Hunting for Naturally Recycled Sea Glass

With pail in hand and the ocean waves softly undulating and dousing the sand, beachcombers far and wide scour the shores for various curiosities. Seashells, fossils, driftwood and other natural artifacts are commonly sought treasures, but some searchers seek broken bits of glass. No, they’re not on a clean-up the beach crusade. They’re hunting for sea glass. Created by both man and nature, sea glass is one of the ultimate examples of one person’s trash being another person’s treasure.

Best Practices for Recruiting Advanced Practice Professionals

Healthcare professionals of every level remain in high demand, with many health systems scrambling to fill multiple vacancies with qualified clinicians. As the degree of training and expertise required for a role increases, finding advanced practice professionals becomes another challenge to hurdle. Recruiting AP professionals has become a priority for many health systems, with supply much lower than demand. Consider these best practices to find and keep the professionals your health system needs to thrive.

Tips To Revive A Chick With Health Concerns

Chickens are relatively inexpensive, easy to care for and small compared to other livestock. This makes them perfect for backyard and urban chicken-keepers. Whether you get your birds through the mail or hatch them on site, it’s an exciting day when your new chicks arrive. Despite their small size and potential fragility, chicks tend to be hardy when provided with the right environment. However, sometimes a chick arrives weak and/or experiencing health concerns. Though this doesn’t mean you’re going to lose it, some loss is to be expected. Use the common tips on the following pages to help revive those weak chicks. This article originally appeared in the March/April 2022 issue of Chickens magazine.

State of Healthcare Workforce 2022

Healthcare workers across the nation have faced an unrelenting foe throughout their battle against the novel coronavirus dubbed COVID-19. From January 20, 2020, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the first COVID-19 case in the United States, through the end of 2021, medical staff have been repeatedly rocked with multiple waves of infections resulting in hospitals filled to capacity, and sometimes beyond. As 2021 drew to a close and 2022 began with yet another COVID-19 surge, the promised return to normal has yet to fully materialize. Manning the frontlines over the last two years has caused resilient healthcare professionals to question their careers and/or the state of healthcare now and in the future.

Ace pilot earns his final wings

Best known as the Berlin Candy Bomber, retired Air Force Colonel Gail Halvorsen took off on his final flight with his new set of wings on February 16. The beloved pilot gained fame for dropping candy to German children during the Berlin Airlift from 1948 to 1949, but he touched many lives throughout his 101 years on earth. Halvorsen was born on Oct. 10, 1920, and grew up in Utah and Idaho on small farms. Growing up with his face in the dirt and planes flying overhead, he dreamed of one day taking flight himself. Originally appeared in the March 4, 2022 issue of the Miami News-Record

Guest readers, other events make books fun

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read, to a child,” said Dr. Seuss in a famous quote. In celebration of Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, area schools had fun dress-up days and special events throughout the week of Feb. 28 through March 4. A big part of the excitement at Wilson Early Childhood Development Center was guest readers who came to read to the kids throughout the week. Superintendent Nick Highsmith kicked the week off by reading "Hop on Pop” to some of Miami’s littlest Wardogs. Probably the highlight of the week at Wilson was some special guest readers on Tuesday who surprised the students by bringing a fire truck and ambulance to the school for the kids to climb on and check out close-up. Later, Firefighter/Driver/EMT Kade Witten, with some help from the FirePup, read a book to the enthralled bunch of youngsters. Originally appeared in the March 4, 2022 issue of the Miami News-Record

A Poke for Protection: Learn which vaccinations are important for your horse

Horse owners often find it challenging to keep up with the latest vaccination recommendations and some may not fully realize the importance of vaccines in keeping their equine partners healthy and strong. Your horse needs “core” vaccines and may need “non-core” vaccines based on its usual activities, geographic location and other considerations. Although you might be hesitant to poke your horse, it’s for their protection and vaccines are generally safe. They have been well-tested and many have been used for numerous years. Vaccines should be a routine part of your horse’s life, so make a point of knowing current recommendations, potential side effects and the overall importance of vaccines. Originally appeared in the March 2022 issue of Horse Illustrated

7 Stones to Help Relieve Stress

Stress has been an ongoing problem for many people long before the challenges and collective loss brought on by COVID-19 made it worse. For some, the ongoing pandemic has caused stress levels to skyrocket even if they weren’t previously prone to feeling overly tense. From the isolation felt during lockdowns to the turmoil of trying to resume daily life once stay-at-home orders were lifted, stress and anxiety may have pushed your mental and emotional wellbeing to the limit. Enter seven stunning little stones that are said to possess healing abilities that may help diffuse some of your anxiety by alleviating your stress. Published in the March 2022 issue of Rock & Gem magazine
T. D. McNiel

Feeding wild birds is fun and fundamental to their well-being

February is National Bird Feeding Month and it’s a great time to get in touch with the natural world by inviting some hungry birds to your backyard during the long, cold winter. Your new feathered friends will flourish and thank you. Jenn Donnell, an information and education specialist at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said feeding birds in your backyard helps them survive harsh weather. “Offering supplemental foods through a bird feeder can really help out local populations of birds especially during winter weather events,” she said. Originally appeared in the February 25, 2022 issue of the Miami News-Record

How Do I Move From Nurse to Nursing Leadership?

