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  • dedicatedmommy7710 2:59 pm on February 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    If Wishes Were Horses 

    Today’s prompt: Today is your lucky day. You get three wishes, granted to you by The Daily Post. What are your three wishes and why?

     

    We’d all take a ride.  My grandmother used to say this all the time growing up, and I think she may have had the saying a little off, but it was her saying.  I always took it to mean we’d have an awful lot of horses running around would make for quite a mess.  But also that we all have wishes, we all have things we desire but that doesn’t mean that is what you should have.

    With that said…Enjoy

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 2:43 pm on February 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    That Bitch!!! 

    We’ve all said it.  Wishing that some magical force will come and right some wrong we feel has been done.

    Karma's a bitch!

    This just in: let’s pretend that science has proven that karma is a thing. Your words and actions will influence what happens to you in the future. How (if at all) will you change your ways?

    I think for me, I would try and live how I feel inside.  Everyday life for me is pretty quiet and mundane.  I am pleasant and nice, but I have a lot more kindness in my heart and mind than I put out into the world.  If karma was a real force, wishing it upon someone else would have a negative effect on you as well.

    Do not wish ill on even your enemies, it puts negativity into your own life that you do not need or want.

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 2:04 pm on February 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    I Am A Survivor 

    Please take a moment to read a wonderful story of survival, strength and determination in the face of uncertainty and despair. Share when you’re done, throw this out into the digital world and maybe someone who really needs it will see it and will be the final straw, that last piece they may need to make a change. It may save a life.

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 12:54 pm on February 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    World Cancer Day: My Cancer Story 

    A beautiful story of the anguish and torment, the guilt and resentment, but also of the strength that comes from being a cancer survivor.

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    This latest post comes from Brandie Ashe, a friend and colleague from college. Brandie is co-founder and editor of the classic film blog True Classics. You can find out more about her on our contributors page.

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    I was thirty-three years old when I found out I had cancer.

    I am one of the lucky ones. My cancer was detected early. It took one surgery to completely eradicate the disease. I had a painful four-week recovery, and then I was fine. No chemotherapy. No radiation. No further treatment. It was a “get out of cancer free” card that I never expected to receive, one that, in fact, made me feel remorseful and almost ashamed when I saw other people suffering through longer fights than the one I was faced with, and left me weeping with guilt when others lost their battle in the brief time it took me…

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  • dedicatedmommy7710 3:58 pm on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    World Cancer Day 

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    “You’re test results are back, and it is Cancer.”

    My breath froze, my heart stopped, my stomach sank.  Then the second wave of bad news.  Not only did I have this cancer growing, it was the worst of its kind, the most invasive.

     I was 20 years old and had Melanoma.

    I was reassured that they had caught it early, that it was very shallow and easily treatable.  The biopsy that was subsequently found to be cancer was done on a small mole on my upper back that had disappeared in the middle.  This biopsy is all they had to go on and to while they assumed it was “shallow” as I had been told numerous times I was scheduled for surgery fairly quickly and told then that they were going to be performing the excision a large area around that initial site “just to be sure”.  Fine by me, take what you need!

    I worry though, all the time. I’m fair-skinned, or used to be, now more and more moles take up residence.  I’ve slacked on yearly checkups and I live in Florida now.  Cautious as I am I worry. There is and has been so much cancer in my family my own diagnosis shouldn’t have come as much of a shock.

    Most recently I lost my father after his battle with Bladder Cancer having previously fought and survived testicular cancer.  Breast and brain cancers on my paternal side, my mother had cervical cancer, my uncle bone marrow.

    I know many of you if not all of you have or know someone who has been affected by cancer, and my heart goes out to all of you as well.  Take a moment to check out http://www.worldcancerday.org and follow their links to help spread the word about how we all can help in the fight to find a cure, to find alternative methods of treatment, to fund genetic testing for early detection, to fund education to get out the importance of self checking and follow-up.

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    • andy1076 4:29 pm on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      so sorry about your father, I lost my grandmother and my fiancé years ago and still feel the loss today..

  • dedicatedmommy7710 1:54 pm on January 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Feel Good Friday 

    I do a lot of soul searching doing what I can on a regular basis to improve myself, realign misguided thoughts and actions and be a better human.  In a world where “news” is editorial and fear based its nice to see some positive stuff once in a while.  I’m going to start showing off some of the good in the world. So here goes the first entry 🙂

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    Doctor Walks 6 Miles Through Snow Storm To Perform Emergency Brain Surgery

    On Tuesday morning, a brain surgeon in Birmingham, Ala., walked six miles through a severe snow storm to save a patient’s life.

    Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw, Trinity Medical Center’s only neurosurgeon, had just finished surgery at a neighboring hospital when Steve Davis, the charge nurse at Trinity’s neuro intensive care unit, called him with an emergency, AL.com reported. Hrynkiw attempted to drive to the hospital, but roadblocks prevented him from getting far.

