In this age of terrorism, terrible disease, hunger, homelessness, and hatred, we must remember to be thankful.
Tomorrow is the day dedicated in the United States as a day of Thanksgiving. Our families and friends gather together to feast, watch football, and enjoy each other’s company.
However, we must remember those who are not so fortunate. There are people all over the world who are alone, who are hungry, who are scared, who feel unloved and isolated. There are elderly people in nursing homes or in their own homes, with no family around. There are families grieving for those they lost this year and in other years. There are people who just want someone to care.
Please keep them in mind as you enjoy your gathering tomorrow. If you can, reach out to someone who isn’t as lucky as you and just call them or stop by and say, “I’m thinking of you.” You’ll be surprised at how thankful they are, but even more surprised at how thankful you’ll be.
Change changing places
Root yourself to the ground
Word to the wise, well you get what’s coming
One word can bring you round
~ Yes -Changes
So many changes in my life lately! I’m back, though!
- I have finished editing a 300 page book by an author named David Gatesbury. Look for him on Amazon – he has several crime and mystery novels you might find interesting. Not my genre, but interesting nonetheless.
- I have been talking to a man I lived with 30 years ago and I broke his heart to follow my career in music. When my beloved aunt passed he wrote to me and we ended up spending hours on the phone and Skype every night, until I flew from Iowa to Florida to seem him again. By the end of the weekend, he got down on one knee and proposed to me (VERY romantic, wouldn’t you say?) Of course, I accepted, having fallen in love with him all over again.
- Having done all this, I moved to Florida a month ago and we have planned our wedding date for a weekend in May, on the beach, surrounded by friends and family. Most of our wedding will be DIY (much more fun!), and I can’t wait to be his wife!
- My oldest son is moving here, hopefully to be part of the “family business.”
- His son is moving here, also to hopefully become part of the family business.
- I am starting a freelance editing company, so spread the word! My website, EditorsEtc..com will be up soon.
Tell me what you’ve been up to. I can’t wait to hear!
As a professional woman in the business world, there’s one thing I’ve struggled with all of my career. Do I tell them? Do I keep quiet? What happens if I miss a day of work and have no good reason (to them)?
I’ve lost a job due to this secret. I’ve had countless silent meltdowns at my cube and even more not-so-silent ones in the bathroom or sitting in my car in the parking lot. My kids have suffered. My relationship with family members has been tested (and in one instance, severed).
On the other hand, I’ve become a voice for those who have this secret, too. My childhood, no doubt, is partly the cause of this secret, and I’ve addressed my childhood in my second book, Westwind Drive. I study up on it regularly. I have learned new ways to treat and to deal with this secret. I have educated others so maybe someday the stigma will finally be stopped.
I have bipolar disorder. Not just bipolar, but rapid cycling.
Please, learn all you can about mental illness. Try to understand what we go through on a daily basis, just to look and act “normal.” Don’t keep the stigma going by thinking we’re crazy. We have a disease. Most of us get treated for it. Most of us control it as best we can. Would you shy away from someone with cancer? Don’t shy away from us. We need you, and we need your voice.
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