Friday, April 29, 2016

"We all struggle" | I tried to explain what it's like...


Today I tried to write it all down;
because I wanted you to see -
what it's like; how I fight;
that it's painful, being me.




Each day is a struggle -
for what most of you;
take for granted; think is normal;
for me those times are few.

The barriers that rise up; are
made pof heavy concrete and stone -
They block off my path; I can't think;
it's the only way I have known.

Weekend's here; you want to go out,
I try but can't join you inside;
I'm mourning a loss -
Of something inside me, that has died.

Tomorrow could be different,
maybe I'll handle it well;
says the voice in my head,
the one that's tired of this hell.

While everyone shoots for the moon,
I stumble and fall; knowing it's better
to claw my way through a day -
than to have nothing at all.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"While everyone shoots for the moon, I stumble and fall..."

Today I tried to write it all down,
so you could see -
what it's like; how I fight;
that it's painful, being me.

 
Each day is a struggle -
for what most of you;
take for granted; think is normal;
for me those times are few.


The barriers that rise up;
are heavy concrete and stone;
They block off my path;
the only way I have known.


Weekend's here; you want to go out,
I try but can't join you inside;
I'm mourning a loss -
Of something inside me, that has died.


Tomorrow could be different,
maybe I'll handle it well;
says the voice in my head,
the one that's tired of this hell.


While everyone shoots for the moon,
I stumble and fall; knowing it's better
to claw my way through a day -
than to have nothing at all.

    

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Nutter D. Marvel Museum in Georgetown, Delaware

Located just outside of the town of Georgetown sits a gathering of buildings and barns which house a truly incredible collection. The items, historical memorabilia and stories preserved inside this complex offers visitors an amazing snapshot of life in Sussex County. This gathering of artifacts took place a number of years ago and reflects the life and passions of a local businessman, legislator and horse lover. Nutter D. Marvel passed in 1988 and his collections were given to the town by his family members. Today it is manged by the Georgetown Historical Society, who continues to operate the Carriage Museum, Return Day Headquarters, a gift shop and last but not least, a fascinating Telephone Museum.



Monday, April 18, 2016

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Our new threat: "Increasing Instability"

I'm worried. For a long time I've been concerned that we are seeing more unstable behavior in people's lives, way of thinking, actions or outbursts. We notice it every few weeks when the words "active shooter situation" spreads across the news channels and social media outlets; when another person who is angry; disgruntled; disturbed; lashes out. They are often what we see as "the normal ones", those in positions of security; military officer; leadership roles - and yet as this breakdown occurs more and more frequently it seems that no category or class of individuals is immune.


Why are we such an angry society these days? Did everyone suddenly get denied that promotion, found out their son or daughter is living an alternative (and unapproved) lifestyle, or received the news from a spouse that "it's over, I want a divorce"? Or was this happening all along and it's just now starting to bubble to the surface in larger and more noticeable quantities and occurrences? What if we are starting to break down under stress that's been building for a long time or beginning to crack under the pressure of coping with a shortcoming that perhaps was once manageable and is now turning serious? Some days I feel that we are walking among powder kegs....



I believe that in some cases a meltdown can be triggered by the inability to deal with difficult situations - ones that during certain times might have been able to be addressed. Some of us who struggle with concentration issues, have a tough time focusing on a topic or get easily distracted might have nothing more than a limited attention span or mild learning disability. But compounded, when a job or career is on the line, when relationships are beginning to fracture or during extreme lows in one's life, such minor struggles can take on a new proportion. If someone had issues paying bills or accounting for finances or even going grocery shopping before, those tasks not only get more difficult during extreme stress but sometimes impossible. And once the little things seem out of control and unmanageable it seems far too easy for that frustration to spread into other things. Suddenly the neighbors seem more annoying or too noisy; a coworker behaves a bit oddly and we take it personally and brood over the cause or situation; or a misunderstanding between friends turns into a major rift leaving someone feeling isolated and alone.


There are a hundred things which can trigger what feels like a huge difficulty in relating to the normal world as we knew it. But is that alone enough to account for the times that people snap and act out in violence or are all these situations linked to real mental illness and imbalances that are far more serious? I think what I'm wondering is, how much of what is happening is pre-determined by genetics or chemical make up - and how much could be someone simply becoming overwhelmed. Because when you step back and look at some of the cases, it appears that in many situations, there wasn't a violent history or background of violence. So where is this coming from?


Over the weekend I'd posted this following the shootings of two firefighters in Maryland: "This is our new threat.....every week it seems there is more instability in our world." I'm not sure where we go from here.

Update: the following day, a friend of mine commented on this blog post shared on Facebook.
 
 







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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Celebrate National Beer Day by supporting Local Breweries

National Beer Day is observed on April 7th. Since I wholeheartedly believe in living local and supporting independently-owned businesses, it's a great day to celebrate nearby breweries!

Read "The History of National Beer Day" at US National Beer Day

 Graphic from Old Bust Head Brewing Company which is located in Warrenton, Virginia. Visit them on Facebook



 "The history behind the date"

Monday, April 4, 2016

What if the Fight is the way to the Light?

"You say a lot with your words"
she told me last week -
Writing isn't for everyone;
I began thinking of new ways to speak.


"Perhaps people don't read as much"
Could be you'd reach more;
Placing thoughts into prose
May lead to a new open door.


"We don't sit and absorb anymore"
It's true; society has changed.
But I'm desperate to chart
My thoughts; rearranged.


"If there is something inside"
That's worth letting out;
Finding a new path - for me,
Could erase all the doubt.


"Because you struggle it seems"
Searching for the right form;
Still needing a way to channel
The emotions I feel in this storm.


"Communicating differently"
Might be what spans the gap;
What if repackaging my words,
Could create a new map.


"Be less rigid; be open to change"
That's something I fight;
But what if learning to grow
Turns out to be my way to the light.