Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Has this year brought you lots to thank for?

For us, this is one of the best years of our lives. There are several milestones to all the members of our family. Let’s share the cheer and the grateful feelings around, shall we.

I can't upload pictures for now, my storage is full.  Instead, let me give you the links where you could get free images.  Hope the images and links below be useful to you in Thanksgiving celebration:

This website gives you nice wallpaper images: 

This website is also good.

And how about jokes about  thanksgiving:

How to cook a turkey: (Authentic:-)
Step 1: Go buy a turkey.
Step 2: Take a drink of whiskey, scotch, or JD.
Step 3: Put turkey in the oven.
Step 4: Take another 2 drinks of whiskey.
Step 5: Set the degree at 375 ovens.
Step 6: Take 3 more whiskeys of drink.
Step 7: Turn oven the on.
Step 8: Take 4 whisks of drinky.
Step 9: Turk the bastey.
Step 10: Whiskey another bottle of get.
Step 11: Stick a turkey in the thermometer.
Step 12: Glass yourself a pour of whiskey.
Step 13: Bake the whiskey for 4 hours. …Step 14: Take the oven out of the turkey.
Step 15: Take the oven out of the turkey.
Step 16: Floor the turkey up off the pick.
Step 17: Turk the carvey.
Step 18: Get yourself another scottle of botch.
Step 19: Tet the sable and pour yourself a glass of turkey.
Step 20: Bless the saying, pass and eat out.
 
Jokes for you:
Luke: What did the turkey say to the computer?
Will: What? Luke: “Google, google, google.”
A geek's list of thanks
1. Be thankful you haven't been spammed!
2. Be thankful your computer isn't down!
3. Be thankful our favorite social group website site isn't down!
4. Be thankful you don't have The Good Times virus!
5. Be thankful your server isn't down!
6. Be thankful for a vast selection of Web sites to browse!
7. Be thankful no one knows who you really are in Matchmaking websites!
8. Be thankful someone sent you a cyber cake, and you didn't gain a pound!
9. Be thankful your 28 year old cyberfriend really isn't 72!
10. Be thankful for a fast Internet connnection!
11. Be thankful Facebook makes it easier to get in touch with our children, relatives and friends!
12. Be thankful no one sent you a cyber voo-doo doll from New orleans :P
 
May the Thanksgiving celebration remind us all of the graces and blessings we received in our lives, and may this prompt us to spread the grateful feelings.

Sources:

http://www.facebook.com/surjendu.ghanty
http://www.theholidayspot.com/thanksgiving/wallpapers/
http://voices.yahoo.com/free-thanksgiving-wallpaper-screensavers-clip-art-7142944.html?cat=30
http://phototouchuponline.com/2012/11/18/happy-thanksgiving/

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Painful Leg Cramps During Sleep

Have you experienced being awaken by painful leg cramps during sleep? Were you scared that your calf muscle was turning hard as wood while experiencing intense pain? Added to that, the pain seemed to creep up from calf muscle to hamstrings.  You may have wondered if a stroke is going on,  I did, or you are slowly getting paralyzed. I thought of many scary crazy stuff.  I over reacted.

Thank you for this image.

Some people call this Charley Horse. I call it worst nightmare coming true. I have read painful muscle cramps have  no real causes, although I have several coincidences happening each time I experience the painful muscle cramps:

What causes these cramps?  Usually they are:

1.  Tiredness
The first time I experienced this was when I was 13 years old.  My friends and I joined the chuch procession is Isabela.  It was fun.   It was my longest participation in a church procession at that time.   Since I was with a friend, the hours just went by and we did not mind the sore feet and legs.  Coming home, I washed my feet and went to sleep, to be awaken later by severe calf muscle cramps. I screamed in pain.  Tatay came to the rescue at once and massaged my legs. The pain  subsided.

2.  Poor circulation or lack of circulation -
If you stay in one position (sitting, standing, lying)  for a long time your blood is not circulating normally.  Try shifting your position once you're aware that you've been in one position for long time.

2.  Cold weather
I like cold weather, I love walking on the streets on cold weather as I could wear my cool cold weather attire.  BUT, especially with older people like me, you can't enjoy it too much. Your muscles object and remind you of your age when you get muscle cramps.

3. Pregnancy
Muscle cramps during pregnancy is not as painful as this  severe calf muscle cramps,  but nonetheless, it's a discomfort.

