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Monday, April 30, 2012

WEGO HAWMC Day 30: Word Cloud

 HAWMC Day #30: Word Cloud. Make a word cloud or tree with a list of words that come to mind when you think about your blog, health, or interests. Use a thesaurus to make the branches of your “tree” extend further. http://www.wordle.net/
There WILL be an explanation for my sudden disappearance midway through the month from this challenge.  It's a good one and it came on me suddenly.  Not one single thing, but a conglomeration of them.  Next post, I promise.

I had hoped to do a few posts in the meantime, but I guess this is it for this month.  

I cut and pasted a bunch of text and the titles from the five all-time most popular posts from my blog (since 2009 anyway, when Blogger made a big change to the way stats are kept) and this is what I came up with.

 Wordle: April 30, 2012
Click on the picture to see it big. 

These are the five posts, in order of popularity as of right now:

The Twilight Saga books, and the first movie: Not just for teen girls!

 

Marisol Maldonado "comes out" of the autoimmune closet with husband Rob Thomas' hit song & video "Her Diamonds" - check it out; it's way cool

 

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Guest Post by Toni Marshall of The Northern Virginia (NOVA) CFS/ME, FMS, & OI Support Group: Awareness Benefits Me

 

Long time no blog post...  (no idea why this one made the top five...?)

 

FINALLY - Sleep Study Results!

 

I've gotten over being surprised that my post about the Twilight Saga books and movies is my all time #1 most popular (by FAR), and I guess it will be #1 until well after the last movie is released.  


The fact that "sleep" is the biggest word was a surprise to me, but so appropriate!  


Generally speaking, I love my Wordle.  I might have it enlarged and do something creative with it and make a wall hanging out of it.  Someday.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Day 15: Writing with Style. My style.


I like to think that my writing style is straight forward.  In truth some people might actually think it's blunt.  But that's me so there you go.

Yes, words flow from my mind to my fingertips to the keyboard.  Sometimes for a complicated post I hand write it first.  I've used one book so far that I like very much, Writing the Natural Way by Gabriele Lusser Rico. She uses a technique called "clustering" that I find very helpful for organizing complicated topics.

I guess I do plan my posts.  Whenever I have an idea I quickly create a draft post with the gist of it or maybe just the link that inspired it and a title that I hope will help me identify it later.  Because right now I have about 150 draft posts for this blog.  So far I have never had any problems with writer's block.  That's probably because I don't usually write unless I want to; these writer's month challenges are the only times I've ever forced myself to write.  Up until this month I've never made it past Day 7 on a monthly challenge.

Like I said, I slap a title on the draft post immediately to help me identify the post quickly.  The actual title usually comes to me by the middle to the end of the post.  Finding a catchy title is in the back of my mind until I have one.  I admit I don't always find one.  That's a hard part for me.

I write best in the recliner with my laptop.

I just went through all of the pictures on WEGO's HAWMC Pinterest page.  It has pictures with links to blog posts and articles about writing.  I was expecting to slam them all in general with some pithy remark like 'I don't write with rules,' but instead I bookmarked and re-pinned most of them as they seem like they could be very useful.  I guess I got an incorrect impression from skimming that page in the past.  I've included one of the pictures below.  It links to the blog that it originally came from, Copy Blogger, who was kind enough to allow others to re-post his work.

I haven't tried to make my blog "successful" or "highly effective" like Darren Rowse or Leo Babauta or Brian Clark of Copy Blogger above and below, to name a few biggies who also write a lot about how they do what they do so that others who want what they have (a blog that makes a good living for them) can give it their best shot.  And I don't know that I ever will.  But it's good to know that the help is out there if I ever do decide to go in that direction.  I would like to have more regular readers and people who comment... and I would like for my blog to be as effective and helpful as possible.  Food for thought, for sure.
 
22 Ways to Create Compelling Content - Infographic
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Day 14: My Dream Day - at the beach


I'm late with this post; just couldn't seem to get it out yesterday, but I did a lot of other stuff.  Then I was going to quit the challenge all together but the weekly HAWMC email from WEGO came today and I was inspired to continue.  I was also reminded that I still have two "Get out of post free" days that I can use.  But I liked what I thought of for yesterday's post so much that I'm going to go ahead and do it quickly.

