Monthly Archives: April 2013

Living well[spring]

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * 5 Motivational Ways to Age Backwards * You’ve probably heard expressions like “60 is the new 40.”  The truth is actually that anyone can roll … Continue reading

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Islam’s global spread and appeal owed itself to Prophet Muhammad’s social reforms. Unfortunately, over the centuries his teachings have been obfuscated and violated much as any other faith or movement. Thus, the misconduct of some Muslim extremists today often makes it difficult to put the historic struggle of Prophet Muhammad for humanitarian causes in context. — Amaar Ahmad.

* * * * * * Prophet Muhammad: The Social Reformer * All great civilizations, such as the Greeks, Romans, Persians and today in the form of West, have arisen mainly by advancing human rights and the … Continue reading

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In praise of Bishop Walter Sullivan: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches that if our righteousness does not surpass that of the religious authorities, we will not enter the reign of God. It’s a shocking instruction. He seems to have learned early on that power corrupts, and not just politicians, but professional religious people, too. If professional religious authorities do not break out of the trappings of power, authority, money, and cultic privilege, if they do not embody the Beatitudes and struggle for justice and peace, they will not enter the reign of God. I think he means, not just in the next life, but here and now, in this life, where the reign of God is at hand. — John Dear

* *       *   * * Walter Sullivan, The Good Bishop In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches that if our righteousness does not surpass that of the religious authorities, we will … Continue reading

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Karyl McBride: Why Am I So Afraid of Being Alone? It may even clear your thoughts about what is healthy for you. “Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn that anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.” David Whyte

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Learning to be alone with oneself is surely an art. We … Continue reading

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Erin Hayes: I’m not the only one [caregiver wife] — so why do I feel alone? we still feel alone because, in our daily battles, we are physically alone. Yes, having someone there to listen and understand is fantastic and has helped us all in more ways than we can imagine. But still, we feel alone. We feel alone because our spouse, our partner in crime, our life partner, our best friend, is paralyzed. Trying to explain how this feels to others is almost impossible. It is… How do you explain that you can sleep next to someone and yet feel so alone? That you can talk to someone, be in their life, deal with their injury and everything that comes with it and touch this person every single day and yet feel so far from them at the same time? That you can still love that person with all of your heart and yet feel so empty? Things like this are impossible to explain and impossible for others to understand. So we all still feel alone. There are so many out there who feel numb and alone and empty. If you know a caregiver, any caregiver, know that although surrounded by their family, they may feel alone. Reach out. Listen. Talk to them. Know that these feelings may last for years… They do not go away easily. But we do not want to feel alone. So be there for us, if you can.

    * * * * * * * I’m Not the Only One * My husband has a spinal cord injury. I have been his primary caregiver for over five years. During that time … Continue reading

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“It’s a wonderful, loving community of those who truly understand the wounds of the heart,” said Bonnie Carroll, a former member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling board who is president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a national veteran’s service organization based in Washington. Carroll founded the veterans’ group after her husband died in an Army C-12 plane crash in Alaska in 1992. Speaking of the families of dead veterans she works with, as well as like-minded colleagues who had come this week, Carroll reflected on the gathering. “There’s nothing more life-affirming than working with those who have truly looked at death in the face,” she said. — Jaweed Kaleem

* * * * * * *   * * * * * * Say ‘N * * * * * * * * * Association For Death Education And Counseling Convention Draws Grief, Dying, Thanatology … Continue reading

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the non-religious and secular healing

          * * * * * When the Boston Marathon bombings took place, many of us in the local Humanist/secular/nontheistic community realized almost immediately that our community would be affected profoundly. And indeed … Continue reading

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