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From the Inside Out
A LOUD THUD
the second year of my marriage, we had lost our apartment. The company
that owned the apartments was tearing them down to reconstruct newer
more upscale apartments and we had to move on the spur of the moment.
Having few resources, our search was made that more difficult.
were few apartments in our price range, and nothing that was the
price or size of our old apartment. Many did not take children.
This was most difficult as we had our daughter who was almost 2
at the time.
we found an second floor apartment that was much too small, and
much too expensive, almost double the old rent. Since our oldest
daughter was a baby, the management let her sleep in the same room
with us. They "allowed" us to rent from them for seven
were cramped, our king sized bed did not fit in the bedroom, so
we sold it for a song. We put our sleeping materials on the floor
since there wasn't room for anything else. There were no funds left
over to buy a smaller bed.
finally came to the decision that we both were going to have to
take on two jobs to be able to find a house or apartment that we
could enjoy. So we came to the painful option to put the baby in
a community day care center.
was heart wrenching to leave her and she cried and grabbed at our
legs as we left her to the care of strangers. Little by little,
she got used to staying there, but it was still difficult to leave
week before Thanksgiving, I received a call from the day care center.
I was at work, and the center director told me to stop by her office
as I came to pick up my daughter. I was nervous. I couldn't think
of why she would want to see me. The way our luck had been (there
was that biting incident about a week ago) perhaps she was going
to dismiss my daughter? What was I going to do?
the state of our finances, I had not been in the "holiday spirit"
and I really hadn't even thought of Thanksgiving. After all, what
was there to be thankful for? Losing my home? Being bone tired all
the time from working two jobs, never seeing my spouse or my baby
until we fell into our makeshift bed at night?
with my heart in my throat, I stepped into the director's office.
She sat me down and said, "Congratulations, we're giving
your family a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings!"
as she presented me with a huge frozen bird and a box with all
kinds of goodies. I was in shock, how could this be?
director smiled and said, "We drew the names of families
from each class, and your family won in your class." I
was so choked up I couldn't answer. I said my thanks as best as
I could and dragged the huge box out to the car.
I got home, I excitedly called my mom as sorted the box to put away.
I pulled out the turkey first and I was telling my mom what was
in the box stuffing, cranberry, rolls, green beans, various
pickles, cake and pie fixings, pumpkin, seasonings for the turkey
even a gallon of milk for the baby.
only thing lacking to make it perfect were potatoes. I am from an
Irish family and a meal wasn't complete without potatoes. And I
guess I'd have to wait for those since we didn't get paid until
the next week.
I unpacked the box I heard a noise on the balcony. It startled me
because it was a loud thud. I was all alone with the baby and my
imagination started running with me. What if it is a robber?I told
my mom to hold on phone while I put the baby in the crib in the
I peeked around the corner at the balcony. I knew it was improbable
that someone had come in there. After all, we were on the second
floor. The third floor apartment above us had a German Shepherd
dog, so it would have barked had anyone been on his flat. There
wasn't a balcony below us, only a patio.
I didn't see anyone, only the boxes from moving. But in the middle
of the balcony was a small bag. I told my mom to continue to hold
on. I had to investigate. I went to the balcony door. I eased the
sliding door open and got a better look at the bag.
was an ordinary grocery bag. There was something inside the bag.
I opened it. Inside that plastic throwaway bag was a brand new unopened
bag of Irish potatoes!
it got there, I'll never know. I saw no one near our building. Apart
from my mom who was on the phone with me at the time, no one could
have known that I needed potatoes. Perhaps my angel was watching
out for me that day after all. Needless to say, I became more thankful,
and our family had a wonderful feast for Thanksgiving.
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TELL YOUR TRUTH
whether or not we choose to speak our truth needs to come from our
own honesty with ourselves about why we are speaking the truth.
Truth can enhance or destroy a relationship, depending upon the
are times when telling your "truth" is unloving. For example,
you might not be wild about what your friend is wearing, but if
your friend is giving an important presentation and asks you how
she (or he) looks, it would not be in anyone's highest good to give
your opinion. Opinions are generally judgments and rarely contribute
to the good of a relationship. It is therefore very important to
distinguish between opinions and truth. Too often, just because
we think something is true, we assume that it is true. However,
truth is a fact, not a opinion. If I am hungry, that is a fact,
but how you look is my opinion.
are times when someone might be having a hard time, and it is not
fun to be around them. For example, your friend has lost a beloved
person to death, and your friend is in mourning. It is not fun for
you to be around the grief and stress, yet telling your friend that
it doesn't feel good to be around him or her would not be loving
or supportive of your friend. It is very important, when telling
our truth, to distinguish between being loving to ourselves and
others having our own highest good and the other's highest
good at heart and making another responsible for our feelings.
