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October 30, 2006
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Native American culture, Burden
Baskets are hung at the entrance to ones lodge or house.
It is believed that hanging a burden basket on the outside, or inside
of a door you enter most, reminds you and your guests to place worries
and burdens in the basket, so they are not carried into the home.
When the basket is full, it will tip, causing all the burdens to
fall out and transform to good with the elements of the Earth. The
baskets are a symbol of pride for Native American people, because
they are among the most beautiful types of artistic basketry in
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor
From the Inside Out
A BASKET OF BURDENS
years ago a group of conventioneers gathered at a ski resort to
conduct their annual meeting. Hundreds of conventioneers came from
every part of the country. Young and old, rich and poor, and in
all shapes and sizes. They shared common interests, though their
backgrounds and careers were quite varied.
of the conventioneers were put up at a large bed and breakfast near
the outskirts of town. After a few days, the guests became better
acquainted, friendships developed, and a camaraderie was felt within
the group. But one night the stories around the fireplace took a
different twist. The conversation turned serious when Mike, a young
man in his 20's, confessed that he had just been diagnosed with
cancer. While it was treatable and he stood an excellent chance
of being cured, he was nonetheless distraught. A middle aged couple,
Tom and Cheryl, offered their support and understanding. They had
just been informed that their child needed a kidney transplant.
The news had been emotionally devastating to the family. A woman
tearfully explained how she had recently lost her husband to a car
accident. Another person told that he had just lost his job and
was at wit's end. The evening turned gut wrenching as others began
to describe horrible aspects of their "normal" lives or
lives of their loved ones. From depression and drug addiction, to
eating disorders and relationship problems no one seemed
immune from some sort of hardship.
an elderly gentleman a man who was at the convention by himself
and only known to the group as Mr. Hayes, interjected himself into
the conversation. Mr. Hayes had a distinguished look about him,
and while no one knew exactly where he came from, he spoke with
a gentle voice that engendered confidence and assuredness. During
the past days, he had smiled and laughed, evidently enjoying the
company, but he had not said very much. People just looked at him
and thought he was a "nice old man." After
listening to everyone's concerns and problems, Mr. Hayes looked
over at the hostess and asked her if she could get a paper and pen
for everyone in the room. She returned in a minute, complying with
the unusual request. "Do me a favor," Mr. Hayes asked.
"We're going to try something and I need your cooperation.
On the small piece of paper please write down the 3 biggest problems
or burdens you are facing in your personal life right now. Don't
sign your name. We'll keep it confidential."
everyone was done writing down their problems, Mr. Hayes asked everyone
to fold their paper and place it in a small basket that was placed
in front of the fireplace. There were curious looks throughout the
room, but again, everyone cooperated, wondering what would happen
next. Mr. Hayes shook the basket and held it above everyone's head
as he walked around the room and asked each person to pick a paper
from the basket. After he was done, he sat back down and looked
around the room. "Friends,
open the paper and just read to yourself the problems that you chose,"
Mr. Hayes explained. "And please, be as honest as you can."
Then, Mr. Hayes glanced at the woman sitting on his left and asked,
"Lisa, would you like to trade your burdens that you wrote
down with those that you chose from the basket?" Lisa quickly
Mr. Hayes asked the man sitting next to Lisa the same question.
"Would you like to trade the problems you wrote down for those
that you chose from the basket?" Again
the reply was "No." Mr.
Hayes went around the entire room. Everyone had a chance to respond.
Remarkably, the answers were all the same no, no, no, no,
no... Comments ranged from "I can deal with my own problems,
but I can't deal with what I chose out of the basket," to "Wow
these make my problems look like nothing. Forget this."
Hayes settled back in his cushioned rocking chair and asked, "Do
your problems seem so difficult now when you see what others must
endure? Most of you wish you were in someone else's shoes, and yet,
when you get a chance to trade your problems for theirs, none of
you are willing. "Don't
you see? Tonight you've learned, by your own admissions, that despite
the hardships you face, and despite the worries that grind away
at you and cause you to lose sleep at night despite all that
you've come to appreciate and understand the simple fact
that the problems you face are nothing compared to what others must
deal with. In light of everyone else's problems, your own problems
seem manageable. If nothing else, that's something to be grateful
we like to complain. It's our nature and it's also therapeutic to
express ourselves and get our frustrations off our chests. There
is nothing wrong with that, and in fact, it can be a healthy thing
to do. It helps us sort things out. And heaven knows, we can always
find something to complain about."
group found themselves mesmerized with Mr. Hayes' comments, with
several people shaking their heads in agreement, as if something
amazing had just dawned on them. "But friends," he said,
"the burdens that have been placed upon us are there for a
reason. Because without our problems, we would not search for answers.
