Entries in WVU (20)


Vital Signs: Engaging Medicine and the Arts

Thursday, Feb. 8th I gave my (WVU) Honors Faculty Fellows lecture, "Vital Signs: Engaging Medicine and the Arts." 

From the lecture:

"One of the things we collect data about in the infusion center from the patients has to do with Quality of Life. Before this project, I would have never really thought about Quality of Life, but now I think about it all the time. In the infusion center, we use an instrument called the McGill Quality of Life questionnaire. Developed in 1996, this instrument is widely used with people with life threatening illnesses, and specifically palliative patients. While Quality of Life can be tricky to assess, the creators of the McGill instrument came up with a compelling definition of quality of life, published by the American Cancer Society: 'Quality of Life studies and measurements serve to prevent a devastating separation of a patient’s body from a patient’s biography during the delivery of care'."

And about working the infusion center:

"The first time I walked in to get a patient story, my stomach clenched with worry. Although I’d worked with Jamie Shumway intensively, and even though I’d prepared, written and received grants with Dr. Grey, I wondered if the project would really work. Maybe I wouldn’t be able to do it, not be good enough. Maybe all the patients would say no. I went in anyway, introduced myself that very first day to my first patient story. In one of the other cubicles, a patient got married before receiving the first treatment of chemo." 

Thanks to all who attended.


Women of Appalachia Project 

I'm very pleased to announce that I'll be part of the Women of Appalachia Project with the first event at the Downtown Library at WVU on September 30, 2017, 1-3 PM. I'll be sharing three poems, and my good friend Natalie Sypolt will be reading fiction. 


Grier School and Graduation

A BIG THANK YOU to Kara Lawler and the lovely young women at the Grier School for Girls, for an engaging afternoon of poetry and writing discussion in their newly redecorated coffee barn. I forgot to take pictures this go-round, but here is one from a past visit:

Coffee Barn at the Grier School.

It is also graduation weekend at WVU. I just wanted to say congrats to all my students and advisees walking in this weekend's ceremony. Good luck to you all!



It's been a busy fall, but Saturday, Dominique, Matt, and I took some time out to grill for the WVU-TCU game (Go Mountaineers!). Luckily both the food and the game turned out the way we wanted. 

We pattied up the burgers with onion and cheese. Matt loves onions, so his is loaded!We made BBQ chicken along with the burgers. We also had some veggies, promise!Dominique was decked out for game day. As my Dad texted later, "Dominique is a Mountaineer." That's his highest compliment.Gelsey the Golden hung out in the grass while we grilled, taking it all in with a grin. After WVU won, we celebrated with this coconut cream pie that Dominique baked. She makes the BEST pies!


Back to Class

As many of you may know, it's back to class time at WVU. To all those returning to classes, here or elsewhere, instructors and students, GOOD LUCK!