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Newsletter Vol. # 36 That's how I see it!

Hello and welcome to this week's newsletter.

What you will find in this weeks newsletter: the tragedy of PTSD; the misfortune of Greece-how the mighty have fallen; Coffee House guests; let's play a little NHL Quiz; are we to protective of our children--My Mom Used To Cut Chicken; you certainly would wonder just How Court Reporters Keep A Straight Face; some interesting facts on the brain; and of course your feedback with Reader Response.

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

In 1966 I graduated from the University of North Dakota. The previous four years I had interacted daily with young American men who didn't seem all that different from myself. But there was a huge between us and that was the Vet Nam war that hung over their heads. Hundreds of thousands of young man were in and preparing to be in a war they could not win. Some of the young man I attended class with in the open prairies of North Dakota ended up permanently in Vietnam.

Years later my life having traveled the marriage, kids, teacher,
counsellor/therapist/presenter route, I read a statistic about those young man who went to Vietnam that shocked me to my core:
     A total 58,200 US soldiers died in Vietnam--twice that number committed suicide after they returned home.

     A 2013 Statistics Canada survey of mental health with in the Canadian forces found that about 5 per cent of Canadian    soldiers have PTSD. According to the Department of Defence between the years 2004 and 2014, 160 military personnel committed suicide compared to 138 killed in combat over the same time period.

     In the last nine years 31 serving or retired members of the RCMP across Canada have taken their own lives. PTSD is believed to have played a significant part in these deaths.

So just what is post-traumatic stress disorder?

     The Canadian Mental Health Association defines post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a mental illness that involves exposure to trauma involving death or the threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violence and abuse.

     Symptoms of PTSD can include insomnia, nightmares and flashbacks or thoughts of previous traumatic episodes that seem to come out of the blue. People with PTSD can feel irritable and have a hard time concentrating. They may also feel disconnected and have a hard time feeling emotions.

     While anyone can experience PTSD, it is most common among people working in dangerous jobs or stressful situations, including first responders such as police, firefighters, and paramedics.

If you suspect you or someone you know may have PTSD, contact a health-care professional and seek help.

Parts of this article inspired by the article, "Healing The Mind" by Joel Schlesinger.

Simply saying affirmations doesn't quite "cut it." You have to say them and then act as if they were already true ~ and then they become reality as you actually DO move forward.  
                                                                          Louise Hay 

Greece-Then and Now or How the Mighty Have Fallen

I was reading an article in which the Canadian Museum of History located in Gatineau, Québec has an exhibition covering 5000 years of Greek history. The exhibition makes the point that Greece was truly the founder of modern civilization. Homer-Iliad and Odyssey, Troy, Athenian democracy, Plato, Aristotle and Demosthenes-they were the glory that was Greece. That was then.

The next day I pick up the newspaper and read about the Greece that is now.
     Anxious pensioners swarm closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATM's as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma.

It is quite sad and a little frightening to hear about Greece-the cradle of civilization-and it's economic woes. "Bankruptcy, messy Greek debit default, $8.1 billion bailout," words that describe the results of a modern day inapt political system.

I don't wish in any way for this to sound like rubbing it in but I do believe that life style and a long-standing sense of entitlement have caught up to the people of Greece.

What do you think? Feedback-

 Emotions should be central to ethical thinking. Emotional reactions are the "values" by which our brains evaluate experience: good, bad, threatening safe. Emotional reactions are in large part responsible for deciding which stimuli, out of the thousands affecting us at any time, are the ones we will give our attention to in the present moment.
                                                              Martha Nussbaum    

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The Quiz

In 1924, what team became the first US-based NHL franchise?

The New York Islanders of the early 1980s are credited with inventing what playoff tradition?

Traditionally which player/position is presented the Stanley Cup first upon winning it?

Who wrote the children's story, "The Hockey Sweater?"

Who wrote" The Hockey Song" in 1973?

The famous "miracle on ice" took place at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics between which two teams?

