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Dealing With Bereavement, Grief & Loss

When we encounter some sort of life tragedy, there is an understandable human tendency to shut down. We experience mourning, bereavement, depression, intense sadness. It might be the loss of a loved one or of something we valued such as a job or a home. It might even be some sort of physical handicap such as the amputation of a limb. Such feelings are normal and part of the human condition. Indeed, even animals are known to grieve the loss of loved ones, or go through huge emotional changes when subject to massive upheaval of environment. Hence, there is nothing abnormal about feeling deep emotions of loss or regret....

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Friendship was an important aspect of my life this past week, from helping a neighbor assemble a planter/garden arch and plant flowers to surprise his wife, to connecting with former coworkers at a corporate function to which I was invited. To tell the truth, I was a bit surprised by an “Ah-ha!” moment about the strength and duration of friendships, past and present, and these are the thoughts I share with you.

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The Secret Agenda

Beware the secret agenda that exists in virtually any human interaction, business or social! It may almost be stating the obvious, but the secret agenda is a fact of life that simply goes unheeded for most people, precisely because it is secret. Also, it frequently takes such extremely subtle and devious forms that it is almost invisible to anyone who is not alert for its presence. So what is this secret agenda?....

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Hurricane Katrina – Your Thoughts?…

I want to write about this Hurricane Katrina situation in more detail later on. But right now, like most of you, I am just watching in dazed fascination as this scenario unfolds. I feel so sad and concerned for all those poor ordinary innocent people suffering in the watery depths of a dead city tonight; trying to avoid armed looters; trying to find food and water where there isn't any; trying to keep their spirits up; trying to find guidance where there is none to be given.

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Other Nations

"We need another and wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals... We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err and err greatly. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they moved finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or nèver attained, living by voices we shall nèver hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth" Henry Beston

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