Sunday, December 23, 2012

My Novel -- Timely....

IN THE NAME OF HELP, a novel exposing psychiatric abuse

Perhaps a difficult piece of fiction to confront, but you will love the ending.

Can good triumph over evil?  

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The Hardest Task One Can Have

"The hardest task one can have is to continue to love his fellows despite all reasons he should not.

And the true sign of sanity and greatness is to so continue.

For the one who can achieve this, there is abundant hope.
A primary trap is to succumb to invitations to hate.
It requires real strength to love Man.  And to love him, despite all invitations to do otherwise, all provocations and all reasons why one should not."

These are excerpts from a brilliant and beautiful article entitled, "WHAT IS GREATNESS," by L. Ron Hubbard and it cam be found in a book that virtually saved my life:  A NEW SLANT ON LIFE.

Contact me and I'll gladly send you the entire essay.  I aspire to its message every day of my life.  And sometimes, with some people, it isn't always easy....

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Stupid? Apathetic? Greedy? What the hell....

There is so much information available to us that leads to what's really contributing to much of the violence in our society today.

Are we too stupid to understand it?
Too apathetic to feel we can do something about it?
Or are there too many of us who are too greedy and who are benefiting from the devastation?

Now, that's hard to confront.  More greedy evil people than the good guys?  No, not true.

I know that, personally, I cannot stand it when I feel that there is nothing I can do about something.

So, I ask myself, "What can I do about this."
Then I believe that there is always something.
Then I find what that is.
Then I do it.

Working For Peace on Earth

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Why would anyone read a BLOG?

Almost wanted to give up this BLOG idea today.

I found myself wondering why anyone would want to read what I wrote.  But, oh, well, I still need to do the writing.

I learned yesterday that Hemingway did 70% of his writing in a short period of just nine years.  Amazing.  And everything he wrote was from what was happening around him. So unfortunate that he was put in the hands of those who destroy in the name of help.

Okay.  It has been a bit of a tough morning.  Our pooch is 13 years old and not doing so well.  This part of pet ownership is the hardest.  Got to decide what is the best thing to do....   ;-(

My daughter gave me some words of wisdom that I think I have used on her before and it really helped a lot.  She reminded me that I have to 'use what I know.'

Hmmm, I think I have definitely used that on others.  :-)

So, I believe that we are not our bodies, anymore than we are our cars or our clothes. We are spiritual and eternal beings, just like all great religions thought -- before the ridiculousness and destructiveness of the 'mental health field' began to tell us that we are all animals and that we only live once and blah blah blah blah.

I remember my one psychology class at the University of Illinois.  Made no sense.  I thought it was me. It wasn't.  It made no sense.  And none of the dozens of psychology books and articles that I read during those years gave any answers to anything.  None.

I believe that we can become more aware, more intelligent and more able.  Every single day.  I aspire to that and I want to share my joy and comfort at this stage of my life with anyone who cares to listen.  So, with sincere love and warmth, I wish you an excellent day.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Diane's Blog: My Blue Bloods Dinners....,

Diane's Blog: My Blue Bloods Dinners....,: If you haven't watched this TV show, you may not get what I'm after here. Family is hugely important to me.  Always has been and always wi...

My Blue Bloods Dinners....,

If you haven't watched this TV show, you may not get what I'm after here.

Family is hugely important to me.  Always has been and always will be.  I haven't always succeeded with a few of those not-so-high-toned relatives, but for the most part, I think I've let those close to me know how much they mean to me and how much I would do for them.

So, here's the deal.  I love the family dinners on Blue Bloods.  My sister-in-law, a beautiful lady, told me that when she was growing up, her family actually had those kinds of family dinners and she loved them.  I was envious.

There was a time, when I was pretty young, that my mom and her sister Lil made some family gatherings happen, but that was long ago.  I've longed for something like that ever since.

When Frank, Henry, Danny, Erin, Jamie, Linda, Sean, Jack and Nicky come together around that dinner table in just about every episode, -- though I know it's Hollywood/TV/make-believe, -- I love the caring, the conflict, the resolutions and the love.  

And I want some.  My family.  My home.

So how do you make such a thing happen?  Wishing won't do it.  So around everyone's crazy schedule and some of the guys flying here and there and some working all kinds of hours, I determined to have my Blue Bloods Dinner and it was wonderful!  Thanks, family.  I love you VERY much.     :-)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tough Holiday Times?

Many people go to so much trouble to decorate their homes for the holidays.  We were enchanted with what we saw on our way home from Orange County last night where we visited with my in-laws, who are very special people.

But if we could put some of that willingness to cause a good and happy effect on others in more ways than beautiful and elaborate Christmas lights, the Earth would change over night.

What are the real rewards of a good life?  Money? Homes? Possessions?  60 or 70 or 80 years of accumulating stuff and then what?

I believe that the real rewards, and the best things you can offer others, are understanding, affinity, caring, compassion, positive support and real help.  To contribute to someone becoming more able and less affected by the difficulties of this Earth -- and there are some legitimate concerns at this time even surpassing the sometimes negative feelings and worries around  the holidays -- would be the best thing I could do for those I care about.  What do you think?

I am blessed. 
Wishing you all a very peaceful and healthy and happy holiday season.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Wisdom I Could Use....

A failed marriage because I didn't know how to fix anything.  Without my children who I adored.  A drop-out teacher who loved the kids but couldn't survive in the system and couldn't figure out what to do about it.  Destructive relationships because I couldn't look at what was actually in front of me.  Making every mistake I could....

Add a lot of pot to that mix.  Instead of feeling all my pain and discomfort and finding out how to deal with how crazy life can be, I further messed up my own abilities by drowning my perceptions in a smoke haze.

I'm so lucky that I'm still alive.

Two brothers took the time to help me out of that horrible time in my life, when I was going further down and fast.  Then came some amazing wisdom.  Just a book.  But it helped me save my own life.  And that's the truth.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

About me. And you.

If you're going to take any time to read my Blog, then I should first share a little about myself with you. I grew up in Chicago, went to the U of I and Northwestern and in just a few years, I went from the high school Prom Queen twice and a four year scholarship winner to a very unhappy, ineffective young woman with very little hope.   One who was slowly destroying her own life bit by bit.

If you want to match problems, difficulties, personal tragedies, upsets, conditions or anything else with me, I can assure you that I am not speaking from little experience in life.  

But that was then and this is now and either the stars aligned or I'm a very blessed person or both, because everything that I wanted to change or fix in my life, I learned to do something about and only my persistence was probably a little unusual.

What I learned, I learned the hard way.  But I found out that I can truly do something about anything.  And that, if I listed my hurdles and challenges, is nothing short of miraculous.  I want to share this with anyone who cares to hear my stories.

So, please read that again.  I can do something about anything.  And so can you.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Beginnings

5 December 2012
My amazing daughter told me that I need to start a BLOG.  She said that what I have to say could help others.  I couldn't turn that down as my primary motivation is to help people improve life in any way I can.  I've done it.  They can do it.