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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Soothing Hearts and Minds after Horror


28 Iyar, 5777

I've weighed how to respond to the terrorism in Manchester, England. 

Though I write for a mental health site, and socialize with mental health professionals, I needed time to recover from my own sense of shock and sadness before I could attempt comforting anyone else.

I offer this  simple, sensible, 
somewhat soothing presentation:

Talking with Our Children 
after the Attack at Ariana Grande Concert

SKY NEWS has another version entitled How Do YOu Explain Terrorism to a Child?

The ideas in the articles can soothe adults, too.

I've been busy this past month, planning a community picnic with lots of fun activities. I'm grateful for the task, as I can return to focusing on life, sweetness and joy.

Let's all do what we can to promote and to share wholesome happiness. 

Read the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge. It's helpful for emotional and mental health issues, too.

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Fill your time and actions with focus on the positive.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Here's How Britons Can FEEL BETTER Fast!


22 Iyar, 5777

Breaking news!

A protester holds a placard during a march against private companies' involvement in the National Health Service (NHS) and social care services provision and against cuts to NHS funding in central London on March 4, 2017. People gathered to demonstrate at the rally publicised by the People's Assembly Against Austerity to demand a fully and publicly funded NHS and social care service, returned fully to public ownership and provision and to say no to cuts in NHS funding

Top doctor: GP service 'on brink of collapse'

The head of the British Medical Association's GP branch says the NHS has been paralysed by Brexit and calls for increased funding.

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Find out how to acquire 1st-quality, price-reduced medical appliances, medication and medical care.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Why ME, GOD?


21 Iyar, 5777

If you're experiencing physical, medical and/or mental/emotional setbacks, you've probably wondered silently or asked "Why ME, GOD?" or asked it out loud.

The question is a cry of intense pain.

The question is normal. 

If your clergy people insist that your question is not appropriate, they've overlooked the need to comfort you, to share the burden, to offer insights and comfort as much as reasonably possible.

Some people just don't get it.

You may accept or reject my effort to share some insight
into the question and your inner agony:

When GOD/The Universe wants us to change direction, things will happen that we can't expect or prevent. Our efforts seem to go unrewarded with the achievements we're pursuing.

That's the time to reassess what you're doing, and why.

Look for a pattern. When do roadblocks to your efforts tend to happen? What do the roadblocks tend to be?

What sort of pressure or life lesson are you resisting?

What have you got to lose by cooperating with the signals to make different efforts, to set different goals, to let go of old behavior patterns?

Can you assert your self control to at least experiment with new methods of thinking and behavior?

Think about that a bit.

I'll be back tomorrow. I hope to have some responses to my questions. You can send them to me via the response mechanism below or send them to

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And keep asking yourself the questions above.

I'm looking forward to a clearer, happier future with you.

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Fill your heart and mind with upbeat efforts and thoughts. You need them.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Inspiration in a Paint Bucket


13 Iyar, 5777

I haven't found out if severely arthritic Maud Lewis used paints from bucket or tubes, something else, or a combination of all that. But WOW she delivered inspiration to the rest of humanity stumbling through life.

A handicap is not something to limit your mind or spirit.

Maudie: Biopic of obscure painter becomes surprise hit

Maud Lewis's houseImage copyrightART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA
Image captionMaud Lewis's house, which she painted herself

In her lifetime, Canadian artist Maud Lewis sold her paintings door to door. Decades after her death, a movie about her life story is selling out theatres in her home province of Nova Scotia.
A compulsive painter whose local following grabbed the attention of the media well before the days of Instagram, Lewis spent most of her life in Digby County, Nova Scotia, in a tiny house that would serve as her studio, gallery, and even canvas.
Alan Deacon, a long-time collector who has now become the go-to expert on Lewis' work, remembers the first time he came to see her in her house a couple of years before she died. Lewis had painted almost every surface of the 12ft (3.7m) by 12ft house with pictures of flowers and leaves, from the walls to the shutters to even her pots and pans.
"It was an unbelievable experience to think that a place like this existed in our time," he told the BBC.

Painting of deer in winter by Maud Lewis.Image copyrightART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA.
Image captionDeer in Winter, circa 1950 by Maud Lewis. Oil on pulpboard. Collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Now, a movie about her life and the discovery of a long-lost painting in a thrift store have renewed interest in this eccentric but charming painter.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Why should Maud have had all the fun?

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Fill your mind with empowering ideas, then pursue them.

Monday, May 8, 2017

When Someone Belittles Your Efforts and Challenges...


12 Iyar, 5777

As someone who knows from the very cells of her being what it is like to face a world unaware of the subtleties of my efforts to cope with limited vision, plus other sequelae of the neurological damage from an emergency surgery to save my life, I appreciate your unhappiness at having your medical and/or mental health efforts trivialized by other people, too.

I know and fully appreciate the agony of hearing my realities, and yours, belittled by someone who claims to know instant solutions for any of them. And so, I share the following message with you.

OMIGAWD I sympathize with your anger, 
frustration and unhappiness!

Over the years I've noticed some alleged motivational speakers and writers who give me pause. They claim that everything is - or soon can be - FINE, despite the wide range of devastating problems for the people suffering through them. Worse, the motivational speaker/writer praises one person for talking about how they finessed their way through some personal hell of a specific challenge, claiming that "SEE? ALL PROBLEMS CAN BE OVERCOME!"
The oversimplification is a betrayal of people 
in desperate need of solutions, 
not feel-good talk. 

People facing life-altering problems need 
coping skills, 
social acceptance 
and inner strength 
to face their issues, not superficial comments..

NONE of them are discovered in a day, barring unforeseen miracles.

I highly doubt that this message will change/improve people who boast of oversimplified solutions for complicated problems. 

However, I'm hopeful that I can soothe people left feeling more wounded after reading or hearing unrealistic "Motivational" remarks.

Some days it's better to stay off the keyboard. Keep the video recorder in its case and let humanity seek realistic solutions to vexing problems... 

As for the rest of us, we can take a vacation from the monitor that someone uses to insult you or me... sigh...

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PS - I appreciate the readers who wondered why I had not posted updates last week. The answer is that I was mourning the loss of lives throughout Israel's history on Israel's Memorial Day, enjoying Israel's Independence Day celebrations, and sharing quality time with loved ones.

Now I'm back to my regularly scheduled programming :^ D

Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.

Fill your heart and mind with strength. Don't allow it to be stolen or belittled.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How to Research Health Care Prices


30 Nisan, 5777

Today the Jewish world celebrates the start of the month Iyar. The Hebrew letters of the word are an acronym for the phrase "I am GOD your Healer."

We humans can make our utmost efforts to cope and/or to heal, but success depends on having GOD's help with them. Pray, do nice things for yourself and others, and practice feeling calm. That can only improve your chances of success.

This Wall Street Journal article is a classic. It might help you in your coping plus healing efforts.

How to Research Health Care Prices

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It's packed with information about charitable organizations willing to help with your medical transportation, medical equipment and medical bills.

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Fill your time with productive action.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Info on Organizations WILLING to Pay Part or ALL of Your Specific Medical Bills!


24 Nisan, 5777

Whew, the Passover/Pesakh holiday is a lovely memory and I'm back at work, writing more articles. I actually edited a medical research paper and a Master's in Public Health thesis before the holiday began. Now I'm focused on mental health issues and medical content for various news site editors.

I watched the video about medical bankruptcy below and wanted to shout: "Would you believe that I know of a book which clues you in to organizations willing to pay some or all of your specific medical bills?"

Then buy cost-cutting
and calming

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Fill your time reading helpful material.