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angry at bus driver and other things

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

I ride the bus all of the time. The bus company has been getting more strict on two policies. One policy is the rule that anyone with strollers must take the child out and fold up the stroller and stow it under a seat. I saw a lady who had a child that was around 4 months old who didn't want to fold up her stroller because she felt that the child would be safer in a stroller than in her lap. I found myself wondering the same. I found this requirement in my city's code book. So, I know that it was the city's idea.
The policy that she got me on is about shopping carts. They want you to take your stuff out of it and fold it up. I had four bags worth of groceries in it. I didn't want my food rolling around on the bus and encouraging someone to try picking something up while the bus is moving. I had it pulled as far as I could from the isle because the wording of the policy says that one isn't to block the exit. Yet, she felt that I should fold it up. I ended up getting off the bus and just walking home. Some bus drivers let me get away with having it on the bus without folding the shopping cart while others will not.
I am thinking about trying to become a bit of an advocate on some of these things but I am not sure if it can be done. I know that a lot of us bus riders don't like these two policies but I don't know why the city choose to require the first one and what is the basis of the second one. I don't know if I can stand to go grocery shopping much if I have to fold it up and put my food bags on the seats of the bus. I would think this my be more dangerous than having a push cart slightly ajar into an aisle. I used to hate it when my cans of food would roll around on the bus. It was a hassle to try to get it/them when the bus got downtown.

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SEYSARAH 4/8/2010 1:26AM

    The questions to ask seem to be what motivated the implementation of these two or convenience. At issue are folks who for whatever reason must take a bus. These same folks may very well have small children whom they take with them rather than leave them at home alone..people have to there a separate area to "park a cart?" or "park a stroller" etc...sounds like the reality of mass transportation to take care of necessary errands doesn't blend well with "idealistic" policies. You can start by handwriting a letter to your mayor.

I say "hand" write because letters of this type are seldom seen and it will draw attention.

Good luck!

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SERENEMOM71 4/6/2010 10:46PM

  It sounds like it is hard to go grocery shopping if you have to ride a bus! I can see why you would be upset if you have bags full of groceries and have to put them on the seats and have to try to keep them from rolling off while the bus starts and stops. I think it would be a good thing to look into why they have these policies and see if they make any sense. Sometimes you can get councilmen/women/aldermen/women to look at these policies and change them if you have a valid argument. Good luck!

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I dream of becoming a published writer. Yet, I have submitted almost nothing. Why is that? I am afraid of rejection. I keep thinking about looking for a different job but I hate to give up my free time to look for work. I keep wanting to write and make money with this hobby. Yet, I don't act.
My compulsion to write wars with my desire for safety and security. I try to trust God's guidance. I think He wants me to write but I am chicken.
I know that there are others who have struggled with this because this is part of being human. How did you overcome this struggle? I would really like to hear some of your stories because I feel a need to be fed from the successes of others.

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SEYSARAH 4/6/2010 12:27AM

    Just as you overcome any weight/fitness issues and become more CAN do the same with your writing.

I've been told that writing for the purposes of being published is 90 percent discipline and 10 percent talent.

So you write what you know..your surroundings, something short to show yourself what you can do. Then look at your passions and do some research..write an outline of organized thoughts and go from there.

You CAN do it..the best books are written by everyday people about extraordinary efforts by other everyday people, perhaps stories of your own.

Set aside time everyday to write...use a timer if you need to but you can do this!!!!!!

Hugs and positive thoughts going your way.


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SERENEMOM71 3/30/2010 9:23PM

  Fear of rejection is a normal part of learning to reach out and act. Personally, the way I have overcome fears of rejection is to do a couple of things. One of my big fears currently is the fear of being betrayed by other women. My last three "best" friends have/had betrayed me in the worst ways. The last on rejected me/quit seeing me/talking to me because I did something she said she did not want me to do. (long story) It was not illegal/hurtful/or anything like that. It is too complicated to explain. Just trust me that she was controlling and I allowed that to continue as I really liked her as a friend and we had been friends for almost 20 years. Anyway, since then, I have been afraid to make another close friend that I confide in face to face.

I have been really praying daily about this since it happened. God led me to Spark People and to Christian Women with Depression where I have met several women who now I consider very good friends. I am learning to trust these women and confide in them.

What I am trying to say is that it is important to pray the solution - pray that you will be able to write and send your writings off to publishers. Maybe you need to attend some college level classes? or there are groups out there of writers who critique each others writing gently and lovingly face to face or on line, or maybe you could find a mentor? Include these suggestions in your prayer and add "God, is there something better out there for me that I am not aware of?" I know that God wants everything that is good for you! and to realize your dreams. As do I and the others on the Team!

Know that I am thinking of and Praying for you! Please post on the team so we can pray for and encourage you, too!!

A sister in Christ,
Amy L, Co-leader of Christian Women with Depression emoticonto You!

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sleepy today

Sunday, March 28, 2010

It is time for me to go to bed. I am so sleepy. I think it is from crying. For some reason, crying takes an awful lot of energy out of me.

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SEYSARAH 4/6/2010 12:29AM

    I hope as of this writing you are feeling better. I know that crying is a release and makes many feel better but I also know it can be very draining.

Prayers and good wishes for a fabulous week where you can find good in every day no matter how small.


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NIKI778 3/29/2010 8:29AM

    Crying does seem to take an awful lot of energy. I hope everything is ok with you. Get some rest recharge and you will feel better tomorrow.

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Transforming into the likeness of Jesus

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My pastor talked about letting go of our hopes and desires in order to become more like Christ. I have wanted to be like Christ for a long time. I took a picture of a reflection of a tree in water and framed it. It is hanging in my apartment and reminds me of my desire to be conformed to the image of Christ.
I think being in the image of Christ involves showing the fruits of the spirit.

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WYWIWOMAN 3/21/2010 4:28PM

    I love photos of trees or mountains reflected in water and thank you for taking that imagery as a reminder of reflecting Christ. I'll think of that often.

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fiber, calories and over eating.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I ate too much chocolate this evening. I think I probably had a whole candy bar. I'm not sure because a guy and I was sharing a candy bar that was a larger candy bar. So, I ended up eating around 1700 calories but I had enough fiber and other stuff except that I also went over on carbohydrates and was under on calcium and something else.
I am really puzzled on why it is so hard to eat around 1,500 calories.

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SKIRNIR 3/18/2010 11:32PM

    I find 1,800 doable, but sometimes get upset at having to do it, so of course 1,500 is incredibly hard. I find 1,800 hard.

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