4. Lack of potassium, calcium on diet
That's what the doctor says to pregnant women who experience muscle cramps.  This was true when I was pregnant, I can't even stretch out my legs without getting muscle cramps.  After delivery though, your muscles slowly return to normal and OMG, it feels so good to be able to stretch again.  You never miss one thing while you have it, but having the pleasure to do the things you used to do before pregnancy is like going to paradise.

5. Taking of diuretics or medicine that increase the amount of urine that you produce, too much coffee or any drink which has diuretic effects.

Treatment:

1. Massage the muscle for circulation and to warm the muscles.During my latest episode,  I was screaming in pain and had awaken my husband.   His help in massaging my leg helped much with providing warmth and increasing circulation.

2.  Pain reliever pills - Advil, Alleve, Ibuprofen- Follow instructions on the bottle, and take when your muscles are still sore.

2.  Enjoy warm shower or bath to relax the muscles.

3.  Drink lots of fluids during the day or your waking hours,  and another glass of water before going to bed.

4. Move your legs, stretch and contract muscles gently and slowly. You should do this regularly too, and before going to sleep to prevent night cramps.

5. Eat potasium-rich food -
  • Bananas - some swear that eating banana after dinner insure them of good night sleep, free from painful muscle cramps
  • apricots, nectarines, dates, grapes, or raisins
  • Beans
  • Cabbage/broccoli family of vegetables
  • Oranges, grapefruit, and their juice
  • Pork and lamb
  • Potatoes and corn
  • Saltwater fish (for example, tuna)
  • Tomatoes and tomato juice
6.  Believers of apple cider vinegar advise  you to take it while you are experiencing muscle cramps.

7.  Believers of Vitamin C also advise you of regular intake of freshly squeezed lemon juice regularly.

8. Salt.   Some contradict the drinking of water while experiencing pain, and advise to shake salt into your palm and lick  it. (I am so reminded of drinking a tequila shot).

9. Regular exercise 
Do your exercises regularly - cycling, swimming - any activity  that strengthens your leg muscles. Of course don't do this when you're hurting.

9. Taking  vitamin supplements - phosphate, calcium, sellenium, vitamin B complex.  Consult yoiur physician  about this first.

I do hope however that your leg cramps are occasional like mine, because this could also be a symptom of other diseases:

My leg cramps remain sore after one or two days, so I take pain reliever during those days.  If you experience leg cramps frequently, defintely consult your physician.

References:
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/nocturnal-leg-cramps-nighttime-calf-muscle-pain.html
http://transformationtrainer.com/2010/10/muscle-cramps-and-soreness/ 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Old Songs I Remember You By

Songs make life colorful and memorable.  In fact I associate many people I loved, and even those I have loved and lost and those I have hated too with songs. 

My father used to sing this song as my lullaby until I was uh, four years old :) 
Sometimes Tatay sang  with the following lyrics as I remember...

Around the world, I searched for you, I travelled long with hope was gone to keep a rendezvous... 

Usually he hummed the other parts of the song and ended with:

No more will I go on around the world for I have found my world in you....

I loved it when he combined singing and humming so I would actually request him to sing the song with na naaa, it sounded like that when he hummed.



That song is a theme song of a movie with the same title, Around the World in 80 Days, made in 1956.  Oh yeah, I must be less than or one year old then. 

I remember Nanay singing this song as a lullaby to my sisters Jo and Maritz, so I dedicate this song to them:



When I was a young, small and ferocious, my brother Cezar+  and I always found reasons to argue and  fight.  We fought with words, lots of screaming, fists and kicks.  He was two years older than me - yes, a boy too, and that made our fights quite interesting.  He was stronger and  bigger but he was no match to my theatrics which include rolling at least three times in pain from his kick, or crashing down on the floor from his fist while bawling and cursing. We would fight for the smallest excuse there was.  I thought that I was very smart, he thought that he was smarter.  He thought that I should be scared of him as he was bigger and older; I thought that he should give in/yield to me for the same reasons.  Anyway, we were like tigers fighting for our territory.  That changed when we were almost done with our teenage years, we became 'normal' brother and sister.  Anyway, each time I hear this song I remember Cezar. One day, after our usual fight I consoled myself (after my theatrical cries) by singing When You're Smiling.  I was quite surprised that after singing, Cezar also sang/hummed the song.  I guess he was consoling himself too.  Here is the song, and I prefer the livelier version by Michael Buble, just  the way I sing it:


