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Friends Without Faces

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Friends Without Faces
by Thomas Teague

We sit and we type, and we stare at our screens,
We all have to wonder, what this possibly means.
With our mouse we roam, through the rooms in a maze,
Looking for something or someone, as we sit in a daze.

We chat with each other, we type all our woes,
Small groups we do form, and gang up on our foes.
We wait for somebody, to type out our name,
We want recognition, but it is always the same.

We give kisses and hugs, and sometimes flirt,
In IMs we chat deeply, and reveal why we hurt.
We do form friendships - but - why we don't know,
But some of these friendships, will flourish and grow.

Why is it on screen, we can be so bold,
Telling our secrets, that have never been told.
Why is it we share, the thoughts in our mind,
With those we can't see, as though we were blind.

The answer is simple, it is as clear as a bell.
We all have our problems, and need someone to tell.
We can't tell "real" people, but tell someone we must,
So we turn to the 'puter, and to those we can trust.

Even though it is crazy, the truth still remains,
They are Friends Without Faces, and odd little names.

got my scan results friday an still don't know re the torn meniscus.............i did find out that i have some rarish type of knee problem so i'm told.....it called meniscal chondrocalcinosis which menas my knees are full of debris called calcium deposits floating around?????i will be have an mri sometime this spring???? so everything is in limbo re the knee at the moment........this condition is what causes so much pain so that makes me feel somewhat better as after a while you almost feel the dr think you are making things up etc............ so i just will deal with things as they come up........so have started back to the pool this week and will continue so long as the knees allow and when an acute phase comes again the dr's will decide at that time what to do.......so the good news is i'm hanging in there and will continue to plod along the best i can every day..........
thanks dear friends so much for being there for me................there have been many many times i felt like i should just give up but it is so many of you here on sparkpeople that have kep me coming back every day........together we can do this...........i beleive we can ............and we will acheive our goals and dreams...........


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AQUAGIRL08 2/16/2010 4:11PM

    At least they can give what causes your pain a name. It is validating and the doctor can see it! I agree that sometimes they make you feel like you're making it up! I hope you'll be feeling better soon. I love to exercise in water too, as you know. There are lots of things we can do in water that we'd never attempt on land. Thanks for sharing the lovely poem. You and I have never met but you have a place in my heart.

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TEXASGIRL48 2/14/2010 2:47PM

    Lita hang in there it can only get better. Try doing some sitting exercises for the upper body and the water exercise for the lower body. Stay active. I'm sure when you get the MRI in the spring they will decide what they can do.

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MS5835 2/14/2010 1:30PM

    Lita, Thanks for keeping us updated about your knee. At least now you have an idea of what's going on with it. You just have to hang in there and do what you can do. Do more on your good days and less on your bad days (as if you didn't already know this), and most of all, remember that we are all here for you when you need us. Happy Valentines Day!

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WILLOW49 2/14/2010 12:12PM

    I'm so sorry about your continuing knee problems. Good that you now know what the problem is. Great that you will continue with the pool. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for all you do for so many! You're the best!!!

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CATIATM 2/14/2010 11:59AM

    Calcium deposits? Is there something they can do to help you with that?

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DDOORN 2/14/2010 11:41AM

    So sorry to hear of your ongoing knee troubles...!

It can be so frustrating when our bodies let us down!

Sounds like you are managing SO much better than *I* would under similar circumstances!


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MAMAMSCHMITT 2/14/2010 7:23AM

    The poem is great! Sorry to hear about your knee.

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AMALIA8 2/14/2010 7:00AM

    I'm glad that at least now you know what the problem is. :) I'm sure from here things will eventually get better. Keep up the amazing work and keep on Sparking! Thanks for sharing the poem. :) It was lovely!

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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/14/2010 5:11AM

    That was a wonderful poem..and thought and prayers and lots of good energy sending you way for a lovely lady.. who's love always shines through to all the unseen faces.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/14/2010 4:52AM

    Thanks Lita for giving us an update. It is good that at least they are finding that there is something that is causing the pain and hopefully thay can do something about it. You are very brave, hugs.

PS I love the poem.

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MOMFAN 2/14/2010 3:32AM

    Love the poem, you are so special. I am glad they found something wrong, the doctors still say nothing is wrong with me! Oh well, I just keep doing what I can! God is so good! Every once in a while I know why I am doing this because things get really bad. I think about all the days I was not grateful I wasn't in so much pain! Keep the focus, we can do this!

