Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ted and Soap - Operas, That Is -

Kate Adams gave the best Ted talk in September. She titled it, "4 Larger than Life Lessons from Soap Operas." At 12 minutes long, it's worth every moment. 

Enjoy - 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Be the Change - Light of the World -

One of my life mottoes is: Be the Change You Wish to See in the World. I work at this every single day. It's at the forefront of my thoughts, and hopefully, my actions.

This is innately me, and I believe would be so whether I'm Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Mormon, Catholic, Baptist, Quaker. I find goodness and truth where I can, and I am a searcher of this - probably why I'm drawn to spirituality and culture.

So today, from Mormon.org, comes this video:

And this initiative - 25 days of service in 25 ways, with a downloadable Advent Calendar. Regardless of who you are and what your beliefs regarding Christ are, my bottom line is this - couldn't we all use a little kindness? Couldn't we give a little? 

Happy Advent - 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nausea and Fatigue and Cancer -

I was asked to write a short blurb about the chemo and radiation side effects of Nausea and Fatigue. Oh goodness, thinking back on those times is tough, really tough. But in the name of getting the word out, this is what I shared:

Ginger chews, morning-sickness lollypops, ginger-ale, soda crackers, dry heaves then eat, deep breathes of cool air, "I think I can, I think I can," cool wash cloth, sit up - don't lie down, Zofran, Benadryl, Phenergen, Marinol, marijuana, puke, puke, puke, Ommmmmm. These were my remedies for chemo-induced nausea. The ones that finally worked were ginger chews and dry heaving before I ate, puking bile instead of breakfast. Yuck.

Just let me sleep for 5 more minutes. Why am I so tired, I've already slept 10 hours. Oh morning naps feel so good, just like a cat soaking in the sun. Pushing a grocery cart down the aisle - stop, rest, lean against the cereal boxes, just a little more, one foot in front of the next. 30 minutes of walking a day? I'll need to hold on to someone, unsteady, but determined. One foot in front of the next. How long does this last? No one mentioned fatig . . . . . . .

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Safety Pins and Thanks Giving -

I won't wear a safety pin, I won't put a pink ribbon magnet on my car, and my rainbows are actions, not bumper stickers. Yet - I have a love for the "other." In fact, my passion goes beyond text books and degrees and certifications and councils and publications. I like to think I walk this love, every, single, day. And my daily prayers ask my Higher Power to let me be the love, let me look for those whom I can give love, accept, welcome, embrace.

And if this is not enough, well then, so it is. But I will not be swayed by popular media and political arguments and diatribes. I won't get on anyone's band-wagon for the sake of bowing to public pressure. If I can't look at the "other," how on God's green earth can I expect them to look at me? I am the other, just like many of you are others. I haven't always belonged, I haven't always walked the straight and narrow path, I don't always match what's going on around me; I have been the "other" more than once. As much as I've wanted to blend in, I haven't, I can't, and these days - I won't.

All you need is love? Nah - all you need is an open mind and open arms, and just one encounter with someone different than you. That's it. I won't be closing my mind any time soon.

Tonight - this popped across my screen. Seemed to pretty to be true. So I did some research. Although it's posted on multiple "faith" channels, it's the real deal.

Are we not all refugees, fleeing from something, looking for safety, looking for home? And wherever you may find home tonight - May Love Fill You. And to whomever you thank, give thanks. And I - I will give thanks for being different, enough.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ecclesiastes 3 -

At this time of the year I become a sentimental fool - which really is rare for me, I'm not one to dwell on sentiments; I'd rather explore them! But I'm always pulled to Ecclesiastes 3, thinking about a time and a season and how as the year draws to a close I am grateful for the abundance I have, and the peace I have going into the most giving time of the year.

As well, I'm touched by the song, Come, ye Thankful People, Come. Harvest, gathering in, bringing home, safely gathered, winter storms brewing -

Both of these pieces remind me that for everything there is a season - a fine lesson to learn.
In fact, I made this stitchery a few years ago, just to take in the goodness of Ecclesiastes and harvest and peace and home. Not terrible viewable here, but here it is, nonetheless.

Happy Thanksgiving -

Friday, November 18, 2016

Achoo -

I ALWAYS get a cold this time of year. 
Grateful for the week-long break UVU gives their students for Thanksgiving. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Salmon and Swimming Upstream - Determination

Watching this video clip, on the news, made me think about determination, and my desire to reach my goals. Yeah, a couple of times I've even put my life on the line, risking losing it. Thank heavens, I haven't. Yet I don't think I'm all the way across the street - and this still makes me tired of the swimming against the current, but I haven't lost my desire or my will to reach these dreams. In fact, there are often times when it's not just my will forcing me up the river, it's an inner/outer drive, pushing me, pulling me, motivating me. 

When was the last time you were so determined to do something, 
that you would do anything, to get there?