~Steve~ H/T hujonwi
Americans increasingly are maxed out on stress and depression. Millions are teetering on the emotional brink; some have gone over the brink, as attested by news headlines. (More on that in my next post.)
Here are 50 helpful pearls of wisdom from Regina Brett, originally published in Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer on Sunday, May 28, 2006.
Note: Email versions of this claim that Brett was 90 years old. Not true. Brett is a columnist for The Plain Dealer who was 50 when her “45 life lessons and 5 to grow on” was first published. She is now 57 years old.
I don’t know why emails perpetrate the fiction that Brett was 90 years old. Age does not equate with wisdom; some get more evil. Just look at:
Republished September 20, 2007
To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolls over to 50 this week, so here’s an update:
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
H/t FOTM’s pnordman
Pro-aborts refer to the baby growing inside a woman’s womb as a “parasite” and “tumor.”
In the case of a woman in England named Nicola Weller, the baby “tumor” in her womb actually dissolved her real cancerous tumor.
Steven Ertelt reports for LifeNews, Dec. 4, 2013, that Nicola Weller went to the hospital for surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her womb.
There, a scan showed she was pregnant even though she had been fitted with the IUD contraceptive coil. But the scan also showed her pregnancy hormones had caused the tumor to disintegrate.
In other words, Weller’s unborn baby saved her life.
Weller decided to carry the baby to full term and gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Brandon (see pic below) in September 2010.
Her cancer has not returned.
Brandon and Nicola Weller
The UK’s Daily Mail has more:
This is the miracle baby who saved his mother’s life – by destroying a cancerous tumour that was growing in her womb.
Doctors feared for Nicola Weller’s life when they discovered a tumour in her womb after she had complained about a swelling under her ribs.
Mrs Weller first discovered the swelling under her rib in September 2009. She went to see her GP who referred her to Bridport Community Hospital in Dorset for a scan.
Doctors told her there was a tumour growing around her womb and she needed an operation to remove it.
She was referred for a hospital scan 12 weeks later prior to an operation to remove it, but when they carried out the scan, doctors made the most startling discovery.
Weller, 29, was unknowingly seven weeks pregnant – despite using the contraceptive coil – and the pregnancy hormones had caused the tumour to disintegrate.
Mrs Weller, a recruitment specialist, said: ‘It was absolutely unbelievable. I hadn’t planned to get pregnant and I’d had the contraceptive coil fitted.
‘So getting pregnant was a miracle in itself – but to find that my unborn baby had caused this tumour to disappear was a further miracle. All that was left on the scan was a few blobs of blood floating around. There was no other sign of it. My baby ended up saving my life. Without him I may not have been here today.’
Nicola Weller’s experience is not so unusual.
In fact, there is stunning new scientific evidence that, far from being a ”tumor,” the human “fetus” actually is a symbiote — the exact opposite of a parasite.
The baby growing inside a woman’s womb passes his/her fetal cells — embryonic stem cells! — to the mother, and those cells protect the mother from breast cancer and other diseases.
More than that, the protective effect endures for the rest of the woman’s life — even if the woman had
aborted killed her baby. [Sob...]
Read more about this in my post, “Baby in womb protects mom from disease,” Jan. 15, 2012.
We have an evil man in the White House.
Wanna know how evil Barack Hussein Obama is?
Bill Elliott has cancer and got a cancellation notice from his medical insurance because of Obamacare. A new health plan would mean an increase in his insurance premium of 833%. So Elliott decided he will “let nature take its course” and not get medical insurance because “I won’t put a burden on my family.”
In other words, Bill Elliott is choosing death. (See my post on him here).
President Lucifer’s IRS is now auditing Bill Elliott.
From Investor’s Business Daily‘s editorial of December 3, 2013:
Like the Tea Party before him, Elliott faces an IRS audit for speaking out against the ObamaCare that canceled his insurance coverage he liked and was promised he could keep.
He appeared recently on Charleston, S.C.’s WQSC and was told by the radio host that “you stood up and spoke out about how ObamaCare screwed over your insurance and probably would kill you, and what’s the next thing that happened? You get audited by the IRS. That is not a coincidence.”
Elliott responded, “No, it’s not.”
Bill Elliott had voted for the very man whose unAffordable Care Act is consigning him to an early death and who is now punishing him for speaking out with an IRS anal probe.
Elliott has discovered, too late, that he’s one of President Lucifer’s useful idiots.
