Take a listen: Pain Management, Hospice Africa, Worth Your Time

Consider people in constant pain.  Perhaps from a chronic disease; maybe even a terminal disease.  Consider the decision patients have to make transitioning from Curative Care to Palliative Care:  not trying to cure a condition, but rather manage the pain and suffering.

Then consider not having the medicine to cope with the suffering.

Here’s one short podcast and one organization and some good insight on said topic of pain, and an approach that might do well to duplicate and multiply around the world, where many people don’t have the means to cope with the suffering of chronic pain.

And Hospice Africa?  HERE.

And the podcast?  one.npr.org/i/781323407:782215632


Not sure if I’ve written about this topic before in this forum. If not, it’s high time. If I have, it’s worth revisiting.

Being brave is a core value and characteristic of living a happy and fulfilling life.

If we don’t learn to have courage and be brave, we will struggle with new things, with hard things, throughout our lives.

If we don’t learn to be brave we will not feel good about ourselves. We will be sad more often.

If we don’t learn to be brave our relationships will suffer.

And for kids especially, it’s important to understand…

Courage isn’t about something magical that happens inside us to make us ‘not scared’. It’s about something magical that happens inside us to make us push through fear, self-doubt, anxiety, and do the things that feel hard or risky or frightening.

It means being brave when it’s necessary. It is necessary. Be brave.

World Toilet Day, A Week Ago

I’ve been thinking about this World Toilet Day thing…both while sitting there, and otherwise…

it’s celebrated every 19 November…

and thinking about this short podcast from last week, on the topic therein…

it comes to mind, rather than the angle the podcast took, I thought it was going to be different…

I thought they were going to talk about how many people in the world don’t have access to toilets…

about how much illness could be reduced by more people having a toilet to use on a daily basis…

about the roughly 4.2 billion people that don’t have living conditions that include safe sanitation…

about the more than 400 million people that poop outside in the open…

about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6…

but oh no, as usual, NPR did me one better…

They did a podcast about making  a toilet surface that makes it easier for the flushed water to clean the bowl, and thus use less water.


More toilets needed in the world, and saving water along the way…

This making the world a better place to live, sustainable along the way.

Maybe that’s a cause worth thinking about on 19 November, a week later, and everyday, to improve the situation around the world.

That would be GOOD.

And now, here’s the podcast:


Helping Others: Do The Work

Nothing more satisfying than knowing someone else is better off because of your efforts.

Simple stuff, really. Do the work.

Dishes? Do the work.

Fold your clothes? Do the work.

Feed those who are hungry? Do the work.

Someone needs a boost? Do the work.

Chores to do? Do the work.

It’s just effort. At the end of the day, that’s all we have. That and our time. Spend both wisely, but USE IT UP.

Don’t leave this planet with any energy left in your body. Pour it all out for those you love, those around you, those in need.


Feed the People

It’s a practice born of our very species. Help each other.

We would not survived as long on this planet without helping one another; considering the collective’s well-being; lending a hand to those in need.

Across cultures, across religions, across time, this practice has been at the core of human existence.

I accept this behavior and underlying belief far above the opposite attitude: looking our for yourself; taking advantage of others; even practicing violence against others to get what you want.

So today, and especially, during this time of year as holidays are celebrated that include generosity and togetherness as central themes…

Let’s re-ignite our desire and our commitment to helping others whenever possible…

Let’s remember that we are at the most prosperous time in human history…

Let’s feed the people.

Good Recollections

Trees, Clouds, Sky
Follow the sign…
The wilds just off the path
Established 1898 (the house, not the flowers)
Ocean’s Refuse
Effect, Sun and Wind

Nature wins.

All these images from a week ago, on 30 hour escape with my dear love, Susan, to reconnect as a couple (rather than the 24/7 parenting duty) and celebrate our 14 years together, including 11 years married. Special thanks to our friend who the kids affectionately call “Tita” (“Auntie”) for taking care of them last weekend.

I love you, Susan.