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Thanksgiving fell so late this year; it feels like we are really on our way into the Christmas/Hannukah Season. Many of you have written about the sadness you are experiencing since this is the first year without your loved ones... some are anticipating that this will be the last season of holidays you may all share together. And some of you are just over-whelmed and exhausted and rightfully so.

Again, I refer you to the Thanksgiving thoughts at: Thoughts
and I offer you these thoughts to carry with you through the holiday season. Take time to breathe deeply and allow yourself some graceful peace and some moments to reconnect with your soul so that you can be clear and focused and more peaceful from within during this time of the year.

Most caregivers are so entrenched in their role as caregivers, they find it difficult to do anything so permitting added stress of cooking, gift shopping and cleaning and entertaining are things you should really think about. Sure, you love doing all of this; it's the holidays and you want some joy and you may think that this is the last time your loved one will be able to celebrate it, but sometimes "keeping it simple silly" is so much easier. It gives you time to reflect, regenerate and heal; it frees you up to offer quality time just sitting and breathing in a connected fashion on a deeper, soulful level with your loved one..even taking a walk outside, reconnecting with nature..Ignore the traditions and let your urges todecorate, plan and buy cease; create it differently this year with the same love and joy but on a smaller scale so your stress is minimalized.

In the quiet, you can become clearer and more focused on what is really truly important at this time in your life.. and in the midst of all the "busy-ness" you experience remain mindful and aware, so that you can enjoy the present of the present moment. These are the real gifts you can give to yourself and to others.. the gift of love and soulful connection.

I always seem to be drawn to the concept that this time of the year, the holidays in all religions are celebrated with lights… and we are all lights, so let us muster up the courage and strength to shine our light and love for ourselves and for others in our lives. Let love touch and warm you; open your heart to receive, just as much as you open it to give. Give yourself permission to replenish your well. You all are doing such incredible work and you deserve all this and so much more. Be the real you.. let your truth shine through; be the gift of light and of love.

Wishing you all a Peaceful, Holiday Season...
to you, your loved ones and friends..

May your journey be gentle and beautiful!
In Love & Light,
Gail
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UPDATES AT THE SITE

Our Healing Circle

For those of you who have listed loved ones in our healing circle at the site, our list keeps growing and growing. In order to keep the names in the circle current, one of our volunteers is developing a database so that when you list the name(s) of those you would like included, it will request your email address etc. Every 3-4 months an email will go out asking you to validate that you would like to have the name remain in the circle or that you would like it removed.

If, over the years, you have placed a name of a loved one and more than one name, we would appreciate your emailing us at healingcircle@care-givers.com. This will enable us to keep the circle current and when we no longer can contact the poster due to address changes, these names will be deleted after three months of their initial posting. Once the database is up it will be easier for us to maintain the circle and this information will remain posted at the circle. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Help Grow NOFEC This Holiday Season.

This past year the growth of NOFEC has relied heavily on our dedicated volunteers and the kindness of caregivers and others who have contributed so generously to our cause. We continue to make our services available free of charge because we believe that caregivers are our true heroes.

This season you can help support the continuation of both our sites and the development of our programs by donating just a dollar. If all of you who visit the site contributed a dollar, we would be able to do so much more. If you find our sites of value, please consider opening your hearts to give back just a small token of your appreciation. You may make a donation at Donate to NOFEC online or mail your gift to NOFEC, 425 West 23rd Street, Suite 9B, New York, New York 10011. Your contribution is tax deductible.

To discuss larger donations, please give us a call at 212. 807.1204. NOFEC, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, is supported by gifts and grants from individuals, foundations and corporations, memberships and in-kind donations.

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In Honor Of The Empowering Caregivers Community

I would also like to honor all those who have visited us from the following countries this past year. Over 150 countries are represented in our current statistics and it never ceases to amaze me, how the Internet has brought us all closer together, bonding individuals, who have never met in person; from countries some of us have never even heard of. The friendships are exponential and it is truly a gifted blessing that the world has become so small through the maze of the infinite Internet. I feel so blessed, honored and grateful that each of you is a part of our community.

