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Two Florida communities that overcame a dengue outbreak in 2013 may be examples of what other U.S. communities could face as the summer begins and the mosquitoes - the same kind that carry the Zika virus - emerge.
RIO, Fla. (AP) — A summer flu seemed to be sweeping through Rachel Heid's riverfront neighborhood. Pale and shaky, she left work with a fever. Neighbors had the same symptoms, and a contractor at her home felt so sick…
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I was very, very deep into the "dark woods" and thanks to +Gregory Esau , +Sarah Ryan  and a life long local friend, I've been guided out of the woods. A plan and "watch" has been put in place. 

The plan is going to involve a lot of work regarding my memory function so I thought I'd repost one of my more popular and well received posts regarding major depressive disorder and bipolar depression. 

I've also done some update work to it. 

Now memory and its role in negative self talk and negative self-perception is not all that's going on in major depressive disorder or bipolar depression - there are other biological factors as well, of course - but getting your memory function turned around is going to go a long ways towards turning your thought and perception processes into a more positive model and research shows that some "top down" mental work can start turning around the deeper brain regions where the biological factors originate as well.

#suicideprevention  


http://tamingthepolarbears.blogspot.ca/2013/08/memory-functioning-in-major-depressive.html
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This statue of Mary was untouched by the devastating Ecuador earthquake. 
Everything collapsed around it, but the glass case with the statue of our Lady of Light remained intact after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16.

The statue was housed at the Leonie Aviat school in the Tarqui administrative district in Manta Canton, Ecuador, one of the areas most strongly affected by the earthquake. Sister Patricia Esperanza, a member of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales community in Guayaquil, told CNA that the school run by her congregation was reduced to rubble. But while the entire school collapsed, the glass case of the Virgin – who is patroness of the Oblates – was completely unharmed. The sisters cannot get over their amazement, she said.

Earthquake damage at the Leonie Aviat school in Ecuador. Credit: Oblates. Sister María del Carmen Gómez of the community in Manta, told CNA that on Wednesday they began demolition work, and that is when they discovered the statue. “Not only did the Virgin remain intact in its grotto, but also my Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament,” she said.

“The Blessed Sacrament was in a small chapel at the entrance to the school and was buried. We found it intact together with some liturgical objects used for the Eucharistic celebration and another smaller statue of Our Lady of Light.”

Digging through the rubble after the Ecuador earthquake. Credit: Oblates. Now, the occurrence is giving hope to the Tarqui community and consolation to Ecuadorans in the entire country. The Oblates have been working in this school since 1960 and had more than 900 students enrolled for this school year.
 
The April 16 earthquake – which was declared the worst in Ecuador in some 70 years – left 600 people dead and thousands more injured.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/this-statue-of-mary-was-untouched-by-the-devastating-ecuador-earthquake-64704/
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He can take any bad and convert it to a far greater good than imaginable. Let Him.

Lord, take the wheel.
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"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life."
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Artwork collections for sale by Zac Lowing. Zac is a creative person, he constantly has ideas on new things and finds way to express them either through computer graphics on an old laptop, with Legos and through photography. Being a mechanic by trade, he also is an inventor hoping to help the...
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Thank you, +Fr. Michael Sliney, LC for this post.
 
Having been the guest at the table of hundreds of family dinners, I have generally observed that the eyes of a mom tend to be analytical and critical of their daughters behavior, and more admiring of their sons. As a spiritual director for women over the years, the greatest struggle most women face is precisely their relationship with their teen-age or college aged daughters...causing some to break down in tears in my office.
A middle aged women recently described how she sees her two daughters (High School and College) in these terms: "Fr. Michael, I guess I want to help them turn out to be like me. Having been in their shoes as a girl and young adult, I understand them better than my boys, and I know which behaviors/attitudes will affect them down the road, so I am more proactive as a result. It's just the way I am wired...but I acknowledge that I do need to accept, accompany, and love them more as they get older and try not to 'manage' them so much."
Dads with daughters, I recommend the book, 'Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters" by Dr. Meg Meeker. A girl's identity often comes from that which her dad imposes on her, and even her image of God the Father is affected by how she is treated by her dad in her younger years. So many women do not feel that God the Father loves them unconditionally or that he could ever forgive them, simply because they never experienced this type of love from their dad. I know a young professional woman who works here in New York City, who receives a loving text message every day from her dad; she shared this one with me with tears of gratitude in her eyes, "When I woke up this morning, my first thought was to thank God for giving me such a beautiful and virtuous daughter. I hope you have a blessed day!"
A dad from the DC area described a beautiful "best practice" by sharing this example: "Every night, I kneel down to pray with my 10 year old daughter and then I tuck her into bed. I shut off the lights, sit in a chair in the room and ask; 'Is there anything you would like to discuss today'. That particular day, she had gotten into a fight with her best friend and they were not talking to each other. I tried to listen to her explanation and then I recommended that she apologize to her friend the next day at school. Fr. Michael, she gave me such a big hug that next evening! She apologized to her friend and now they were best friends again...she was so grateful that I listened and gently nudged her towards forgiveness."
Moms certainly have a major role in inspiring their daughters mainly through their own example and prayers, and dads through their warm presence and gentle accompaniment, creating an opportunity for them to open up. Allow God the Father to unconditionally love your daughters (and sons) through you!

God bless,
Fr. Michael Sliney, LC

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 Love is sharing all our experiences without holding back. We listen and speak in a way that increases compassion and our connection with each other. All past experiences, good and bad, are shared with each other. There are no secrets in a loving relationship. One begins to feel what it is like to be the other. Our strengths and weaknesses are known. We know what has and will hurt the other so we help them with their pain. We are there for them at their worst moment, not to give them advice but to let them know that we love them no matter what. By sharing in their pain and giving our loving Presence to them, we all gain in strength. Having gone through our worst moments with someone sharing a loving Presence, our bond becomes eternal. It is so difficult to love oneself at our worst moment but if someone can love us at our worst, we overcome our barriers to Love.   -Scott
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"... Depression: It's Treatable

"Major depression gets called major depressive disorder ; clinical depression; unipolar depression, or unipolar disorder; or, if it happens off and on, recurrent depression.

"I'm among the 96.6% with major depression who haven't killed themselves.

"This isn't the occasional blue funk folks can 'snap out of.' It's real: and, happily, treatable...."

http://catholiccitizenamerica.blogspot.com/2014/12/suicide-sin-and-dealing-with-depression.html#depression
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“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness.  He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.   He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise.  It is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life.  It is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.

It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”   ~  Pope Saint John Paul II

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