Heather Plett – When my Mom was dying, my siblings and I gathered to be with her in her final days. None of us knew anything about supporting someone in her transition out of this life into the next, but we were pretty sure we wanted to keep her at home, so we did.
While we supported Mom, we were, in turn, supported by a gifted palliative care nurse, Ann, who came every few days to care for Mom and to talk to us about what we could expect in the coming days. She taught us how to inject Mom with morphine when she became restless, she offered to do the difficult tasks (like giving Mom a bath), and she gave us only as much information as we needed about what to do with Mom’s body after her spirit had passed.
“Take your time,” she said. “You don’t need to call the funeral home until you’re ready. Gather the people who will want to say their final farewells. Sit with your mom as long as you need to. When you’re ready, call and they will come to pick her up.” Continue reading “What It Means to “Hold Space” for People”
Humans Are Free – As far as massive multi-national food corporations go, few are more controversial than Nestlé, whose CEO Peter Brabek-Letmathe’s stances on water privatization have become infamous in the social media age.
The company specializes in a wide range of different food and drink products, but natural and organic has never been their true focus — until now, that is, as the company has agreed to purchase one of the biggest and most influential vitamin lines among holistic health conscious consumers.
What makes the pairing even more odd is the difference in styles between the two companies, with one continuing to place its products in big box stores and the other generally found only in a select few health food stores. Continue reading “Top Organic Vitamin Company Bought Out By Nestle Foods Corporation for a Cool $2.3 Billion”
James Gilliland – Where to begin? First know your history. There are many on the left, mostly democrats, who want socialism. This is in complete ignorance of the 61 failed attempts by other countries. If you want a current example see Venezuela.
There was one attempt where a man went after the rich, promised wealth, abundance, free health care etc. to the masses saying he was the people’s choice. His party was the National Socialist Party. He along with other socialist dictators disarmed the people, took the wealth at gunpoint, nationalized industry of which war became the main industry.
His name was Hitler. He killed over 150,000 German citizens along with the 6 million Jews.
Chairman Mao disarmed the people then killed 40 to 70 million with his Single Party Socialism. Then there was Stalin, 20 million killed. Yes. Socialist party.
North Korea 1.6 million, Independent Socialist State. Tito 1.6 million, Yugoslavia, Socialist Federation. The list goes on and on. Even the countries people use as examples of socialism that works have converted to more of a capitalistic state due to serious flaws in the system and economic failures. Continue reading “Bringing sanity to an insane world”
Gary Gindler – The U.S. federal government (more precisely, only one quarter of the government) was shut down for 36 days. Opinions of this shutdown, as expected, vary. In the left camp, a victory is celebrated, and in the right camp, the range of assessments extends from bitterness of defeat (the majority) to cautious optimism like “well, we will see who wins” (a minority).
However, an idea that does not occur to anyone to consider is one of Trump’s victory, no matter how unusual it sounds.
Why is this view not considered? Probably because it is based on the emotional background of the conflict – that is, the personal confrontation between Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi, who is reveling in her newly acquired power. However, let’s ask ourselves: would Trump’s position change if, instead of Pelosi, there was someone else? Hardly anyone could argue that it was Pelosi who determined Trump’s political moves. Continue reading “On the Shutdown, Trump Played the Odds”
Zen Gardner – What strange times. We’re in a tight place right now, but it is what it is. The information field is so toxic with triggered egos, paid and unpaid trolls, agencies and AI, it’s nasty to have anything to do with. But we still have to use whatever means of communication we have as long as we can.
As far as understanding the “why”, as I currently see it, much of what we witness is simply Individuals working out their own stuff in the grand scheme of things. It’s essentially nothing to get too worked up about. No matter which end of the digital pitchfork we find ourselves in this mob mentality dominating the cybersphere. A very sad current state, but it will pass.
When the realization that everyone is simply working out their own path fully hits, the weapons will be dropped in dumbfounded amazement. However, much of what unreconciled souls say and do boils over onto others which is where push comes to shove, hence the information battle today and the source of the conflicts we witness. How we respond and what perspective and wavelength we adopt needs careful monitoring. Continue reading “A Quantum Tide Lifts All Boats”