-Breakfast with Jim-
“I was an assistant at the Tate, an underling without parentage of much worth. She was a German who fitted in London society." He was talking of the 1920s.
“I fell in love with her long before she noticed me. I wrote her letters - which she didn't reply for some time - for seven years. Eventually I persuaded her that she loved me!" Jim paused and grinned, remembering the woman with whom he shared his life. They were married for over sixty years.
“I feel her presence sitting here in this room with me sometimes,” he whispered. And I thought I did, too.
He picked up a rough grey stone and it parted cleanly in his hands, showing a cavern of glittering crystal inside. “This,” he said, “may have been kicked open by a camel.” Leaving everything else to my imagination, he laid the open halves on the table.
We left the bedroom to sit on a sofa, now with strong sunshine on our backs. I saw a rainbow on the bookcase, cast by refraction through an octagonal glass beaker which scattered the sun's light towering towards the skies.
When I left the house I moved into a different world, one were people were battling against cold wind, pressing forward to their places of work. I turned and saw Jim at the window, waving goodbye. I felt refreshed and awakened; come what may, I knew that this day had been blessed.
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Shout out to my dear 80 year old Patty for keeping sustainable gift giving in mind for my birthday this year! I love that she reused a gift bag and tissue paper, and that she found the gift itself at a garage sale, giving a still perfectly useful item a second life as opposed to buying something brand new. Even if the bag had been empty, the thoughtfulness alone would have been gift enough. 💕
I don't get to work with her very often, but when I do see her, she always gives me a hug, she asks me what book I'm reading, she's genuinely interested in what I have to say about whatever topic has peaked my interest, she made sure that I was well off with miscellaneous household items when I moved out of my mom's house, she asks about my family, she has been supportive and helpful in my move towards veganism and other sustainable practices, and we have a shared appreciation for handwritten letters, arts and crafts, and upcycling.
She doesn't know it, but I suppose I'd consider her an honorary grandmother. Perhaps I should make a point to spend more time with the woman instead of just those once in a blue moon encounters in the work place. I don't have any living grandparents left, but my Grandma Mary is the only one I was ever close to. I've learned a thing or two about her since she passed, more than a decade ago, that makes me wish I would've been able to know her in my adult life.
Speaking of grandparents, my boyfriend and his mom flew to Mexico the other night to be with his dying grandmother. I met her once. There was the obvious language barrier, but photo albums were brought out and stories were told, with me laughing alone at the punchlines after they had been translated. Haha... Her mind was sharp and it was clear that old age didn't slow her down or keep her from doing exactly what she wanted to do when she wanted to do it.
Anyhow, what was meant to be a post about sustainable gift giving has turned into thoughts about the few elderly that are near to my heart, life and death, and how sometimes time and distance can keep you from spending time with and getting to know the people you wish you had the opportunity to be closer to.
You may have noticed that our elders tend to choke often, especially while eating. Or maybe you have a family member who struggles with choking. My mom had Parkinsons so choking was a MAJOR concern of ours and for longer than the last year of her life, she was limited to a feeding tube. It was heartbreaking for someone who loved food and sweets so much to no longer be able to enjoy them. It still makes me extremely sad to remember that period of time.
There are a few reasons why choking can be very common in the elderly. As people age, they produce less saliva making swallowing more and more difficult. Another reason could be having less teeth and not being able to break down the food sufficiently before attempting to swallow. But I recently learned about another choking hazard - the spine. As you get older, the lordosis of your spine can push your head forward. So when you are looking straight ahead, it's as if you are looking up. Just try swallowing while looking up! If you are eating with an elderly person who is having difficulty, you can encourage them to eat looking slightly down. This might be helpful. .
Αποδεικνύεται πως η κοινωνία της Πάρου, αυτενεργεί σε ζητήματα προώθησης της ανάγνωσης και μάλιστα με ιδέες εντελώς φρέσκιες.
Επιβεβαιώνεται, για μια ακόμη φορά, ότι τα βιβλία μπορούν να αποτελέσουν για όλους τους ανθρώπους, χωρίς καμιά εξαίρεση, ανεκτίμητη συντροφιά στις πιο δύσκολες φάσεις του βίου, ακόμη και όταν τα «διαβάζουμε» μέσω της ακρόασης και σε ένα κοινό ξεχασμένο από το χρόνο, τους Ηλικιωμένους.
Ένα μεγάλο ευχαριστω που είμαι μέρος αυτής της ιερής πράξης, και ενα Μεγάλο Μπράβο για την πρωτοβουλία της Δημοτικής Βιβλιοθήκης Πάρου, του κ. Γιώργου Μελανίτη που αγκάλιασε με αγάπη αυτή τη δράση, και φυσικά στην πολύτιμη συμβολή των Εθελοντών!! #love#reading#elderly#books#publiclibraryofparos#volunteers#sharing#giving#cyclades#paros#together#benefitsofreading#hope#actions
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Modi sarkar may have fallen short of expectations, but it’s changed our economic architecture.
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By Vivek Doval
Almost five years ago, we debated on what should be the most urgent economic priorities of the new government. The context of that time was a period of ‘policy paralysis’, corruption scandals, rising non-preforming assets (NPAs) at banks, high inflation and rising deficits for the fiscal, and trade balance.
There was high expectation and the biggest resets that the new government would carry out to kickstart the economy were thought to be: resolution of the NPA situation in banks so that credit flow and entrepreneurial risk-
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Know someone one suffering from Alzheimers? Run in your family?!
You CAN Prevent Alzhemiers?!
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There are 3 major causes of Alzheimers
1. Neurlogy of the brain itself; entaglement of the actual nerve synapses
2. Brain atrophy-shrinking of the brain cells
3. Plaque that builds & grows on the brain
A lot can be explained through inflammation & free radical damage; like heavy metals that can move into the brain through the blood brain barrier and genetic susceptiability to inflammation
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Heard of Type 3 diabetes?!
-about 80% of everyone that has alzhemiers also has insulin resistance & type 2 diabetes
-the body is producing insulin but the cells aren't allowing the sugar to be transported through the cell membrane and use
-insulin isn't used in the same exact way in the brain; it is needed to convert glucose to usable nutrients in the brain itself
This CAN BE turned around
Things that you can do as preventative measures in prevention of Alzheimers?!
1. Make sure you are including more whole foods in your diet
2.Keep your liquids to water and herbal tea
3. Eliminate dairy and processed foods
4. Get your 10k steps in a day
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New style? Working on these my final year project. 2 months+ more to my graduation & will be welcoming the start of my freelancing life. Oh nooooooooooooooo but am excited nevertheless. 🥳
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"The Cat in the Room" 24X18 Oil on Panel 2014. Here is a little flashback for you all. This is a painting about how my cat--who in real life is very large--had fleas and was sick. I was super worried, so I made this painting and he totally got better. (Sometimes when I make paintings about people...or cats...they come true. I have vowed to always use this type of magic for good and never evil). 🐈 meow!