A Lot Happened the Year You Were Born

October 30, 2014
Enjoy this opportunity to learn about what was
happening in the world on the year you were born.

Here is another post in a lighter vein.

Every once-in-awhile I read a piece on Jack Frost (a humor blog out of England) that I want to pass on because I think we all need a little humor in our lives.

This one was posted in 2012 with the following:


Have your glasses on and follow the instructions below.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised with this one…
Type the year only!!
Then click the question (?) mark!
Sit back and enjoy!

Year of Your Birth

When you put in your birth year, the screen gradually gets black and then writing appears with the name of the top movie, actor, actress, best director, bestselling book, Nobel Prize, etc. Lots of interesting but random facts.

After you’ve read yours, what other things would you add for the year you were born?

I enjoyed putting in several other dates just to see what came up.


How Do You Compare Your Life With Others?

October 27, 2014

Discover the qualities of friendship and share them with the people you know. Today, take a moment to appreciate the little and big things in life.

When I was going through some old emails recently, I found two that made me think — again — of how blessed I am.

Of course, every day I realize that I am extremely blessed. Not only do I live in a community where I don’t have to make dinner — but I get to make new friends every day. I sit here in an office that is air conditioned. My needs are well taken care of and I am most grateful to live in a country where I can speak my piece without fear.

Since I received these emails over ten years ago, the statistics to which they refer are at least ten years out of date. I imagine some references to the gap between you and others are less than they were and some are more. But the idea that we often take our lives for granted is still quite clear.

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How Far Can the Apple Fall From the Tree?

October 23, 2014
How a man defines himself by his own choices,
and not by his father’s hate.


I had originally planned to give you some jokes for a light-hearted post today. But yesterday I was surfing the Net and on the Huffington Post TED WEEKENDS page I noticed a most unusual article titled: “I’m Tired of Hating People” — A Growing Movement Based in Love.

I was fascinated by the article and then watched a TEDTalk given by the son of a terrorist. In it, Zak Ebrahim, whose father was convicted of plotting to bomb tunnels, bridges and even the United Nations headquarters, shares how he chose to follow a more loving path.

When Zak decided to tell his mother that he no longer wanted to judge people on arbitrary measures like a person’s race or religion, she wearily responded: “I’m tired of hating people.”

If you are tired of the animosity so many people feel for others that are not like them, please watch this inspiring video. It can give you hope that not all children raised by bigoted parents continue their family’s view of others. Some reject a path of bullying, bigotry, and violence.

I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace.

Architecture Tour Offers a New Perspective on Relationships

October 20, 2014


Ladder leading to pictureThis post is part of the “Step Into Pictures” series that offers you a new way to explore both difficult relationships and those you treasure. Visit the Step Into Pictures Archive to learn more about it.

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Tourists on Chicago River Architectural Tour

Tourists on Chicago River Architectural Tour


Recently I went to the Art Institute of Chicago for a program put on by Road Scholar, an organization that promotes life-long learning all over the world on hundreds of topics. This program explored the way in which art reflects the empires in which they are created.

The day before the program, I took a wonderful 90-minute ride on the Chicago River presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and learned why Chicago is world-renowned for its buildings.

If you had a friend, or someone with whom you have had a bit of a problem, in your mind’s eye you could take a tour with him or her on this boat. Just imagine what you would could talk about both during the tour and later.

Incidentally, although this picture has my name on it and is, in a sense, mine, I’m not really that good a painter. However, one of the women in the program told me about FotoSketcher, a free program that turns photos into watercolors, oil paintings, pastel sketches, etc. I will be using it for many future Step Into Picture posts. It makes me feel so talented, even though the real talent comes from David Sheppard who created the photo-to-art program.

Where Are Your Boundaries?

October 13, 2014

Expand relationships by asking questions about how you get along with others

Note: If you are new to this feature of the Support4Change Blog, here are some suggestions for exploring questions for yourself and also for your family and friends.


The other day I was eating dinner with a new resident in our retirement home when she asked some very personal questions about the health of one of the people at our table. This felt a bit intrusive, although the person did answer her question.

Nevertheless, I realized that at one time I would have been that person. Until I explored the need for boundaries, I would ask questions that would be better left unasked; and I would share personal information that I should have kept to myself.

So this week I am reminded of the difficulty we can have in drawing a line between what should be kept private and what is fair game for sharing. We all have different approaches to the subject.

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