* To die or not to die

That is the question you must ask yourself when you watch TV commercials for almost every medication advertised.  But let’s back up.  First, you see lovely people in distress because of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, urinary problems, depression, and whatever.

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Then you see what medication can do for these miserable folks.  You will undoubtedly fall in love, have the happiest family ever, and run 20 miles a day without breaking a sweat.

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Finally, because the government has ruled that we must know what could REALLY happen if you take those pills, the looong list of warnings is recited calmly as we watch the deliriously medicated folks:

  • fatal allergic reactions
  • heart attacks
  • cancer
  • even greater depression
  • kidney failure
  • liver failure
  • dementia
  • uncontrollable bleeding
  • erections lasting more than 4 hours
  • strokes
  • death
  • death
  • death.

Hmm, I think I might pass on the meds.

 

* Googling aquamarine

This is my entry for Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Color Your World challenge.  I nearly crashed into Google’s camera car to get these shots.  What dedication!  See that aquamarine?  I was dazzled.  It also seemed as though no one was driving, which caused me to swerve a bit more.  Does Google use autopilot?  Or is it a drone with wheels?

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* Apricot face?

Catching up with Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Color Your World challenge, I think my face is almost apricot.  That’s almost like me being Hercule Poirot.  You knew who I was, right?  It was a dress-up day at school, with lots of fun and wild laughter!

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Merci!

* Asparagus or brussel sprouts?

Whatever.  If the color fits….

I’m up to asparagus in Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Color Your World blogging challenge.  Honestly, brussel sprouts and asparagus taste exactly the same.

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* Phobias, anyone?

Cee’s Share Your World challenge has wonderful questions that could easily take me 1,000 words to answer!  Aren’t you glad I don’t write posts that long anymore?  Here’s my response to just one question, “Any phobias?”  Although I had experienced a couple of panic attacks earlier in my life, I didn’t know that’s what they were.  Then I suffered a panic attack at the top of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa, Florida and thought I was losing my mind.

Sadly, I was on a long trek to a major driving phobia.  Eventually, just getting on a freeway or bridge caused me to faint.  Fortunately my husband was sitting next to me the last time I attempted a freeway and we managed to pull off as I blacked out.  Talk about scary.  My world shrank, fear by fear.  I struggled to navigate small back roads and had to be chauffeured by friends and family.

I suffered from this worsening phobia for 12 years.  I tried biofeedback, will power, praise and worship, and years of desperate prayers.  I felt that God was going to heal me, but when?  How?  What if I thought I was healed but passed out, killing myself and others?  Then I attended a cognitive behavior therapy workshop with Reid Wilson, director of Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center.  I knew nothing about his approach or I wouldn’t have gone.  Seriously.  But what a lifesaver that weekend was, a true answer to my prayers.  I was back on the freeway and conscious!   Since then, I’ve driven everywhere; my dearest teaching widower hardly ever gets a turn.  He was a bit anxious himself as I took my hands off the wheel and shrieked with joy while crossing the Golden Gate Bridge last year.

I am “cured” but I use quotation marks because I’m grateful that a phobia may still raise its hairy head.  My brain occasionally thinks it is protecting me (“Pass out!  Pass out!”) and I’ve had a few panic attacks since that weekend.  My response?  Bring it on!  I am free and determined to stay that way!  If you suffer from phobias, check out Reid Wilson’s marvelous approach to anxiety disorders.

* Past and Present

Check out this terrific book by Group by Group on past and present ways to play, travel, and more.  This blog features great free materials for kids with special needs.  Here’s a snippet of a page from Past and Present.

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“In keeping with the Unique theme for this month, we are talking about things from the past and things from the present.  Our book features several of our students and staff showing how things have changed from the past to the present.

It was really neat to compare the older pictures with the recent ones.  Check it out to see how much things have changed!”

via Past and Present — Group by Group

* Martin Luther King, Jr, man of faith

Today we celebrate the life of a great man of faith.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remains an inspiration, a model of how to face injustice and hatred.  He guided my steps as a youngster in the civil rights movement, but it wasn’t until years later that I actually entered the kingdom of love he espoused.  How much more I treasure his words, now that I share his faith.

In his words:  “Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies (from Loving Your Enemies).”

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”

Freedom

Dr. King knew that he was on a perilous journey, but he he did not count the cost.  In his words, “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”  We are all reaping the reward of his life’s costly mission.  Love, forgive, and fight for justice.

* Color Your World challenge

I’m already 14 days behind in Jennifer Nicole Wells Color Your World blogging challenge!  This had to be my favorite blogging challenge of last year, apart from anything to do with Cee (check out her outrageous orange here).  Fortunately, I am past those nightmares of showing up in some forgotten class where I have to take an impossible exam.  At least, I hope this won’t trigger those nasty dreams from my college years.  Nah, I’m good.

So here we go with almond, day 1.  I have just finished eating this delicious Greek yogurt with blueberries and sliced almonds.  OK, I always grimace when people share photos of their food, but this is a challenge, right?

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* Overcoming ADHD and more

Thanks, David Snape, for this post.  Colin’s mom writes poetry about her son’s battle to walk, keep up with his peers, and daily struggle with ADHD.  Check it out!

Originally posted on God is in your typewriter: My son Collin, a gifted student in the 2nd grade, won the county-wide haiku contest, beating out all students in the county up to 5th grade. Collin has been diagnosed with ADHD, a daily struggle for him. We have overcome, by the blood of the lamb and…

via For the God I love — David Snape and Friends – The place to show off your hidden talents