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#Microblog Mondays 178: Attention Management

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. It is very hard to manage your attention.  It’s different from time management, which I think of as allocating time well or spending time on the right tasks.  This article says it best: Attention management […]

Life Plinko

I finally watched an episode of The Wall.  It’s a game show and it involves people answering questions and a giant game of plinko.  Some people are on-screen and others are off-stage, and no one can communicate with one another.  It’s like chance on overdrive.  You need a lot of things to line up — […]

Evaluating the impact of a quality management intervention on post-abortion contraceptive uptake in private sector clinics in western Kenya: a pre- and post-intervention study

Integration of family planning counselling and method provision into safe abortion services is a key component of quality abortion care. Numerous barriers to post-abortion family planning (PAFP) uptake exist....

677th Friday Blog Roundup

I don’t do yoga on snow days.  I sleep in instead as a treat and get up when I would normally be finishing yoga.  Then I attempt to go through the rest of my day.  This is how that looks: Morning: I’m going to make bread and soup for dinner.  I’m going to write three […]

Free Advice 1: Sponsor a Puffin

Every so often (by which I mean about three to four times per week), I come up with a great business plan for an existing establishment or organization, and I share these ideas with Josh at around 11:34 pm when he is trying to fall asleep.  He suggested that I stop holding in these ideas […]

Controlling Annoyances

I read the best piece of advice.  It was about controlling your emotions when you’re getting annoyed by the small things in life. ” Annoyances are small, not serious problems, and it would make all of us and the people around us happier if we could learn to stop being bothered by them.”  Amen. And […]

#Microblog Mondays 177: Delurk

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I’ve been celebrating International Blog Delurking Week (the first week in January) for 11 years.  11 times I’ve asked the people who silently read to raise their hand for one comment and then go back […]


The slot in the grocery store was empty; a gaping open mouth that should be holding a row of maple Wallaby yogurt containers.  But I wasn’t panicked yet.  I just asked the guy who was stocking the shelves if they had any in the back. He checked and then walked up to me, empty-handed.  “This […]

676th Friday Blog Roundup

Oprah Winfrey rocks as a television personality and actress.  I get chills down both arms every time I see the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, and she knocked that speech at the Golden Globes out of the park.  When I first saw the rumblings of a 2020 presidential run, I wrote it off as […]

Modeling the relationship between women’s perceptions and future intention to use institutional maternity care in the Western Highlands of Guatemala

Despite global gains, women in hard-to-reach areas are at a relatively higher risk of death and disability related to childbirth. Traditional methods of measuring satisfaction may mask negative experiences (su...

Midwives’ respect and disrespect of women during facility-based childbirth in urban Tanzania: a qualitative study

Over the last two decades, facility-based childbirths in Tanzania have only minimally increased by 10% partly because of healthcare providers’ disrespect and abuse (D&A) of women during childbirth. Although nu...

Reward Yourself

I clicked on a Lifehacker article because it promised to tell me ways to reward myself that do not involve food OR spending money.  I do not like to use food as a reward because one cookie is never enough, and I’m a big fan of not spending money.  But the activities outlined in the […]

Lucky People

Right before the new year, Atlas Obscura had a post about the luckiest people of 2017.  It’s sort of a strange idea.  I mean, yes, I knew that the list would include people who had things work out for them in some amazing way, but it’s the idea of describing a person based on a […]

Correction to: Towards a consensus definition of maternal sepsis: results of a systematic review and expert consultation

After publication of the original article [1], it came to the authors’ attention that the Acknowledgements section was not completed correctly. The Acknowledgements of the article should have been as follows.

#Microblog Mondays 176: Letterboxing

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Before we got into geocaching, we tried letterboxing.  It’s the same concept, except you follow clues instead of coordinates.  We kept our notebook in my purse so we could mark it if we found a […]

Negative Outcomes and Good Decisions

I love reading or listening to Annie Duke.  If you don’t know her, she’s a professional poker player.  While I have zero interest in poker, she is fascinating because she speaks often about strategy, especially strategy when you don’t have all the facts at your disposal, such as when you’re playing cards or making major […]

Predictors of hysterectomy among married women 15–49 years in India

In India, community based studies and media reports indicate a surge in the number of young women undergoing hysterectomy in the past few years. This has led to suspicion on the misuse of procedure, and intens...

Need for information, honesty and respect: patient perspectives on health care professionals communication about cancer and fertility

Individuals affected by cancer report a need for information about fertility from health care professionals (HCPs), in order to inform decision making and alleviate anxiety. However, there is evidence that man...

The CRADLE vital signs alert: qualitative evaluation of a novel device designed for use in pregnancy by healthcare workers in low-resource settings

Vital signs measurement can identify pregnant and postpartum women who require urgent treatment or referral. In low-resource settings, healthcare workers have limited access to accurate vital signs measuring d...

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