My mother, Nanay told me the story of a movie, The Autumn Leaves, starring Joan Crawford.  I was moved by the story of lovers - an older woman and a young man.  They were so in love but the older woman thought that someday the young lover may leave her for a young lady.  She initiated their break up, against the young man's will.  It was painful for both of them; they suffered much, but eventually I think the young man married a lady of his age.  The older woman would always remember him by this song:



I once had a young suitor, very ardent, very sincere, very generous, and of a different culture and religion.  He was almost half my age and naturally his family did not approve of me.  I remember him by this song too.

An ex BF reminds me of this song, or this song reminds me of him.  I won't say much anymore to protect the innocent :P


This song reminds me of another ex bf:

Yes, even before the advent of the scandalous Hayden Kho-Katrina Halili video, we had our own too, I suspected much ..... I confronted him about it, he did not confirm nor deny.   If ever my suspicion was true, it did not go viral though.

One of my BFFs, Sophie,  has this song as her favorite when we were teenagers (never been kissed, never been loved), and like a prediction her love story is almost the same as the song's theme. 

I remember another BFF, Lourdes,  with this song.  It was the time for our barrio fiesta and nobody was in our house except Lourdes and I.  Lourdes and I danced with gusto while this song played until big brother Edwin who was super a***ole at that time,  killjoy,   arrived and made us stop.  I also dedicate this song to another BFF , Charry.


A childhood friend, Elet,  used to tease me that I don't know any other song except this.  I was a quite pissed because I've known lots of songs, but this was my favorite.  Anyway like a prediction, I am also a very devoted wife, I assure you :))


This is one of my hubby's favorite song,Peanuts' Theme song.  This song is for you, sweetheart.


Although this is the song I'll always sing for you.  I have a special friend who always appears when I am feeling alone even when I have gazillions of people around me.  This person always sings/play this song for me:
                                        


And lastly I dedicate this song to you, my gentle readers :)
 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Truth Game in FB ... Just for Fun

Do you use this Truth Game application in Facebook.   Sometimes I play along, curious how others would answer, and curious  what ridiculous questions they ask.  Friends in FB, thanks for answering questions about me, but I am goofier than you think.   Let's not be too serious today, why don't you and  I answer them here.

Fantasy  of Mine Self  :P


Do you think that Malu Silverman lets the "yellow mellow"?   No (Yes, I do.) Find out who answered this for 200 coins!
Would you wink at Malu Silverman?  No  (I wish you would, I might wink back, but then you might get sacred?) Find out who answered this for 200 coins!
Do you think Malu Silverman is cute? No (Ok, no problem, I can't be cute to everyone, huhuhu....) Find out who answered this for 200 coins!
Do you think that Malu Silverman has ever watched someone undress secretly?  Yes  (Honestly, I am not a peeping Tom or Tomasia, , although some would not mind me watching them :P) Find out who answered this for 200 coins!
Do you think that Malu Silverman could be a gangster? No  (You're right, there are too many complications there, my mind won't be able to handle those (the same thing I said to my modeera in KSA who suspected me of wrong doing) Find out who answered this for 200 coins!
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Trigger Finger, Gotcha! Ouch.........

Go and reach into your pockets, or extricate your fingers from your bag pocket and if your finger(s) does not lock on you or does not give a catch, you're lucky.  I am not saying that trigger finger is the norm but my sisters, my friends have them and it's starting to be a little too common.  This reminds me of an asthmatic friend who at a party asked  me if  I brought with me a nebulizer. "What", I asked, although the term is not foreign to me, as my daughter used to have asthma before. Our other friends laughed, reminded the inquiring friend, "You're the only asthmatic person here, why should we have nebulizers in our bags?. You made it sound like we're not normal if we don't have it in us."


What is a trigger finger? Trigger finger is a condition that affects the tendons in your fingers or thumb. It is also known as trigger digit or stenosing tendovaginitis. According to Wikipedia, "trigger finger, trigger thumb, or trigger digit, is a common disorder of later adulthood characterized by catching, snapping or locking of the involved finger flexor tendon, associated with dysfunction and pain. A disparity in size between the flexor tendon and the surrounding retinacular pulley system, most commonly at the level of the first annular (A1) pulley, results in difficulty flexing or extending the finger and the “triggering” phenomenon. The label of trigger finger is used because when the finger unlocks, it pops back suddenly, as if releasing a trigger on a gun." It limits finger movement and  it's so painful, especially when it's locked. You have to massage it slowly to unlock or uncurl it or you have to soak your hand in warm water.

