Wednesday, April 06, 2005


A Chip Off The Old Blog

I have been trying to convince my mom to write blogs for her nursing students at Queensborough Community College. She has been a professor there for twenty years and is retiring at the end of this year. I hate the word retire. Anyway, ten years ago I told my mom "you have to be state of the art" and bring technology into your class. She did it quite successfully and launched many new initiatives when no one (at the time) was "tech savvy." She was also older than the other professors at the time. Although old is a relative term. I mean my students say I'm old (go figure). But I do see so much potential for her communicating her ideas and experiences via blog. For example, Mom visited China last year (having never left the country) to teach students the American system of nursing at Henan University located in Kaifeng, China. Most of the students had never even seen a black woman before. I remember her telling me "when I first came to China I was stared at with sweet looks and by Christmas time we sang, laughed and cried together like a family." They became her family. What's my point? Wouldn't they benefit from her blogging? I could totally picture them logging in to read her posts. Don't you?

I love this post, Amy and yes, your mother should blog. I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer this past August. She started blogging after seeing a picture of myself and a co-worker wearing a "I'm blogging this" shirt at a NECC conference. She asked my sister what that meant and my sister created a blog for her. My mother blogged about her memories. I treasure it. I just wish we had gotten her started earlier. Check out Vera's Corner at
I am so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. And I thank you for your kind words and link to Vera's Corner. I will pass this very inspiring comment along to my mother as well.
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