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Who do you think you are?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Just saw an ad on TV for an upcoming series about celebrities searching for ancestors and discovering "who they really are." However, having personally worked on searching for ancestors since I was age 14, I think, that we are NOT different because we understand who our ancestors were. We are still our own selves, products of the families who have raised us and the times in which we have lived. It's good to understand at least a certain amount about our ancestors and how that heritage might have influenced our parents and grandparents, as well as the genetics that could be influential. But I maintain that the person each of us is really reflects largely the nurturing we've each received and our own interpretation of the world around us.
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GLORIA68 2/20/2010 10:14PM

    I knew of a person who was adopted and grew up with very little self-esteem;
but when he traced his birth mother and then did a search for ancestors and found out that his grandfather was a famous veterinarian and the other grandfather was a missionary, he said:
Now that I know from what kind of family I come, I must try harder (meaning he has the genes to amount to more)
and went on to study.

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CRYSTALLULLABY 1/30/2010 9:17AM

  What a great blog.

Again, its all about having the choice. You can choose to let your ancestors affect you or not.

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Meditation

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Teach my heart healing words. Show me the words that help rather than harm. Instruct me in the verbs that bring energy, the nouns pointing to the real, the adjectives describing the subtleties. ~from a Unitarian Universalist conference and shared online by the minister of my church

  
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CHRYS13 1/29/2010 10:38PM

    Powerful! Thank-you!

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CRYSTALLULLABY 1/26/2010 11:19AM

  "Nouns pointing to the real" - not the nouns and situations I make up in my head which are not real and definitely not helpful. Wow. Thank you.



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PLAYBLUES22 1/26/2010 10:18AM

    Very nice!!!

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PENDRAGON-NYC 1/26/2010 9:58AM

  Nice! Reminds me of the concept of "right speech." In practice, it can be hard to know what words are more harmful than helpful, which I think includes words we tell ourselves.

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Keep working toward your goals.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Isn't it nice to have the chance to begin again? Well, I guess that's an artificial start/stop line, isn't it? What we really do is keep on going. But we may pause for a moment to asses our progress and review our efforts, often making a vow to improve. If we're not satisfied with where we are, then we look for opportunities to make changes that will help get us to a better place.

In terms of health and happiness, may the coming year give you opportunities to keep working toward your goals.
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ETCHILDE 1/1/2010 7:24PM

    May the coming year give you opportunities to keep working toward YOUR goals as well.

-E-

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My neighborhood is pulling together

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Our Partnership Park Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting was this afternoon. So much needed to be done here. About 4 blocks by 5 blocks just south of downtown, when I bought my large old house here 6 years ago, this was the area of our small city with the highest crime rate, the most drugs, the highest rate of teen pregnancy. There is now a high rate of building foreclosures, and quite a few properties are being broken into and vandalized. Many organizations have pulled together to make a big difference here. There are 5 or 6 churches in the area, and there's a strong Community Action Agency that is very involved and has secured several million dollars worth of grant funding. More than 19 Habitat for Humanity homes have been built. The police are working harder to make sure that properties are secured. More young people are participating in the After-School Program that's sponsored by 2 of the churches. Our Residents' Events Committee just completed distributing Thanksgiving food baskets to some 150 needy families in the area where there are about 700 households, many of which are in rental units. Lots is going on, and things are definitely improving. New hopes are on the horizon for Partnership Park in Jackson, Michigan, and I am very proud to be a part of it!
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Pleased to be supporting the American Red Cross

Sunday, November 29, 2009

I believe the American Red Cross is one of the few organizations that's largely independent of religious or political corruption. I think they do their job of helping people in need without bias or prejudice. I'm very happy to be working on their behalf.

  


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