Telling another that, "I'm upset because you're tense and
it doesn't feel good to be around you," may indicate a
lack of empathy and making the other responsible for your feelings.
the important thing in telling the truth is to be honest with yourself
about your own intent in telling your truth. Are you truly being
loving to yourself and others, or are you using your truth to control
another and make him or her responsible for you? Are you speaking
your truth to enhance the relationship, or to get the other to change?
there are many times when speaking your truth is in your highest
good and the highest good of others. Yet many of us have much difficulty
speaking our truth to others, especially to important others such
as parents, siblings, close friends, coworkers and mates. We are
afraid the other person will be angry or hurt by our truth, even
when we state it without judgment or blame. So we say yes when we
mean no, say things are okay when they aren't, avoid difficult topics
of conversation, pretend to enjoy something food, sex, a
movie, the topic of conversation, the way we are spending time
to avoid upsetting another. We may continue to tolerate things that
are intolerable to us to avoid a conflict.
our truth can be a form of control, just as telling our truth can
be a form of control. We may want to control how another feels about
us and treats us. We want to make sure we don't get attacked or
rejected. Often I hear my clients say, when I encourage them to
tell the truth, "I can't say that. He (or she) will get
he or she might get hurt or mad. Yet courage may mean the willingness
to speak your truth anyway and learn to deal with the other person's
response. This is part of developing the loving Adult - learning
to not take the other person's behavior personally, learning to
stay solid in our truth and allow the other person to go through
whatever he or she has to go in response to our truths without taking
responsibility for the other's feelings.
the other's hurt and anger is only one part of the challenge. The
other part is that we may be unwilling to know the truth regarding
whether or not that other person cares about what is important to
us. If, for example, you tell your mate that you are unhappy with
a particular aspect of your sex life, and your mate gets hurt or
angry instead of wanting to understand, you might feel even worse.
It feels awful to speak our truth and receive an uncaring response.
The deeper feeling is one of gut-wrenching loneliness. It is deeply
lonely to share something that is important to us and receive an
not only are we often afraid of dealing with another's anger, but
we may be even more afraid of the lonely feeling of being uncared
for. Until we are willing to know the truth of whether or not the
other person really does care about what is important to us, we
may avoid speaking our truth.
when we withhold our truth to avoid conflict and avoid feeling uncared
for by another, the consequence is that we feel alone and maybe
depressed because we are not caring about ourselves. When we don't
stand up for ourselves, we end up feeling unimportant, regardless
of how others treat us. We cannot ignore ourselves and feel good
question we need to ask ourselves is, "Are we willing to
give ourselves up to avoid losing others, or are we willing to lose
others rather than lose ourselves?" I have found that losing
myself is never worth it. If I lose others as a result of speaking
my truth, then I have to accept the truth that those people never
had my highest good at heart anyway. People who care about my highest
good applaud me when I speak the truth that supports my highest
good. People who care about me support me in living my truth. Those
who just want to use me in some way will get angry or hurt at my
truth, and that lets me know the truth about their intent.
we have to be willing to know another's truth regarding whether
or not that person really cares about us in order to tell our heartfelt
truth. Let's say that you say to your partner, "It is not
tolerable for me to be around you when you are drinking. I feel
shut out and disconnected from you when you drink. It is just too
lonely to be with you when you are drinking." If alcohol
is more important to your partner than you are, then the response
is likely to be, "That's your problem, not mine. Stop blaming
me for your feelings. Stop trying to control me!" If you
are more important to your partner than alcohol, then your partner
will address the issue and get some help with the problem. The question
is, do you want to know the reality of the situation? Are you prepared
to take loving action for yourself if you discover that your partner
really doesn't care about the effect his or her behavior is having
will have the courage to speak your truth when you have the courage
to know the truth about any given relationship. What if you say
to your best friend, "I often feel judged by you and it
doesn't feel good," and your best friend gets defensive
and tells you it's all your problem. What are you going to do if
your best friend consistently responds in an uncaring way? Are you
willing to lose someone who you have believe was your best friend,
or are you going to avoid telling the truth to avoid knowing the
truth? Are you willing to feel the loneliness if you find out that
someone you thought cared really doesn't, or do you want to go on
pretending that real caring exists?
take great courage to tell the truth and discover the truth. We
often kid ourselves into thinking that avoiding others anger and
hurt is a loving thing to do. We justify our behavior by telling
ourselves that it's just that we don't want to hurt or upset others,
or that we just don't want to deal with another's hurt or anger.