Members represented in the Empowering Caregivers Community are from: Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Philippines, South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, The Government, Poland, The Military, Israel, France, New Zealand, Italy, Span, Germany, Mexico, Thailand, Taiwan, Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Croatia, Sweden, Cyprus, India, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Hungary, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Trinidad and Tobago, Switzerland, Argentina, Portugal, Romania, Norway, Indonesia, Iceland, Ireland, Mauritius, Czech Republic, Chile, Estonia, Costa Rica, Yugoslavia, Slovak Republic, Guatemala, Turkey, Russia, Zambia, South Korea, Canada, Lesotho, Nigeria, Cayman Islands, Kenya, Niue, Slovia, Pakistan, Tanzania, Former USSR, Egypt, Peru, Brunei Darussalam. Ecuador, Virgin Islands, Bolivia, Jordan, Bahamas, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Venezuela, Belarus, Malta, NATO, Moldavia, Botswana, China, Ukraine, Cyprus, Cuba, Lebanon, Panama, Nicaragua, Latvia, Algeria, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Belize, Cambodia, Gibraltar, Oman, Fiji, Aruba, Kazakhstar, St. Helena, Luxembourg, Nepal, Morrocco, Zimbabwe, Reunion, Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, Polynesia, Jamaica, Paraguay, Yemen, Mozambique, Faroe Islands, Micronesia, Armenia, Papua New Guinea, Bulgaria, Yemen, Bahrain, Tonga, Azerbaidjan, Rwanda, Ivory Coast (Cote D'Ivoire), Benin, Ghana, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Sri Lanka, Saint Lucia, Philippines, Guam, and Honduras.

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Empowering Caregivers Chats
Resume After January 1st

There are many wonderful changes taking place offline for us as well as online. In an effort to nuture the growth we are undergoing, we will resume our chats after the first of the year. If you would like to volunteer and assist us in hosting please fill in our application at: Chat Host. In the meantime, we are responding to postings at the message boards and this is also an excellent means of communicating with other caregivers for support. If you would like to assist us in moderating the boards, please fill out our application at: Moderator.

Mary C. Fridley
Questions & Answers
December 2003
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Or click on this link:
Featured Guest Experts
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Holiday Articles

NEW CAREGIVING ARTICLES AT THE SITE

Did You Forget To Say Goodbye? By Ridgely Goldsborough
A powrful reminder of how important it is to never leave your loved ones when angry.

Sharing The Holidays When A Loved One Is In A Nursing Home by ARA Content
If you have a family member or friend in a nursing home, you may be wondering what you can do to make sure they too feel the holiday spirit.

Trouble Sleeping? Insomnia Cures Are Here! Dave Turo-Shields
25 Million Americans Suffer From Insomnia - What Percentage Do You Believe Are Caregivers?

Controlling Our Anger Before It Controls Us by Dr. Ida Greene
The author discusses the stages of anger, why we get angry, and most of all the steps you can take to control your anger.

If you are interested in submitting an article(s) please go to: Submit. You will find a form for submitting your article, bio/profile, copyright permissions, etc. Please review our guidelines for acceptance, submit and we will notify you upon acceptance.

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In Memory
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CAREGIVERS CONCERNS

The Quality of Mercy

An elementary schoolteacher asked her students to describe in a sentence, “What is love?” The teacher received many humorous and touching answers, yet the one that moved her the most was: “Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”

This holiday season, if you want to create a miracle more magnificent than the one on 34th Street, keep inner peace at the top of your shopping list. During this time when many people have a tendency to get hurried, stressed, upset, and depressed, spiritual quietude will be the best gift you can give to yourself and everyone you touch. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. The main thing I know is kindness, which brings God to earth and fulfills our angelic nature.

When Fiorello LaGuardia was mayor of New York City, he created a unique reputation for his unorthodox playfulness and generosity and he was affectionately known as the “Little Flower.” LaGuardia walked beats with cops on the street, participated in speakeasy raids, rode on fire trucks, and sponsored orphanages to attend professional baseball games. During a newspaper strike, he went on the radio and read the Sunday comics for kids.

One cold night in 1935, LaGuardia made a surprise appearance in night court in a poor area of the city. He told the judge to go home and took over the bench himself. The first defendant brought before him was a shabbily dressed old woman accused of stealing a loaf of bread. When asked whether she was guilty or innocent, she explained that she took the bread to feed her grandchildren, who were starving.

The storeowner insisted on pressing charges and demanded that she be punished “to teach others a lesson.”

“I’ve no option but to punish you,” the mayor responded. “Ten dollars or ten days in jail.”

As LaGuardia pronounced the sentence, he reached for his hat and threw $10 into it. Then he passed the hat around the courtroom and fined every person there, including petty criminals, traffic violators, and police, 50 cents, for “living in a city where a grandmother has to steal food so her grandchildren can eat.”

When the hat returned to the bench, it was filled with $47.50. LaGuardia emptied the contents into the astonished woman’s hands, and everyone in the court gave the mayor a standing ovation.

A Course in Miracles asks us to remember, “By grace I live. By grace I am released. By grace I give. By grace I will release.” Receiving mercy when you expect punishment, and giving it where it seems not indicated, brings healing far beyond words.

