Monthly Archives: November 2014

Update Video on “Canary In A Coal Mine”

Latest video from Jen Brea on “Canary In A Coal Mine.”  Jen is very sweet in her “Happy Thanksgiving” message in which she brings us up to date on the projected time for next year’s opening of our long-awaited release of the film.

“Canary In A Coal Mine” will tell the story of ME/CFS patients.  Funds for the film  were amassed in the record-smashing Kickstarter campaign.  The original goal was to raise $50,000, and within the given thirty days, well over $200,000 were collected!

What a fantastic statement about the importance of this film now in progress and the impact we are hoping it will have for the world’s sufferers of ME.

 

Togetherness: Special On This Day

Thanksgiving Day is one filled with many emotions by many people and families.  I start to think back (for me, there are many days and years to think back on), remembering those happy days.  Trying hard to pick out one or two, is not easy.  There are so many.

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One Thanksgiving Day, I remember, while living in Hicksville LI, NY (there really is a town by that name), we gathered ’round the big pine trestle-style table, held hands, and said a prayer of thanks for having the fortune of being there together that day, and hoping for more happy days of togetherness in the future.

Another Thanksgiving Day I can remember was celebrated right here in South Florida, in my new home that I shared with my late husband, Bob.  Bob did all the cooking.  He was a good cook, and got so much enjoyment when we all found his efforts to be greatly pleasing to the palette (and also to the stomach!).

Today, that trestle table is long gone; several of the people with whom I held hands in Hicksville have passed; and some of those with whom I shared the Thanksgiving meal in South Florida, are not with us anymore, having gone to a better place, also.  But, not all is lost:  I am going to be together with my sister and brother-in-law in their home and we will share a lovely dinner; but, most important, we will be together.

A Tsunami of Disease?

We have a crisis in medical research.  Llewellyn King speaks of the great importance for our government to fund vital research to find an unquestionable biomarker, a treatment and a cure for ME.  Millions of people have had their lives taken away by this disastrous disease; where once, they were active members of society, pursuing their careers and fulfilling their life’s dreams, and then to be struck down by ME.

Let’s stop the indifference of our government.  We need to continue to send letters, and post notices on social media to keep ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) in the forefront.

Mr. King, in the video, eloquently puts forth his plea to have more government funding for the research that has already begun.  It must not stop.  It is imperative that it continue.

Ferguson protests spread across the U.S.!

John, in his post, states his hope that the peaceful protests happening across the country by Grass Roots America, will grow in strength and number; finally accomplishing the end of the racial discontent that has plagued our country for much too long. I most wholeheartedly agree. Thanks, John.

Arthur the Stray Dog Raced 430 Miles to a Better Home

I was totally taken in by this story of Arthur, the dog. Must share it!

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Arthur latched on to an Extreme Sports Team, ‘Team Peak Performance’, during an endurance race in the Amazon Rain-Forest and what happened next will surely melt the hardest heart.

Exhausted, covered in mud and desperately hungry, a team of Swedish athletes sat down for a meal as they prepared to take on a dangerous 20-mile trek through the Ecuadorian rainforest.

As they opened their canned meat, a tired Mikael Lindnord noticed a scruffy, miserable stray dog staring at him out of the corner of his eye.

Feeling sorry for him, he fed the dog a meatball and thought nothing of it, but as the team stood up to continue their race the animal started to follow them – and he didn’t stop.

Arthur the Stray DogThe fifth member: Team Peak Performance walk with stray dog Arthur during a stage of the 430-mile Adventure Racing World Championship. He followed the group of four during the…

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Peacock Feather Wild

He’s a WILD ONE!!

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Romeo is usually quite a well-mannered boy; however, show him a peacock feather, and he goes wild!!  Here’s the “proof of the pudding.”

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Ricky Jackson, Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder, To Be Freed After 39 Years In Prison

Finally, an injustice is rectified…. after 39 years!

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A man who spent nearly four decades in prison after being convicted of murder is expected to be freed Friday after a witness confessed he lied as a boy when he told jurors he saw the deadly attack.

Ricky Jackson had been seeking a new trial and sobbed loudly with his face in his hands as prosecutors dismissed his case Tuesday. “I can’t believe this is over,” Jackson, 57, said, thanking his supporters and his attorneys from the Ohio Innocence Project.

Jackson has been imprisoned for 39 years, serving a life sentence for aggravated murder and other charges, according to state prison records. He is expected to be released as soon as the paperwork is finished.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said the case fell apart after witness Eddie Vernon recanted. Vernon said he had been fed details of the crime by police and kept quiet about his lies because…

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Painted Faces

I loved this video.  And I laughed myself silly.  Hope you find it precious.

 

Leaning into my Hypocrisy

Being an autistic, especially an Aspie, can be very frustrating to that person and to all around who are experiencing frustration also. This post gives a little perspective.

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Leaninginwatermarked.jpgSometimes the things I know to be right and true, the things I aspire to, do not come easily to me in the tired-out end-of-the-day moments.

Those are the times when I may not be at my best: my patience may be worn thin, and I may feel the tempting lure of what seems like a shortcut… one that ends up just making things more complex and unruly.

Tonight was one of those nights.

I was rushing H to get to bed – and he was yelling at me for rushing him. It did not go particularly well…

But H called me on it:

I am trying to advocate for myself here. I need you to listen to me.

I am having a hard time listening because you are yelling at me and I don’t like to be yelled at.

Well, I feel I have to yell because you are…

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Today Is World Hello Day!

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So hello everyone! 

When anyone says hello to me, it immediately brings a smile to my face as I respond in kind. A moment of sunshine in a hectic day. It makes you feel noticed and valued. So much from such a small word!

Spread the love – say hello to anyone you meet today. It will brighten both your worlds!

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