Life Lessons Offered by Two People Facing Death – A Beautiful Short Essay from the L.A. Times

Life Lessons Offered by Two People Facing Death

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A Short, Humorous Look at the State of Healthcare

Comedy Central Illuminates U.S. Healthcare Status in Short, Humorous Clip

I have mentioned that I’ve been an ICU RN for the past 15 years.  This is honestly what I am seeing happen in my personal experience.  You can have all of the high -fallutin (yes, that is a word) ideas that you want, but I dare you to actually look into the eyes of these people in need and deny them what is needed, truly.  How we treat the each other defines us as a people.

A documentary titled “Remote Area Medical” is out detailing one crews mission to address this issue and I highly recommend you take a look, especially with your children or those you care about.

Homeless? There are are places for people like me…

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So why (and I am not saying this facetiously) did I wake up this morning with homelessness on my mind? I believe the mind and our consciousness is like a really big commercial cooking range, in that many different emotional and thought-based dishes can be cooking on any number of heat levels. Sometimes they (randomly?) reach a boiling point and need to be removed from the heat, and I think my brain (and my God) decided I need to pull a few pots off the stove and share the bounty hee-hee 😛

mental kitchen o'mine! mental kitchen o’mine!

This blog entry has its roots in this article (the plain text is at the bottom of this entry) I saw on Yahoo News a while ago, which really touched me.

See, I have a serious spiritual connection with Saint Francis. I was amazed and deeply gratified that our current Pope took his name as…

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Please help the L.A. Dream Center restore Seniors Christmas Gifts Burned in Fire

Downtown L.A. fire destroys hundreds of Christmas gifts for seniors.

– See more at: http://www.dreamcenter.org/seniors/#sthash.gqTxJTfg.dpuf

A blaze erupted early Monday that destroyed a building where the city’s Department of Aging rents space.  Approximately 2,000 Christmas gift bags were soaked with water and destroyed. Presents included sweaters, socks, DVDs, lamps and food.

The gifts were part of a Secret Santa-type program called Project CARE, which matches city and Los Angeles Police Department employees with senior citizens in need. Most of the seniors in the program are low-income, live alone or don’t have family nearby.

The Dream Center is stepping in to help meet this important need.  We are partnering with the city of Los Angeles to replace the damaged gift bags.  Please give a gift below to help make their holiday merry and bright!

– See more at: http://www.dreamcenter.org/seniors/#sthash.gqTxJTfg.dpuf

Our Trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo

We visited the # Santa Barbara zoo.  Nice sized zoo, set up well with lots of fun things for little ones to do, including a smallish grassy hill for the kids to ride down on cardboard (perfect size – fun but non-intimidating).  Santa Claus visits also and takes pics with kids.  There was also a good bit of man-made snow, so sleds were ridden, snowballs thrown with glee. Fun.  Um, might re-think the attempting to get along with baby momma thing…we’ll see.  Still fun.

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