Once, on our way home after a long trip, my partner and I had to delay our return home. We arrived at the airport a day after our scheduled flight and presented the agent with our tickets for the previous day. He studied them for a minute and told us, “This computer here says your tickets are not transferable. I’m required to charge you for a new ticket.”

“How much will that be?” I asked.

“An extra nine hundred dollars,” he answered.

Not attractive, I thought. He could see it on my face.

“But I’m not a very good reader,” he came back with an impish grin. “I don’t see why you should be penalized.” With that, he issued us new tickets and told us, “Have a nice flight.” Sitting on the airplane, tears welled up in my eyes. That man didn't have to be so kind. He could have quoted chapter and verse and enforced the extra payment penalty. But he didn't. Then I began to consider the situations in which I might give someone a similar gift by reducing my reading skills, or overlooking what the rules said in favor of mercy and forgiveness. Then I understood the Course in Miracles teaching, “I am under no laws but God’s,” indicating that the principle of grace runs far deeper and stronger than human rules of punishment.

As we consider what we will buy our friends for Christmas and Hanukah, what greater gift could we bestow upon them – and ourselves – than release? What’s the use of bringing physical presents if we withhold spiritual presence? Who cares how much you paid for a gift, or they paid for yours, if your heart is aching? Consider another child’s response to the teacher who asked for essays on love: “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.” Lord Chesterfield noted, “The truly adventurous would just jump over their neighbor’s fence.”

In a world hell-bent on getting even, we might create more good by getting odd. It is odd to let go, and strange to not demand punishment. It is unusual to see beauty where others find ugliness, innocence where others record sin. It is rare to laugh while others scorn, and dance when others hide. Yet sometimes it is the odd little flower in a city window box that reminds us that there is more to the world than concrete.

Copyrighted by Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen, M.A., is the author of 20 popular inspirational books and tapes, including the best-selling The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore and the award-winning A Deep Breath of Life. Alan's newest release "Why Your Life Sucks" can be purchased from his web site and most books stores. To request a free catalog of Alan's books, tapes, seminars, and life-transforming Mastery Training in Maui, phone 1 800 568-3079, email admin@alancohen.com, or write P.O. Box 835, Haiku, HI 96708. Alan's syndicated column, From the Heart, appears in new thought magazines internationally.

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IMPORTANT NEWS

Last Acts Partner Call:
Honoring Our Achievements, Charting Our Future Together

Registration is now open for Last Acts’ December 11 Partner call, “Last Acts Partners: Honoring our Achievements, Charting Our Future Together.” Last Acts National Program Director, Karen Kaplan, will host the call, which begins at 11:00 a.m. EST. Dr. Kaplan will discuss with Partners the merger of Last Acts and Partnership for Caring into Last Acts Partnership. Dr. Kaplan will be joined by Judith Peres, Last Acts Partnership’s Vice President for Policy and Advocacy and Mary M. Meyer, Last Act Partnership’s Vice President for Constituent and Consumer Affairs. Additionally, hear from two Last Acts Partners who have already joined Last Acts Partners as “founding” members and learn about your critical role in the future of end-of-life care in America and how you can strengthen your voice in this new organization.

To RSVP for the call, send a fax to 703-556-4445 or email: mhunter@sojourncommunications.com no later than 12:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 9, 2003 listing your name, organization, fax, email and phone number. To download a flyer and registration form, visit: Teleconference Info.

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Updated CMS Hospice Publication Available

The consumer informational booklet, “Medicare Hospice Benefit,” is now available in large print and regular type editions at the CMS Web site and by ordering from the CMS warehouse. Updated in July 2003, this booklet may be downloaded at no charge or ordered in bulk. To download, please visit www.medicare.gov/Publications and search for “hospice.” If you have questions about placing a publications order, contact the CMS warehouse at: mailpubs@cms.hhs.gov.

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New Handbook For Long-Distance Caregivers

Family Caregiver Alliance announces the release of its new publication, “Handbook for Long-Distance Caregivers,” a guide for families and friends caring for ill or elderly loved ones. The booklet serves as a roadmap for families new to the challenges of caring from afar for those affected by chronic or disabling health conditions. The Handbook is available in print by sending $5.00 to Family Caregiver Alliance, 600 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94104, or download for free at the FCA Web site, at: handbook:

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Washington Develops Caregiver Kits

Washington State's Department of Social and Health Services is making available free caregiver kits containing lists of available resources and tips for working caregivers. Kits can be obtained by calling 800/422-3263. More information about the program KITS:

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Committee on Ways and Means
Summary of Medicare Conference Agreement

It is vitally important for caregivers and carerecipients keep abreast of all the new legislation and how they can best benefit from it. It is very detailed so it will be necessary to find out what areas the recipient is no longer eligible in. This summary can be found by downloading it in pdf form at: Summary.

