Before my amnesia, if someone were to ask me if there were any good things about amnesia, I would have said 'no, amnesia is a devistating thing', or something like that; however, living through amnesiac moments, changes things. For instance, I just watched, "It's a Wonderful Life" the (1946) Christmas movie, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bondi, Henry Travers, and a whole bunch of other great American actors, and it was like I was watching it for the very first time (although I had seen it before the head injury). After the TBI (that led to amnesia), I always put off watching movies, because I had felt that getting back to my life, and doing therapeutic things, were more important things to do, other than watching movies. Now, I have the time to watch movies, and "It's a Wonderful Life" was a great, inspirational, movie to watch. It accents the virtue of giving. Supernatural events occur in an, enchanted, American small town, making the main characters, more, enchanting. That's my, personal, take on the movie. My takeaway from watching it is this: there are villainous people, who do villainous things, but there are many more good people, doing good things, and the good things outweigh the evil, bad, things. Personally, I would rather focus on the good, the loving, and the wonderful things, in this world, because thinking about the bad things, and the villains, is waste of time. Life's too short for that nonsense, and nothing, bad, happens until it happens. Then, the adult thing to do is to 'deal with it'. Until then, it's up to me how I'll live this life, moment to moment. It's my life, and my choices. I could choose to sulk about the things I can not change, and dwell on the hateful things that this world presents to human beings, or I can choose not to. Subsequently, I will be working towards helping to create my own lovely little, enchanted, dimension of reality within my life. This sounds like a lot of work, for me, but I'm looking forward to beginning that adventure. It will be like training for a marathon, and it's doable. You can get the 1946 movie "It's a Wonderful Life" at Amazon, just select the movie image below, to be transferred to that department. Another old movie about an enchanted life, that I enjoyed watching, is called "The Enchanted Cottage".
Don't turn to stone, due to social anxiety, lighten up on the seriousness, or at least try something new.
Socializing with these, beautiful, people (today) was difficult, but theraputic.
I couldn't get into this photo, or stay long at the party, and they were having a, terrific, party; however, I did manage to get a photo of me, in this post (next picture). I can't take any photo of me too seriously, anymore, now that I'm 58. Hugh Laurie's character, Gregory House, MD, is holding a photo of me (taken 2-21-16).
My Dad joked alot, and I miss him. This is a caricature of my Dad.I used a, free, online photo editor >http://pho.to/
Having health concerns, or problems, can be a depressing thing, especially if you have to spend long periods of time alone, or in bed. Depression is treatable, and you can talk to your doctor about it. Group therapy is a great way to remind you that you are not alone in your misery - plenty of people are wrestling with depression. Some depressions are chemical, i.e. major depression and clinical depression, but there's also justifiable depression, and seasonal depression; whereby some things, and situations, are justifiably sad. When I try to ignore the sadness, it surfaces at night, and I cry in my sleep. It's a problem, in more ways than one, because my pillow gets drenched, and I either end up with a cold in my neck muscles (stiff neck), or an ear ache from tears in my ears. I have used traditional medicine, and therapy, as well as alternative medicine, and therapy, so I know that there are things that actually work to treat depression. In the 90's, I visited a Chinese market, here in Sacramento, where Dr. He had an office set up inside the store, to counsel people, as well as prescribe and administer herbs, and other apothecary dietary supplements. Dr. He gave me some great advice, he said "Don't worry- be funny. You be funny - you be happy, you be healthy, you be younger, and live longer." He then told me to go to the library and read about humor, and funny things. Thank you, Dr. He, for your advice. Here are some helpful links that I have visited, and some books I've read on "Humor": https://www.youtube.com/watchv=9WzVMZunzaM, http://www.thinctanc.co.uk/words/comedy.htm, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_Jtcb_QZvY, AND http://tinyurl.com/port6r7
