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THE MAGIC OF HAVING CHEERLEADERS by Beth Rankin

THE MAGIC OF HAVING CHEERLEADERS by Beth Rankin

On Monday, December 4, 2017 my right knee went missing. It had provided 63 years of walking, hiking, skiing, whatevering and it was not functioning as it should because of damage caused by a fall and by illness. The knee was replaced with a modern medical miracle, one that has become so ho-hum that you probably know at least five people who have had knee replacements. It really helped to talk to all those people prior to my surgery, to hear their advice and learn of tricks they used. The one thing I heard over and over was “do the exercises.” One other comment, made quietly, also was handy. “You will not always get to the bathroom on time.” When I’ve gone through SOMETHING, whether it is a physical activity like this surgery, or an emotional voyage, like a divorce, it can be very helpful to hear first person experiences. It has let me know that what I was feeling was pretty typical…or not. It was during one of those discussions with a friend that the idea of an allergy to the implant hit me! I can’t wear pierced earrings of any kind. Sterling silver, 24k gold, surgical steel, platinum, titanium, even metal with ceramic and plastic pieces. All fingers and toes crossed. The first few days after the surgery were spent discovering that the pain meds and I do not get along. This experience made it very clear to me just how different our body chemistries are. I was nauseous and just felt overall terrible. I had none of the “highs” users addicted to OxyContin enjoy. They obviously do... read more
NO, MY DIVERSITY DOESN’T HAVE TO TOLERATE YOUR BIGOTRY by John Pavlovitz

NO, MY DIVERSITY DOESN’T HAVE TO TOLERATE YOUR BIGOTRY by John Pavlovitz

Some days I think people choose to miss the point. In the weeks following the election, those of us opposing the coming Administration and protesting what we see as very problematic Cabinet appointments and flag-raising political maneuvering, have received a similar scolding from Conservatives as we engage in debate on the issues. It’s an attempt to call us out for our alleged hypocrisy: “I see, you’re all for diversity unless someone disagrees with you! Apparently we don’t get included in that! You Liberals are so tolerant!” they say. Well, they’re partially right. The commitment to diversity and equality means demanding that everyone gets a seat at the table; that each person’s inherent worth is recognized there, that no one is devalued or excluded based on fixed and fundamental part of their identity: skin color, gender, nation of origin, sexual orientation, religion, etc. This means that we declare every human being equally valuable. It does not mean we treat all behavior equally: If your opinion directly endangers people based on those essential parts of who they are–we’ll pushback. If your worldview permits you to treat someone as less deserving of civil rights or it discards their basic humanity–your worldview is a threat to true diversity. If your evaluation of another makes you more tolerant of their mistreatment or less outraged by hate crimes against them, that’s a fundamental problem. Active discrimination and violence don’t get a seat at the table. They don’t get proximity to do further damage to people. For example, a gay teenager and a Baptist preacher are both invited into genuine community and both welcomed into conversation,... read more
HOW TRUMP “TORTURED” MITT ROMNEY by “Hammerhand”

HOW TRUMP “TORTURED” MITT ROMNEY by “Hammerhand”

Roger Stone:  “Trump arranged Secretary of State meeting to ‘torture’ Mitt [Romney]. Our president-elect is a cruel man.”     And he surrounds himself with​ cruel people.   Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Donald Trump, says “the president-elect interviewed Mitt Romney for the secretary of State position just to torture him for his former criticism.” Donald Trump was interviewing Mitt Romney for secretary of State in order to torture him. To toy with him.   And given the history, that’s completely understandable. Mitt Romney crossed a line. He didn’t just oppose Trump, which is his democratic right, he called him a “phony, a fraud and a con man.” And that’s not the kind of man you want as Secretary of State.   “That’s completely understandable” …Straight from the hell-spawned horse’s mouth: “torture” as vengeance is “completely understandable”.   And now we hear that Trump went so far as to call Mitt in order to tell him he is not​ going to be Secretary of State. President-elect Donald Trump called 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday to tell him he won’t be named as Secretary of State because a president-elect using his second-most-powerful appointment as a vindictive slight against a perceived rival is so totally “bigly” a presidential thing to do.   Barf. [This article is reprinted with permission of Daily Kos, where it first appeared in their December 11, 2016 edition.  Opinions of Daily Kos are not always the position of Columnist With a View.]... read more
A PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY THROUGH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE by Maria Deneau

A PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY THROUGH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE by Maria Deneau

Repeating stories multiple times may be normal for some seniors who are active and lead fulfilling lives–a natural part of aging–but that was NOT normal for my quick-witted, sometimes sharp-tongued mother.  It was just that small shift in her behavior that made me stop in my tracks more than once when having conversations with her that usually ended up in frustration for us both. One afternoon in 2002 while she was babysitting my son for me, she called and asked if she could give my toddler a peanut butter cup.  That’s when I had that awful sense of dread and my pulse quickened.  My son has a high peanut allergy and she knew this.  So began the slow spiral of watching my beautiful mom dwindle away to Alzheimer’s Disease–and watching the startling impact that it would have on my father as well. Today, Mom resides in a skilled nursing facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Dad goes to see her almost every day.  She has no memory (or at least any that make sense in her “babbling speak”) or ability to do anything for herself and requires 24-hour-care.  She is at the end stages of Alzheimer’s.  The Search for the Right Fit Getting Mom to her current “home” was not easy by any stretch, and I wonder how much worse it could have been had I not been a professional in Geriatric-Healthcare.  I currently work in Michigan for the nation’s largest home health and hospice provider as a home health specialist, coordinating new patients and helping them transition home from a hospital or skilled nursing facility, and also by partnering... read more