What causes trigger finger?
I am a hardworking person. Since I was a small girl I was the 'kargador' of my grandmother and my aunts. I was the youngest and smallest 'working' member of that family, but I was chosen to be the one to carry everyone's shopping bags, not only the ordinary grocery bags but also the bags of merchandise that my aunt bought and sold to the whole neighborhood. I felt like  Supergirl or Wondergirl those days.  I thought that I had 'special power' as I could lift better than my peers. With that kind of mentality, when I grew up and became an office employee later, I lifted boxes of files, typewriters, etc. When I became a photographer specializing in interiors and furniture photography, I felt comfortable lifting big sofas, chairs and even beds. I did not heed people's advice  to go easy on my hands, my fingers, my arms.   In fact I made myself stronger by lifting weights - barbells, dumb bells, way before going to the gym became fashionable. That's my theory of the root cause of my trigger fingers. Added to that, another friend's theory is that I always touched hot objects like lids of pots and pans while cooking without using a pot holder to protect my fingers from the heat, then while 'resting' as my dish is simmering or boiling, I go right ahead and wash the dishes on the sink with cold water (no hot water system in our house then).   Did I not tell you I thought I had super powers? 

What really causes trigger finger?

According to this site, http://www.davidlnelson.md/Trigger_Finger.htm, these are the causes of trigger finger:

We do not know exactly what causes trigger finger, but we do know some things. The tendon is subjected to significant forces at the A1 pulley, which is where trigger finger occurs. Trigger fingers show changes in the substance of both the tendon and the pulley called "fibrocartilaginous metaplasia", which means that some of the cells change into cells that have the characteristics of cartilage cells such as those found in inter vertebral disks. The cells show an increase in both the size of the cells and the number of cells. The smooth gliding layer of the tendon and the pulley change, with fraying and disintegration of the surface. We do not see these high forces or cellular changes in other areas of the flexor tendons, therefore we feel that these changes must be related to the disease called trigger finger. (Trigger Digits: Diagnosis and Treatment, by Miguel J. Saldana, MD; Journal of the AAOS, July/August, 2001, pages 246-252).
The normal tendon is composed of very parallel strands of collagen.
The trigger nodule has degredation products of collagen
accumulating within the strands of collagen inside the tendon,
creating a fat place or "nodule" in the tendon.
(illustration by Dr. Nelson) 





The nodule inside the tendon can grow so big
that it cannot pass under the pulley.

In addition, the molecules of the collagen (collagen makes up about 95% of the substance of a tendon) degrade and break up. The degradation products of the collagen, called "mucinous degeneration", accumulate within the tendon, enlarging the area (see illustration, below). This in part creates the bump or swelling of the tendon. This seems to be a natural part of aging (like gray hair and wrinkles) and is not a sign of disease or overuse. That is, we do not see trigger nodules more commonly in people who do heavy manual labor for a living and we do not see it more commonly in the dominant hand, even though we all use our dominant hand much more than our non-dominant hand. Trigger nodules are most commonly seen in adults of middle age, especially post-menopausal women and men of a similar age.

It's hard for me to understand fully the goobledigook above, how about  you?

I agree with them on this, though, a doctor's view:
Who gets trigger finger?

Many people think trigger finger should come from a long history of hard work, but hard labor does not seem to be very related. It can come from an episode of overuse, but is usually not associated with any period of heavy use. It usually comes on gradually, and typically comes in our 40's, 50's, and 60's. It is about two to three times more common in women than in men, and the fourth finger is the most often involved. It is common for patients to get it in more than one finger. If they do, it is often either the same finger in both hands, or two adjacent fingers. I have only had one patient who had it in all 10 fingers, and he was a 60 year old who played handball. I think if you are 60 and go around whacking things with your palm, you should expect to get problems! Most patients will get it in only one or two fingers.

