As of today September 30th, 2013, I will no longer be posting via WordPress. There seems to be ongoing issues with posting from a iPhone. The recent “update” has only made it worse. Every time I post here, it is automatically posted to my Twitter account: http://www.twitter.com/cpmondello
(I am glad I never started paying for the upgrade to “premium” with WordPress, I’d be a tad more pissed if I was paying for something that didn’t work !!!)
I enjoy drawing attention to and exposing lies and hypocrisy. Growing up in America, I was told that the U.S.A. was the greatest country to ever be created on the face of the earth. That our politicians really cared about us and tried hard to help others of the world when they were oppressed by dictators. Honestly, I didn’t give a rats ass nor did I pay much attention to the bullshit that was handed to me. In hind-site, I notice certain times in my life when I began doubting what I was being told, and sold, about America, whether it be a documentary about situations that exposed atrocities at the hands of American soldiers or politicians or to learning about the power companies have to destroy the environment and get away with it. Also the way animals were treated in factory farms, the way “poor” people were treated and how the color of skin affects the way you are treated. Though this all lingered in the back of my mind, a few times over the years, I had made a conscious decisions to change my behavior to make a difference. One small way was to become a vegetarian. It was the easiest way as an individual, I could do something while having limited power and resources. There were a few other times where I had made a conscious decision to try to make a difference, but most just fell by the wayside a when my own demons haunted me and when life became unbearable, which seemed like almost a daily feeling. So as I was living my life, doing the best I could trying to figure out “Who am I”, finding some good in what seemed like a horrible world, September 11, 2001 happened. I was going on vacation and would not be taking a computer or phone with me. Lap tops and iPhones were not used by everyone at that time, so it was not going to be that much of a big deal. I spent the next few weeks with my Black Labrador Retriever ‘Shiva’ at Captain Jack’s Wharf in Providence Town (P-Town) Massachusetts. Little did I know the impact I would feel on my return. It’s all much if a blur at this point, but I clearly remember thinking: “Why did this happen?” Truly needless to say at this point, (but I will) I went through the stages of mourning usually prescribed to when someone you care about dies. The ‘Kübler-Ross model’ I had read about while working on an Oncology, (cancer) unit in a hospital, and looked into more deeply when my father died of cancer in his early fifties. To make it easy to explain, here is a “Wiki” excerpt:
“The Kübler-Ross model, commonly referred to as the “five stages of grief”, is a hypothesis introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and says that when a person is faced with the reality of impending death or other extreme, awful fate, he or she will experience a series of emotional stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. This hypothesis was introduced in Kübler-Ross’ 1969 book On Death and Dying, which was inspired by her work with terminally ill patients. Motivated by the lack of curriculum in medical schools, at the time, addressing the subject of death and dying, Kübler-Ross started a project about death when she became an instructor at the University of Chicago’s medical school. This evolved into a series of seminars; those interviews, along with her previous research, led to her book. Her work revolutionized how the U.S. medical field took care of the terminally ill. In the decades since her book’s publication, Kübler-Ross’ concept has become largely accepted by the general public; however, its validity has yet to be consistently supported by the majority of research studies that have examined it.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kübler-Ross_model)
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