Dialogue is the substance of effective problem solving. A topic alone can be too broad and ends up with people on opposing sides shouting rhetoric at one another that does not even remotely resemble the give and take of meaningful discussion. People come to these situations with a suitcase full of catchy phrases and half stated facts from half read articles that came to them on Facebook during one evening commute home on the train. The object of the exchange seems to be to unpack that suitcase as quickly as one can, flinging the phrases with all the strength you can muster, and then to grab the empty suitcase and head home. Continue reading
It is official! The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has finally waded through the sea of human emotions and responses and identified one single state of being that is considered an acceptable, healthy response to life. After centuries of ill health where people experienced everything from sadness to happiness, experiencing depression, being moved by works of art, outraged over world events, grieved at the loss of loved ones .. . after all the happiness and love, jealousy and contempt . . . there will be sanity and order and calm. With only one emotional response human beings will finally be healthy. Of course, it should come as not surprise to any of us that the winner is “being offended.”
For years it was assumed that “love” was going to be the only emotion left standing, but over the recent years people turned their back on love to dedicate their lives to taking offense at everything they possibly could, and working tirelessly to enact laws to force people to acknowledge their discomfort. How that work just exploded into a global passion , well … is nothing short of miraculous. Continue reading
The ALS ice bucket challenge is all over the internet. Lots of people are doing it in half measures (no ice – which I suppose is proof of how cold the water actually is)and some are doing it without any real understanding of the purpose behind it. Such is the power of the internet. We don’t even have to understand something in order to line up to do it because everyone else is.
I watched one of the video’s of a young man who understands ALS from a different view than most of us. Then I spent a night tossing and turning.
I was impacted by the pictures of him tending to his mother. It brought back too many memories of the 3 years my husband suffered before he died. It also brought back conversations we had where he asked me to make sure that I shared his story so that this did not have to happen to any other families. That was kind of how he rolled. He hung on way beyond anyone’s expectations because he was worried about the kids and I. He took his friends out for coffee or lunch to tell them he was dying because he could not bear that they would “hear it” casually from someone else. He wanted people to know he knew he was dying and that he would be ok. He wanted them to know he appreciated them. He wanted his suffering to create understanding and compassion and maybe even force changes for other Acute Intermittent Porphyria Sufferers.
And then he died. Continue reading
There seems to be a growing animosity, an arrogant rejection, of the plight of the overweight. We claim fat people are the biggest cause of medical concerns … as if that means we care about them. Interesting that the only people I know who have diabetes right now are all “skinny.” We don’t want them to post pics of themselves claiming to be “beautiful” or be seated next to us. We insist they are “ugly” and “disgusting.” We get angry that they should claim to have any rights, or that they should protest against the way they are treated.
People insist “fat” people are not discriminated against in the same way that a gay person or a black person is. Continue reading
Some time ago I started a discussion on my Facebook page about vaccinations.
I was hoping for some serious solutions to how parents were going to be allowed choice on whether to inoculate or not, in light of the new information coming out about the dangers and ineffectiveness of the existing vaccines. There is so much news out there on this right now that it is pointless for me to put up a single link to some of the information. Like anything, I hope people will read everything they can and form their own opinions. Continue reading