I love words. My words. Your words. Our words. And powerful, is there anything as powerful as the written word? I currently blog on I Tripped Over a Stone... the stone being Fibromyalgia Syndrome that I have had for a little over 20 years. But Stone in the Road is going to be a collection of... Continue Reading →
Just set it down, my friend You’ve done all you could do Before your very soul caves in Please! You must take care of you via Take Care of You — Merbear's World
GP appointments, specialist consultations and hospital visits. Prime time for anxiety to strike, to get tongue-tied and to forget that you’re an active participant in the proceedings. So here are 5 ways to come across… via 5 Ways To Come Across As Assertive (And Rock Your Medical Appointments) — Invisibly Me
via Chasing the Things — Merbear's World
It is hard to find words to describe Kim. She is electrifying. Kim is bold, strong, hysterically funny, brazen, smart as hell, the epitome of a tough cookie, and through constant pain and facing seemingly endless adversity, she wrote a book, she writes for more than one blog, and she makes everyone who meets her […]... Continue Reading →
I bet you liked the seesaw when you were a kid. Remember the pleasure of riding up and down, up and down, but only enjoying it if your friend on the other side was of similar size and weight? Well, the seesaw in relationships between Albanian and Serb communities has never been much fun because […]... Continue Reading →
Forgotten, you’d think I’d be used to this feeling; the aloneness, the out of sight out of mind, feeling of being forgotten. I think I did get used to the version of forgot that my life had became when I was housebound. But I’m not housebound now. Now I am able to go to the […]... Continue Reading →
“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching,
and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be.
I have been bent and broken, but
Into a better shape.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
“There is the solitude of suffering,
when you go through darkness that is
lonely, intense, and terrible.
Words become powerless to express your pain;
what others hear from your words is
so distant and different from what you are actually suffering.”
~ John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
“We must look deeply in order to understand
the needs, aspirations, and suffering
of the person we love.
This is the ground of real love”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
*photo by W. Holcombe. Baby Opuntia (prickly pear) Cactus. Please do not use without permission.
I did things a little differently this week, the not all of the quotes would be…
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Some time ago, a fellow blogger, a remarkable person and an intellectual par excellence (hi Paul) responded to my challenge to unravel a piece of his history through the portrayal of his rebellions youth, fight against the authority and ways of expressing his civil disobedience, which he did marvelously. In the comment section, both he and equally striking Wulf asked me to share my story of ‘good old times’ in Yugoslavia/Serbia, as well as what prompted hubby’s and my decision to permanently leave the country. We have a long journey ahead, so bear with me.
Bojana, how about you? You think you can pull this through?
(head nodding) I’ll try. I’ll try my best.
I want you to focus and try to remember everything. Focus your attention on your body parts. Your limbs are getting numb and heavy. They feel like logs…You are drifting down now…
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What’s your favorite place? I mean, close your eyes and think about it. Is it a beach somewhere? A trail you like to hike? Some island? A bar? Folks like all sorts of places. Around people. Alone. Shopping. Running. Working. Playing. Relaxing. Pumping those weights or pumping that adrenaline. You may like one or more… via... Continue Reading →