Yet avoidance may not be loving to ourselves or others. Are you
willing to sacrificing your own integrity to avoid the pain of conflict
and loneliness? To me, nothing is worth a loss of integrity, not
even the loss of another.
you really tune into how you feel when you withhold your truth to
protect yourself from conflict and loneliness, you will discover
that honoring yourself by telling your truth, without blame or judgment,
is deeply empowering. You will feel on top of the world when you
finally have the courage to speak your heartfelt truth when your
intent is to support your own and others highest good.
Dr. Margaret Paul, Inner Bonding Educational Technologies, Inc.
Pitjantjatjara Aborigine at Uluru/Ayers
also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation
in central Australia, in the Northern Territory. It is located
in Uluru-Kata Tjura National Park, 440 km southwest of Alice Springs.
Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara,
the Aboriginal people of the area. It has many springs, waterholes,
rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a World Heritage
Site for its natural and man-made attributes. In October 1872
the explorer Ernest Giles was the first non-indigenous person
to sight the rock formation. He saw it from a considerable distance,
and was prevented by Lake Amadeus from approaching closer. He
described it as the remarkable pebble. On 19 July
1873, the surveyor William Gosse visited the rock and named it
Ayers Rock in honor of the then Chief Secretary of South
Australia, Sir Henry Ayers. The Aboriginal name was first recorded
by the Wills expedition in 1903. Since then, both names have been
used, although Ayers Rock was the most common name used by outsiders
until recently. In 1993, a dual naming policy was adopted that
allowed official names that consist of both the traditional Aboriginal
name and the English name. Uluru/Ayers Rock became
the first officially dual named feature in the Northern Territory.
beginning of human settlement in the Uluru region has not been
determined, but archaeological findings to the east and west indicate
a date more than 10,000 years ago. On 26 October 1985, the Australian
government returned ownership of Uluru to the local Pitjantjatjara
Aborigines. Around Mount Uluru there are many examples of ancestral
sites. The Anangu explanations of these sites and of the
formation of Mount Uluru itself derive from the Tjukurpa.
Most of these explanations are in the realm of secret information
and are not disclosed to Piranypa, the non-Aborigines.
In order to understand the religion of the Aborigines, one must
have a basic understanding of the organization of the tribes.
All men and women belong to small groups, called clans. Each clan
posses a distinct body of spiritual properties, or sacred sites
and has a totem. Totemism is a view of nature and life, of the
universe and man, which colors and influences the Aborigines'
social groupings and mythologies, inspires their rituals and links
them to the past. It unites them with nature's activities and
species in a bond of mutual life-giving, and imparts confidence
amidst the vicissitudes of life.
Ikari Cave on the eastern face
of Uluru: The wagtailwoman
Tjintirtjintirpa was in this cave when she heard the
sounds of ceremony,
sounds that made her laugh. This laugh was later carved out
in the shape of a mouth; Ikari is the Anangu word for
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Netherlands (Associated Press) Rescuers in the Netherlands have
lured a stranded herd of about 100 horses off a mud-soaked knoll
where they had been stranded for three days after storms struck
the area around Marrum, 145km (90 miles) northeast of Amsterdam.
However, before they could be saved, 19 horses drowned or died of
exposure from the days and nights on a mound that turned into an
island during the storm. The horses were neck deep at times and
had to swim at some spots, especially the foals, But they began
to canter as they neared the edge of the brackish water, and burst
into a gallop once they reached solid land, apparently relieved
at being able to stretch their legs. The nearest land was only a
few hundred meters away but there were fears that submerged barbed
wire might hurt the horses if they tried to swim to safety. Animal
welfare officers and firefighters waded through the waters to map
out an escape route.
young women on horseback - riders from the town's Cavalry Club -
guided the remaining animals about 650 yards to higher ground. All
but one horse followed them without hesitation. "It worked,
and it went off almost perfectly," Jacob Prins, a firefighter
from the nearby town of Hallum who helped in the operation, said.
remaining horse was led back later, escorted by firefighters on
foot. They needed to attach a rope to its hindquarters to compel
it to walk the final stretch. It collapsed after reaching shore,
and was covered by blankets and attended by veterinarians. Prins
said the horse that collapsed was taken to a warm stall, where it
was expected to make a full recovery.