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    Another inspiring poem to hold close in heart, as I do with you. Having an "answer" can be of help. Moreso, because we feel less alone, that someone cares. I respect your "plodding" along. You're in good company these days.
Happy Valentine's Day from your fellow SparkPlodder, Sue
(Thank you for your sweet missives and gift of you.)

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    Thanks, LITA, for sharing about your knee problems...and welcome to the club...one with way too many members!! Monday will be my 7th week since authoscopic surgery for my torn meniscus and I am headed back to the surgeon next week to see what the next "options" are. A month after the surgery the knee became inflamed, with swelling, heat and intense pain when walking, even with the aid of my cane. I got a cortisone shot at that time which gave me no relief. Last week's call to the surgeon put me back to keeping the leg elevated and iced as much as possible, and I am still seeing no real difference, hence another appointment to be made. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead for good decisions, good days, and good health. God has given me 3 different scriptures this week about "healing" so I am trusting the Great Physician for the outcome...for both of us!

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As You Travel Through Life

Friday, February 05, 2010

As You Travel Through Life


As you travel through life there are always those times
When decisions just have to be made,
When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce,
And the rain seems to soak your parade.

There are some situations where all you can do
Is simply let go and move on,
Gather your courage and choose a direction
That carries you toward a new dawn.

So pack up your troubles and take a step forward
The process of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead

There might be adventures you never imagined
Just waiting around the next bend,
And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you can't yet comprehend!

Perhaps you'll find friendships that spring from new things
As you challenge your status quo,
And learn there are so many options in life,

Perhaps you'll go places you never expected
And see things that you've never seen,
Or travel to fabulous, faraway worlds
And wonderful spots in between!

Perhaps you'll find warmth and affection and caring
And somebody special who's there
To help you stay cantered and listen with interest
To stories and feelings you share.

Perhaps you'll find comfort in knowing your friends
Are supportive of all that you do,
And believe that whatever decisions you make,
They'll be the right choices for you.

So keep putting one foot in front of the other,
And taking your life day by day...
There's a brighter tomorrow that's just down the road -
Don't look back! You're not going that way!

i have had several challenges that were unexpected that has made my journey more difficult for me but i must plod along as best as i can set backs or not.....am still awaiting the results of the knees scans and will see my family dr next friday........i have been unbale to exercise due to the increase in pain even though the swelling has come down..........i tried this week without success and will give the pool another try on Tuesday and see how it goes........

i know i would certainly be in a very different place than i am now ...........
it is all thanks to everyone on the teams and of course all the inspiration from so many here on sparkpeople,that is what keeps me going and coming back everyday..............saw this on another post somewhere and liked it as it seemed appropros ...........
" I will get there; I’m just taking the scenic route :) "
wishing you all well as we journey here together..........
blessings and hugs..............lita

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MOMFAN 2/8/2010 12:10AM

    Oh I so wish I could send my aqua therapist to you. He is amazing! I hope you can work out in the pool. It is what keeps me going. I think I am on a detour and hopefully will get back on the direct route soon.

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/6/2010 6:10PM

    Lita I am so sorry to hear that your knees are causing such difficulties and pain. I do hope that the doctors can resolve the problems and be able to give you some relief and get those knees working again. You have such a positive attitude and are so supportive of others adding joy to our days. Do take care, hugs, Sandy

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TEXASGIRL48 2/6/2010 9:34AM

    Lita you are amazing. You are always posting these great poems that say so much. I am sorry to hear your knees are bothering you so much. There are a lot of chair exercises you can do that doesn't put any pressure on your knees.

I like your scenic route comment. Just like life, there are many routes to a single destination. When my friend and I used to go on weekend jaunts we always said we never got lost we just went on scenic routes because we always ended up where we were going. Keep up the great work.
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DANDEEMYRA 2/6/2010 7:14AM

    Wow Lita this is so life in the real, thank you so much, really!
Will pray for you daily until you are better for healing and pain relief. My friend just had knee surgery and then hip surgery so I have seen the pain. Feel so bad for you! We Love you and are here for you, always an open ear to listen! BIG HUGS! emoticon

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CATIATM 2/6/2010 5:59AM

    "trying to pack up my troubles and take a step forward" --- Ooh, I can relate. I hope the doctor gets you back on your feet again soon!

