Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Mad Scientist

It seems that the wheels are turning and we are now in motion. My baby girl recently put her application in to graduate from college with her Master of Arts in Psychology. I knew this was coming, but to be honest, just not this soon. I really thought I would have one more year with her here at home. Or maybe I've been in denial. I knew she was looking at college's across the United States. I just told myself, it wasn't for right now. Later. It's been bitter sweet since she came home telling me she put in her application. Knowing that our time together is limited, I've relished every second we do spend together. I'm grateful she has chosen a college right here in California and will be less than two hours away.

[Because she doesn't want to be "googleable," I can't say her name. So I'll call her Sissy, which is what her three brothers, Charlie and I have always called her]. Sissy was accepted and is officially enrolled in a doctorate program at Palo Alto University this Fall. She is studying to become a clinical psychologist with a specialization in neuropsychology (called a clinical neuropsychologist). Clinical psychologists work with people who have different mental health disorders, like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and even trauma. She will also work with different developmental disorders, like autism, and ADHD.

As a neuropsychologist, she will interpret how the brain influences our behavior. She will be looking at how the brain is affected in dementia, traumatic injury, and rare brain disorders working primarily between the medical doctor and the neurologist to decide what portion of the brain a problem is occurring. In her words, she says, "I basically get to be Sherlock Holmes. Sleuthing out anomalies in none other than the greatest mystery: the BRAIN!" But Sissy also says that neuropsychologists aren't necessarily always interested in "problems" in the brain. Somtimes, she'll also be looking at "disorders" that are caused by "too much of a good thing" going on in the brain. So interesting!

For the past two years, Sissy has been working on her Master's thesis at CSU Stanislaus. Like most Master's students, she had to conduct her own research. But, because of her interest in neuropsychology, her project was more difficult than normal. She finished all her required curriculum in her first year, and for the past year has been... a mad scientist. Really. She has an an entire research team that she oversees with her advisor, along with all the minute details of the study. Her research is focusing on detecting the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer's disease using different neuropsychological assessments in an older adult population. The work she's started will continue on at CSUS for at least two more years, maybe even longer. She plans to stay 100% involved even when at PAU. Her passion for her study is fueled by the love she has for her grandma, who passed away from the Alzheimer's disease.

Oh my! How I love this girl!! I'm so proud of her!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Felicity ~

A wise old man once said..

"There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right,... pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living."

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spam.. GRrrrr!

I love Blogger's spam detection!

The way I have my Blog set up, I get a notice through my email account when someone leaves me a comment on any of my blog posts. I love this for three reasons:

1. When someone leaves me a comment, I know.

2. When someone reads my blog and goes back in my archive and leaves a comment, I know. Otherwise I wouldn't have ever of known.

3. I also love this because, when someone doesn't have anything better to do, than to leave spammy comments, I would also know and delete them as soon as possible.

Now that Blogger detects them, I don't have to do that anymore.

Thank you Blogger!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Gratitude ~

I'm thankful to God from whom ALL blessings flow.
For my husband, children, family, health, and a roof over my head and all it entails.
For the trials in my life to help grow and stretch me.
For clean water.
For my soul mates that have come into my life to reveal another layer of who I am.
For friends who have come and gone.

I'm thankful for my friends who have stayed with me and stood by my side, encouraging me to be everything I am and inspire me to strive for more, all the while loving me in spite of my flaws.
For the friends who have left, they were in my life to help me through a season.
You are all, and were, the wind beneath my wings to help me fly higher.

I'm thankful for the freedom of speech and religion.
For my dogs who love me unconditionally and are always wanting to snuggle with me.
For the promise that there will be a brand new day.
For coffee, green and chai tea.
For chocolate and chocolate chip cookie dough.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Welcoming Spring ~

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

~Anne Bradstreet

Friday, March 18, 2011

Searching ~

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer.

~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Silence ~

There's been a storm going for awhile.
Coming to terms with...
No terms, no conditions.
I'm okay with the silence...

I'm okay with the quiet.