My dream day is going to the beach. Nothing too fancy, just going to a nice white sand beach to take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of being there.  I would take someone with me who would enjoy it like I do.  My sister and niece come to mind.

I'd have comfortable lounge chairs, shade available if we got too hot and needed a break from the sun, good beach food like fresh fruit smoothies, and rafts for lounging in the water and just going with the flow of the tide and waves.

Here's the part of the challenge that really got me thinking:

What obstacles prevent you from enjoying your dream day? How important is achieving such a day?

Before reading the passage above and giving it a little thought, it had never occurred to me that I could have a day at the beach.  The fact is that I can get to a very nice beach in an hour and a half.  I would need help with the driving, but it's doable! Considering how much I love the beach and how therapeutic it is for me, achieving such a day is now on my list of Very Important Things To Do.
I have had this day before, as you can see from the pictures below taken by yours truly at Indian Rocks Beach in Florida, 2003.





































Friday, April 13, 2012

Day 13: 10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without.

Write a list of the 10 things you need (or love)most. 

Here they are off the top of my head and in no particular order:
  1. My cup of tea in the morning.  Organic Earl Gray, green and chai are my favorites.  With a teaspoon of local, organic honey and some unadulterated cream from a real farm.
  2.  My mom.  Without her I don't know where (or if) I would be.
  3. My sister.  Because she really seems to get how I feel about living with ICIs, and how much I would like to be living and working without them.
  4. Our dog Miley.
  5. Our cat Buttons.
  6. My adjustable bed.
  7. U-shaped neck pillows.
  8. The warm water therapy pool.
  9. Water dancing.
  10. Digital photography.
Photo courtesy of the Shabby Shoppe Blog.  And it comes with a couple of lovely recipes for Chai tea.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Day 12: Stream of Consciousness Day.


OK.  Here goes.  12:07 pm

Today I looked in the mirror and thought I knew HAWMC was going to be difficult this week because I have something extra and major to do every day this week.  So here it is Thursday and I have nothing prepared for today.  At all.  Maybe I should just try to get to Day 15 and stop there.  I have so many other things going on.  Doctors appointments, lab work appointments, trying to get the reason for these daily headaches diagnosed, dental appointments, my teeth are falling apart again - four crowns have to be re-done but I just finished #3 yesterday.  I also have a major special project I'm working on, I guess you could say consulting on, for a local non-profit.  But I made the commitment to try to post every day this month long before I took on the special project assignment.  And one of the reasons I wanted to this HAWMC is so I can get better at writing posts that are shorter and don't take so long to produce.  That's never going to happen if I don't PRACTICE.

Truth be told one of the things that's weighing heavily on me is the MRI that I traveled over an hour on Monday to have done.  That was enough in itself to put me in a tizzy, but they got the results to my doctor THE NEXT DAY and his office called and told me the results and said 'So you can talk to the Dr. about it when you come in for your follow up appointment.'  That's never happened before.  They told me that the white matter in my brain is changing.  So of course I Binged the phrase "changing white matter" and only allowed myself to look at one page of results to get a general idea of what they're talking about and now I have to wait until late next week to talk to the Dr. about it.  Every day that weighs a little more heavily on my mind.

12:22 pm - Stop!

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Day 10: Dear 16-year-old-me.

Write a letter to yourself at age 16. What would you tell yourself? What would you make your younger self aware of?

Dear 16-year-old-me,

Pretty soon you're going to meet a guy and fall in love with him.  He will consistently keep you out late at night and you will have trouble keeping up with your social life and your part time job, plus going to school full time.  You will be tired all of the time but you will keep going, you will keep up your work and school standards plus you will be a good-time party girl whenever possible.  It will be fun.

This will be the beginning of many years of a Type A Personality lifestyle in addition to an active social life.  

There's no way to tell if this lifestyle contributes to or causes the multiple chronic and autoimmune illnesses that you will begin to develop at a very early age, but if I could tell you anything it would be this: 
  •  There is nothing more important than taking care of yourself - physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Fun is temporary.  Your health is permanent.   
  • Keep up the yoga practice that you will start in a few years.  Don't let ANYTHING get in the way of regular practice.  
  • When Nia comes into your life, embrace it fully.  Figure out a way to get trained to teach Nia so you will never have to be without a Nia class, no matter where you live.
If you do these things, when you get older you will probably be in a much better place. 

