October 12th, 2013
A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”
He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.
The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa.
what a radical idea yo
Bam. Kids “misbehave” for actual, real, valid reasons. And have feelings.
April 28th, 2013
April 22nd, 2013
April 16th, 2013
A question so many people ask themselves. Trying to justify their experiences, their trials, their suffering. The answer is simple: to be. The infinite possibilities of our life and choices we can make, will we turn left where we end up meeting the person who will inspire us to become our best and happiest. Well we go right where we are hit by cross traffic and die. Our do we go straight and find out lives simple and difficult. Or lastly will we go backwards and repeat the same mistakes that lead us to go back into the same place we were? We can choose our life. It isn’t always going to be perfect. Might not even be great, but it’s our life and we can learn from our mistakes and start to make things better. We just need the determination and self reflection to do so.
January 23rd, 2013
August 21st, 2011
For those with chronic conditions that might need monitored I recommend keeping a log book. With each entry you want to put the date, time (approximate or exact if at all possible), symptoms, duration of symptoms, changes in symptoms (severity or new/gone symptoms), if there is pain to be documented you want to use a pain scale of 0-10 documented with a designation as “PS:”, if it is chronically increasing pain condition (very, VERY RARE) I would also use “OPS:” as a description of what you think it USED to be in comparison to the new variants based on the symptoms now and what they used to be accompanied by, weather status as well as the pressure levels which can be found at http://www.wunderground.com is one site that provides this information can be beneficial information to explain some things.
Also for the over head record you might want to consider this recommended information by the U.S. National Library of Medicine
You should keep track of any diagnosed medical conditions because your doctor will only have records of what you tell them or they “analyze” in their office. But only you know your body and we all have to take control of our medical conditions as best we can.
In fact, you may have many charts at several doctors’ offices, any hospitals, and/or emergency care offices across many states. To keep track of all this information, it’s a good idea to keep your own records.
Information to keep in a personal health record should be:
- Your name, birth date, blood type and emergency contact
- Date of last physical
- Dates and results of tests and screenings
- Major illnesses and surgeries, with dates
- A list of your medicines, dosages and how long you’ve taken them
- Any allergies
- Any chronic diseases
- Any history of illnesses in your family
August 18th, 2011
Death is something to plan for starting birth. But even if you wait, it’s always a good idea to try to decide what you would want done if your near death, such as car accidents, strokes, and other events which might take your voice. Can you be happy if you only regain your ability to speak, use hands, one hand, only use a machine to speak, or all your body functions controlled by a machine for an extended time. What if that time is 2 hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades? If it helps, picture what you were doing that long ago…. If you lived none of it and suddenly woke up and missed it ALL. Would you be happy?
The next part is the hard part. DISCUSSING this with friends and family. Because with no voice they may have to. And don’t just speak to one or two. WHY? Because if they are in the car with you, they might be in the same or worse situation.