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maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 27. 14 Replies

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2014 at 9:28am

That's a good one, Mindy. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 25, 2014 at 4:38am

I hope the professionals manage to diagnose your mother's problem and find some way of easing it Brent. Good luck with the writing. It's very rewarding to be able to do something you have a passion for.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 24, 2014 at 11:59am

Brent, obviously xians believe they WILL "get out of it alive."  DUH!

Comment by Brent Feeney on October 24, 2014 at 11:45am

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Sk8eycat, that hadn't crossed my mind about a TIA. I know she has a lifeline-type device that she can call for help, but one of us - me, sisters, niece and nephew - is always here so if anything goes wrong, we can call 911 and go from there.

I'll mention to the older of my sisters (I'm the oldest, with my brother next and then the two sisters) this idea and see how she wants to run with it. She's the shot-caller when it comes to mom's care, but it may not be a bad idea.

And yes, it's part of the whole process, I know. As was once put by someone, we're all speeding towards death at the rate of 60 minutes every hour. Or, as the great social philosopher Bugs Bunny put it - "the thing about life is - you'll never get out of it alive."

Comment by sk8eycat on October 24, 2014 at 10:27am

Brent, did anyone suggest that your mother had a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)?  I started having them when I was in my mid 50s, and had NO insurance, so went to a county hospital.  Nobody had a clue, but since it was/is a teaching hospital, they kept testing, scanning, etc.  It was all very frightening....I would lose control of my hands, legs, and/or mouth, sometimes just for part of a minute, sometimes longer.

They finally ran a carotid Doppler scan (because most TIAs are caused by intermittent blockage of the blood flow to the brain), and they found the my case it was a grossly enlarged parathyroid that would press on the artery when I would turn my head a certain way....removed it, and no more TIAs.  So far.  (That was 20 years ago.)

They can be caused by almost anything...a clot or arterial sclerosis.....If your mother's insurance will cover it, make the doctors keep looking till they find the cause.  And/or get her on one of those services where she can just press a button and call for  help....IF such a thing exists where she lives.

Comment by Plinius on October 24, 2014 at 2:21am

Best wishes to you, Brent. I'm glad you're there with family that can work together and help your mother.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 23, 2014 at 11:01pm

Hi, Brent.  Glad you had a moment to sign on and say hello.  Sounds like you really have your hands full.  Sorry you've had some unsettling moments with your mother recently.  She's lucky to have you and your sister around.  I hope she continues to stabilize.

You sound very excited about your future prospects in writing.  I sure hope that all works out for you.  My best regards to you, Brent.  Thanks for the stopping in.  Feel free to do so more often if you're able.    

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2014 at 10:54pm

Brent, I know the changes taking place in your mother's behaviors and difficult to watch. The fact that you have good doctoral care, and had tests done is about all you can do. 

Because my cancer chemo and radiation were hard on my heart, I am having some symptoms not unlike your mother's. It is terribly frightening for my son. I am in no plain at all, but I have a change in behavior. Please don't let these changes upset you. They are part of the processes of aging. There is nothing you can do except be there for your mother and comfort her. If she becomes afraid, reassure her and maybe hold her if she likes that. She is doing the best she can. You are the caregiver now. You need to stay calm and do whatever it is that you need to do to assure her good medical care. Reassure her that she is not alone and that you are there for her. 

I am happy to learn of possible opportunities for you in the "news game". I hope all goes as you wish.

Thanks for keeping us posted.  

Comment by Brent Feeney on October 23, 2014 at 10:17pm

Hope everyone's doing well these days. Wanted to stop by and give everyone an update on what's been going on, especially with mom.

Overall, she's still doing well (the first anniversary of her stroke took place Tuesday), but back in September - not long after my birthday - something went a bit wrong.

She had just had a shower getting ready for a scheduled doctor's appointment and was getting dressed when she suddenly felt dizzy and weak. She was sitting on the toilet, so there wasn't any danger of her falling, but she almost felt out of it. She was speaking gibberish for a bit and looked blank.

My sister was there with me and she called the doctor to describe her symptoms. The doctor recommended she head to the hospital immediately, which she did. She would up staying for two days and the doctors there thought she had a seizure.

Some medication was prescribed for her, but it didn't work very well, plus it was leaving her pretty much out of it - sleepy, groggy and all sorts of things. We've weaned her off the medicine for that, and she's back to normal. We're not wondering if she had a recurrence of congestive heart failure or something else. All the tests that were ran on her in hospital either came back inconclusive or showed no new damage to her brain.

It really bothered me seeing her so out of it because of the meds. I continue to help take care of her during the week and glad she's better, though she still has some moments.

Personaly for me, I may be getting back into the news game. I've been doing some roundup-type stuff or a group of small weeklies near where I am (a long-time friend of mine, after being out of work for a few months, got a job at the papers and asked me to help). There's some other things going on I can't comment on at the moment, but I can say there's some good possibilities that may be coming down the pipeline.

Wish me luck on that!! I still have the writing biz in my blood, believe me.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 23, 2014 at 12:48pm

I've no idea about the cats, Spud. Just a Google search.


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