Tammy Hopkinson, MBA:

That is something scary to go through. I hope that things have worked out! I personally have seen someone try to commit suicide. These types of people are not thinking clearly enough to know of what they are doing not only to themselves or family.

Originally posted on Where people of mental illness can come together:

What are your thoughts on suicide? Some people who have either done it or tried to do it have the mind set that its the only way to deal with their problems and to kill themselves that they would be better off. Well, I am sure that there are MANY reasons for why people commit suicide are try to do it. In the past I have tried to commit suicide on 12 different occasions. There were a couple of times when I came REAL close to dying but never crossed over to the other side. Actually in every instance that I tried to kill myself I had a different reason and a different motive for doing so. I wanted to hurt the people that hurt me, I wanted them to know that they were the reason why I did it, I wanted them to carry the guilt for the rest…

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Time to Make Your Mark.

Tammy Hopkinson, MBA:

Awesome post! Loved reading it.

Originally posted on Franque23's Blog:

Whittling. I worked all week making those marks in the hard pine wall, the ones that would eventually read as my name. My tool was a boy scout knife, a heavy  four bladed folder with a dark brown bone type handle, three brass pins, steel caps on either end and a small lanyard ring.

the knife I loved.....

the knife I loved…..

Hours passed, as so easily happens on lake time, while I dug the tip of my knife into the wall, first here, then there, connecting the small lines until a minuscule, squared off piece of wood would chip out.

I just knew I had to leave my mark. It was a way for me to stake my claim in the future on the cabin walls a claim all those who might come to the lake could see.

I’d chosen a spot on the wall where the afternoon’s sun reflection off the lake outside…

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I’m no pro but what I do know is this

Tammy Hopkinson, MBA:

I know that feeling! I started this blog because it made me feel good. I wanted people to see my point of view. I did not expect that people would read what I wrote about, and now I have made quite a few blogging friends since starting this blog. It has turned out to be a wonderful experience.

Originally posted on Beau Twins Blog:

The blogosphere was a world I knew little about a year ago, as I accidentally landed on pages on the internet, discovering and reading amazing articles oblivious to the fact they were blogs.


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Hot Sauce & the Neurobiology of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflic

Tammy Hopkinson, MBA:

Awesome post! In this household we eat quite a bit of hot sauce, hot peppers, and many other hot items. Even though these items give us heartburn, indigestion, and pain we still eat them because we think that it is good.

Originally posted on Neuroscience Is The New Black:

[Script]: You can look at the neurobiology of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict through the prism of hot sauce. A glance at online hot sauce offerings shows that for millions, as one label proclaims, “Pain is good”. That certain people enjoy suffering is both common knowledge and punchline. “How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a lightbulb?” “It’s alright I’ll just sit here in the dark.” According to University of Pennsylvania researcher professor Paul Rozin, masochism, “the enjoyment of what appears painful or tiresome.” Exists on a spectrum of human pleasures- duh!. Riding on roller coasters, taking super hot baths, an affection for astringent drinks, the delight of sore muscles after a hard workout and many other human activities all the way to self mutilation can be considered forms of what professor Rozin calls “benign masochism”.

He studied the eating habits of Mexican children. Mexican babies react negatively to capsaicin…

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The Archive is Open

Tammy Hopkinson, MBA:

Awesome post! You do have to be careful and pay attention to what you write because employer’s do look at these things when they debate about hiring a potential employee.

Originally posted on Andrea Milne:

Secret archives of the Vatican

I walk a difficult tightrope on this blog. I want to be as authentic as humanly possible, but I’m also a professor-in-training; I don’t want to put anything out into the world that I would have trouble explaining to a hiring committee, to my colleagues, or to my students. So I often find myself debating the merits of a post. The problem with this particular brand of censorship is that it’s entirely too fuzzy. That’s because I haven’t articulated to myself what constitutes fair game.

Just now I found myself sitting in front of my computer for a good ten minutes, contemplating the merits of writing a deeply personal post. While this kind of introspection is a good thing generally, SMDS is first and foremost a personal blog. My logic is simple: teaching difficult material is often the best way to learn that material. I blog about becoming the…

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We garb up and glove up and mask up. But we do not give up. Thoughts on Ebola. From a nurse. #SupportTheScrubs

Tammy Hopkinson, MBA:

Great post! All we can do is take precautions throughout the day. Washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and making sure that we are taking care of ourselves.

Originally posted on Amy K. Sorrells:

I’m a nurse.

So I get it.

More than most folks in this country right now, I dare say my co-workers and fellow nurses around the country, we get it.




It’s not new to us, the nagging, lingering anxiety that in our efforts to heal, we will succumb to the very diseases we treat. Working at the bedside is a bit like the old Hotel California … we clock in any time we like, but we never really leave.

So last night I had to shut ‘er down. My TV, my facebook feeds, my Twitter news lists…anything that reminded me of the chaos, the politicalization, the breaches of protocol, the talking heads … most of whom will get nowhere near a single strain of Ebola ever … and the way the media spins sick nurses and hospital administrators overwhelmed with the unthinkable … things which in fact…

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Think before you Pink

Tammy Hopkinson, MBA:

My grandfather died of lung cancer many years ago! It was sad to see how it took his life. I remember going to his house and he would let all the grandchildren get a piece of the stick peppermint candy out of his jar.

Originally posted on Hipmombrarian's Blog:


Photo from wikipedia.

It is a feeling of hopelessness that brings us to this place. Desperate to save those who suffer. Determined to prevent those we hope never will. We are clawing and grasping to find any morsel of earth to hold onto when we feel like we’re spiraling out of control.

It is hopelessness. I know that now.

I used to think it was ignorance. Or lack of caring. I used to get angry. Every October when the grocery aisles started to display a sea of pink. “Pinkwashing” we call it now. Pink ribbons. Pink products. Pink everywhere. A tradition so old it has a name. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it used to make me so angry to watch the way we commercialize it.

Then my father has a brush with the C word. The word we don’t even want to spell because it feels too forewarning and…

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