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A quick update on my brother

You may have read my story about finding my brother.  I have not said much since then other than my visits to the homeless task force meetings.

My brother was able to stay at with my son for about 90 days and then he transitioned into a Transitional Housing Unit (THU).  He has been there a little over two weeks.  There is no click your heals option as there was in the Wizard of Oz.  He has a long road before him.  I’m most thankful that his daughter, Emily, has been available to support him along this journey.

I’ve been there when I can.

Imagine if you will, there is a line.  That line is between supporting and pushing.  It is my nature to appreciate someone’s support – well, when it is offered in a way that I can accept it.  Pushing simply does not work for me.

My brother, Randy, is much like me in that regard.  He appreciates the support but strongly resists pushing.

I intend to create time to visit with my brother as his mind and schedule start to allow.

As the county board of supervisors begins to review the options forwarded to it from the Task Force on Homelessness, I’ll be requesting that you email, write letters and make phone calls to your elected officials.  I will alert you that Mr. Wasserman is on the task force and he warned the public to be aware that money for these suggestions still needs to be located.  We, the community present, pointed to the article in the Mercury News stating the County is spending $500 MILLION dollars each year for services for the homeless.  Of course you can’t simply move money in its entirety that $500 MILLION to cover these newly suggested programs.  However, we know that funding these new programs will reduce the drag on $500 MILLION.

If you are interested on having your elected officials supporting these new programs, let me know and I’ll keep up to date.

That’s all for now.

I feel so special – life as an introvert

The way I see life as an introvert is like this, at times I can be just as social as most people.  However, most of the time I am simply enjoying resolving life’s opportunities in my head.  Said differently, living as an introvert.

When people think they know me they would swear I am an extrovert.  They are mistaken.  Newly admitted to a group, I am usually quiet and very thoughtful.  I will open up with time.  I put this blog post under “Stigma” because sometimes it feels like being an introvert has some negative label or assessment.  Much like AD/HD or ADD has a stigma.  These are somehow misconstrued as mental health weaknesses.

I beg to differ.  Once people know me they really like what I bring to the relationship, community or group.

Today an article on Huffington Post sparked my sharing.  The article is about highly successful introverts.  I bet a high number of them also have the markings or traits of AD/HD.

I entrust you with the opportunity to get to know me, I know I look forward to the same.

What is the cause of addiction

rat drug study - what causes drug addictionDo you know what is the cause of addiction?  Really?  This article will likely not resonate with what you think you know.

This article is an eye opener.  There has been a study about drugs and addiction.  However the subjects used were rats.  This study brings a spin to that study and you’ll be amazed.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936.html

Who would have thought?  Would you have ever guessed?