The testimony was awesome, but listen to the last comment from the Chairmen. Very telling if you ask me.
by Noah Rothman | 12:34 pm, December 3rd, 2013
During a congressional committee hearing about the constitutional limits imposed on the presidency and the implications of President Barack Obama’s disregard for implementing the Affordable Care Act as written, one expert testified that the consequences of the president’s behavior were potentially grave. He said that the precedent set by Obama could eventually lead to an armed revolt against the federal government
“There is one last thing to which the people can resort if the government does not respect the restrains that the constitution places on the government,” Cannon said. “Abraham Lincoln talked about our right to alter our government or our revolutionary right to overthrow it.”
“That is certainly something that no one wants to contemplate,” he continued. “If the people come to believe that the government is no longer constrained by the laws then they will conclude that neither are they.”
“That is a very dangerous sort of thing for the president to do, to wantonly ignore the laws,” Cannon concluded, “to try to impose obligation upon people that the legislature did not approve.”
Yesterday, FOTM’s Trail Dust did a post on homosexual activists bringing pressure on the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to end the 30-year-old blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The reason for the FDA’s policy is, of course, to prevent sodomites from transmitting the HIV-AIDS virus to recipients of blood transfusion.
Today, we have the latest findings from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to substantiate why the FDA must continue the ban and not succumb to political pressure. More than 6 out of every 10 U.S. men (62%) who report being HIV-positive said they had unprotected anal sex with a male partner in the last year.
Sodomites call unprotected (no condom) anal sex “bareback,” as in riding a horse bareback, without a saddle. Whee! Such fun!
Benjamin Fearnow reports for CBS Atlanta, Dec. 3, 2013, that the Centers for Disease Control report, “HIV Testing and Risk Behaviors Among Gay, Bisexual and Other Men who have Sex with Men,” noted that the population of men having sex with men (MSM) is a small proportion of the US population; however, this group represents the majority of people diagnosed with HIV.
In 2011, men who had sex with men accounted for at least half of persons diagnosed with HIV in all but two states. Anal sex is cited by the CDC as having the highest-risk practice for HIV infection.
“High HIV prevalence, lack of awareness of HIV-positive status, and unprotected anal sex” between gay, bisexual and other men are cited by the CDC as contributing to continued new infections among this population.
However, only 67% of sexually active MSM reported getting an HIV test in the past year.
Unprotected anal sex among MSM increased from 2005 to 2011, and in 2011 one-third of HIV-positive MSM who did not know if they were infected reported unprotected sex with a partner who said they were HIV-negative or did not know either.
The researchers wrote that “Sexually active MSM should be tested at least annually for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Sexually active MSM can take steps to make sex safer such as choosing less risky behaviors, using condoms consistently and correctly if they have vaginal or anal sex, reducing the number of sex partners, and if HIV-positive, letting potential sex partners know their status.”
If you care about the integrity of America’s blood supply (you never know when you or a loved one will need a blood transfusion), tell the FDA to keep its present policy banning homosexuals from donating blood.
To contact the FDA, click here.
Telegraph: A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers. Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.
The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.
The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, who are refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have made a full recovery.
The case has developed into an international legal row, with lawyers for the woman describing it as “unprecedented”. They claim that even if the council had been acting in the woman’s best interests, officials should have consulted her family beforehand and also involved Italian social services, who would be better-placed to look after the child.
Brendan Fleming, the woman’s British lawyer, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I have never heard of anything like this in all my 40 years in the job.” “I can understand if someone is very ill that they may not be able to consent to a medical procedure, but a forced caesarean is unprecedented.
If there were concerns about the care of this child by an Italian mother, then the better plan would have been for the authorities here to have notified social services in Italy and for the child to have been taken back there.”
The case, reported by Christopher Booker in his column in The Sunday Telegraph today, raises fresh questions about the extent of social workers’ powers.
It will be raised in Parliament this week by John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat MP. He chairs the Public Family Law Reform Coordinating Campaign, which wants reform and greater openness in court proceedings involving family matters.
He said: “I have seen a number of cases of abuses of people’s rights in the family courts, but this has to be one of the more extreme.” “It involves the Court of Protection authorising a caesarean section without the person concerned being made aware of what was proposed. I worry about the way these decisions about a person’s mental capacity are being taken without any apparent concern as to the effect on the individual being affected.”