And if we led our lives without searching for answers, we would
never become better, or stronger, or more understanding. Sometimes
it takes a serious problem to wake us up to what's really important
in life. As an example, you'll find that many of the answers you're
looking for can be found by helping others facing similar problems,
and that act of service is what's really important. You
see, the key to your enrichment, to your happiness and peace, is
to take the problems you have and look at them as a chance to find
an answer. Learn your lessons well, and then to take those lessons
and answers and use them to become a better person for yourself
and for others. I'm not saying you have to like the challenges you
face. No one does. But you can look at those challenges as an opportunity
to do some good.
with that in mind, remember this... Some people let the world and
the problems they face dictate what they think and how they live
their lives. And yes, some people just love to wallow in misery.
But if the truth be known, it should and can be the opposite. You
have the power within you to change your world and put your problems
behind you as you move forward. Ironically, the power to do that
comes from the very things you see as problems and setbacks. That's
what most people don't understand. For every setback you experience
there is an equal or greater blessing that accompanies it. You may
not realize this, but your struggles are allowing you become a better
person each and every day. You just have to open your eyes and see
it. The blessings that come from your struggles are sometimes hidden
and many times you have to look long and hard. But by finding them
in due course, and by counting those blessings, you will discover
a secret of the ages, an undeniable truth, which seems to have escaped
most of humanity. That secret is very simple: The more you count
your blessings, the more blessings are bestowed upon you. If you
don't believe me, just try it and see what happens."
group was spellbound, just staring at Mr. Hayes, reflecting upon
his words, his sincerity and conviction. His comforting knowledge
seemed to vanquish the stresses and worries which had infected the
earlier conversation. Mr. Hayes took his last sip of hot chocolate
and excused himself to retire to his room. Those present continued
to discuss what they had learned, and by the end of the evening,
all had concurred that Mr. Hayes had hit on something. Each person
was able to discuss a problem they had which could be turned into
young man who was diagnosed with cancer was determined to use his
experience to educate others on the importance of early detection.
The couple with a son who needed a kidney transplant dedicated themselves
to join the campaign to encourage others to sign donor cards. The
woman who had lost her husband decided to carry on his memory by
volunteering to pick up where her husband had left off in his community
work. The man who had lost his job, told himself that he would use
this opportunity to do what he had always wanted to do write
a book that he had been thinking about for years. Rather than dwelling
on their problems, everyone had learned to use their problems as
a stepping stone toward bettering themselves and helping others.
Rather than getting wrapped up in self-pity, the experience of confronting
their problems and seeking answers proved to be a valuable lesson
indeed. Someone commented, "Now I finally realize what looking
at the glass as half full means."
next morning at breakfast, the hostess reported to the group that
Mr. Hayes' room was empty and that he must have left very early.
During subsequent conventions though, the friends often reminisced
about their gathering at the secluded mountain resort and of their
fond memories of the fireplace conversations and the time their
problems ended up in a basket.
Photo: 1930's Apache Woven Burden Basket
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RETHINK YOUR DOG'S
year was 1978. Dogs were becoming more popular as pets, indeed as
members of the family. Suddenly, an epidemic of disease struck those
furry family members. For no apparent reason, dogs would lose their
appetites, start vomiting, and then develop bad, bloody diarrhea.
Within a couple of days, they would die a painful death. Sometimes
the most aggressive care could not save them.
was this horrible epidemic? It was an outbreak of the viral disease,
parvoviral enteritis, commonly known as parvo. Thousands
of dogs died during this epidemic.
a vaccine was developed against the virus. It was an effective vaccine,
and remains so to this day. People lined up to get their dogs vaccinated.
One veterinarian who worked those frantic days and months told me
that people lined up in their cars just to get their dogs vaccinated,
almost as people lined up to buy gas during the gas shortage of
the same era. The vaccine saved countless canine lives.
not as dramatic, vaccines for other diseases such as canine distemper
virus and rabies have proven just as effective. The rabies vaccination
is especially important because the disease can be transmitted to
humans, and once symptoms occur, the disease is invariably fatal
in humans and animals. So, vaccines are good. But can too much of
a good thing be bad?
the yearly vaccination
is developing evidence that as dogs age, vaccines every year are
not necessary and, in rare cases, can have harmful side effects.
