All Risk, No Reward: A Vietnam Soldier’s Burden / The Good Tomorrows

Just taking risks for risk’s sake, that doesn’t do it for me. I’m willing to take risks that I think are worth it, and I’ve worked so hard to make sure that I survive.

Chris Hadfield

War is an incredible risk for countries, their populations and the world and the men and women who fight them. If it is all risk and no reward, as some people are making out the Vietnam war to be, the no reward falls squarely on the shoulders of vocal people “back home.” When you “go home” the welcome has to be a recognition of the risk and the rewards. Vietnam had no “going home.”

The Early Adventures of Mama Bear / The Bad Group Question

Mama bear and baby bear

The original mama bear.   – Mama Bear

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.

   – Tenneva Jordan

Our daughter is now 27.  Only over recent years she has begun to refer to me as “Mama Bear.” I take this as quite the compliment. Unlike a “Helicopter Mom” who unnecessarily hovers over her child, a Mama Bear is a fierce protector. Liane calling me this now is more a mature recognition of how I was a strong advocate for her early on, when she first struggled with Bipolar Disorder, and even now, at times – but only when my help is requested.

12 Tips on How To Pack for Your Downsizing Move … and Maintain Your Sanity. / The Good Way To Pack

Empty storage containers

Watch for a storage container sale!

“When in doubt, throw out!”

– My Mom

We had been living in our nine-room house for 16 years, when we were faced with downsizing to a two-bedroom apartment. Initially, we just had three questions about packing. They were:

  • 1. Where the heck do we begin?
  • 2. Will this ever get done?
  • 3. How are we ever going to sort through all this stuff?

Aside from that, everything seemed quite under control.

It is difficult to say exactly how long packing actually took us; until the last two weeks, packing was more sporadic and included lots of sorting. But here are some tips that we discovered along the way.

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Downsizing? 9 Easy Steps To Get You Moving! – The good journey

Polar bear mom and cub with paper list

Starting that long journey and a list to help

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

   – Lao Tzu
Downsizing? 9 Easy Steps To Get You Moving! – The good journey.

Some people choose to downsize because they want to have a simpler or less stressful lifestyle. Others need to downsize because they have no choice but to cut back on expenses. Whether you are downsizing out of choice or necessity, it is a tricky and emotional ride.

The key to downsizing is to take it one step at a time. Make your immediate tasks small so that they can be completed and you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Be precise in your tasks, such as, “write a list of possible new locations.”

Skippy: The Dog We Hate To Love / The Furry

A schnauzer suspect picture

Skippy sort of looks like this guy

The dogs with the loudest bark are the ones that are most afraid.

– Norman Reedus

 

Bob and I are learning that part of apartment living is getting to know your neighbors … well sort of. We have been here for several months and know some people by sight, and have learned a name or two along the way. But we have met several dogs.

One of them is Skippy.

Downsizing: Not Just for celebrities anymore. / The Good Move

Winter patio and grounds view from apartment

Patio view from apartment

“Anything that costs you more hours of effort or worry that it brings you hours of enjoyment is a candidate for downsizing.”

– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

Many years ago, I was watching Barbra Streisand on TV. She was talking about selling personal items, as well as her exquisite home, all in the name of downsizing to simplify and clear her life.

But now, downsizing isn’t just for celebrities any more. Hey … we did it! Well, actually we had no choice.

Many things in our lives had changed since Bob was forced into early retirement. It sure would have been helpful to have some warning, so we could have made more fitting financial decisions. But when you expect to work until age 70, and are unexpectedly forced to retire at age 58, financial plans are sure to go awry. Had we had some warning, we would have made different financial decisions all along, but this was not the case.

Unbelievable! Why He Didn’t Diagnose Our Daughter With Bipolar Disorder / The Bad Therapist

st john's wort flowers

St. John’s Wort; not for everyone.

” ‘Cause there’s no use running
When you’re on the wrong road.”

– Don Williams

 

In my recent post, “Thank You Carrie Fisher and Maurice Benard,” I talked about the day our daughter was diagnosed as having Bipolar Disorder. I had found this diagnosis so difficult to accept, in part because she had already been seeing a therapist for two years, and the only diagnosis was anxiety.

This therapist had been highly recommended to me by counselors at Liane’s Middle School. However, true to this therapist’s arrogant nature, he began to talk to my daughter about herbal treatment, without consulting me. At the time Liane was 12. He convinced her that a natural remedy would help her feel better. So of course she wanted to try it.

Thank You, Carrie Fisher and Maurice Benard for Speaking Out on Bipolar Disorder/ The Good Work

question internet answers, always

Are internet answers always valid?

“Bipolar disorder, it’s a challenge. But it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.”

 – Carrie Fisher

 

During the late spring of 1977, my boyfriend and I joined countless others in going to see “Star Wars.” I was mostly entertained by the whimsical nature of the film, especially the famous bar scene. And I did enjoyed seeing Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, a beautiful and fearless heroine — a rarity for box office fare, back then.

Positive Thinking: Not Just for Rocky Anymore / The Good Thoughts

rocky the stuffed white tiger

A positive thinking winner!

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”

  – Henry Ford

 

This is Rocky. He has a survival story of his own to tell.

When our daughter Liane was 9 years old, our family took a trip to Cape Cod. It quickly became one of our favorite vacation spots. Rainy days there was even a game arcade that kept us all entertained, and dry. On one such visit, Liane won a stuffed white tiger from one of those infuriating machines that takes all your change before it throws a paltry stuffed animal your way. Of course, the tiger came home with us and spent several uneventful years in Liane’s room.

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