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What happened? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/12/rush-limbaugh-robin-williams_n_5673626.html, and http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/08/robin_williams_death_suicide_genie_youre_free.html#incart_related_stories So much controversy! Robin Williams helped a lot of people, brought laughter, and understanding, to a sad world. There are plenty of good things to say about this man. http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/08/16/robin-williams-memorial-service-private-family-goodbye-funeral/ I've been learning more about what he struggled with, and I realize that there are so many others, like him, that suffer in the same way Robin did, silently. Last night I listened to an interesting radio show, called "Coast To Coast" http://www.coasttocoastam.com/, broadcasted by the radio station KFBK, 1530 AM, from 10pm - 2am Pacific Time. Dr. John Gray, Ph.D. was the guest, and he has a brilliant insight on natural remedies, for many diseases, that seem to be plaguing a large number of people. Among the topics discussed, they remembered Robin Williams, and the health issues he struggled with, daily. ( R.I.P. Robin Williams, you are missed.) Here is a sample of what Dr. John Gray, Ph.D. said, and wrote, "... By reducing the oxidative stress that was causing my Parkinson’s disease, I inadvertently ended my ADHD. It was a surprise discovery...." From "STAYING FOCUSED IN A HYPER WORLD" (BOOK 1), by Dr. John Gray, Ph.D.. and he's giving this ebook awayhttp://www.marsvenus.com/. To learn more about what was discussed go http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2014/08/16
Thinking happy thoughts, and talking happy talk, may transform my mind - and my life. It's worth a try.
Nice people, and good movies help me cope with an, otherwise, bad day. I seek out positive, caring, and lovely people who look for the good, and use words to help. Sometimes, a kind word is all it takes to turn a bad day around. There is a song in the movie, "South Pacific", called "Happy Talk", which is an uplifting song, and the movie is available - at Amazon. >
Everyone has such a busy schedule, but throwing a party to celebrate a National Holiday is one way that I can get together with my friends, and family.
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Tonight my daughter, and I, went to a Christmas get-together, and there was great food there, and interesting people. I haven't met many new people, face-to-face, since 2001. The residual effects of a, traumatic, brain injury haunt me - to this day. While I was trying to explain how I am a blogger, on the internet, and am responsible for any I.T. problems, what I was thinking and what I actually said, were 2 different things. What I said was, "I am the E.T. go-to person, and whenever there is a technical problem, I have to fix the technical problems myself." (This explains why I am not a day-by-day blogger, if anyone has been wondering.) Then, after that flying faux pas came out of my mouth, I stuttered and said, " I-I-I, I mean - I'm the E.T. person". After that, I kinda just cast my eyes down, and slowly said, "I mean - I.- T. per-son." We left shortly after that, and now, I'm thinking that I have a longer way to go - than I had, previously, thought.
Growing up, in Phoenix, Arizona, I spent, most of the Holidays, with my Mother's, and my Father's, family. My Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins, all came over, to my parent's house, because they had the most kids. There were times that the Holiday parties were elsewhere, but the holiday celebrations that I remember well, were those parties at home. It took a great deal of work, but it was worth it. I was the one who captured the most, on film, when I was younger, and I'm going to get photos, and films, of the past, transferred to disks, but that will be something that will have to wait, at least until next year. I moved away, in 1986, and now, Holiday celebrations are small, my children, and I, have to work around tight schedules, whenever we plan to all get together, but I still take alot of photos, and videos. The problem that I face, is that I have to learn how to transfer, those captured moments, onto the computer, myself, and my computer is old, and the programs are out-of-date. There are free, online, sites to help with editing, and scrapbooking, but that is secondary to the day-to-day chores of everyday life, and sometimes the cable/internet just doesn't get paid. When it comes to desktop publishing, online, my budget, is $0, and money is hard to come by. Any money that I get, goes to rent, utilities, food, and whatever the home, and family needs. All of my online endeavors, are entrepreneurial, but I am told that my persistence will pay off, someday
All of the things that I have done, online, I have learned by doing by myself, for free, and with an old computer. I may not see any kind of a profit, for awhile, and there may be some awkward moments, that will be online for all to see, but I'm learning at my own pace. For more information on free online learning, visit >http://opensource.com/, http://www.gcflearnfree.org/, https://tinyurl.com/yauc6cc5 and http://oedb.org/open/