This is a major change in thinking; as a young teen, I was programmed
to believe that my dog needed her yearly vaccines. In fact, when
I graduated from veterinary school in 1997, we were still taught
that yearly vaccines were required. The vaccine protocols developed
during the parvo outbreak worked.
those protocols were developed based on vaccines that were tested
to prove they provided an immunity that lasted at least one year.
The actual duration of immunity was not tested at that time. In
other words, it was possible the immunity produced by the vaccines
lasted longer than one year, but exactly how long the immunity actually
lasted was not known. Therefore, the vaccines were labeled for yearly
re-administration, and the yearly vaccine protocol was born.
the last ten years or so, side effects to vaccines, although rare,
were becoming more well-known -- for instance, some cats developed
tumors at vaccine sites. There is suspicion that some serious diseases,
such as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, could be a consequence
of vaccination, although this has not yet been definitively proven.
is also growing evidence that some vaccines do not need to be administered
every year. This is a major shift in thinking, however, and there
has been some resistance to this line of thought. Pet owners fear
a recurrence of epidemics such as the parvo outbreak of 1978. Individual
veterinarians worry that they may be liable if they recommend that
an owner not vaccinate a pet and the pet then develops parvo or
one of the other diseases for which vaccines are available. There
are no easy answers to these understandable concerns.
as duration of immunity studies are now being released, we are seeing
a gradual shift in the recommendations being made. The American
Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline
Practitioners have released new vaccine guidelines, and all the
veterinary colleges in the United States have developed protocols
that potentially extend the interval between vaccines for adult
animals. These protocols have been developed in keeping with the
guidelines of the Academy of Feline Medicine Advisory Panel on Feline
Vaccines, the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on
Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, the American College of Internal
Medicine, and the veterinary teaching hospitals of North American
veterinary colleges. A main feature of these recommendations is
vaccination as one component of a comprehensive, individualized
health care plan for each pet.
the right vaccine schedule for your dog
core principle of the newer vaccines guidelines involves you and
your veterinarian working together to assess your individual dogs
risk for the specific disease in question and developing the protocol
that is best for your individual pet. Age, breed, geographic location,
health status, underlying health conditions, and travel plans are
all factors you must consider when deciding which vaccines to administer
to your dog. It is no longer one size fits all. A hunting
dog or show dog may have a different protocol than the couch
course, the rabies vaccine must always be given to your pet on the
schedule defined by your states laws.
it is still critically important that puppies (and kittens) receive
their appropriate vaccine series. Puppies immune systems are
immature, and they must be re-vaccinated according to your veterinarians
recommendations for proper immunity to develop. Unfortunately, parvo
is still all too common; we generally see three to five cases a
week and sometimes more in our small ER. It breaks our hearts to
see puppies dying from parvo, especially when proper vaccination
is effective in preventing the disease in puppies.
bottom line regarding changes in vaccination protocol for the average
dog owner is this: get your puppy vaccinated on schedule according
to the recommendations made by your veterinarian. Missing a vaccine
booster or getting it late can mean death or severe illness for
your dog. Get your dog booster shots one year after the puppy vaccines.
Then work with your veterinarian to develop a vaccine schedule that
works for you, your vet, and your dog, and reassess that schedule
at each yearly exam.
Susan Barrett is a graduate of The Ohio State University College
of Veterinary Medicine.
She now practices emergency medicine in Columbus, Ohio, and blogs
in an animal ER at: http://PetPeeves6003.spaces.live.com
PHANG NGA BAY
sheer limestone cliffs ringing a Thai bay, while unlikely karst
towers carved into extraordinary shapes rise up from the azure
waters. Now picture yourself in a kayak, paddling into these towers.
Just over 60 miles (95 km) from the fabled island of Phuket, the
area around Phang Nga Bay is startlingly beautiful. It's also
ideal for kayaking. Canoes can enter narrow crevices inaccessible
to larger boats, sometimes passing beneath overhangs so low that
the canoeist has to lie flat to enter. Once within one of the
many sea caves or hidden bowls scattered throughout the bay, absolute
silence reigns, save for water dripping from a nearby stalactite.
