I agree with you wholeheartedly. Great post. I'm specifically drawn to your paragraphs about letter writing. I yearn for those simpler times as well. There was something more sincere and genuine about that. Last week a co-worker directed me to The Things Unsaid Project (www.thingsunsaidproject.wordpress.com) and I was blown away. It's based in IL and real new, but I love how they insist on handwritten letters. So much better than text or e-mail and so much more personal.
Keep up the good work!
j'ai 70 ANS je suis un passionné d'aviation,jedirais ceci malgré son handicap,c'est
une personne qui a défier la normalité, ces parents un exemple d'amour je les glorifient
car piloter un avion dans ces conditions mérite des compliments a la hauteur de cette
personne exceptionnelle l'audace le courage la tenacité et surtout un travail exemplaire pour étre pilote je m'incline, avec ma plus grande considération
As a user of and volunteer in State Parks in both AZ and OR I add a strong positive vote for the use and financial support of publicly funded parks. They are unique places. One plan in AZ's political trick bag is to privatize the State Parks. If this happens, I fear they would be commercialized, expensive to access and lose much of the beauty, historical, educational and specialness they have now.
The solution is a constitutional amendment, like Oregonians placed on their upcoming ballot in November, assuming ~110,000 of the nearly 200,000 citizens' petition signatures are valid.
The measure makes 15% of the lottery money a permanent, constitutional imperative for Oregon Parks & Recreation and other environmental programs. Most notable is the Park A Year Program which acquires sensitive environmental areas throughout Oregon and places them in the State Parks system.
This coming September, Beaver Creek near Newport, Oregon will become an Oregon park. The flagship of the Oregon park system is Silver Falls with ten waterfalls and a wonderful trail that takes hikers along streams with the ten cascades. In 2013 Cottonwood Canyon along the John Day River in central Oregon will become another state park.
Arizonans could accomplish the same thing by taking the decision out of the hands of the cretins in the AZ Legislature and constitutionally fund a parks system via a citizens' initiative.
THOU SHALL NOT COVET THY NEIGHBOR'S WIFE DON'T WE HAVE ENOUGH FILTH IN THIS WORLD ? AND HOW DO WE TEACH OUR CHILDREN ANY GOOD MORALS WHEN THINGS LIKE SWAPPING IS BEING PRACTICED RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN CITY
"Great, this summer my kids are having a great time at Scottsdale, AZ. I have registered them for the AZR Summer Camp’. They have the best yoga Zenergy’, fitness training Enerjoy Fitness’, Oxford Learning, climbing, playing climbing related games, fun to do activities and three different camp options. I found this event on, www.azontherocks.com/kids_stuff/climbing_c… . They love it there. I will be sending them next week for the Body and Brain Camp aswell, which they have. I am happy my kids are safe and are learning new skills there."
WOW! They can see the future! I'm sure they saw BP sitting and doing nothing in april when the Deep sea horizon exploded! Maybe they should have warned someone or said something?
Interestingly, the self-same astronomers that are covering up the approach of the nemesis planet are building telescopes and spacecraft that won't be finished for another ten years. But, if that doesn't convince you, please send all your money to ....
Cool, there are people that seem to know the future. They must be very smart. Stupid me, I just go along expecting the earth to be more or less the same every time I get out of bed in the morning. I guess I need a "futurist" to tell me what to expect. I am sure they know just as much as the average religious leader. Maybe I could ask the Pope.....
I love this article and the helpful and much more realistic view of the future events. You can also check out the work of Gordon Michael Scallion, a futurist of Earth Changes and find a similar viewpoint.
My then-19 year old son committed suicide 11/05/05....Since that date, I have learned more about suicide than I ever knew. And thanks to Tyler with SOS of Tucson, and also thanks to articles like this, I have been able to talk without feeling ostracized about suicide. The comments before mine touch in part what we as survivors of those who have committed suicide go through every single day...and probably will until we die...but I'm grateful for all of you...and for any and all help...to get through the pain.
As a hairstylist, I once followed the lives of 2 women clients whose sons had taken their own lives. Month after month I heard their stories of emotional pain. They talked to me because I would listen with compassion and this continued for over 2 years, long after their friends had stopped listening, believing these women should be getting on with their lives. Just hearing the stories left a mark on my own life. I learned something about death from them that changed me. Mostly more compassion for those who are left behind. This article deserves to be shared with as many people as possible. I was like a bystander at a train wreck. I'm a listener and I believe that is all I can do, so I listen when a friend tells me his girlfriend committed suicide and I continue to listen as long as these survivors need me to listen. Thank you Irene for this article, it has great value.
Thank you Irene Messina and all the other great weekly staff who are finally putting suicide in the papers. Thank you for not being afraid to publish these stories. Because of you, and the others at the Weekly, you have saved lives because reading and educating ourselves is prevention.
