It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to my friend Maria Jordan otherwise known as Marcoujor. I met Maria on hub pages and instantly found a warm, loving person behind her words. She is talented in every way. As a nurse and a writer, she has touched many lives, including mine.
When you are a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or
a life will touch yours. Author unknown
Maria was born in November, 1961 and currently lives just a couple of miles from where she was born,in Jeffersonville, PA. She is the youngest of four children for Henry and Sammie Hinton – Couchara,an unusual blend of Italian and Southern heritages. There is a span of fifteen years between Maria and her oldest brother. Her Mother often referred to her as “a little old lady”, more comfortable with adults than most kids. Maria had a fascination with people, naturally drawn to the study of psychology and nursing.
Maria greatly enjoyed school and became an avid reader, thanks to her Mother’s fine example. Even while pursuing her nursing studies, Maria “switched it up” with electives like “Shakespeare” and “ancient mythology” as pure enrichment.
Maria’s life was “ordinarily wonderful” for a long time. She graduated Villanova university with a B.S.N. in 1983 and the University of Pennsylvania with a M.S.N. in 1985.
This was the same year she started dating her soul mate, Geoffrey, only to marry him two years later in 1987. Always knowing she wanted to specialize in psychiatric nursing, Maria worked as a staff nurse, after graduation, in a large Pennsylvania state hospital. By 1999, she had been successively promoted to the CEO for the Nursing Department for 650 staff and 650 patients.
One of Maria’s favorite CD’s, also in 1999, was “Peace” by the EURYTHMICS. While the entire soundtrack is still a favorite, the haunting song Lifted will forever be her message to everyone she encounters. Maria told me: “When I was 37 in 1999, I was at the top of my game, or so I thought. Now that I am almost 50, I realize that the game is in the journey of our life. The song, Lifted, means so much to me having survived and thrived from a terrible darkness, a horrific situation of workplace violence in June of that year. In almost dying, not a day goes by that I do not treasure every precious thing in my life. I hope that everyone who reads this will take a few minutes to listen to the song’s message. It has helped me move on and up!”
Lifted by EURYTHMICS
By Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox
Don’t be afraid when you
Walk through the dark
Just when you feel that
Your day fell apart
Keep holding on
Clear skies ahead and the dark day is done
Keep on lifted
Keep on lifted.
I wish you everything
That you could want
Just when the day finds you
Turned back to front
Rescue is near
When you feel
That you’re drowned in despair
Keep on lifted
Keep on lifted.
You’re a bird in the sky now baby
Feet on the ground
Now you can find peace at last
Now you can find peace at last.
To read some of Maria’s writing please check these out:
As for Maria’s favorite quote, it is pretty straightforward:
“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of
principle, stand like a rock.”
Thank you Maria for letting me share your life. I pray as
you go through your life that you will continue to find joy and love, and all
the seeds you have planted will come back to you in a beautiful bouquet.