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Sep 19, 2019

Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek - Money and Cars

Money and cars - some think that goes hand in hand. Well, certainly there are plenty of instances when nice cars involving a lot of money come to mind.

Another thing that goes hand in hand with my personal history are rock music artists. Here's the tie-in with the money and cars topic. Two music artists prominent in the 1980's passed away a couple of days apart. Eddie Money on September 13 and Rick Ocasek of the band The Cars, on September 15.

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Sep 19, 2019

Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek - Money and Cars

Money and cars - some think that goes hand in hand. Well, certainly there are plenty of instances when nice cars involving a lot of money come to mind.

Another thing that goes hand in hand with my personal history are rock music artists. Here's the tie-in with the money and cars topic. Two music artists prominent in the 1980's passed away a couple of days apart. Eddie Money on September 13 and Rick Ocasek of the band The Cars, on September 15.

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Sep 02, 2019

Labor Day Celebrates Workers

Today in the United States is Labor Day, a national holiday to honor the American labor movement. It was many years of struggle for laborers to get collective bargaining and better wages and working conditions. That struggle still continues.

It's nice to have a day off from work. But there is much more to Labor Day than marking the unofficial end of summer with picnics, parades, camping and leisure. Work is part of the human experience and just as all humans deserve the right to dignity, we also deserve the right to do meaningful work that rewards us fairly.

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Aug 29, 2019

Zozobra Burns Away Your Gloom

There is an event in Santa Fe, New Mexico each year around Labor Day weekend that is an amazing tradition. Imagine a five story high marionette that moans and groans while he gets set on fire. Thousands of people are crowded around, cheering his destruction.

Zozobra means "anxiety" in Spanish. The idea is to put all your bad juju and mojo onto this giant puppet, sometimes referred to as "Old Man Gloom". I will never forget the first time I saw it back in the early 1980's.

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Aug 18, 2019

Writing Doesn't Have to be a Job

In my experience as an elementary school teacher I encounter a lot of students who do not like to write. The reasons vary. Many of them revolve around it either being too difficult or believing they have nothing valuable to express.

True, writing can be hard. As for the second reason, it is my opinion that we all have valuable things to express. We all have thoughts, ideas and experiences. Sharing them through writing is both a gift to others and a gift to yourself. Writing helps ups process and understand life.

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Aug 04, 2019

Two More Mass Shootings Is Too Many

Once again mass shootings took place in America, two in less than 24 hours in two different cities. 20 shot dead in an El Paso, Texas shopping mall. Another 9 gunned down at an outdoor nightspot area in Dayton, Ohio.

My reaction - not again! When is enough finally enough? When will our government act to do something about the epidemic gun violence?

I am an elementary school teacher. You can bet I think about the safety of my students, more and more these days. Another school year is about to begin. I worry and I am vigilant. Children need education and they need to be in a safe environment for this.

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Aug 04, 2019

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, July, 2019

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from July, 2019 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Jul 29, 2019

Life Lessons From "A Soldier's Passage"

Anyone who has been present for the final breaths of a loved one's long life understands that it is a transformational experience. Death comes to us all and if we are fortunate enough to be surrounded by loving family members then it can be a very holy moment.

For Paul Ingles, writer/director/actor in A Soldier's Passage - Conversations from the last mile of the long march home, witnessing the passing of his father was a gift, one he says was "the most profound experience I've ever experienced."

Ingles' based his first feature-length film on the final months of an elder's life and he also played himself in the mostly true reenactment of the final months and eventual passing of his WWII veteran father.

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Jul 20, 2019

Reflecting on Apollo 11 Moon Landing and Marriage

Many of us this week, myself included, have been reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and the first men to walk on the moon. It was an incredible moment in history and the culmination of lots of effort, energy and expense to get there. July 20, 1969 is one of those moments in history where people who were alive and aware of it will never forget it.

The reason I reflect today on both the moon landing and marriage is that this day is also a wedding anniversary. My wife, Annette, and I have been married 34 years. It is not quite to the Gold Standard of 50 years, but we're moving in that direction!We both uttered our short phrases at our wedding and the "I do" continues.

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Jul 14, 2019

Narrative Medicine Helps Treat Patients Better

"It makes a difference when they (hospital staff) know you from a a different perspective than just 'you're a patient here, and we're talking care of you." That's a quote from Army veteran Fred Lenzen who is one of a few thousand individuals who have shared some of their life story as part of a program to include 1,000-word life story narratives as part of their medical record.

The My Life, My Story program has been implemented in many VA (Veteran Administration) clinics and facilities around the country.

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