Friend – Thankful Thursday

Today I am grateful for my friend who helps me get out of the house every now and then and hang out with her.

Check out the original Thankful Thursday. (Will update link when able.)

Taste Like Despair – One-Liner Wednesday

Store bought eggs taste like despair.


This was my friend, commenting on the difference between store bought eggs and the ones we have at the farm. At first we chuckled, but then she pointed out that most chickens on egg farms likely don’t have a whole half-acre to wander all over the place like our twenty-one chickens have. (They actually hop the fence and wander in the empty lot next to us as well, but I don’t count it because they spend most of their time here…I think…) I’ve read somewhere that how an animal is feeling when they die affects the meat, it isn’t a great stretch to apply the same to a chicken when they are laying an egg.

Makes you kind of super sad to think about why store bought eggs have absolutely no flavor…

Check out the original One-Liner Wednesday. (Will update link when able.)

Unbroken Friendship

For you I will 
Run as far as
I can to get help.
Even with three broken vertebrae
Nothing will stop me from
Doing what I can to save you.

Written in honor of a brave young woman who tried to get help for her friend after their car rolled in Southern Idaho a week ago Saturday night. They had lost their cell phones in the roll over and only one of them was able to drag herself out of the wreck.

I don’t know the name of this young woman, but I do know the name of her friend. Dakota was mentioned in my Stake Conference as she was the grandniece of one of my Stake Presidency. He mentioned her and her friend during a talk about the worth of souls.

Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God. -D&C 18:10

This friend reached the house they’d left and was able to alert them about the accident. Unfortunately, they were unable to get there in time to save Dakota who died of a broken neck in the accident.

I have tried to look up any information about the accident or the girls online and have failed, but I still felt the need to share this part of their story.

How many people would drag themselves from a wrecked car and run miles with three broken vertebrae in order to save their friend?

Childhood’s Friend – Day Seven

Best wrapped around my shoulders,
Lady’s gown or cloak or wrap,
At the best of times your always there
Never leaving me when I’m sad.
Keeping me warm when I am cold
Even when it’s snowing and I’m outside.
Years have gone by, but you’re still here.

Written to sort of lighten my mindset for the day and also for today’s offering for NaPoWriMo (http://www.napowrimo.net/2014/04/one-week-in/). I was going to use what I’d written earlier, but it didn’t feel right.

This helped me to smile again.

Compassion Through Technology

As you’re sitting at your computer or holding your phone or reading this on a tablet or eReader pretending to be a tablet (you know they are, I know they are, the eReader knows they are), are you thinking about the technology that you’re using? What all are you using it for? What does it mean to you that you can talk to your family wherever you and they are provided that they also have access to the same technology that you’re currently using?

I know that I didn’t often think about the technology that I use daily and just what it means. There are times that I have:

-being able to call 911 for my mother when she had a stroke

-keeping in contact with family when they are all scattered throughout the States doing something with their lives

-being able to attend college even though I’m only awake at night for a few years

-knowing that my niece’s eye was saved from infection because of medical technology that didn’t exist when I was her age at the time

But I don’t think about these things often. I just plop down on the sofa and pull up my laptop to surf through the internet in a way that I couldn’t when I was a teen.

It’s because of this surfing that I do now as an adult that I came across a use for technology that combines several of the things that I only sometimes think about.

A young woman came to the United States with her new husband last year in 2013. She was smart and educated and was looking to further her education in Minnesota. She wasn’t able to do that, but it is what happened after she was admitted into the hospital that really made me think about the technology that I take for granted every single day.

This young woman, Sanaz Nezami was sent to the hospital with severe head injuries and due to severe swelling of her brain there was no blood flow in her brain. Her family lived in Iran and they would never be able to make it through all the red tape in order to make it over in time for her funeral, much less be able to visit her in the hospital. The hospital staff were able to set up a laptop with a webcam in her room to make it possible for her family to keep tabs on her and to see her.

This isn’t something you think of for use with our technology unless it’s dealing with business or the military. Everyone involved were civilians and/or hospital staff. It was a simple laptop to laptop connection that is easily setup using devices bought at a Wal-mart.

I have heard of families being able to attend a wedding via the web, but have never seen a family from so far away be able to keep eyes on their daughter/sister/cousin/friend who was in the hospital and dying. The staff at the hospital would make sure to talk not only with the patient who was never able to respond but with her family at the same time and complete requests for said family so that their daughter/sister/cousin/friend knew she was loved even as she was dying and unable to see or react or possibly even hear for herself. She would hopefully be able to feel the fingers that brushed back her hair and placed a gentle kiss on her brow before she died.

Source:

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=157&sid=28203588&title=nurses-family-bond-online-as-iranian-dies-in-us

Am I Alone?

For my thoughts are constantly drawn to you

Remember that I always care

In the future you will not be forgotten

Either way, I’ll try to understand

No one deserves to be alone

Deceit would be a pebble that is tripped on, but not a boulder destroying the path completely.

Which are you?

Either you are with me or against me

No trust amongst theives

Evil is what I wish upon you

Many are the words I speak against you

You are nothing more than a convenient distraction at this point in my life.

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Written for this week’s DungeonPrompts: http://theseekersdungeon.com/2013/10/31/dungeon-prompts-week-12-friendship/