    Davis told The Huffington Post that both local authorities and Trinity tried to provide transportation for Hrynkiw, but to no avail.

    “I called him again and he said, ‘I’m not getting anywhere, I’m walking,'” Davis told HuffPost.

    He estimates that it took Hrynkiw about five hours to get to Trinity. At around 12:30 p.m., the surgeon called again. “I’m walking in the door,” Hrynkiw said. “Where’s the patient?”

    Davis told HuffPost that the patient had already been prepped for surgery. Hyrnkiw walked in, spoke to the patient’s family and “off to the OR we went,” according to Davis. As of Thursday morning, the patient was stable, he said.

    “Without the surgery, the patient would have most likely died,” Davis told AL.com.

    The charge nurse, who’s worked at Trinity for 10 years, told HuffPost he’s never seen anything like this — but Hyrnkiw’s actions didn’t surprise him.

    “He’s on call about 330 days a year,” Davis said. “He’s dedicated. Right before we started the surgery, I told him, ‘You’re a good man.'”

    Hyrnkiw’s response: “I’m just doing my job.”

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    School gets credit for seeing kids’ positives

    The florescent lights hummed in the Franklin Elementary School’s auditorium in Appleton as clusters of parents found seats on the fringes until the sounds of shuffled feet, children’s voices and teacher’s instructions filtered in the door and filled the room with excited sound.

    I scanned the small faces that were finding their places, whispering to their neighbors, until I found the face that was seeking mine among the crowd. As our eyes met, my son tried to look casual, as if being honored by the staff in front of his friends and peers wasn’t a big deal, but after a moment, he couldn’t hide it and a wide smile broke free.

    Just then, the principal, Dr. Carrie Willer, captured the crowd’s attention using a hand-clapped call-and-response with the students. My son turned his head forward and away from me, and the Fox Salute assembly began.

    I had been surprised the night before by my second-grader’s request that I come to the small daytime assembly held each month on the designated late start day. More surprised still, as he dressed carefully that morning, wearing an air of reverence highly unusual for what was an otherwise typical Wednesday, I could tell that this day held importance to him.

    I had come into the school that morning feeling like a proud mama — coffee in hand, ready to smile and nod, before politely glancing at my watch to make sure I would still make it to my work meeting. But as I stood to go, I was once more surprised to leave feeling like a proud community member.

    I felt hopeful for Appleton’s future, not only because of the great students who surrounded me, but also because of the effort of the staff to honor and teach our children more wholly.

    The children that day weren’t being honored for scholastic achievements or feats of sport aptitude, as is the public-school-aged norm, but for displaying to their teachers and peers characteristics of compassion.

    Compassion — what a wonderful thing for teachers to recognize and to teach children to value. What traits the Fox Salute assembly honored vary — such as being responsible, respectful or a good friend — but what doesn’t vary is that the staff and students rally around one another to shine the focus on classmates who exemplify what it takes to make these children not just good students, but good people.

    I watched the small stage fill with children who varied in age, sociological class and race. I watched, as they stood united, clutching their certificates, smiling their gap-toothed smiles, while pride bounced off every face as their peers whooped and whistled congratulations.

    I put my camera down after taking a few quick mom shots and soaked in the possibilities of these children’s lives if they’re continued to be celebrated in our community for being more than a math score or reading level, a MAP test percentage or an attendance rating, and told by respected adults that their worth wasn’t decided by friends on the playground or by images found in the media.

    If, in addition to learning basic phonics and skills, they’re taught early and in our schools to be looking for and encouraging in one another the positive attributes they all possess.

    I hugged my son that afternoon after school and whispered in his ear how proud I was of not just him, but of all his school that day. He whispered back simply, “Me too.”

    I asked him what it was that had felt so special and important about the assembly and his 7-year-old answer echoed my own: “Because I felt that my teacher really saw something in me, you know? Not just how good I do at stuff, but for who I am.”

    A sincere thank you to the teachers, staff and students at Franklin Elementary and the Appleton Area School District for making an effort and space to celebrate children for more than just their genetic aptitude to classic learning, and for taking the time to really see them as individuals, teaching them through example what it means to be well-rounded people.

    I believe the salute given should be yours.

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 1:54 pm on January 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Jumping the gaps 

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    We’re asked today to think about and explore the generations around us. What we understand least and what we can learn from them.

    Looking backward for a moment.  I always think there is a lot to be learned from people who have lived through everything they have already lived through.  Our society has changed so much in such a short amount of time it’s really incredible.  And if you have the opportunity to sit down and learn from someone who might have some perspective to share with you, DO IT.  Flip side of that coin.  Go sit down with a 10-year-old and find out what is going on right now.  We may be here too, living our lives, but we are bringing with it a foundation based on information and social values and norms of something that has already been upgraded, tweaked, and otherwise modified 15 times over.  That 10-year-old has had access to things we never did, they see things in a whole new light just as someone 20 years your elder sees things shaded with the colors of their foundations.