I don't know if 16-year-old-me will listen to this.  She always was pretty headstrong.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Day 9: Keep calm and ...

The challenge:
Keep calm and carry on. Write (and create) your own Keep Calm and Carry On poster. Can you make it about your condition? Then go to (http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/) and actually make an image to post to your blog.

I think the story of Keep Calm and Carry On is interesting. It all started with WW II propaganda posters put out by the U.K. Ministry of Information.

Here's mine.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Day 8: Best conversation I had this week - Rabies vaccination, anyone?

Try writing script-style (or with dialogue) today to recap an awesome conversation you had this week.

I've had a blessedly quiet week.  I haven't had many conversations and at first I didn't think a single one could be considered  "awesome."  Then I checked my trusty thesaurus.com and saw that one conversation could indeed be awesome in the sense of the red synonyms to "awesome," below: 

 AWESOME
*informal/non-formal usage
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: amazing
Synonyms: alarming, astonishing, awe-inspiring, awful, beautiful, breathtaking, daunting, dreadful, exalted, fearful, fearsome, formidable, frantic, frightening, grand, hairy*, horrible, horrifying, imposing, impressive, intimidating, magnificent, majestic, mean, mind-blowing*, moving, nervous, overwhelming, real gone, shocking, something else, striking, stunning, stupefying, terrible, terrifying, wonderful, wondrous, zero cool

So here's the background for this awesome conversation.  It was actually a telephone conversation with several different people on the topic of rabies shots for my pets.  We have not found a vet in our new location yet so I was making some calls trying to find one who would do a three year rabies shot, like our old vet, Dr. Fred Freeland at Pet Partners in Albany, GA did for us.  I had already done some research online and found that the law regarding rabies vaccinations for pets in the state of Georgia is on a county by county basis.  That means that each of the 159 counties in Georgia has their own law about rabies vaccinations.  I had also found a reference online to the county I live in now that indicated that the veterinary professionals in this area are themselves confused about what the law is regarding rabies vaccinations in this county. 

First I called a local vet's (LV) office in our new area.

Me:  Hi, I'm looking for a vet that will do a three year rabies vaccination for our pets.

LV:  What?

Me:  A three year vaccination as opposed to one that only lasts for one year.

LV:  Oh.  We don't do that.

Me: Do you know if any of the vets in the county do?

LV:  No... I don't know.

Me: OK, thanks.

In my research prior to this phone call I had also already found out that each county's law regarding rabies vaccination is handled in the County Health Department, Environmental Health/Disease Control area.  So I called the Health Department in my county and asked to speak with someone in Environmental Health/Disease Control (EH/DC).  Here's how that conversation went.

Me:  I'm trying to find out what the law is regarding rabies vaccination in this county.

EH/DC:  What do you want to know?

Me:  If three year rabies shots are allowed.

EH/DC:  No, we only do the one year.  

Me:  Really?  Where is that law written.  I would like to look at it.

EH/DC: We go by the state code and the state code says one year.

Me:  Where can I look at a copy of that?

EH/DC:  Ummm... it's online somewhere, let me see if I can find that...

Me:  What's it called?

EH/DC:  The Official Code of Georgia, Section 3119-1.  But if your pet did have a three year vaccination and it bit someone more than a year after the shot, your pet would have to be quarantined.  

Me:  ??????  My dog doesn't bite.

EH/DC:  But IF it did...

We went on like that for a while more then I thanked her and hung up.  In her defense I will say that I was able to find a copy of the law/code online with the information she gave me.  It's here:  http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/layout.htm. It says it's up to the counties "to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations requiring canines and felines to be inoculated against rabies and to prescribe the intervals and means of inoculation, the fees to be paid in county sponsored clinics, that procedures be in compliance with the recommendations of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians for identifying inoculated canines and felines, and all other procedures applicable thereto." 

So the county is telling me they follow the state code and the state code says it's up to the county.

They have not heard the last from me on this.

What I really needed right now was heart worm medication for our dog; I was just trying to get the info about vaccinations so we would be ready with a vet in July when it's time for our pets' annual exams.  Somewhere along the line I got the idea to call our old vet and see if they would mail us the heart worm medicine so we wouldn't have to pay for an exam fee at a new vet before it's time for Miley the dog's annual exam (another law - vets can't prescribe medicine without seeing the "patient.")  They would and they did mail the medicine.

