Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September "By Invitation Only" International Blog Party, Year 4


our September theme is fittingly


as we approach the holiday season, and let's face it, every single one of us think
 "holidays" when September comes around, don't we?

that means families and friends sharing parties, cooking, gift-wrapping, etc.

we also think "fashion" with the Spring collections being shown,
however, I haven't even figured out my Fall yet as it's still very warm in Houston,
but I just reviewed Burberry Prorsum's runway show for Spring and I am so disappointed.

that's my 1st share

my next sharing experiences of late include sitting with someone who is recovering
from orthopedic surgery and is in re-hab

Picture of a patient laying in bed in a recovery room in a body cast, traction and with his head bandaged. Iconic photo of a full body cast.

now, this pic is not exactly how the patient looks, but it is very representative of how
the patient "feels."

helpless, bored, alone.


that is the key word here.

as I've visited over & over I've noticed how many of the patients are almost completely alone most of the time.  this is sad for them I think.  they walk about in the corridors, looking in to see
what's happening with their next-door neighbors, they go to the little cafe, have a coffee and
look outside onto the courtyard, sometimes joined by a nurse or two.

but there is NO stimulation for them except their own TV.
&, of course, the majority of them are seniors +++

you know how sometimes we just need a hug?

some of them are really nursing home patients, but ones who are ambulatory.
the men seem to be better at being alone, somehow.
but, those ladies have captured my heart.

no matter my mood I am so much happier with fresh flowers all around my home,
so off I went to one of our lovely markets and scooped up bunches of
Alstroemeria, like those just above, and at the Dollar Store I found nice simple
glass vases, and tonight every one of those women have flowers in their rooms.

they also had a brief visit with me telling them how lovely their hair is,
or how nice their smile is, etc. etc. etc.
(the good thing is that there is a hair salon within the facility & services are gratis).

the other good thing is that it made me feel great.
it cost less than lunch with my girlfriends, and I was going there anyway !!!

I don't know any of these ladies, but we all had a good day today.


the next sharing experience

with the horribleness in our world today, we as mother's are the ones who will bring about
change.  when the mothers unite and decide their boys won't be taught hate, but will be educated in the modern way where they will learn things which extend beyond their tribal boundaries, enlightenment will come...slowly...but it will come.    

in the mean time the rest of the  people of the world must stand strong, united in our
quest to eradicate this hideous evil.

I usually don't talk about current events, unless I'm involved, of course.
but, having lived in the Middle East for a time I know the vast majority of the people think and feel
just as we do.

the evil ones do not understand strength & resolve of a country.
they hope to scare us, to scare us enough to just turn our backs.
& this is the reason they will be defeated.
they do not understand that all of us will stand united, that fear will be replaced with resolve,
and that there will be no retreat.

we left too soon.
we left our soldiers who were killed or wounded with unfinished business because it
seemed politically expedient.  to me this is to dishonor their achievements.
we also failed to build schools.
we built roads, airports, pipelines, and even had our guys doing plumbing,
but we did not build sustainable institutions of learning.
they talked about this in the film "Charlie Wilson's War."
Charlie Wilson was a Texas congressman

"If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nations.
When there is order in the nations, there will be peace in the world."
Sathya Sai Baba
Karin's post today @ LaPouyette
one of our members


I could never ever do these posts without the support of our international membership.
every month I am more and more appreciative of their continuing to post each month
for our special group.


the same theme, just our own personal slant on that theme.
sounds simple doesn't it?
but, let me tell you there are huge challenges in coming up with something new & fresh...
something everyone will want to read.


will be announced on our next post.


the link up is below, please join each one of the ladies to see what they are