list of must-do tasks).

7.) you won’t catch yourself guiltily opening emails on your days off. Honey, your not getting paid for responding to these emails, so stop doing it!

8.) usually can’t attach documents to emails through email (I can’t through my iPhone anyway!).

9.) when you stop checking email all the time, people will stop assuming that you will respond back right away. Assert your right to respond back in your own (yet still appropriate) timeframe.

10.) less stress! Most of the time work emails are about troubleshooting a problem, you don’t want point and click access to problems all the time. Delete that email app to your work email. Do it now!

My advise: use your smart phone as a leisure tool that helps you get some real world tasks done from time to time, but don’t taint it by linking your work email to it.

System reconfiguration in progress…

Y’all must be wondering where your favorite super lady must have run off to. Well, my life has kind of been turned on its head for the last couple of months.

At this point, I’m still trying to find out how to juggle everything and cut through some of this chaos. Most everything is different now, some bad, but mostly good!

I can’t wait to give you guys an update on my life in a couple of months. I still need the dust to settle first.

But, I thought that I’d wish all of y’all a very happy, healthy, Monday!

Oh and Eid Mubarak to all my fellow Muslim followers! XOXO



R.I.P. The 2976 American people that lost their lives on 9/11 and R.I.P. the 48,644 Afghan and 1,690,903 Iraqi and 35000 Pakistani people that paid the ultimate price for a crime they did not commit

this is the only september 11th post I’m reblogging

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has hurt Liberia more than any other country. And within Liberia, no town has been hit harder than the primarily Muslim farming town of Barkedu, in Lofa County in the far north. Despite a population of just 8,000, the small, dusty town accounts for a large percentage of the country’s more than 1,000 Ebola deaths to date. The virus has swept away entire families — children, women and men.

In Liberia’s Hard-Hit Lofa County, Ebola Continues To Take A Toll

Photo credit: Tommy Trenchard for NPR

(Above) In Barkedu, the rooms of those who succumbed to Ebola often remain untouched after their death.

Guinea Pigs

My husband gives blood all the time because he’s a universal donor (type O). So I’m thinking after my very succesful day of blood collection yesterday that I would try blood collection on my husband. 

I got all my materials ready, and waitied for him to come home. Lo and behold, this man is a hinderance to my education. His exact words (I was given creative license to turn it into a poetic format, for which I’m very proud):

I would not like to be poked

here or there.

I would not like to be poked


I do not like 

amateurs poking my vein.

I do not like them,

causing me pain.


This device uses infrared technology to help find veins

How? Well it works in a similar way to pulse oximetry. Haemoglobin in the blood absorbs infrared light. When AccuVein’s device is held above the skin, it can detect the difference in the haemoglobin concentration between the veins and surrounding tissue, projecting a map of the veins on the skin above them. Locating the point of needle placement is suddenly simplified for phlebotomy techniques.

This technique has been used for some time when drawing blood from newborns, but is now becoming more frequently used in adults. Those with particularly difficult venous access (DVA) can include:

  • The elderly;
  • Dark-skinned patients, whose veins may not be visible;
  • Obese patients, whose veins may not be visible or palpable;
  • Patients having many diagnostic or therapeutic intravenous procedures;
  • Burn victims;
  • Agitated or restless patients;
  • Oncology patients on chemotherapy;
  • Other patients with chronic diseases;
  • Drug abusers.

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