Here's the pertinent part of the conversation with the lady at our old vet's (OV) office.

Me:  I've been trying to find a vet in the new county we live in who will do a three year rabies vaccination like Dr. Freeland does but I haven't been able to find one.  The County Health Department here is telling me that they go by the state code and that it specifies a one year vaccination, but I can't find a copy of the law to look at it myself.

OV:  The state code says the county can go either way, with a one year or the three year.  

Me:  That's interesting.  I haven't been able to find anyone in this county who could tell me that.  Even the person at the County Health Department Environmental Health/Disease Control office told me that the state code says one year.

OV:  Laughs.  It's confusing and it's crazy because our pets don't need all of that medicine year after year.  It's hard to find anyone who will do the three year.  Dr. Freeland is the only one in this county who does.

Me:  Maybe we'll just have to bring the animals to you for their annuals!

We went on for awhile more with her commiserating with my plight.  When I got off the phone and talked to my mom/housemate about it, she pointed out that we need to have a vet here in case of emergency.  So I will continue my search for a local vet who is intelligent and free-thinking enough, and is willing to let go of some of his/her profits from these annual vaccinations in the interest of the health of my pets.

FYI, there is a non-profit organization called the Rabies Challenge Fund that seeks to change rabies vaccination laws in our nation to a reasonable and research-backed time requirement.
"Research has demonstrated that over-vaccination can cause harmful adverse effects in dogs."
So this exercise in writing has really been about ICI in pets caused by the meds we give them to supposedly keep them healthy.  Funny how everything seems to come back around to this blog topic eventually...





Saturday, April 7, 2012

Day 7: Health Activist Choice! - Headache Update

Write about what you want today.

In light of my haiku post yesterday, I thought I should do an update on my headache status.  I first wrote about the daily headaches I've been having since the beginning of last year, in February 2012 on Another ICI Diagnosis

Since that blog post, my neurologist has taken back the migraine diagnosis.

I don't have any aura or visual disturbances ever, throbbing pain is rare for me, I have occasional nausea but never any vomiting, rare and then only mild sensitivity to light and/or sound.  So you can see I'm missing most of the major symptoms of migraine.  I do occasionally have piercing pain on one side/temple.

I just have a headache, i.e. pain in my head, almost every day.  It's usually an actual ache and it's usually at least a level 4 on this Comparative Pain Scale, sometimes a 5 or 6 but never more severe than that.  Thank heaven for small favors.

So the neurologist is thinking maybe it's low cerebral spinal fluid pressure and I'm scheduled to have an MRI this month to see about that possibility.  But there are a lot of symptoms of low CSF pressure that I don't have also.

I was able to start seeing an endocrinologist recently, and  she's thinking maybe it's an anterior pituitary disorder.  I'll be having some blood work done this month to see about that.

In the meantime I have a level 4 or above headache almost every day and I can only take pain medicine for it 3 or 4 times a week because of the possibility of rebound, or medication over-use,  headaches developing.  In addition, every medicine I was taking for pain including Tylenol and the muscle relaxer Flexeril, seems to be triggering even worse headache pain.  NSAIDs cause nausea even when taken with food.  So I can't take anything for pain.

On  a more positive note, as a result of being unable to take meds I've been doing other things like gentle yoga or water exercise when possible, meditation for pain relief, and using ice and rest.




Friday, April 6, 2012

Day 6: Health haiku

Write a haiku about your health focus. 5 syllables/7 syllables/5 syllables. Write as many as you like.


Headache, headache, why?

 Torment, torture, wish to die.

Headache, HEADACHE, WHY?


 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Day 5: Ekphrasis (a literary device in which a text responds to or describes another work of art): Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Go to flickr.com/explore and write a post inspired by the image. Can you link it to your health focus? Don’t forget to post the image!
Every rose has its thorn
Just like every night has its dawn
Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song
Every rose has its thorn
Yeah it does
Ekphrasis or ecphrasis is the graphic, often dramatic, description of a visual work of art. In ancient times it referred to a description of any thing, person, or experience. The word comes from the Greek ek and phrasis, 'out' and 'speak' respectively, verb ekphrazein, to proclaim or call an inanimate object by name.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekphrasis
So I went to the flickr site mentioned in the writing prompt above, and decided to use the date 5/12/11 (Fibromyalgia Awareness Day) to use the Explore Interesting Stuff feature to check out interesting content that was posted to Flickr on that day.  This photo of the rose with barbed wire reminded me of the song Evey Rose Has Its Thorn originally by Poison in 1988.  In fact I couldn't get the song out of my head so I chose this photo to write about in spite of the fact that there were lots of other great photos featured on that day.