So what could be done for treatment?
The first step to recovery is to limit activities that aggravate trigger finger. Occasionally, your doctor may put a splint on the affected hand to restrict the joint movement. If symptoms continue, anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, may be prescribed. Your doctor may also recommend an injection of a steroid medication into the tendon sheath. If the condition does not respond to conservative measures or consistently recurs, surgery may be recommended to release the tendon sheath and restore movement.

Would you like to see how the surgery is done?


I had my first surgery on my right thumb.  After two years, I had my middle finger operated too, and recently and the worst ever, I had my forefinger operated. As you can see, I have two cuts for my middle finger surgery. After the first cut and the doctor's usual procedure (see above video), Doc asked me to curl my middle finger.  There was still a 'catch' so he made another cut and did his procedure again.  With my recent forefinger surgery, the doctor made me curl my forefinger after the procedure.  There was still a catch, so he made the cut wider, and did his procedure again. Then, he asked me again, and hayst, there was still a  catch.  We repeated this exercise four times!  Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouuuchhhhh!  Yes, I had local anesthesia, but I could feel the heaviness and I felt how my palm was poked repeatedly;  and of course the tourniquet got  painful and very uncomfortable.  Yes, Prescilla, the doctor ties a tourniquet on your upper arm to minimize blood letting, it could be messy, you know. 

My poor right hand, veteran of three trigger finger surgeries.

What are the possible complications of a trigger finger release?
Trigger finger surgery is very safe, but there are possible complications. The most common problem is that the trigger finger can come back if the tendon sheath is not adequately released. Other possible problems include infection, stiffness of the finger, and damage to the nerves of the finger. The likelihood of these problems is very small, and trigger finger surgery has a very high success rate.

Exercises for trigger finger:
This site offers good exercise for trigger finger:
http://www.ehow.com/list_6902465_alternative-finger-exercises.html

Flex Finger Exercise

  • To gain flexibility and strength in your fingers, sit at a table, resting elbows and forearms comfortably on the surface. Test your degree of flexibility by trying to touch the ends of your fingers to your palm, then straightening them out again. If this is not possible, approach the task slowly by straightening each finger individually, starting with the easiest one to move and building it up by adding another finger every few days, as the previous one gains strength.  As with all exercise, proceed slowly, halting if you experience any pain. Carry out all exercises under the direction of your health care provider.

Bend and Straighten Fingers

  • To bend and straighten your fingers, either all together or one at a time, begin with the joint nearest the nail. Keeping the palm straight and using the other hand to help if necessary, try to bend the first joint in towards the palm. Follow with bending in the middle joint and finish with the knuckle joint. Repeat for each finger. Switch hands and do the same routine, using the spare hand as an aid if you need to. Make these exercises part of your regular routine by scheduling them at a convenient time and try not to miss a day, since frequency is a big factor in the success of any regime.

Thumb Exercise

  • While sitting comfortably, extend your wrist straight out in front of you, palm up. Supporting your forearm with a table top or the other hand, if necessary, touch the tip of your thumb to the top of your index finger to form the letter"O." Repeat with each finger and then move on to the other hand, pausing to straighten and spread the fingers between each letter.

Little Finger Exercise

  • Sit in an upright chair at a dining table or office desk. Place your forearm flat on the table top with the palm facing down. Gradually turn and raise your hand, beginning with the thumb, leaving your little finger in contact with the table's surface. Use your other hand to support the hand performing this exercise by gripping about mid-forearm, not at the wrist.
It took one year for each of my fingers to feel good as new.  I hope and pray  that my latest surgery  be as successful as the first two, whew!  And you, take care of your hardworking hands.
References:
http://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=439018831876850134
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigger_finger
http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/handcondiitions/a/triggerfinger_2.htm

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Do you think you have trigger finger(s)? If it's in an early stage, this product might help you!


Product Description
The TFS provides a pad over the A-1 pulley to relieve pressure during daily activities without interfering with hand function. It cushions the fat pad at the base of the finger and may completely reverse the trigger finger, making more aggressive treatments unnecessary. The TFS also assists in identifying the cause of the inflammation, which is often handling of certain objects. For size measure finger circumference mid-way between the base of the finger and the PIP joint. Due to anatomical differences or swelling, a larger size may be necessary.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Check Out Our Book!

We have a book out there:
The book is a collaborative effort of Ms. Debbie Allen and James Silver. I did the photography.