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WILLOW49 2/6/2010 12:30AM

    I sure hope the doctor has some answers for you. I'm so very sorry that you are in so much pain.
Take gentle care of yourself.

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TRAVELNISTA 2/5/2010 11:42PM

    I loved this. I am so trying "to pack up my troubles and take a step forward."

I am sorry you are in such pain. I hope your scans come back with a definitive answer as to what is going on and what can be done to alleviate the pain. I wonder why it is more painful now that the swelling has gone down? I hope your knee mends soon!

Do you have a set of weights at home that you can at least sit down and do some reps with the weight targeting different muscles? You might not be able to put weight on the knees but I can do over 45 mins. of different weight exercises for my upper body including my abs and waist sitting down in a chair with the weights. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AUNTC321 2/5/2010 10:50PM

    I am off to my new adventure in just over a week. I really loved the posting and especially the very end. I am also taking the scenic route - but I am enjoying the journey. Chris

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MACGIRRL 2/5/2010 9:45PM

    Lita, There is no doubt in my mind that you will regain your fitness prowess within due healing time. Claiming it. Take this time to relish and reflect and most certainly, engage the pool gingerly. So healing to not only the body, but the soul. Take some time to just float on your back and BE in the water with gratitude. This is my Sunday meditative routine that has proven to be so restorative. This is time for restoration. Take that time. This life is a journey, not a race. There is only ONE you...

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AMALIA8 2/5/2010 9:34PM

    I'm sorry to hear that you've hit some life road blocks. We're here for you if you need us and I know you will do a great job!

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MS5835 2/5/2010 9:19PM

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful poem. I also like your comment about taking the scenic route. I feel that way too. I know how frustrating it is to be limited in your activities from the knee pain, but hang in there and hopefully your doctor will have some answers for you. Please keep us posted on the results of your MRI. Have a wonderful weekend.
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SAMODER 2/5/2010 9:03PM

    I love your comment that your taking the scenic route. That really describes me too. We didn't get this way overnight.

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    Thank you for sharing a very nice poem. Love the picture too. Hope all is going well for you. Wishing you a wonderful weekend too.

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Friday, January 29, 2010


There's nothing to fear —- you're as good as the best,
As strong as the mightiest, too;
You CAN win in every battle or test
For there's no one just like you.

There's only one you in the world today
'Cause nobody else, you see,
Can do your work in as fine a way:
You're the ONLY one there'll be!

So face the world, and all life is yours
To conquer and love and live,
And you'll find the happiness that endures
In just the measure you give.

There's nothing too good for you to possess,
Nor heights where you cannot go:
Your power is more than belief or guess —-
It is something you have to KNOW.

There is nothing to fear —-
you can and you will,
For you ARE the invincible you,
Set your foot upon the highest hill —-
There's NOTHING you cannot do.

~ Author Unknown ~

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AQUAGIRL08 2/2/2010 4:13PM

    Thanks for inspiring me today!

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  Thanks for sharing this poem today! emoticon

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HOSTALADY 1/29/2010 10:30PM

    Thanks again Lita! I am proud of myself and very proud of all my SP friends for what they are doing with themselves and their journey's too!

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TRAVELNISTA 1/29/2010 7:01PM

    I needed that today. I need to start feeling invincible again.
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CATIATM 1/29/2010 6:11PM

    It is good to be proud of ourselves ... but we have to earn that self respect, and I think it comes from making promises to ourselves -- and then keeping them. Too many of us don't. So I believe in being proud, but I know I need to work for it, too.

Great poem. Thanks, Lita!

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    So true. Thanks for the reminder.


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WILLOW49 1/29/2010 6:06PM

    Thanks :) You're the best! emoticon

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DAYANAND1 1/29/2010 4:09PM

    You are after all, the only you there is emoticonso, keep on keepin on, you go girl emoticon

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AMALIA8 1/29/2010 4:04PM

    Wonderful poem! :) Keep up the great work because you are invincible! :)

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Friday, January 22, 2010


While viewing the beauty of fresh falling snow,
My mind wandered back to words spoken softly to the ear of a child:

"Snowflakes are like newborn souls falling from the clouds to the earth."

Like the snowflake we are all perfect creations,
Each of us uniquely formed.

Many of us are taught religion in a fog of truth during childhood.

