Cocoa, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Oh My!

I have never been much of a cook, but somehow I found myself returning from Grenada with cocoa, tumeric, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, cloves, and bay leaves. I kept putting off buying spices because I was not sure if I would ever use them. I decided on the last day that I would buy some in order…

Embracing the Border

Wow. It’s been a whirlwind of an adventure since I last reflected on this trip, but that was before I even arrived. We’ve been in South Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, for 4 days now and it has been an eye opening experience: through both a public health and humane lens. I’ve been working…

Here we go!

Here we go! When planning for spring break, I normally wouldn’t think of Texas, public health, or working, maybe Spanish, but definitely not border-health. However, all of these terms, ideas, and actions will be coming together for this year’s spring break, and I couldn’t be more eager. Since mid January when the semester began, we’ve…

A Nurse in the Garden!

With my background in pediatric nursing, I knew that I wanted to spend my summer internship for my Master in Public Health doing something with kids. I am studying in the Health Behavior and Health Education program because I want to be able to help all people, but especially youth, learn about health and their…

Musings on UTPA

This past week in South Texas has been an insightful learning experience – both in my work on the project and during free time. One of the places I spent the most time was at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) in Edinburg. Though our first few days were rainy and about 40 degrees, the…

The Things That Never Leave

Looking out of the window as the plane glided above Detroit on our way back to Michigan was dreadfully depressing. The week in Brownsville, Texas flew by and it was business as usual Monday morning. Except it wasn’t. Sure, I was tired, cranky, hungry and running behind. A typical Monday for me. But, today, I…