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Hang With Friends

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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2014 at 9:36pm

Unions have a terrible reputation, well earned, for not representing their members and scamming the money into their own pockets. 

That said, workers need unions to equalize power with owners of wealth. One carpenter, or one skater or one writer has so little influence over what happens, the corruption continues. When the union is corrupt, then something more needs to happen. Keeping track of statements made and decisions rendered, is the beginning of fighting any dispute. A good investigative reporter knows how to do these things, as does a good lawyer. Both can be allies for the worker.   

Comment by sk8eycat on February 23, 2014 at 9:02pm

Some figure skating history...starring a woman I knew well, even though I never took lessons from her.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-kW4bSdx2o

Her determination and courage were phenomenal...and so was her sense of humor.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 23, 2014 at 4:00pm

Joan, is this you?

Comment by Ian Mason on February 23, 2014 at 12:34pm

Would welcome the chance to turn down pain signals in cases of toothache!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 23, 2014 at 11:17am

Realistically, I would like the ability to turn-off pain signals and have them come back automatically after a certain amount of time, or if they increased in intensity.

I think scientists will find a way to let us do that in the not too distant future.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 23, 2014 at 11:14am

Joan, I sometime wish I had no pain signals, but I can see where it can cause the loss of limbs and even be life threatening.

I thought it was interesting when I learned years ago that part of the reason people with Leprosy loose limbs is because they can become too damaged before the person realizes it.

Sounds like it's time for me to get some seeds for gardening.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 23, 2014 at 11:01am

Thanks for your support. I'm glad to have you as friends.

Glad to hear that your nerves are coming back online, Joan and that the pain in your fingers has gone. Hope the feet wake up soon. Happy sowing and planting :-)

Comment by sk8eycat on February 23, 2014 at 10:57am

Ummmm....please remember that some unions don't do Jack Schidt except collect dues from the members.  When I was in Holiiday, our union was in cahoots with the brass, and we got NO help.  It would have been a joke except that our dues were taken out of our paychecks without our permission, and the contracts we signed were NOT with Holiday, but with AGVA...giving us their permission to skate with HOI for peanuts and occasional cheese sandwiches on Saturdays.

After I left Holiday, Bobby Kennedy (then JFK's Atty. General) investigated AGVA because their membership also included strippers and "B-Girls."  (American Guild of Variety Artists) 

Someone tried to start a union for skaters only, but it didn't work until competitive "amateur" skaters started winning money and huge endorsements in addition to those tacky gold-plated medals.  By then all the big professional shows were dead.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2014 at 12:01am

Ian, your working conditions sound very unfavorable. I can see why you would want to find a new position. If there were good management, so much would be better. I wish you could get the position, if that is what you want.

My neuropathy is from diabetes, exacerbated by cancer treatment. My chemo doctor has been keeping track of its development as it slowly moves up my legs and fingers.

There is no pain in my feet. That is the problem, it affects the nerve endings and the brain doesn't get a sensation transmission. There is no feeling. I could step on a nail and not feel it. Or put my hands or feet in boiling water and have no pain sensation.

When the dr. started me on this new medication she told me there would be a strange feeling that she couldn't describe. The pharmacist said the same thing. I took the first pill and could describe the feeling exactly: it was like every synaptic connection shot off sparks all over my body. They were not painful at all, but I sure didn't get any sleep the first night.

I started out by taking on pill a day for three days, then two for three days and then three for the rest of the Rx. After that, the dr. re-evaluated me and started me on upping the dosage by one a day for three day, two a day for three days and three a day for the rest of that Rx. We keep doing that until we can get feeling back into my feet.

My finger tips were hurting when I typed before I started the Rx, and that pain is completely gone.  

All the Rx's continue to keep me in a fatigue state but with spring coming on, I feel excited about doing something productive. I now have all my seed starting supplies, including seeds, ready to plant inside. I am ready!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2014 at 10:20pm

Not my photo, Felaine. It's something a niece posted on FB.

Joan, it's not unusual in elderly care for the worker to get the kicks. The people who have been complaining about me are the family of that particular resident and the boss won't/can't say that "the problem with your husband/father is that he's a huge pain in the arse". It's so much easier to drop the shit further down the hierarchy onto those at the bottom. I think the family might have problems themselves, perhaps guilt about having him put in a care unit and/or some anger that his illness has plagued their lives for 40 years so they also want a scapegoat.

To be honest, I'm tired of this line of work. I was over 13 years at one very good place but when that closed I was moved around and around until I ended where I am now, a place with a bad reputation,well justified as it turned out, even though the present boss is the 4th in the 2 years I've been there. In a way I was hoping that I would get the same offer as the last person to get sacked: leave now without speaking to colleagues and get paid for the next 5 months. I'm looking for other jobs but they're not out there. Ah well, something will turn up. Or not. It won't stop me from enjoying the greater part of my life.

Joan, is it "post-theraputic neuralgia" you're suffering from? It sounds really unpleasant. I hope the pain-management works.

 

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