Hearing and Helmets – Being on the other end of hearing loss

  Shouting at me does not help me hear you, it is still static I hear. I have been on the frustrating end of my husband not being able to hear me, of him having to ask the question again or just acknowledge me not knowing what I really said. Yes, he has hearing aids. … Continue reading Hearing and Helmets – Being on the other end of hearing loss

Idyllic Living

  That sounds so idyllic, moving to the country, the fresh air, living off the land, no traffic, fewer taxes, etc. My observation is yes, less air pollution but not always so sweet smelling if there are animals or some neighbors in the vicinity. You never know who might be spraying what, or watering brown … Continue reading Idyllic Living

7 habits of compassionate people

  7 habits of compassionate people Meditate Listen Move Imagine Forgive Learn Reach out Do I even want to be compassionate? What if I just want to be a stinker and stew in my own juices? Why do others have to act that way? Why do they have to do that? What if? What if … Continue reading 7 habits of compassionate people

Don’t Mother Me

  Do you remember you need to take a left on Dodge Street? Do you realize you need to be in the left lane? Do you know your turn is in a couple of blocks? Well, I didn’t want to say you were missing your turn because you always get mad at me if I … Continue reading Don’t Mother Me

The Musical Cats night happened as a result of a terrifying act.

  It was 9:33pm and thankfully both our cats were safely inside, lounging on our bed. There was a horrendous ruckus outside the bedroom window that sounded like howling, yipping and screaming as it finally faded to the distance. It is almost a full moon, maybe that has something to do with the nocturnal escapades. … Continue reading The Musical Cats night happened as a result of a terrifying act.

Life scenarios

  Sally and Johnny went for a walk down the long country road. Her hand in his and his hand in hers. The sun was shining bright as the two made their way towards the creek. Two lanes were well worn from the tractors that had been working all summer making the silt fine as … Continue reading Life scenarios

Ashes

Our friend Terry died. My husband knew he and his wife Kim since high school. Kim and Terry had been high school sweethearts. And then the Vietnam war happened, and life. The two married other people, each had kids and lived separate lives. But, in the last 5 years, they reconnected and had another passionate, … Continue reading Ashes

Put your mask on first

  We are instructed on airplanes to put our air masks on first. The same is true for our health -be it physical or mental. When we are strong, besides being more resilient and energetic enough to accomplish the task at hand, we are also great examples of how to be. You never know who … Continue reading Put your mask on first

PTSD – Walking on Eggshells by Mary Tendall

  Although it’s not ‘contagious,’ PTSD can affect everyone around a person who has PTSD. This ‘Secondary PTSD’ can become a vicious cycle for all concerned. By Mary Tendall and Jan Fishler Secondary Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD: (Not a defined mental disorder within the DSM-IV) occurs when a person has an indirect exposure to … Continue reading PTSD – Walking on Eggshells by Mary Tendall