    I don’t presume to know much about much and any opportunity to add to my library regardless of the source is a welcomed one.

     

     
    • andy1076 2:06 pm on January 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Things have changed so much, it’s like the new generation took a giant leap and we are looking at them from miles back doesn’t it? :S

      • dedicatedmommy7710 2:08 pm on January 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        It’s amazing, from music and movies, technology and social norms. I suppose the same could be said for our generation, but it’s interesting to watch for sure.

    • andy1076 3:17 pm on January 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      btw sorry about the follow unfollow, dang app is a pain

  • dedicatedmommy7710 1:37 pm on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Is it false to be nice? 

    Our prompt today asks us to describe a time when we were nice.  Again I find myself at odds with the task at hand between the writers and the visual creatives who are to show kindness.

    On the surface these things may seem the same, and maybe it is simply me that is adding extra connotation to the word.

    To me being nice is a surface level thing you do in social situations.  It is nice to compliment a host on various aspects of the gathering, it is polite.  It may be disingenuous.  The mask of the niceties that are expected of us.

    To me kindness is something that is sincere, it comes from a place of honesty and integrity.  It does not expect anything in return, it is selfless.

    I have been nice my whole life and do not feel any particular satisfaction from it.  There are fewer times when looking back at my short existence when anything I have done could be considered the selfless kindness I talk about here.  I took in a stray cat once, she was oh so tiny, hungry and cold, left to die because she had a severe bladder infection and a heart murmur.  Her short time with me she found love and comfort again.  So I guess I’ll use that as an example.

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    • andy1076 1:40 pm on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That’s so very true, we do nice not for recognition but for others and ourselves right? wonderfully said 🙂

    • Claudia H. Blanton 1:47 pm on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      you described basically the reason why I did not write about myself, but an Haiku on the subject. Boasting would have left a bad aftertaste – have a great day!

    • spreadincrazysmiles 7:21 pm on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I like your perspective here. I can relate to your point of view and I agree with it. Good job 🙂

  • dedicatedmommy7710 2:58 pm on January 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Mirrors…Judgey McJudgertons 

    Does the person I see in the mirror reflect who I am on the inside?  Simply put..No.  In the mirror I see a sack of meat, bones and flesh and features I really had nothing to do with.  I may choose what I do with my hair (to some degree), how much or little make up I decide to throw on the face portion, things of that nature.  But really this reflection is a body that the genetic dice rolled for me.  

    On the inside though, that’s where the magic is.  That is where every decision I have ever made has brought me to where I am today and where I will be in the future.  The physical health and all it’s pretty side effects are less important in my opinion to the direct correlation of mental health.  So I look in the mirror and I know that I have made so many changes and improvements to my mental health over the last few years, and at a time when that was so much more important than my looks.  I was lucky that my health was overall good enough to support me while I made those mental strides.  Now, now is my time to complete the course. Work on my physical health, to give my brain the support it needs.

    To answer the second bit…I don’t give much stock to someones appearance because I have no idea what their story is.

     
    • andy1076 3:02 pm on January 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That’s quite the answer, I am finding these daily prompt questions trickier by the day lol But, indeed it is how we feel inside and what we see that truly matters most doesn’t it?

    • dedicatedmommy7710 3:07 pm on January 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Whether intentional or not these prompts have definitely steered me toward a very introspective response frequently!

      I think it is vitally important to focus on what you think and feel on the inside…but sometimes, for some people it is so incredibly hard to be honest with themselves which is an important basis for that inner development. Almost easier to say well, at least I look good and wear “fashionable” clothes so I don’t have to work on that scary inside stuff.

  • dedicatedmommy7710 7:04 pm on January 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    18 Things Everyone Should Start Making Time For Again 

    This is the “power cycle” (tech term for a cycle of shut down and reboot to clear out and blips in the system) we need to do for ourselves once in a while.

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    1. Writing things by hand. Letters to friends, lists for the store, goals for the week, notes for lovers, thank you cards and memos to coworkers. Digital communication is easy and convenient but ask anybody: there’s a huge difference between texting someone to say that you love them and hope they have a great day and writing it on a note and leaving it next to their bed.

    2. Savoring time to do nothing. Taking a cue from pre-industrialized society and cultures that enjoy siestas and long, drawn-out, sit-down teas that serve no other purpose than to spend time enjoying the time you have.

    3. Thinking before responding. We’ve become too conditioned to require things immediately. Someone asks a question, and we have to respond that second. Such was not the case before instant messaging and comment threads. A sign of true intelligence and confidence, I think, is someone who…

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