Thanksgiving 2013

Blessings and warm thoughts to all! My list for this Thanksgiving:

I’m thankful Ryan has been seizure free for over 20 months now. He’s had his two shoulder surgeries and is making wonderful progress with the help of DVR.

Matt is working hard at his chosen profession, he has a wonderful, loving girlfriend and is doing well. He’s also coming home for Christmas – I can’t even talk about that without crying – I miss him so much!

I’ve had my ankle surgery and both eyes fixed. My health is on the mend and I’m doing incredibly well, all things considered.

My beloved and faithful friend Claudia has been so supportive every step of the way through my most recent challenges, even though she’s being severely challenged herself.

I’m deeply grateful for all of these blessings, and so much more.

Happy Thanksgiving! Namaste!


Greed and You

Greed is only one of many inherent human characteristics. To the extent we are aware of it, it can be managed. Where there is corporate greed (lots of humans acting together) combined with government ignorance (at best) and corruption (at worse) we end up with our current society. Read this article for a perfect illustration of how we came to this as a nation. Then ask yourself, why has no Wall Street CEO been led off in hand cuffs and locked away for good?…/wall-street-hard-time-ethical

We have the government and society we deserve at this moment.

Until we wake up and realize that only WE can change things, nothing will change.

All who simply allow their 401K money to go to a mutual fund without looking at what is actually being invested in via that mutual fund are complicit.

All who shop at Walmart and other companies that don’t pay a living wage are complicit.

All who bank with CHASE, Wells Fargo, Citi, Bank of America, et al are complicit.

All who ignore the reality that WE have created this mess and refuse to admit complicity are central to our problems as a society.

We allowed this to happen by our wanton materialism and WIFM (‘what’s in it for me?) attitude.

A nation is judged by where it puts its resources. When a nation values its military might more than a teacher, you know something is very wrong. When a nation allows 45,000 a year to die because they can’t get medical care without insurance, you know something is very wrong.

When one of us suffers, we all suffer. Until we can evolve as a species and embrace this concept in critical mass, we’ll continue to struggle in this hell we’ve created.

50 Years Ago Today – We Lost Our Moral Compass

I was nine years old and yet, I remember it like it happened yesterday.

My devastated Irish Catholic father’s loss was palpable, even to this young nine-year old child.

This is why I’ve always loved John F. Kennedy, and why I’ve always been a ‘liberal’.

…..if by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties.. if that is what they mean by a “liberal” then I am proud to be a liberal. “: John F. Kennedy

From his 1960 acceptance speech.

Recovering…….. again

Day 4 post ankle surgery and I’m doing well.

Ankle feels very, very good actually. Only pain occurs when I accidentally end up putting weight on it.

Emotionally I feel very hopeful……. I know all of this is in Her hands.

Ryan’s been terrific – he makes a GREAT turkey breast sandwich.

UPDATE Nov 23, 2013

My cast came off November 19. What a wonderful relief to bathe normally again!

I have a walking air boot I’m to wear for four weeks and then a brace for another three weeks.

I’ve also lost 14 pounds. Lots more to go but I’ll get there.

Since I’ve been laid off, I can’t afford the COBRA coverage now so I’ll be uninsured until I can get through the error code I received on the application I submitted for Obamacare coverage.

Hopefully I’ll find a new job soon and will have health coverage there. Prayers for that please.

All of this is in God – I see it in so many ways. I’m just going with the flow and taking it day-by-day.

To my former coworkers in 2013

First, I miss all of you very much! It feels like a part of me has been abruptly chopped off. Each and every one of you taught me so much about both myself, and Life. I’m grateful our paths crossed.

After a few days spent in shock and grieving, I am beginning to feel like my old self again.

Losing one’s job means losing health coverage so …………….

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time trying to get my son’s Medicaid and Medicare coverage secured. That’s been my biggest worry. He’s been doing so well lately and it would be devastating to have him go without his seizure medications and risk sliding back to the tragic life he had a couple of years ago. I’m so grateful for the knowledge I’ve gained in my career that I can help him through this.

I’m also taking care of all of my health needs this month as well.

During my tenure, I had this prayer up on my cubicle wall. It was something I read to myself every single day, and incorporated in my email signature. Everything happens for a reason; I’ve always known that. I also know something wonderful is in store for me once my ankle surgery heals and I’m very excited for the future. Thank you again for sharing this part of my path.