We call ourselves Christians, Jews, Moslems, Buddhists,
Hindus, Atheists, Agnostics or Pagans.

None of us speak or relate to God in the same manner.

Eventually, as the snowflakes melt,
They return to the water from which they were formed.

Water runs deep and will seek its own level
Until it is found.

Sometimes these waters are the waters of consciousness.

Heat melts the snow;
Like snow we soften with warmth.

We each live in a sea of thoughts, feelings and beliefs.

When we experience the warmth of love
Our thoughts, feelings and different beliefs melt away.

Connecting us with one another,
Making us realize we are one.

Copyright February, 2008 ~ Mary Ann Faris

while on the treadmill this week found suddendly i was unable to weight bear and realized the pain was the same as before when i had a torn meniscus............have seen the dr later that day and am booked for an mri a week Sunday......in the mean time have been having a great deal of difficulty getting around as well as being on the site as frequently as previouly.........just to let everyone i may not be able to be here as often as before..............thanks for your understanding and patience................
blessings and hugs..................lita

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    get better soon!
Sorry to hear! emoticon

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CATIATM 1/25/2010 3:37PM

    I'm sending you some good karma and warm fuzzies, Lita! emoticon

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MOMFAN 1/23/2010 12:51AM

    I hope you are better soon!

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RAZFOUR 1/23/2010 12:08AM

    I hope you get well very soon. It is not good being in pain. The poem was great! Thanks for sharing!


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AMALIA8 1/22/2010 10:33PM

    I'm sorry to hear that you may have been hurt. :( Hopefully you heal quickly. :) The reading was lovely. Thank you for sharing it. :) Keep up the great work and don't forget we are here if you need us even if it's less often. :)

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    So sorry that you are in pain. I know exactly how you are feeling and how hard it is to get around. I will remember you in m prayers.

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AUNTC321 1/22/2010 5:52PM

    Thanks for keeping us posted. I hope everything works out okay for you. Chris

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/22/2010 5:33PM

    I do wish you all the very best and will keep you in my thoghts and prayers. Blessings and hugs my friend,

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MS5835 1/22/2010 3:59PM

    So sorry about your knee. Keep us posted on the results of your MRI.
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TEXASGIRL48 1/22/2010 1:28PM

    Take care of yourself. You don't want to make matters worse.


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WILLOW49 1/22/2010 1:16PM

    How wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us :)

So sorry to hear about your foot. Take gentle care of yourself.


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Friday, January 15, 2010



To leave the old with a burst of song;
To recall the right and forgive the wrong;

To forget the things that bind you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that’s past;

To have the strength to let go your hold
Of the not worthwhile of the days grown old;

To dare go forth with a purpose true,
To the unknown task of the year that’s new;

To help your brother along the road,
To do his work and lift his load;

To add your gift to the world’s good cheer,
Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.

~ Author Unknown

in vew of he occurances of the earth quake in Haiti am asking that you consider helping the people of Haiti in your own way .........
let's keep the hope alive for small miracles
keep the prayers going
keep the money flowing to help with the rebuilding of people's lives etc.....
blessings and hugs..........lita

Please consider:

International Red Cross and Red Crescent www.ifrc.org/index.asp

Doctors Without Borders www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

Web version: www.panhala.net/Archive/Each_of_Us_H

Web archive of Panhala postings: www.panhala.net/Archive/Index.html

so sorry i cannot make the links work so i took them off................just copy/paste them..............

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CATIATM 1/18/2010 12:41AM

    You are a kind and generous person to think of others, Lita!

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/16/2010 7:32PM

    Great forward focus into the new year!

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/16/2010 4:07PM

    Lita, so thoughtful.

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AMALIA8 1/16/2010 5:10AM

    Unfortunately the only way I can help is to send my good wishes and prayers. :$ I'm not able to donate anything at this point in my life. Hopefully what I can do will help too. I loved the New Years poem by the way. Thanks for sharing and for reminding us about doing things to help other! Keep up the wonderful work and keep on Sparking!

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MACGIRRL 1/15/2010 11:03PM

    emoticon Indeed. In Deed.

The devastation is beyond horrific and yet in the face of this tragedy, the people of Haiti have been such an example for me, of what community and concern and love for your fellow human should be. It's also been so reaffirming in human-kind to see the timely outpouring of action and funds and compassion.

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