Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Hahaha, my inbox BLEW UP with tips about these photos posted on PittsburghLive by FSN Pittsburgh correspondent Dan Potash. (I wish I could list you all, but I hope you'll forgive me for just throwing out a blanket Thanks for the link! to all of you instead.) Here are five of my favorites. The best about them is that Potash uploaded the original images, so click these babies for HUGE wallpaper quality shots - because really, who among you doesn't want this next shot on your desktop?
Good Friends of The Show Lauren H. and Stagerat (who now is affiliated with my good friend, Loser Chris, as a contributor to The Flower Shop) sent in the link to an article detailing how much Siddo is enjoying anonymity in Sweden.
Friend Maria T. sent in this piece about training camp continuing in Sweden:
Because of the extent of this undertaking -- the NHL Premiere also includes weekend games between Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers in Prague, Czech Republic -- the NHL and sponsors are helping to defray some of the player expenses and assisting with things such as arranging transportation.WAIT A MINUTE - I have to read that again: "Because of the extent of this undertaking ... the NHL and sponsors are helping to defray some of the player expenses." SERIOUSLY?! I'm no accountant, but I'm pretty sure even the rookies are making more than enough cash to foot the bill. I wouldn't care except that the NHL will likely pass along the costs to us in the form of even higher ticket prices.
Some of the Penguins' European players have requested tickets because people from home can get to Sweden more easily than they can get to Pittsburgh.
Russian defenseman Sergei Gonchar had asked for about 50 tickets here and in Helsinki, mostly for friends making the relatively short trip from St. Petersburg, where Gonchar and center Evgeni Malkin work out in the summer. Gonchar had to give those seats back after a dislocated left shoulder forced him to miss the trip.
Malkin still has a group coming, including his girlfriend, Oksana, a friend who doubles as his Russian agent and workout pals from St. Petersburg. [snoop: Aww!!! :)]
Friend of The Show RACHEL S. FOR THE WIN!!!!!!! We get to head back to Pittsburgh for our latest installment of our Roaming Penguins saga, where Rachel captured the first picture of Sidney Penguin in the stands watching Sidney Crosby on the ice:
Here are Rachel's own words to tell us about their day together:
Roaming Sidney and the family traveled to Pittsburgh for my brother’s wedding. Friday morning, Sept 19, we took the kids and Sid to the open practice. It was really cool – people were walking up in jerseys, which was fun to see.All that's left today is TSCS's Quote of The Day:
Heading in to the arena, which will always be the Civic Arena to me, none other than Ray Shero drove in front of us into the lot. The practice itself was really quiet and it was strange to be in the semi-empty, quiet arena.Sidney P. watches the Zamboni drive by.
My son, Henry, who is 4 ½ was so excited and shouted “my first hockey game!!” I told him, “you have no idea, honey.” It was also funny to see people eating hot sausage sandwiches and nachos at 9:30 in the morning.What an awesome day!
I highly recommend getting in to see a practice for anyone who can, because it was really cool. So, I got a few good shots of Sidney inside and one at the new arena construction site.This is also S.P.'s first trip to the new arena site! :)
(I also got some good Pens gear at the shop in the arena!)Thanks, Rachel!
"This letter is a declaration of my resignation, as I have accepted a position as an IT Team Member at another company. I am looking forward to my new position and the challenges that await me. My last day of work will be September 30, 2008."
~ snoopyjode, in a resignation letter which was signed, sealed, and delivered two weeks ago today. :D
Endless thanks to everyone (including Lauren, Stagerat, Maria, and Rachel) for helping with today's post! :)
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Monday, September 29, 2008
video via incoherent thoughts
Thank God for the ways He can work His ways for me when there seemed to be no way.
Are you going through a tough time now and there seems no way out? Don't give up! Keep trusting in God. He will make a way for you when there seems to be no way. For with Him all things are possible.
Hope this song "God will make a way" will encourage you to continue to trust in God to work a way for you.
God will make a way
God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me
He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way.
By a roadway in the wilderness, He'll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and earth will fade
But His Word will still remain
He will do something new today.
God will make a way,
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me
He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way
Thank you for stopping by. Thanks for your encouragements. Hope you have a blessed day!
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jeremiah 33:3
OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY
Written by Phyllis Root
Illustrated by Christopher Denise
Candlewick Press, 2002
Oliver Finds His Way is an exceptional picture book for students in preschool and kindergarten. Phyllis Root’s simple storyline about a little bear who finds himself lost near the edge of the woods, panics, and then thinks of a way to solve his problem, will resonate with young children. Christopher Denise’s illustrations, done in pastels and charcoal, provide a soft autumnal backdrop for Root’s spare text. They capture the flavor of the season and closeness of this loving “bear” family.
One fall day, while his parents are doing chores outside, Oliver chases an autumn leaf that is blown by the wind. He follows the big yellow leaf…
down the hill,
around a clumpy bush,
under a tree,
and all the way
to the end of the woods.
