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April 18, 2008

BRAMBLES (BRIEF RAMBLES) 2008-1: April 17—On Sprint’s Poverty, Quality Water and Relationships


BRAMBLES (BRIEF RAMBLES) is a new column on my site, www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com. It will relate, comment on and explore eclectic topics pertinent to my (and others’) life in several short segments. This first BRAMBLE explores Sprint’s poverty, Quality Water and Relationships.

SUPPORT SPRINT IN ITS POVERTY!?!
Sprint will go broke if my neighbor doesn’t pay her last bill after closing her account with them. It was for one cent. They spent the cost of presorted first class postage to send her the bill. My neighbor will have to pay the going postal rate, 41-cents, to pay this one-cent bill.

When my neighbor called Sprint, a recording said “We’re sorry for the inconvenience but you’re phone number cannot be found in the system.”

To this, I have no comment. Its idiocy speaks for itself.

QUALITY WATER?
Another friend told of having a spring daffodil, which he placed in spring water. The daffodil remained healthy, sharing its beauty for him to enjoy.

When he changed the water, he used tap water, from the city supply, since he hadn’t visited the spring for a while. The daffodil began to droop. He thought it was just time for its demise.

Then he went to the spring, and changed the daffodil’s water. Suddenly, it revived.

His conclusion? He decided not to drink water from the tap, but to limit his drink water to what he collected at the spring. After all, if the daffodil reacted to it…

Isn’t this something like sending the canary into the mine to see if it lives, before sending the miners in? Perhaps we should all test our tap water on our flowers. Especially if they are dying prematurely.

RELATIONSHIPS: CHALLENGING, DIFFICULT
Three teenage boys were at the site of a fire in Brockway, Pennsylvania, where ten persons died, mostly children. Andy, who lost a classmate, said “Everyone started balling and the preps (preppies) started crying the most.”

The boys said the late Douglas (their classmate) had tried to fit in with the so-called cool kids but they ostracized him because his family didn’t have as much money as theirs.

One of those crying said to Andy: “I wish I could take back everything I ever said to him.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 4 April, 2008)

Isn’t this a longing of most people when a relative or friend dies? To turn back time in order to say the things we should have said, to remove the things we said that we shouldn’t have said? Why cannot we, as human beings, treat everyone as if it is the last time we will see them, and take leave of them having built them up, rather than torn them down? Relationships are the most important part of life, yet they are the most difficult challenges we must all face.

Douglas was ostracized. Was he isolated as a result? In listening to a video of an interview with Karan Grewel, roommate of Cho, the Virginia Tech student who gunned down fellow students, he noted how people behave, “how they can go to extremes if you have no one to talk to.” He noted Cho’s (self) isolation. His biggest lesson, in the experience, was to make certain people communicate with each other. “Don’t just leave people alone” when your first attempts if friendship seem to fail. If you cannot reach that person, involve everyone around you.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. To read posts on this subject click on the following: A A PASTOR’S ROLE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and WILL YOU LOVE ME TO DEATH?

To read additional recent posts, click on the following:

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN) Vol. 1 Issue 1 April 2008

WHAT IS THE KEY INDICATOR TO YOUR WRITING SUCCESS?

YE OLD ’ROUND ’TUIT

IN SEARCH OF THE ARABELLA

HOW BITTER ARE PERSONS IN SMALL PENNSYLVANIA COMMUNITIES?

SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIANS DRINK MOXIE: Do They Like It?

MOXIE: LOVE IT or HATE IT

To receive a sample copy of the Beanery Writers Newsletter, E-mail beanerywriters@yahoo.com with the words NEWSLETTER SAMPLE typed in the subject line. Information on subscribing and unsubscribing is included in the newsletter.

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