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Sun May 10, 2015 at 04:00 PM PDT

KosAbility: Head (ache) Hunting

by kathy in ga

I've been trying to co-exist with chronic headaches for over 30 years.  The original cause was being in a car which was struck by a drunk driver in January 1969.  I was 18 and my cheekbone was smashed and subsequently repaired by being wrapped in wire.  For a number of years I would get 'monster' headaches, caused by the trauma and  as the years went by these were joined by a whole variety of headache types.  I've fought them in many ways and have lost a good deal of my life to them.

follow me below the squiggle if you'd care to hear the trials and tribulations.  I"ll  share what some of my weapons  have been and would welcome stories and suggestions of yours of yours.  Spoiler alert: last month I had a new (to me) treatment and it has had amazing success.

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KosAbility is a Sunday volunteer diarist com- munity of, by & for people living with disabilities, who love someone with a disability, or who want to know more about the issues. By disability we mean temporary and permanent health/medical conditions — from small, gnawing problems to major, life-threatening ones. Our use of love someone extends to cherished members of other species. Our discussions are open threads in the context of this community. Feel free to comment on diary topics, ask questions, share something you've learned, tell bad jokes, post photos, or rage about your situation. Our only rule is to be kind; trolls will be spayed or neutered.
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On April 24, 1990, I had the incredible privilege of being on the grounds of
the Kennedy Space Center when the shuttle Discovery was launched carrying
the Hubble Space Telescope to begin an amazing journey.  This was
a momentous experience for someone who grew up in the pioneer
days of space exploration.

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I imagine that a lot of people wonder where their spiritual path came from.
For some the answer is obvious: the environment they were raised.  But some are drawn
to other paths, perhaps through conscious choice, perhaps through cultural
exposure.  I was adopted with no family information but did DNA testing last year with some fascinating results.
I've done some research on the connection but it has led to more questions
not many answers.  More below the squiggle.

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Welcome to the Wednesday Street Prophet's Coffee Hour. As always this is a completely open thread so feel free to bring up anything at all to discuss. This is my first time hosting so please be gentle with me.
My particular corner of interest is shamanism and I'd be delighted to discuss that if anyone's interested.  Been involved for about 6 years and I've gone all the way out to Idaho twice for shamanic workshops at an inspiring wildlife rescue center, Earthfire Institute.  Here is my favorite picture from the first one; shortly after it was taken she came over and kissed me.  That afternoon I hand fed a marshmallow to a grizzly bear who took it more gently than my beloved German Shepherd would have.  It doesn't get any better than that.
So who else has taken a long trip in pursuit of the intangible?  Have you ever met a wolf up close and personal?
Welcome to today's Street Prophets; pull up a chair and say whatever is on your mind, from the divine to the ridiculous.  

Thu May 08, 2014 at 04:07 PM PDT

GA open primary... what to do?

by kathy in ga

The Georgia open primary is in less than two weeks.  There is a lovely bunch of coconuts running to replace our dearly beloved Saxby (I smeared Max Cleland) Chambliss.  Should we progressives cross and vote for any of these characters?  I think so, because I would like to see Michelle Nunn have a fighting chance.  Sadly my favorite, Paul Broun, 'straight from the pit of hell guy' is lagging way behind.  I'm torn between voting against Perdue or voting against Handel.  Perdue is the sanest of the bunch, but Handel has ladyparts which might be an edge against Nunn.  Here's a very brief intro of the candidates.  Kossacks, what say should my friends and I do?  
BTW, there are no competitive Democratic primaries.  There is likely to be a runoff, and you can't vote in it unless you vote in the first one

who should we Democrats vote for in the primary?

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When I was riding home from the shelter that New Year's Eve Eve in 1995, I was taking with me someone who would be my friend, companion, guard and rock for the next 16 1/2 years.  She looked like a baby Rin Tin Tin, all squirmy and fluffy and beautiful.
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okay, boys and girls, get out the popcorn.  We're going to get 2-3 inches of snow tonight and an ice storm on Tuesday night.  Wall to wall coverage on the local networks, pictures of our 'esteemed' governor vowing to redeem himself.  They're even going to convene meetings today!!!  Bless their little hearts!
I shopped yesterday, two thirds of a tank of gas, going to come home this evening and drag some firewood in.  Will be staying off the roads until Thursday and hope everyone else in the area does the same.  Looking forward to playing with the dogs.
Chill out people and have some fun!


So what is Atlanta going to be like tomorrow?

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Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 07:13 AM PST

Spending Christmas alone

by kathy in ga

well, not totally alone, my three rescue dogs and two shelter cats are snuggling up to me, outside the three sibling cats I feed are chowing down,  in the back yard are numerous squirrels and birds (who will get lots of birdseed in a little while) and some majestic old oaks and pines that tower over me.  There is sunshine and wind and gorgeous chilly weather, but none of the white stuff unfortunately.
I have friends and my spiritual family and can feel their love.  I have a house and car that the bank own, and a small but steady paycheck.   I can embrace the gifts of Mother Earth and of Spirit which is all around me.  
So I am very content and full of gratitude and I am not alone and neither are you.  
Life is good.  Peace and happiness to you and yours.


Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 02:53 AM PST

Quacking all the way to the bank

by kathy in ga

This will be short and sweet but I have not seen anyone else express this point of view.  The Duck Dynasty guys are marketing geniuses.  It's the week before Christmas and the shelves are crammed with their t-shirts and books etc.  Their new season starts next month and the RWNJ's are going crazy with their outrage and petitions and Facebook campaigns.  So, they are making tons of money, when the show comes back on (and it will) the ratings will go through the roof and just who's laughing now?

  This may or may not have been planned and these hirsute homophobic hicks have the right to believe whatever garbage they want to, but in my humble opinion this is no longer about free speech, it is about free publicity.


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Ronald Westbrook, a 72 year old retired Air Force colonel with Alzheimer's was lost and confused in the middle of the night.  He knocked on a door and was shot and killed by the homeowner.  

Paul Walker, a 40 year old actor died in a car crash in Los Angeles.  

Two tragedies; neither should have happened but one of them should be making us angry, shouldn't it?

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Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 08:48 PM PDT

let's get out on the streets!

by kathy in ga

 Atlanta Georgia, HELLO!!!!   are there Kossacks who want to come out and take a stand?

I keep reading where are the protests?  There should be protests, so let's make them, not wait for somebody else to do it.  Listen I'm a 62 yr old white woman, living from paycheck to paycheck,  two bad knees and a bad back,  but it's time to put that away and get out there and show these bastards that we're MAD AS HELL and we're not going to take it anymore!  


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I was born in 1950 and have seen some of this country's best and worst moments. If you had asked me this question at nearly any prior moment in my life, there would have been no hesitation.  But now, I don't know what my answer is, does anyone else?

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