Transitioning from bedside nursing to nursing leadership starts with supplementing your education and experience. Before you tackle these requirements, be sure it’s a position you really want to take on. Nurse leaders have extensive roles that require much more than telling other nurses what to do and differ from nursing house supervisors, whose role is primarily administrative and doesn’t require advanced education. While each hospital has its own qualifications for RNs wanting to transition to nurse leaders, certain steps are generally standard.

Frigid Temps pose frostbite threat for kids

Below freezing temperatures are a common occurrence in Miami during the winter, increasing parents' concern over their kids spending too much time outdoors. When the temperature dips below freezing, it can take fewer minutes than you might realize to get frostbite and even fewer to get frostnip. Kids are more at risk because their little bodies lose heat much faster than adults. Originally appeared in the February 11, 2022 issue of the Miami News-Record

From Sea to Me: Learn the Craft of Jewelry Making with Recycled Silver and Sea Glass

Walking along the beach, Allen McGhee isn’t just there for the beautiful ocean view. He’s on the hunt for sea glass and smaller beach stones that might make a nice piece of jewelry. Brown and green sea glass are common, red and blue are much more elusive but all have the potential of being transformed into a recycled work of art. Tackling this beautiful craft may be easier than you think, especially with some helpful hints to get you started. Originally appeared in the February 2022 Issue of Rock & Gem magazine
Moira K. McGhee

Modoc Nation gets 28 Yellowstone buffalo

The Modoc recently received a herd of buffalo from Yellowstone National Park. The herd is an entire family from babies to bulls and considered some of the purest buffalo in the nation. On Dec. 16, Defenders of Wildlife announced that they along with the Fort Peck Tribes and the InterTribal Buffalo Council (ITBC) were facilitating the transfer of 56 Yellowstone buffalo. The Yakama Nation in Washington and the Modoc Nation in Oklahoma would each receive 28 buffalo. It’s the first time they transferred two large intact bison families under the Bison Conservation Transfer Program, which began in 2019. Originally published in the December 31, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record

Wintertime tornadoes are unusual, not unheard of

Nobody wants to think about a tornado hitting their home or business, but in Tornado Alley it’s a very real threat. When you do think about tornadoes, it’s likely in the spring and early summer when they’re most common. However, wintertime doesn’t mean the danger has passed, which was unfortunately demonstrated last Friday when 40-plus tornadoes ripped through six states causing mass destruction and numerous deaths. The best advice is to be prepared no matter the season . . . Originally published in the Dec. 21 edition of the Miami News-Record / Page 3
Moira K. McGhee

Grinch fan wins Miss Merry Christmas 2021

The Miami Hi-Noon Business Women’s Club held their annual Miss Merry Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 3 and they crowned the cutest Grinch in the land. Pat Hecksher emceed the event with six participants ranging in age between 3 and 8. Elaina Joyce Parker was the winner of the 2021 Miss Merry Christmas pageant. Three-year-old Elaina is the daughter of Korie Payton and Detrick Parker and the granddaughter of James and Sari Payton. Elaina loves Mr. Grinch as demonstrated by her chosen outfit for the pageant, which sported the Grinch’s signature green fur. She also loves riding bikes, reading books and everything rainbow. Elaina was presented with a sash, tiara, 1st place trophy and piggy bank containing $100 . . . Originally published in the Dec. 7, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record / Page 3
Moira K. McGhee

Parade phenomal success in town that doesn't exist

From infants to older folks, hundreds of people lined the street to watch the 7th annual Picher Christmas parade on Dec. 4. Kids eagerly awaited the first toss of candy from parade participants while two older gentlemen talked about the glory days on the Picher football field. It was a traditional scene filled with small-town charm and community spirit. There was just one big difference between this parade and the many others that took place on Saturday. The Town of Picher technically no longer exists . . . Originally appeared in the Dec. 7, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record / Page 1

Double Cast Brings The Nutcracker to Life

Christi Leonard has been teaching children to dance for the past 42 years. She faces one of the biggest challenges of her career this year with a double cast for her Nutcracker ballet. “I only do Nutcracker every other year,” explained Leonard. “Last year should have been the year, but we couldn’t get into the NEO theatre because of COVID. The kids were just devastated. The Nutcracker is the story of Clara, a young girl who receives a magical Nutcracker as a gift from her uncle at her family’s annual Christmas party. Later that night, her Nutcracker grows to life-size and defeats the villainous Rat King. The Nutcracker turns into a Prince who takes Clara on a grand adventure in the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of Sweets. Originally published in the Dec. 3, 2021 edition of the Miami-News Record / Page 1
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