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December 10th – 6:30-7:3-PM EST
Telephone Support Group For Caregivers
With Dante Tipiani MSW
Department of Pain Medicine & Palliative Care

This support program is a free, confidential program, which addresses the concerns one has when living and caring for a loved one who is ill. The group generally consists of 6-10 individuals who come together to share their experiences and to learn tools for stress and relaxation management, education and communication. This is a funded program so the caregiver has no costs at all. For further Information please contact Dante Tipiani @ 212.844.1713 or by email: DTipiani@chpnet.org

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A Practical Guide For Home Caregivers

Based on years of experience of caring for individuals in their homes, Bill and his wife as written this free guide for family caregivers. The senior citizen demographics is a growing population all over the world of which many wish to remain at home when they need care. This guide will help both the families in need of finding a caregiver and also improve the quality of service given by the caregivers in a more organized and stress-free environment. Bill is offering his ebook guide for FREE to everyone. It is downloadable and Bill can email it to you in a zip format. William E. Blake Email: blakepublishing2000@yahoo.com ; www.blakepublishing.com

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New 50-State Medicaid Database

The Kaiser Family Foundation has introduced an online database, with information on Medicaid benefits in the 50 states, DC, and the U.S. territories. Information provided is comprehensive, with information about benefits covered by each state, for what populations the benefits are available, and the limitations, co-payments and payment rules that apply to the benefits. The database is searchable by Medicaid benefit as well as by state. Database

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Hands & Voices – Resource for Families

Hands & Voices is a parent driven, non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The organization is considered to be non-biased about communication methodologies and promotes the belief that families will make the best choices for their child if they have access to good information and support. Hands & Voices membership includes families who communicate manually and/or orally. From American Sign Language to cochlear implants, the organization represents people from all different approaches to and experiences with deafness or hearing loss. Hands & Voices has local chapters comprised mainly of parents along with professionals, and if you're interested in learning more about a Hands & Voices group in your area, just contact them via the following web site for more information: http://www.handsandvoices.org/

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Campaign For The Mind Of America

NAMI, the nonprofit organization for those concerned with severe mental illness, is rolling out a multi-year national campaign to increase access to mental health treatment by changing public priorities and policies at all levels of government. Reading materials, discussion groups, book reviews, local support groups, suggested actions to take and a referral service are all on the NAMI site. Some features require a full membership. Go to: NAMI

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

“Lean on Me: Support and Minority Outreach for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” is now available from AARP. The report addresses the unique issues that this group of caregivers face, including the financial, legal, health, housing, education, respite care, child-rearing discipline, rules, boundaries, family communication and relationships, special needs of grandchildren and social isolation. The report is available at: Grandparents

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Fact Sheets in Spanish
Family Caregiver Alliance

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) has published an excellent series of fact sheets in Spanish for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease or other chronic disorders. These easy-to-read fact sheets contain caregiving tips and strategies, as well as information on a range of topics, including specific health conditions, legal issues and end-of-life planning. 17 fact sheets are available free on the FCA website at http://www.caregiver.org

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Senate Committee Approves Hospice Coverage For Veterans

On 9/30, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee voted unanimously to approve a bill (S. 1156) to extend long-term care services for veterans and authorize related funds for several health care facilities. The bill expands benefits related to non-institutional extended care and services such as hospice for eligible veterans. The legislation also authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to award contracts to private health care facilities to provide nursing home or adult day health care to eligible veterans. To view a summary, the full text, and status information, enter the bill number: S. 1156 on the U.S. Congress’ Thomas Web site at: http://thomas.loc.gov.

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New Resource on Palliative Care
The National Alliance for Caregiving and Friends and Relatives of Institutionalized Aged

The National Alliance for Caregiving and New York City based Friends and Relatives of Institutionalized Aged have created a booklet to help family caregivers advocate for palliative care on behalf of relatives in long-term care settings. The 16-page publication, entitled “Palliative Care: Complete Care Everyone Deserves,” describes who can benefit from palliative care, provides advice on how to obtain such care, and includes a list of related resources. For more information go to www.caregiving.org/care.pdf

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Stroke Caregivers Handbook

I just finished skimming through a wonderful new resource available free on line from SAFE (Stroke Awareness for Everyone), a Stroke Caregivers Handbook, written by Joyce Dreslin based on the shared experiences of many caregivers in an Internet support group. The book has chapters on understanding the medical side of a stroke, what to expect in acute care and rehab, how to adjust to home, and how to select a nursing home. Written in a down-to-earth manner, the 40+ page book is filled with frank discussions of issues like depression, incontinence, seizures, and getting help from others, as well as care for the caregiver.You can download it at www.strokesafe.org

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New Educational Resource Helps With Advance Care Planning.