When someone takes their own life, we have no idea what goes through their head. Once a woman attempted suicide and was almost successful. I was asked to visit her at the hospital. I did so. She had tried to take her own life in front of her two small children. When I asked her what she was trying to do, she said her pain was so great, she did not even see her children. She could only see the pain that was right in front of her.
Her story took my breath away and more and more people who have attempted suicide have shared similar stories. It is so hard to suffer from a pain that literally blinds you. We must have compassion for these people, and we must give everything we can to those who have lost their loved one to suicide. They are left with a legacy of pain and suffering and questions that can never be answered.
No, the woman had no idea her children were in that room and her pain and suffering blinded her. By the way, she lost her mother to suicide and could not cope with it. That is the legacy that it leaves behind. So what we are left with is how to do comfort and help give those who survived an opportunity to live again? By doing what Josh is doing, or doing what Dawn is doing, or doing what I am doing. Reaching out to the community and providing opportunity through awareness.
Thank you Weekly for doing that and thank you Irene.
The Right to Die
I am a survivor of suicide and I CARE! My husband of 30 years opted out of life in an effort to take control over the one thing he believe he had the ulitimate and final say over. I am here to tell you that his suffering and unhappiness did not end with his passing, but rather, it lives on in those of us he left behind. My youngest daughter said it was as if dad passed his pain onto us and it is true. Here we are 4 years later still suffering the fallout of this un natural disaster. I say un natural in the sense that it goes against what a normal reasoning and healthy brain would decide upon, unless you are a completely and truthfully self centered person who cares nothing for those they leave behind, which in most cases simply is not true.
In defense of the right to die; I believe that a person whose quality of life has been so severely compromised may very well have the right to die. What I do suggest is that those of us who have been left to grapple with their decision and live with their unmanaged pain is not a decision we made. So how does that work. Yes you have ultimate control over ending your life, but what about the lives of those you leave behind? Yeah, I know, you don't care, but do you have the right to take theirs too? Because this is exactly what happens. I don't suppose you consider yourself a murderer, but taking someone else's life is a crime rather or not you actually kill them. Most folks never fully recover and they live with the suicider's pain and frustration for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately survivors are punished for your crime against yourself by the stigma associated with suicide followed by being socially ostracized. Do you have that right?
Generally speaking I have compassion for those who struggle every day with suicidal ideation. I had the misfortune of living my husbands's dying. He wanted to live and he actually did consider the impact on those he left behind. He was not a selfish person but his need for relief from his suffering became the center of his life up until he completed. I also know that he had no idea in his twisted thinking just how much of his pain he would transfer onto those left behind. Suicide has a ripple effect and it leaves a wide swath of pain and un answered questions that torment the surviovor forever.
So, if you must end your life, then please be certain that those you leave behind understand that you are making a personal choice and that it is not about them. Be sure to let the police know that you did it to yourself so that your friends and family don't have to be under suspicion for murder and then don't leave your body for your friends wife or children to find.
Dawn Harward, CEO
I can't in good conscience agree with guilting people to spend their money in a place that passes laws they disagree with. I'm sure you wouldn't like it if someone did that to you.
I support the law regarding illegal immigrants coming to AZ. Since 1985 I've been visiting your beautiful state and spending loads of money. But I'm not going to spend any money in Tucson or Flagstaff because they are suing their own state over this law. I'll stay and eat outside their city limits. I don't see them doing so well financially, and I don't want to give them any of my money.
Dear Mr. Small:
Since you are unwilling to be part of the solution you are part of the problem.
Boycotts, including yours, are harmful.
Please Don't Come To Arizona
It took boycotts to get an MLK day because of the bigots in public office. Now we have another bigot, Russell Pearce, who hates brown skin because his kid was killed by an illegal & wants to paint all browns with the same brush. The only way to insure Mexican Americans are not racially profiled is to hit us where it hurts...in the pocketbook! If the cops asked EVERYONE for their "papers" regardless of color or accent, this wouldn't be a problem. In a perfect world this bill MIGHT work, but in an imperfect world with our hates and prejudices it isn't going to work.
People sometimes have to suffer to set a wrong to right. The business community courted and hired the illegals and now they cry? Sorry, suffer like the rest.
Besides if people come to Arizona before SB1070 is fixed, who is going to wash the dishes and cook the food and make the beds? Not some of the lazy Americans who would rather stay home and collect unemployment than work for less than they think they are worth! PLEASE BOYCOTT ARIZONA
Good for you Mr Small! I wish I could move to Oregon but the wages here are so low and the taxes so high, I cannot afford the move. I will have to suffer Anglozona until hell freezes over.
I moved away and will not return to Anglozona until voters remove the cretins in the state legislature, who passed SB1070 and SB2281, and the governor from office.
Patronizing anything to do with Anglozona, while white supremacists are running the show there, helps support the status quo. Change is painful, and I wish the millions in lost gross receipts would not impact people living in Anglozona who oppose the new laws.
Move to Oregon, like I did. No sales tax here. What's Tucson's sales tax rate now? 9.1%? Isn't the City planning to increase that, too?
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