Although the song is about a love gone wrong story, it's easy for me to relate both the photo and the song to the ICI experience.  My life is the rose and chronic illnesses are the thorns.  The barbed wire in the picture is symbolic of people and things who try to hold me back from reaching my true potential in spite of CI.

BTW, Brett Michaels was the lead singer for Poison and he's a rock and roll star who lives with diabetes.  Also, this song came out the year before I was diagnosed with the first three CIs:  endometriosis, fibromyalgia and food allergies.  Seems like such a long time ago.  I'm essentially the same person now that I was then... but damn I could dance a lot better then.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison, Unplugged 1990

LYRICS

We both lie silently still
in the dead of the night
Although we both lie close together
We feel miles apart inside

Was it something I said or something I did
Did my words not come out right
Though I tried not to hurt you
Though I tried
But I guess that's why they say

Chorus:
Every rose has its thorn
Just like every night has its dawn
Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song
Every rose has its thorn
Yeah it does

I listen to our favorite song
playing on the radio
Hear the DJ say loves a game
of easy come and easy go
But I wonder does he know
Has he ever felt like this
And I know you'd be here right now
If I could have let you know somehow
I guess

Chorus

Though it's been a while now
I can still feel so much pain
Like a knife that cuts you the wound heals
but the scar, that scar remains

I know I could have saved our love that night
If I'd known what to say
Instead of makin' love
We both made our separate ways
But now I hear you found somebody new
and that I never meant that much to you
To hear that tears me up inside
And to see you cuts me like a knife
I guess

Chorus

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Day 4: I write about my health because…

Reflect on why you write about your health for 15-20 minutes without stopping.

There have already been volumes written about why people write about their health and why it's helpful to do so. I have personally written volumes about it, and also about blogging about our illnesses.

In 2007 I spoke on a radio program for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week (NICIAW) titled Blogging About Your Illness. I had so much to say on the subject that I also created a series of blog posts of the same title, divided into Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

 In 2010 the folks at NICIAW asked me to re-visit the subject, so I did. This time I called the two part series The Mechanics of Blogging About an Illness: An Update, and Blogging About Illness Update: Why We Do It and What's New About It.

As you can see, I HAVE studied and written volumes about writing and blogging about illness. Scattered throughout are bits and pieces of the answer to today's prompt about why I write about my health. So now I'm going to set the timer and put it all together with whatever else comes out.


 I have always written when I get upset. In my pre-illness days that meant I only wrote when I was unhappy. It's an effective outlet for me that allows me to organize and analyze my thoughts in a productive way that I'm not able to do if the thoughts are just left to whirl around in my mind. 

I guess I started writing on this blog about my illness in 2007 because I wasn't able to work at a "real" job, writing on the blog made me feel like I was doing something worthwhile, and I could do it from my recliner. And it was free!

 I started out blogging with the hope that my friends and family would read my posts and it would open the door to discussion between us about these subjects that I find hard to talk about in person. Hasn't happened. Either my friends and family don't read what I write or they're not interested in talking about it. What has happened is I've got a whole new set of friends that I've mostly only met virtually in the blog world, but who I feel like I know and am close to because we have chronic illness and writing about it in common.

I found from my research for the other posts I've written about writing/blogging about illness that writing is a form of art for me, and art is healing. That's been proven scientifically. So it feels good and that's a big reason why I do it.

Also from previous research I've found that my blog is a quest narrative. Quest narratives are about finding that insight as illness is transformed into a means for the ill person to become someone new. That's where I'm headed now. Hopefully I will write more about where this is going is future posts this month.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Day 3: Superpower Day

If you had a superpower – what would it be? How would you use it?

I kind of feel like I've been waiting for this prompt for years.  Because I've been wishing for this superpower for years.  No, I don't want to be invisible.  Rachel Ray frequently asks the guests on her show this question, and she says invisibility is a popular answer.  Seems like that's just a way of saying you want to spy on people...

