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Six years or somewhere there about..

My life, as I knew it, changed. Wow, milady, talking about a delayed response.

Six years ago or somewhere thereabout, I was given some news that changed my life.

Six years ago or somewhere thereabout, I was told that I was going to die.

No, not by a Gypsy, Magic 8ball or a call from a psychic. I was told this by a team of physicians.

OK, PICTURE THIS. One minute you’re in the shower. You’re downstairs getting ready for Mother’s Day dinner with the family. The next minute, you wake up…in hospital…attached to machines and being probed and poked. Waking up, knowing that something just isn’t right.

Picture it, being told that you have to have this biopsy. You’ve several brain bleeds and what looks like a tumour. WOW, Tumour = cancer = brain = dead. That’s what I’m kinda thinking.  So let’s fast forward shall we. Oh, did I mention, that some how (digging in the dirt where animals poo) I picked up a parasite that is ADDING to the TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)

Biopsy done…insert medical term..another medical term…inoperable.

Meetings, consultations, tests.

Weeks later, I’m home. I’m home, to die, with a satchel of meds. One to stop seizures. One to thin the blood. One to stop the parasite. One for blood pressure. One for something else that I can’t honestly remember. One, that, almost hastened my trip to the underworld.  All totalled, I was, at one point taking over 20 medications. NO BUENO!

Now, everyone around me has had their lives affected. Holiday plans put on hold. Constant monitoring because I couldn’t be left alone..Fall risk here.

Vomiting, constant pain, no energy, NOTHING. Meals were…interesting. The Lady Donna did her best to find foods that I could eat. No that’s not correct; food that I could keep down.

All the while, life continues at it usual pace. I’m waiting though…”You may be here Christmas,” was all I could hear.

 

To be continued…perhaps later today, perhaps tomorrow I’ll talk about having to tell friends and acquaintances…

 

take care

 

 

 

10 Things We Can Do to Contribute to Internal, Interpersonal and Organisational Peace

A few days ago, (yesterday to be exact) I decided to post those things that I find “helpful” and “uplifting.” So, today, instead of visiting those usual websites, I surfed the interwebs and found this. These are the 10 Things We Can Do to Contribute to Internal, Interpersonal and Organisational Peace

(1) Spend some time each day quietly reflecting on how we would like to relate to ourselves and others.

(2) Remember that all human beings have the same needs.

(3) Check our intention to see if we are as interested in others getting their needs met as our own.

(4) When asking someone to do something, check first to see if we are making a request or a demand.

(5) Instead of saying what we DON’T want someone to do, say what we DO want the person to do.

(6) Instead of saying what we want someone to BE, say what action we’d like the person to take that we hope will help the person be that way.

(7) Before agreeing or disagreeing with anyone’s opinions, try to tune in to what the person is feeling and needing.

(8) Instead of saying “No,” say what need of ours prevents us from saying “Yes.”

(9) If we are feeling upset, think about what need of ours is not being met and what we could do to meet it, instead of thinking about what’s wrong with others or ourselves.

(10) Instead of praising someone who did something we like, express our gratitude by telling the person what need of ours that action met.

The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) would like there to be a critical mass of people using Nonviolent Communication language so all people will get their needs met and resolve their conflicts peacefully.

2001, revised 2004 Gary Baran & CNVC. The right to freely duplicate this document is hereby granted.

a pui tardí

From the Lady Mariko (I’m watching Shōgun again)

Today, you are here and nothing you can do will change that. Tomorrow doesn’t exist. There is only now. There is only this moment. Nothing else…nothing.

Surfing the web….looking for mutants…

http://herochan.com/post/15778865581/xmen

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and I found these …. those.

for “The Hook” … Oven Baked French Fries … a recipe

Ingredients:

4 Large potatoes
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. chilli powder
Pepper to taste

Directions:

Scrub and peel potatoes.
Set oven rack to highest level.
(the recipe calls for you to…) Preheat oven to 450 degrees. But preheating an oven is a waste of energy, so as long as your oven is set to 450 degrees, you’re ok)
Coat baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or if you’d rather lightly coat the pan with a bit of olive oil..go for it!.
Cut potatoes lengthwise.
In a large bowl, combine oil and spices.
Mix in cut potatoes into oil/spice mixture to coat.

Spread oil coated potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes on top rack of oven. Turn potatoes. Cook an additional 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

I like to serve them lightly sprinkled with a little malt vinegar. Yum Yum!

but I don’t know what politics is

Son: “Daddy, I have to write a special report for school, but I don’t know what Politics is.”

Father: “Well, let’s take our home as an example. I am the bread-winner, so let’s call me Capitalism. Your Mum is the administrator of money, so we’ll call her Government. We take care of your need, so let’s call you The People. We’ll call the maid the Working Class and your brother we can call The Future. Do you understand son?”

Son: “I’m not really sure, Dad. I’ll have to think about it.”

That night awakened by his brother’s crying, the boy went to see what was wrong. Discovering that the baby had seriously soiled his diaper, the boy went to his parents’ room and found his mother sound asleep. He went to the maid’s room, where, peeking through the keyhole, he saw his father in bed with the maid. The boy’s knocking went totally unheeded by his father and the maid, so the boy returned to his room and went back to sleep.

The next morning he reported to his father.

Son: “Dad, now I think I understand what Politics is.”

Father: “Good son! Can you explain it to me in your own words?”

Son: “Well Dad, while Capitalism is screwing the Working Class, Government is sound asleep, the People are being completely ignored and the Future is full of Shit.”

From TV Guide.com…Cobie Smulders to Join Joss Whedon’s Avengers?

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How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders is the frontrunner to play Samuel L. Jackson‘s female sidekick in Joss Whedon‘s upcoming superhero flick, The Avengers, Deadline.com reports.

Smulders is set to play SHIELD Agent Maria Hill, who was the ruthless interim executive director of SHIELD in the comics. Smulders, whose deal is expected to close soon, reportedly beat out such actresses as Morena BaccarinJessica Lucas and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Whedon first took note of Smulders when he was trying to cast his failed Wonder Woman film, according to Deadline.com.

Rampant speculation first began about Smulders’ role after Jackson revealed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that he would be reading with five actresses who were auditioning to be Nick Fury’s sidekick in The Avengers.

The film is slated for a May 4, 2012 release and also stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man/Tony Star), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America).