Dutch Agriculture Ministry ordered an investigation into whether
either the horses' owners or the managers of the nature preserve
where they were roaming should be held responsible for neglect or
abuse. Marianne Thieme, leader of the Netherlands' Party for the
Animals, said it was clear something went badly wrong, since the
country's weather service had warned of possible flooding as early
as Tuesday morning. "The most terrible thing is that the
death and suffering of all these horses could have been prevented.
When autumn comes, you know that if you keep animals outside the
dikes you put them at great risk," she said. The
storm had lifted the North Sea waters as much as 13 feet above normal.
Three days later it was less than a 3 feet deep in most flooded
fields, with pits up to 6 feet deep where they are crisscrossed
with drainage channels. The channels, along with submerged barbed-wire
fences, were difficult to see. Before the rescue mission, a veterinarian
examined the horses and rescue workers gave them hay and fresh water
to drink to raise their strength.
rescue capped several days of drama. Dutch television and newspapers
showed dramatic images of the horses huddled together, their backs
to the wind whipping up small waves in water surrounding their isolated
island. Marrum's fire department floated or ferried around 20 horses,
including the smallest foals, to safety with the help of small boats
on Wednesday. The Dutch army also tried to rescue the animals, but
called off the operation when water levels began to recede, grounding
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~Contributed by June Soyka Cook at Self-Healing
SLEEVES - A Book for Friends
Live an Ordinary Life in a Non-Ordinary
Garden Of Thanksgiving Blooms With Beauty When I
Water It With Grateful Thoughts. Thoughts Are The
Seeds Of Change That Become Roots Of My Life. As
With Nature They Are Not Visible At Birth But Grow
Into The Form I See. What Shall I Be Thankfully
Its Up To Me"
By Hal Manogue
From the 2007 Collection A BOOK FOR FRIENDS
Available Jan 2007 in bookstores and online:
A holiday short story to warm your heart for years
Luther, Oklahoma 1935:
Eight-year-old Mazie June McDonald
is generally regarded as a dawdlin', day-dreamin'
extra mouth to feed. Life is hard in the small
Oklahoma town on Route 66, but Mazie dreams for
better days. Then she crosses paths with the mysterious
Peach Knight, former First Lady of the American
theater, now living in seclusion with her nephew's
family in Luther, Oklahoma. A woman with a glorious
past but a very uncertain future. When Mazie and
Peach form an unlikely friendship, they bring
hope to a town down on its luck and prove dreams
do come true...
Green Shoes is available as an e-short story
for less than $2.00 at EchelonPress.com
THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING
the night before Thanksgiving and all through the kitchen,
I was cooking and baking and moaning' and twitchin';
I've been here for hours, I can't stop to rest,
This place is a disaster, just look at the mess!
I've got thirty people to feed,
They expect all the trimmings who cares what I need!
My feet are both blistered, I've got cramps in my legs,
The dog just knocked over a bowl full of eggs.
a knock at the door and the telephone's ringing,
Frosting drips on the counter as the microwave's dinging;
Two pies in the oven, dessert's almost done
My cookbook is soiled with butter and crumbs.
had all I can stand, I can't take anymore;
Then walks in my husband, spilling rum on the floor.
He heaves and he wobbles, his balance unsteady;
Then grins as he chuckles "The eggnog is ready!"
looks all around, saying, with total regret,
"What's takin' so long? Aren't you through in here
As quick as a flash I reach for a knife;
He'd better get going if he values his life!
flees from the room in terror and pain,
Screaming "GET A GRIP, WOMAN, ARE YOU INSANE!!"
Now what was I doing, and what smell is this?
Oh, darn, it's the pies!! They're burned to a crisp!!
hate to admit when I make a mistake,
But I put them on BROIL instead of on BAKE.
What else can go wrong? Is there still more to dread?
If this is good living, there's a hole in my head!
don't get me wrong, I love holidays;
They just leave me exhausted, all shaky and dazed.
But, I promise you one thing, if I survive 'til
I won't be in the kitchen, pulling my hair out in
hire a maid, a cook, and a waiter;
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