According to the  Editorial Review,
Debbie Allen and James Silver have a strong belief that diversity is what makes life an interesting place to live. That being said, the writers have also noted the trend of intermingling of cultures, which continues to be an ever growing phenomenon. And as the world continues to enjoy more technological advances and freedoms it also becomes a smaller place - meeting and getting to know people around the world Is now as close as one's computer. Intercultural relationships are becoming increasingly common, and in spite of the differences in the partners, or perhaps because of them, these relationships are often long lasting and loving. Many result in lifelong partners and even marriage. As the couple learns about each other's cultures and customs they determine their own way to live life and where this journey will take them. They establish the values they will live by in order to build a happy and healthy relationship. Just like other couples, they find that the key to keeping their relationship strong is an open line of communication and the act of falling in love with each other over and over again. This book offers information that will serve as a guide for anyone interested in or involved in an intercultural relationship. 

Product Details                                  

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (February 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450545874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450545877
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Letter to My Reflection in the Mirror

Dear Woman in the Mirror,

 You've come a long way, from a remote hacienda in the south to this place in the north, lol.  You have gone places, met so many people and had lived many roles - unwanted poor relation, working college student librarian, teacher, photographer/videographer, call center agent, tarot card reader, palm reader, numerology expert, dream interpreter,  pranic healer, writer, sales person,  young and hopeful wife, ambitious career woman, long suffering unhappy wife in a loveless marriage, unfaithful wife, 'separated' wife, mother, single mom, the other woman,  kept woman, new old wife, confidante to the young wives, adviser to the broken hearted,  etc., etc.

Too many roles, past and present, like being Jack of all Trades (master of none?).  Whatever you'd like to be  when you grow up (ganun) be always mindlful  of your actions and words.   Be always appreciative of what you have, for that is the basis of your happiness.   You have the ability to "concretize the abstract" and use that to the max to help others who are also in the journey.  Congratulations, I am proud of you :))

Wayne Dyer's books gave me self assurance to take charge of myself.  Reading his book made me realize that the person responsible for me is ME, guided by prayers and guidance of people I love. You will love Wayne Dyer's books.
In YOUR ERRONEOUS ZONES, Wayne Dyer encourages his readers to ask themselves this question: "How long am I going to be dead?" Dyer suggests that taking such an "eternal perspective" will aid one in gaining a more "take charge" stance in life. Life is a risk, and we are all going to die anyway, so why not do what we want with our lives? This has been one of the most helpful self-help books I have ever found. In fact, I think it may be THE best self-help book I've ever read. This is one of the "classics," and many others have taken its lead. I believe this is Wayne Dyer's best work.
The other not-so-pretty reality of life that Dyer suggests we face is that things are not fair, and they never will be. In chapter 8, "The Justice Trap," the author writes bluntly about the fact that injustice is committed every day and that if one has enough money one can get away with it. Poor people will rot in jail, while rich people get a slap on the wrist for the same crime. It is not an "erroneous zone" (self-defeating behavior) to notice the injustices of this world; the erroneous zone is the belief that becoming incapacitated with anger, guilt, worry, or indignation, by the injustices will change anything. Many heroic people try to change the injustices, and they are to be commended. But they often fail because they are against impossible odds. Year after year, century after century, the privileged few get away with what the rest of us do not. Is it fair? No! Should we convince ourselves that it is okay? No! Should we fool ourselves into believing incapacitating ourselves with worry and anger is going to change anything? No, again. If you can do something to end an injustice, then do it. If you can't, don't feel guilty.
I also enjoyed Dyer's candor on the hypocrisy of educational institutions, and found it surprising considering that he himself is a professor. He notes that one of the greatest "erroneous zones" is the need for approval, and then he points out that schools are one of the main culprits in instilling the need for approval in people. From the moment you walk into a school, he says, you are told where to sit, how to talk, what to write, how to think, control, control, control, and then you are graded according to your willingness to hand your mind over to the authority figures. Students with high self-esteem, who are full of self-love, and who are not susceptible to guilt and worry, are systematically labeled "trouble makers" by the school faculty. The inference is clear: ridding oneself of guilt and erroneous zones often means going against the very fabric of this society.
This is a radical book! And it's been a good friend for years. I had the honor of meeting Mr. Dyer a few years back at a book signing, and he seems to live what he preaches.

By 
Andrew Olivo (Oregon, United States)
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