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is an Italian national who come to Britain in July last year to attend a training course with an airline at Stansted Airport in Essex.
She suffered a panic attack, which her relations believe was due to her failure to take regular medication for an existing bipolar condition. She called the police, who became concerned for her well-being and took her to a hospital, which she then realised was a psychiatric facility.
She has told her lawyers that when she said she wanted to return to her hotel, she was restrained and sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
Meanwhile, Essex social services obtained a High Court order in August 2012 for the birth “to be enforced by way of caesarean section”, according to legal documents seen by this newspaper.
The woman, who says she was kept in the dark about the proceedings, says that after five weeks in the ward she was forcibly sedated. When she woke up she was told that the child had been delivered by C-section and taken into care.
In February, the mother, who had gone back to Italy, returned to Britain to request the return of her daughter at a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Her lawyers say that she had since resumed taking her medication, and that the judge formed a favourable opinion of her. But he ruled that the child should be placed for adoption because of the risk that she might suffer a relapse.
The cause has also been raised before a judge in the High Court in Rome, which has questioned why British care proceedings had been applied to the child of an Italian citizen “habitually resident” in Italy.
The Italian judge accepted, though, that the British courts had jurisdiction over the woman, who was deemed to have had no “capacity” to instruct lawyers.
Lawyers for the woman are demanding to know why Essex social services appear not have contacted next of kin in Italy to consult them on the case. They are also upset that social workers insisted on placing the child in care in Britain, when there had been an offer from a family friend in America to look after her.
Last night an expert on social care proceedings, who asked not to be named because she was not fully acquainted with the details of the case, described it as “highly unusual”. She said the council would first have to find “that she was basically unfit to make any decision herself” and then shown there was an acute risk to the mother if a natural birth was attempted.
An Essex county council spokesman said the local authority would not comment on ongoing cases involving vulnerable people and children.
This darling 2-year-old and perfectly healthy girl would never have lived if her parents, Liane and Iain Stooke, had
aborted killed her after being told the baby in Liane’s womb was “severely brain damaged.”
Thaddeus Baklinski reports for LiveSiteNews, Nov. 27, 2013:
A British couple who refused to follow medical advice that they should abort their child after she was diagnosed with severe brain damage has revealed that doctors made a mistake, and their daughter, now two, was born perfectly healthy.
Doctors at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol reportedly told Liane and Iain Stooke that their baby Miley was probably deformed after a scan showed a shadow on their unborn daughter’s brain.
A repeat of the scan, showing the same shadow, led doctors to a diagnosis of holoprosencephaly, a condition in which the front part of the brain of a child in the womb fails to form two hemispheres.
The Stookes said they were initially relieved after the birth, but then began to feel angry when they thought about how close they had come to aborting their daughter.
“We were told Miley was probably severely brain damaged and wouldn’t be able to communicate with or recognize us,” the Stookes told the Daily Mail.
“The doctors said she might never walk, talk, or recognize our faces,” the couple, who have two sons aged 4 and 9, explained. “It was also possible she’d be physically and facially deformed. There were a lot of unknowns.”
Mrs Stooke said the physicians at Frenchay Hospital recommended an abortion, telling the parents that Miley would have no “meaningful quality of life.”
“The doctor said it wasn’t too late if we wanted to abort the baby – he made it sound almost as if there was no other option,” said Mrs Stooke.
The couple agonized over the abortion decision, but in the end Mrs Stooke said her mothering instinct led them to decide to give their little girl a chance at life.
Miley was born by Caesarean section in October 2011 with no sign of any health problems.
“The midwives were baffled. The doctors ran the standard tests and Miley passed them all with flying colours,” Mrs Stooke said. “Two days later Miley had another MRI scan and we were told she didn’t have holoprosencephaly at all. In fact, she was completely healthy. The only explanation is that the original imaging and diagnosis had been completely wrong.”
The Stookes lodged a complaint with the local NHS trust demanding an explanation for the mistakes that had been made.
A statement from the medical director of North Bristol NHS Trust, Dr Chris Burton, said, “North Bristol NHS Trust investigated Mr and Mrs Stooke’s concerns thoroughly and provided a full response in February 2012, in which we expressed our unreserved sympathy for the distress they suffered.”
Mrs Stooke concluded that she is very pleased that her motherly instinct proved doctors wrong. “Miley’s just perfect. I’m just so glad I trusted my mother’s instinct and gave my girl the chance to live.”