The caves often open into large hidden bowls, inaccessible from
above, which fill with sunlight during daytime hours and are home
to an extraordinary range of flora and fauna. Sea canoes are ideal
for such explorations, as they too are absolutely quiet, gliding
through one hidden cave after another, the sound broken only by
the occasional splash from a paddle. Phang Nga Bay is a 400 km²
bay in the Andaman Sea between the island of Phuket and mainland
of the Malay peninsula of southern Thailand. Since 1981 a big
part of the bay has been protected by the Ao Phang Nga National
Park. The most famous of the many islands in the bay is the so-called
'James Bond Island,' a needle formed limestone rock in the sea,
which was featured in the movie The Man with the Golden Gun.
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HOW TO LIVE ONE HUNDRED YEARS
James Martin Peebles appears before Octogenarian and Centenarian
Clubs in California on the occasion of his 98th Birthday. His talk
in part was as follows:
am safely embarked at the present time on my ninety-ninth yearly
voyage across the tempestuous ocean of human life. Often I am asked,
"How have you lived so long in this struggling and tiresome
world?" Negatively, I have not lived in ease and idleness,
nor have I lived to sensually fatten on human flesh, animal foods,
or various stimulants. "But
what are the general causes of your nearing a century of years?"
are the reasons. In the first place I was born of healthy yet poor
parents in the pure, bracing air of mountainous Vermont. Becoming,
in middle life, a practicing physician, I feel to deliberately say
that, breathing being the first thing in life and the last thing
at death. It is natural and necessary that we breathe pure air by
day and also by night. The next reason is light; light is an inspiring
and vitalizing force, and sunshine is ever a strong and powerful
as wise as the birds and flocks in the field retiring early
at night and rising with the morning sun is sound common
sense. Dress loosely; to firmly compress any portion of human organization
causes illness or gradual suicide. White is much healthier clothing
than black. Let the hat or bonnet rest lightly upon the head. Multitudes
in the East go with bared heads; they are never bald. Sandals are
healthier than shoes. Eating animal flesh is both expensive and
morally injurious to the higher nature. To state that it gives added
strength to the human system is an insult to the desert camel, the
elephant, the ox and the faithful horse.
being unknown to scholastic Greece or imperial Rome, is an expensive
and filthy habit, causing a repulsive stench to the breath and filling
the garments and lovely home with distasteful and unhealthy odors.
It has not one redeeming quality. Drinking tea and coffee are not
among the necessities of human life. Having seen green tea prepared
in India, Ceylon and China, I pronounce it a certain nerve and blood
poison. All people, in a sense, are artists. Their habits and their
secret conduct tinge their facial appearance. Perfumes do not strengthen
or sweeten digestion. Paints and powders do not produce facial smiles
astounding twentieth century not only pleadingly invites, but persistently
demands seers and sages demands plain and brave talk, clean
habits, righteous purposes, and a rigid practice of all the ennobling,
uplifting principles that tend to promote long life, brotherhood
and the redemption of a world-wide humanity. Old age in a rightly
lived life is rich and golden in meditation. I would sooner be 98
of the city's tumult, and the world's selfish strife, I sometimes
ask: "Is there no sunny nook in this great Father-Mother
universe, where books, birds, flowers and the music of ever-flowing
streams tell and sing of quietness and peace? Is there no tropic
isle in southern seas, far away from the world's traffics, suspicions,
competitions and crushing jealousies, where loving hearts blend
like rainbow hue--blend as do the joys of angels and fadeless love
of the gods?"
the whole, this is a beautiful world. Five times I have circled
it. The incense of Oriental gardens still cling to my garments and
the solemn music of the historic Nile still murmurs in my memory.
Spices never lose their perfumes. Good thoughts never die. Modern
science and psychic research Heaven's right and left-hand
angels have demonstrated the continuity of life. Death is
simply a disguised deliverance, or, like the budding rose, it climbs
up on the garden wall to bloom on the other side.
is universal. It is over-swept with grandeur all the past ages,
and is just as fresh now as in time's earliest morning. Poets, as
much as prophets, are illumined with a divine radiance. They think,
they write and sing from the very depths of their being. Aged, very
aged in years, I am, soon I can say with Tennyson "I
go to prove my soul, I see my way as birds see their trackless way,
I shall arrive."
~By Dr. James Martin Peebles, International Lecturer, Prolific Author,
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