For my superpower I would like to be able to transfer how I feel to another deserving person.  A lot of people say they wouldn't wish their pain or other symptoms on their worst enemy.  They're way better people than me.  I wouldn't transfer my health issues to just anyone, just to those who think people with ICI are lazy or a wuss because of how they deal with their symptoms.  

My superpower wish probably has a lot to do with the important men in my life (husband, father) dismissing my symptoms as my own weakness.  These are men who knew me for years before I got sick.  I was strong and active and productive and happy.  It never fails to amaze me that they could reconcile the old me with the me that had to change her life in major ways in order to live effectively with multiple chronic illnesses, and then how they could come up with the deduction that I was faking it all.  

So my wishful answer is to be able to transfer the effects of my health issues to other people.  The transfer would have to include the effects of having lived with these symptoms for weeks and months and years, day in and day out.  In other words the long term beat down that comes with living with a CI.  

Of course the transfer would also involve the invisibility or concealment of the illness, and others' negative reactions to to it.  The length of time I would have the transfer last would depend on the transferee's reaction to their new, chronically ill self.  As long as they continued on in denial the transfer would continue.  They would have to come to the realization that their life had changed permanently and deal with that for a while before the transfer would be reversed.  Yeah, I'd reverse it.  Eventually.









Monday, April 2, 2012

Day 2: Quotation Inspiration

Find a quote that inspires you (either positively or negatively) and free write about it for 15 minutes. 


I'm using two quotes.  And some links and pictures to go with my free writing.

"Through movement we find health."

"Many of my favorite shamans are rock stars. They probably don't even know they're shamans, but they know how to get to ecstasy and back, and how to take others with them. They may not have a license, but they know how to drive."
— From "Maps to Ecstasy," by Gabrielle Roth, and as listed in the liner notes of the Carlos Santana album Supernatural

Sweat Your Prayers.  Movement as spiritual practice.  Music is my motivation.  I want to dance with the abandon of a child.   Water dancing works too, and it doesn't hurt.  I hope and pray to get back to dancing on my bare feet on a good wood floor.  There are no Nia classes where I live; I aspire to get trained and certified and be able teach my own classes.  Then I can have Nia wherever I am.  It's impossible to describe a Nia-type class.  Pictures are good but even a video can't convey the joy and peace and love and happiness that come with a good Nia class.  You just have to be there.








 















Photos courtesy of Nia Technique's Photostream on Flickr.com.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Day 1 of the WEGO Health Activist Writer's Challenge: Health Time Capsule

It's finally here - WEGO Health Blog's April 2012 Health Activist Month Challenge!  So without further adieu, I'll get started.



The Challenge:
Health Time Capsule. Pretend you’re making a time capsule of you & your health focus that won’t be opened until 2112. What’s in it? What would people think of it when they found it?

After doing a little research on time capsules (on It's About Time... time capsules, that is, and on Atlanta's Oglethorpe University International Time Capsule Society (ITCS) website) I decided I would want to get a bigger group together to fill the time capsule than just the stuff that I would put in there.  I would have enough to fill a decent sized capsule but really, who's going to care about just me in 100 years?  So I think I would ask all of my colleagues from the 2008 International Leaders Against Pain Conference  group and any readers of The ICIE blog who would like contribute to the time capsule and be part of a ceremony for burying it, to do so.  So how about it?  What would you like to put in this time capsule?  Where should we bury it?  Please leave a comment below detailing your ideas and what your contribution would be. 

The stuff I would put in would include:
  • A backup of The ICIE blog on a flash drive
  • Also on the flash drive:  all of the newsletters I wrote for the Albany, GA Area FM Support Group
  • OK, let's just say everything I've ever written about my health focus - on the flash drive
  • Copies of the books, DVDs and CDs that have helped me in my health journey - many of them are shown in no particular order on the amazon widget at the end of this post
Dreaming on, we would choose an appropriate vessel and marker for our time capsule (See Time Capsules, Inc. for some ideas), we would choose a place to bury our time capsule and plan an appropriate ceremony for the burial. We would of course register our time capsule with the ITCS and insure that it would be opened in 100 years.

My hope is that when the ceremony for the opening of the time capsule is done in 2112, everything in it will be obsolete because we will have conquered all of the health focus issues that our contributions tell the story of.  Everyone will be living clean, green and healthy.

That's my dream for my time capsule.

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