Reacting To Osama Bin Laden

May 4, 2011 by  
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Much has been discussed about the explosive commemorations that broke out in different parts of our country.  Defenders say it was and it is a natural response to ten years of pent up anger and despair. Others say it brought a sense of completion; “Mission accomplished.” While others suggest patriotism is the core reason.

I understand all of it, but think happiness and excitement might be misguided reactions as a response to death.  By doing so we miss out on the significance of closure and death.  I am by no means saying this man shouldn’t have been hunted down.  But what the death of Osama Bin Laden brings home is how human beings can be filled with so much hatred and destruction that causes others to have to destroy them.

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Slow Down And Remember What Really Matters

October 13, 2010 by  
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I had dinner last night with a new friend who at age 20 had cancer and lost her leg to it.  She has since gotten married and had a daughter who is now 21 years old.

We talked about having experienced the power of life’s sudden changes.  I lost a husband, she lost a leg.  But instead of us becoming fearful creatures we have both understood that life needs to be lived completely and every day.

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The New Grief: Reaching Out Through The Internet

September 24, 2010 by  
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Good article on using the internet as online support system or to  find out local organizations.

Writing in the NY Times on September 3rd, Paula Span described the emergence of online support and caregiving “communities.” One such site — Lotsa Helping Hands — has succeeded in facilitating the creation of almost 30,000 of these “communities.” They are all local, and they exist to recruit and coordinate volunteer services for members of the community who are in need. For example, a single mother who must undergo chemotherapy and needs help with child care, shopping, etc...Continued

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Year Of Giving – WCVJS3FKXD5K

April 11, 2010 by  
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heart in hands

heart in hands

I have just come across a blog site http://yearofgiving.wordpress.com/ where Reed Sandridge shares his giving experience.

Every day, Sandridge walks up to a stranger and gives away $10. So far, he’s handed out close to $1,200. He also interviews the recipients about their lives and posts their stories on the blog.

The Year of Giving started on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 3:30 pm after Reed lost his job at a nonprofit organization due to the economic climate.

December 15th is an important date for Reed; it is when his mother lost her long battle with heart disease in 2006.

He says his goal is not to change the lives of those with whom he comes in contact but it is to inspire others to pursue the ideals that the French philosopher Auguste Comte envisioned when he coined the term “altruism.”

Without love, what are we worth?  Eighty-nine cents!  Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.  ~M*A*S*H, Hawkeye

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