Married to an NHL player, who is the only woman to have been named entertainer of the year twice by the Academy of Country Music?

Which two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1984?                             

Answers further down the newsletter:

My Mom Used To Cut Chicken

My mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread butter on bread on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

Our schools sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, I don't remember getting ecoli.

Almost all of us would rather have gone swimming in the lake or at the beach instead of a pristine pool, no beach closures then.

We all took PE... and risked permanent injury with a pair of Dunlop sandshoes instead of having-cross training athletic shoes with your air cushion soles and built-in light reflectors that cost as much as a small car. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

We got the strap for doing something wrong at school, they used to call it discipline yet we all grew up to accept the rules and to honour and respect those folks older than us.

We had 60 kids in our class and we all learned to read and write, do math and spell almost all the words needed to write grammatically correct letters - imagine that?

We all said prayers in school and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school got all sorts of negative attention at home.

I grew up thinking I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to feel proud of myself.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, PlayStation Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cables stations. We worked!!

Oh yeah... And where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could've been killed!

We played "King of the Hill" on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites and when we got hurt, mom pulled out the bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our bum spanked. Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of antibiotics and then mom calls the lawyer to sue the contractor for leaving a horrible vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

Top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told they were from a dysfunctional family. We never needed to get into group therapy and/or anger management classes. We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! However did we survive?

Love to all who shared in this era and to those of you who didn't, sorry for what you missed. I wouldn't trade it for anything!

The world's tallest freestanding structure from 1976 to 2010, the CN Tower was named as one of the Seven Wonders Of The Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Answers to the Quiz

Boston Bruins, The playoff beard, The captain, Roch Carrier, Stompin Tom Connors, United States and the Soviet Union, Carrie Underwood, Tom Glavine


ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?

WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?


ATTORNEY: Your youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you serious?

Just in case you were interested...

     In the period following birth, the human brain, unlike that of our closest evolutionary relative, the chimpanzee, continues to grow at the same rate as the womb. Whereas the chimpanzee brain will no more than double from birth to reach it's adult size, the brain of humans will have tripled by age four. By adulthood, the size of the brain will have quadrupled, meaning that fully three-quarters of our brain growth takes place outside the womb following birth, with most of this increase occurring in the early years.
     It is a fact that our brain continues to grow and assimilate information all our lives otherwise if we were born with our wiring rigidly purely fixed by heredity, the frontal lobes would be far more limited in their capacity to learn and to adapt to the many different possible environments that humans find themselves in.
     To allow for the maturation of the brain and nervous system that in other species occurs in the uterus, the attachment that was until birth directly physical now needs to be continued on both physical and emotional levels. The parenting environment must hold the infant as securely as she was held in the womb."
Antonio Demasio, neurologist, states, "Much of each brain's circuitry, at any given moment in adult life, is individual and unique, truly reflective of that individuals history an circumstance. The three conditions without which healthy growth does not take place in the womb are: nutrition, a physically secure environment and the unbroken relationship with a safe, ever-present maternal figure.                                        Scattered Minds.   

Reader Response

Lawmakers, and police agencies thrive on enforcing laws encroaching our civil liberties. Prohibition was evidence to that. Police forces grow, and manifest the egos of police chiefs, as their power increases simply due to the increases in the size of their forces.

Do photo radar cameras reduce speeding? I doubt it! Surely alternative methods could be imposed if there truly was a desire to reduce speeding. In Mexico they use speed bumps very effectively. Simple onetime costs to install, resulting in lower speed. No cameras, required.

Legalizing marijuana will do a number of things; increase tax revenues, take dangerous criminals and guns, out of circulation, and give people the right to make their own choices. Alcohol causes more crime, than pot smoking.  Continued criminalization will only fill our jails and clog the justice system further.  We are producing "criminals" when in fact police resources and the public could be much better served advancing strategies against real crime.

It's 2016, and time we got with the "Pepsi" generation.
                                                                                      Don Goulet

Have yourself a great week!