“Fidelity, Wisdom and Love: Patients & Proxies in Partnership” is a new, innovative and comprehensive resource that helps people institute effective advance care planning before a crisis occurs. It can be used by individuals, in workshops sponsored by secular or religious groups, and by agencies and institutions that serve the needs of seniors. The resource comes in two parts: a user-friendly workbook and an engaging 12-minute video. The workbook features a practical, step-by-step guide on how to appoint and how to be a proxy decision-maker, plus an interactive section that contains four scenarios, representing classic end-of-life disease trajectories from cancer to Alzheimer’s.

The video, featuring Kathleen Chalfant, star of “WIT,” and her husband, uses several of the workbook scenarios to show how one couple explore their own feelings and reactions about end-of-life care. This video is valuable and reassuring, particularly for people who may find the thought of such discussions difficult. If you would like to order copies of this resource, please call (860) 828-2976 or visit the Web site listed below. All proceeds will go to the Division of Medical Ethics of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. To learn more about this resource and to order copies, go to: http://isp-1.hartforddirect.com/fwl

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INFORMATIVE CAREGIVING ARTICLES & INSPIRATION

Quotes

Faith

Faith is a gift of spirit that allows the soul to remain attached to its own unfolding. When faith is soulful, it is always planted in the soil of wonder and questioning. It isn't a defensive and anxious holding on to certain objects of belief, because doubt, as its shadow, can be brought into a faith that is fully mature.

Thomas Moore, "Care of Soul"
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Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but itrequires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.

Oscar Wilde
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A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Excellence is the eternal quest. We achieve it by living up to our highest intellectual standards and our finest moral intuitions. In seeking excellence take life seriously--but never yourself!

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
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Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.

Pamela Vaull Starr
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-General Colin Powell

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

Charles Darwin
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Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Helen Keller
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Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.

Victor Hugo
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Depend not on another, but lean instead on thyself...True happiness is born of self-reliance.

The Laws Of Manu
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MESSAGE BOARDS & EMAIL BAG

This is just something I wrote, it may only make sense to me but I wanted to share it. Writing things down really seems to help me through these times.

About My Mom

For as long as I can remember it was your hands that healed me
Scratching my head
Touching my hair
Tickling my back so I could fall asleep
Your hands work better than medicine, better than any doctor
Your hands are magical, healing hands
When you wrap your arms around me
I
am a child again, safe in your arms
Your hands touch my face and I feel so loved, so cared for
What am I going to do without those hands
Without your touch
Without your love
To make everything ok
Even though I am caring for you now
Holding your hands heal me
They make everything ok
How will I heal without your magical hands
Without your touch
Without your love, that makes everything ok

Daria
Feel free to respond to Daria

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JOKES & HUMOR

A Businessman's Prayer

A businessman who needed millions of dollars to clinch an important deal went to church to pray for the money. By chance he knelt next to a man who was praying for $100 to pay an urgent debt. The businessman took out his wallet and pressed $100 into the other man's hand. Overjoyed, the man got up and left the church.

The businessman then closed his eyes and prayed, "And now, Lord, that I have your undivided attention..."

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The Rules of Chocolate

If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.

Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.

The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.

Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.

A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn't that handy?

If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can't eat all your chocolate, what's wrong with you?

If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.

If you eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet? Don't they actually counteract each other?

Money talks. Chocolate sings.

Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.

Q. Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous?
A. Because no one wants to quit.

If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated.

Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done.

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The Inheritance

A woman's husband dies. He had $20,000 to his name. After everything is done at the funeral home and cemetery, she tells her closest friend that there is no money left.

The friend says, "How can that be? You told me he had $20,000 a few days before he died. How could you be broke?"

The widow says, "Well, the funeral cost me $6,500. And of course, I had to make the obligatory donation for the church and the organist and all. That was $500 and I spent another $500 for the wake, food and drinks, you know. The rest went for the memorial stone."

The friend says, "$12,500 for the memorial stone? My God, how big is it?" The widow says, "Three carats."

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Choices ~ Healing ~ Love
December 1, 2003 VOLUME 5 ISSUE #3
Publisher & Editor: GAIL R. MITCHELL- Grm4Love

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