Wow! It seems most of us that read like the same kinds of books and Authors! I read Nora Roberts as JD Robb in her Eve Dallas series as I love all the in the future stuff but it isnt far fetched either. I also love Patricia C,and Robin Cook. Lawrence Sanders is another with his Lucas Davenport series and If you like Patricia you will want to catch a Bass book about
the body farm series as they are great reading too!
I read about anything but try to stay away from the historical romance kinda thing as it seems to depress me. Also want to add reading can take us places we cannot go and it can allow us to be someone else even for a little while. You can learn from any kind of reading as every Author researches places and events and even in fiction parts become fact.
As for all of you and the how to cope with all the losses and inability to do the things you use to love this is where in the thread where this road leads we share the how to.
I sat here and read each of your words and felt the passions you had for the things in your life you think are lost to you and instead of seeing those as losses I simply was seeing opportunity,the ways each of you can still utilize those passions in a constructive and meaningful way to accomadate your failing health issues.
Like many suggested to Mach with his new camera,a love he has that can be turned into a profit we all could use and folks do love their pets dont they?
PAlady I have gathered from previous reading your love of the lobby and politics and you have no idea how needed you are in this world we live in CP. Gramps has hit at you and hit at you about using your experience and passion in a way that could be forever beneficial to CPP's, the letters you could send,the band wagons you could lead,the soap boxes you could develop,well they are too numerous to count but even if you can get one letter a week out or contact one Congressman a month,who is to say your words based on your experience on how to reach these folks and who exactly to reach would be priceless.
Those who love to read? The literacy programs in each town and city beg for folks to help others learn to read,you cannot imagine how many people cannot read one word and with the number of illegal immigrants entering this country each day those numbers are growing by leaps and bounds. One day or a few hours a week or month can change someone's life by opening a whole new world for them by teaching them to just be able to read a price label or their kids report cards,things most of us take for granted.
WmNa, that love of gardening can spread from you to many many others and since you already have a computer your one step away from getting your experience and love for just that out. Many places like Yahoo have free web pages you can set up and design and then asign you a link to your web page and anytime anyone does a search about gardening guess what will pop? Yep your web page with all kinds of questions and answers and advice on how to and what is the best pesticides for what climates and so forth as I am definately NOT a gardener! Boy wouldnt it be fun to open your web page each day or however often you can get there and have someone out there somewhere use your experience?
All of the teachers here is inspiring and I know alot of you try to hang on to working for as long as possible and that is great but for those of you forced to retire your options for helping others and finding a hobby are boundless! How great a many young adults could use your experience and knowledge to encourage them to stay in shcool or help them to study for their GED and again with this new age of computers you never have to leave your home and remaining anonymous is easy and essential if you want. Web pages can be set up with a link for folks to get to you and ask for help and assistance with subjects that they are having trouble in and many many of these people work and have families and it isnt feasible for them to get to the learning centers during hours of operation and I dont know how many people I have seen begina dn not be able to finish the study part because they couldnt get to the cnter or have time to go there and if they could get that kind of help with a keystroke? Wow how many would finish?
These might have been better put in Where this Road leads and I am going to make a post so we dont lose that thread and I know it is difficlut for some to read there since alot of folks pass thru stages at differeing times can be uncomfortable thinking your not doing as well as you should be or as well as others are. One point in the thread is we all go back and forth thru the stages and I dont think any of us ever get to a safety point and not regress,it would be nice to have that kind of acceptance but I cant see it as possible with our every changing needs.
Didnt mean to highjack the thread here Chutz but I hate to see so many hurting in so many ways but especially in self esteem and self worth! CPs are some of the strongest,compassionate and caring folks I have met in this world and not one of us is a throw away! We all have meaning and value left in us and finding ways to utilize it is the issue.
2 knee replacements & a hip.
spondylosis at L-4,5 & S1
arthritis,sciatica all that being a CPer entails!
If you stumble make it part of the dance!
Formerly Ruth Thomas