Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It's the '60's all over again -- with all sides digging in!

As busy as I am today, I feel compelled to blog something about diverse things. So, check me out on sagehippiephd.blogspot.com, and then let me know what you think.

Friday, August 27, 2010

I did some marketing of my practice today. I want to thank Modesto at the Hillside Cafe, and Maria at Lancer's for letting me put a display of my promotional materials in their Burbank restaurants. My family and I patronize these fine establishments regularly, and it's my pleasure and duty to partner with them to give back to our community by offering my services!
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Love of Community

During my relatively brief occupancy on this earth, I have heard anecdotes that, during hard times, we tend to band together. This certainly isn't the first economic downturn in my lifetime, but I think most baby-boomers agree that it is the most severe in our generation's memory. Not to be nauseatingly Pollyanna-ish here, but surely it will get better someday. And, hopefully, the lessons we take away from it are growing pains of the post-World War II generation.

We've been an individualistic generation--for good, but also to an extreme. Remember, among others, sayings like, "Do your own thing?" "Finding oneself" is healthy, but sometimes I think we (me included) became a little too selfish and short-sighted. Building a global community (not hard with today's technology) is vital to humanity's survival, AND individual emotional and spiritual health.

Personally, my church community has been a large "food group" in my psychological nourishment. It has restored my sense of civic responsibility, and, frankly, made me feel more accountable on a daily basis. My last post was about the ACAC, and a joint drive to give needy children in "the system" basic school supplies. Every week, we have calls for donations of food and clothing items, and it's amazing how, even when finances are tight for many of us, we can spare something to give to the local food bank. The list goes on of the outreach projects of our church members, and many of us have our individual endeavors to help our fellow humans. It honors me to be in this group of like-minded citizens.

Last night, the City of Burbank held a class in a local library, in which composting, conservation of water and other resources, and drought-tolerant lawn alternatives were discussed. As I contemplated how I might make my own premises "greener," I looked around at a room that was filled to capacity, and seeing so many people interested in these topics filled me with hope and pride for our city.

Then, there's my private "circle." As I get older, I really cherish my friends, neighbors, and family all the more. It's my loving duty and privilege to offer my time, advice, and any material resources to those I can, building links of love and support that benefit me as well. I'm so grateful to you all for sharing my life.

As we sing in church each week,

"From you I receive, to you I give.
Together we share, and from this we live."

As this Great Recession wanes into history, let's not forget what we've gained from it. We said we were the "love generation;" let's make our legacy prove it.
I wanted to let you all know about an outreach my church is conducting, and it will be ending on August 29. "Adopt a Child Abuse Caseworker" is an ongoing effort of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, and the church has been collecting basic school supplies for children unable to afford them. Can others out there help us in the final days of this drive? Contact the church through info@uustudiocity.org.

Friday, August 13, 2010

I want to promote an enterprise of a good friend of mine. Nea, a really dynamite person, heads up a social group called Senior Moments -- and it's ANYTHING BUT "rocking chairs and shuffle board" time with this lady's activities. Check these out:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Any tattooes on my midlife sisters?

I'm a regular reader of the online journal, "Boomers Plugged In," and today I loved the article below by Neal Dranoff ("Done and Done," shown below at the end of my post). Historically, tattoos have been seen as the domain of old, salty military vets, or on the other end of the spectrum, the newest generation of rebels.

What about the women of my age bracket? I'd love to hear from you (keeping your identities secret, of course, if you want me to), and might even turn this into an article of my own. What prompted you to do this? Care to share your design(s)? Any regrets about getting tattooed--or desires to "ink on?" C'mon -- tell, tell!

Done and Done

Monday, August 9, 2010

RIP Patricia Neal

We've just lost another strong woman legend of Hollywood. I personally was inspired by Ms. Neal's personal strength, that which saw her remarkably rally after the strokes that nearly killed her in 1965. On our black-and-white TV, we watched as she was given a thunderous standing ovation at the Academy Awards. Strokes, or CVA's (cerebral vascular accidents) were pretty much a death sentence--or at least, consigned one to permanent disability. Along with cancer, the risk of strokes has always been a dread of mine, unless I could prevail as Patricia Neal did.

I think back to the film classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Ms. Neal's understated performance was significant on many levels. In a day when women were largely assumed to be embodiments of the happy-housewife archetype, Ms. Neal played a courageous widowed mother, who served as a bridge between her world and that of Klaatu (Michael Rennie) to prevent worldwide annihilation. There was also, pre-Civil Rights Movement, suggestion of an implicit attraction between a lonely earth woman and an alien heart-throb--the ultimate interracial relationship. This film was produced in 1951, as the Cold War panic was escalating, and those we feared were not in space, but just across an ocean. To project our fear of nuclear war onto "space men" made it safe enough be Saturday matinee entertainment. And since we were 18 years from seeing the first moon landing, anything not firmly rooted to earth by gravity wasn't yet real.

So, my sincere tribute to this lady. May she be long remembered and serve as a role model for us all.

Monday, August 2, 2010

I am now an affiliate of LifeBio.com, and offer the use of memory books as part of my service to seniors and their loved ones. Documenting their treasured memories helps seniors with their cognitive skills, boosts their mood and self-esteem by showcasing their life accomplishments, and can help bring the generations together with old-fashioned sharing and storytelling. See my "Goods and Services" page on my website, www.midlifecrisesrecovery.com.