Soon enough, Oliver discovers that he is lost. He tries to find his way back home--but the tree he runs to is not the twisty one he had passed before and the bush he runs to is not the clumpy bush he had seen earlier. Oliver’s afraid. He begins to cry…and cry….and cry. But he soon realizes that he’s still lost. He rubs his nose and thinks until he gets an idea. Then he roars and roars and roars--louder and louder and louder--until he hears Mama and Papa roaring back. Oliver is then able to listen to their roars and find his way home.
Note: When I was an elementary librarian, I used the art in Oliver Finds His Way to introduce my youngest students to the concept of setting in picture books. The children could tell just from looking at the endpapers that the story was set out in the country in autumn. Click here to view an illustration from the book.
FLETCHER AND THE FALLING LEAVES
Written by Julia Rawlinson
Illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
It’s autumn. Fletcher, a young fox, notices that the world around him is changing. Every morning things seem “just a little bit different.”
The rich green of the forest was turning to a dusty gold, and the soft, swishing
sound of summer was fading to a crinkly whisper.
Fletcher becomes worried when his favorite tree begins to look dry and brown. He thinks the tree is sick and expresses concern to his mother. His mother explains that it’s “only autumn” and not to worry. Fletcher runs outside, pats his tree, and tells it that it will feel better soon.
Of course, the leaves on the tree continue to turn brown and fall from the branches. Fletcher catches a falling leaf and reattaches it to his tree--but the wind shakes the leaf loose again.
The next day, a strong wind blows through the forest, and the tree’s leaves are set flying. Fletcher’s upset when he sees a squirrel taking leaves for its nest and a porcupine using the fallen leaves to keep itself warm. Try as he might, Fletcher cannot save his tree from the inevitable. Finally, he clutches the last leaf as it flutters from the tree and takes it home--where he tucks it into a little bed of its own.
The following morning, Fletcher is awed by the sight of his tree, which is now hung with thousands of icicles shimmering in the early morning light. He wonders, though, if the tree is okay and asks: “But are you all right?” Fletcher is relieved when a breeze shivers the branches and the tree makes “a sound like laughter…” The little fox then hugs his tree and returns to his den for a “nice, warm breakfast.”
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves has a longer, more lyrical text than Oliver Finds His Way. Beeke’s soft-edged pastel illustrations capture the tone and setting of this comforting story and deftly convey the change of seasons as autumn turns to winter.
THE LITTLE YELLOW LEAF
Written & illustrated by Carin Berger
Carin Berger, who did the “bold” and brilliant collage illustrations for Jack Prelutsky’s Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, hits a high note again with her art in The Little Yellow Leaf. Her illustrations in this book are inventive and striking. Berger even used composition and graph paper as the backdrop for some of her pictures. Her spare illustrations with changing perspectives and her lovely lyrical text partner well in this tale about finding strength in friendship.
The main character of this little allegory is a “Little Yellow Leaf.” It’s autumn. The LYL clings to a branch of “a great oak tree.” “I’m not ready yet, thought the Little Yellow Leaf as a riot of fiery leaves chased and swirled round the tree.” No, the leaf isn’t ready to leave its home in the tree--even as the afternoon sun beckons--even…
as apples grew musky,
and flocks of geese
Even when LYL sees that the other leaves have “gathered into heaps, crackly dry, where children played,” it isn’t willing to join them. And it still it isn’t ready to leave its home when a harvest moon blooms in an “amber” sky.
LYL holds fast to its branch through a long, cold night when snow falls. It holds fast as days pass. It looks and looks at the tree--but sees only the “shimmer of snow.” LYL is all alone. At least that’s what it thinks…until one day it spies a “scarlet flash” high up in the tree. It has a comrade! Both had been hesitant to cast off for the unknown. The Little Yellow Leaf and the Scarlet Leaf take courage in each other…set themselves free and soar.
Into the waiting wind they danced…
off and away and away and away.
I highly recommend these three titles, which will make fine autumn read-alouds.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I am thankful to God that I can continue to serve Him through this blog.
One of the missions of my blog is to share with others God's goodness and mercies to me in managing clinical depression and bipolar disorder, as well as to share resources that will benefit a person with a mood disorder and information for their family and loved ones.
There is still a wide misunderstanding about depression in our society and even among Christians. Many still mistakenly think that all depression is due to a weakness in a person's character or a lack of faith in God. But in reality depression is complex (read more on The Complexity of Depression).
There is a form of depression which is clinical and due to changes in the brain or body in which a person is not able to think or function as per normal. There is also a form of mental illness or mood disorder in which a person alternate between 2 extreme mood swings ie mania and clinical depression.
What are the signs and symptoms of clinical depression or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness)?
How can one differentiate between spiritual depression and clinical depression or bipolar depression?
Clinical depression and bipolar depression are real medical conditions that can be treated. Different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through, the symptoms are severe.
The following is an excerpt taken from an article on the website of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). (NIMH said "NIMH publications are in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without the permission from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). NIMH encourages you to reproduce them and use them in your efforts to improve public health. Citation of the National Institute of Mental Health as a source is appreciated.")
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person's mood, energy, and ability to function. Different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But there is good news: bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.
What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder causes dramatic mood swings—from overly "high" and/or irritable to sad and hopeless, and then back again, often with periods of normal mood in between. Severe changes in energy and behavior go along with these changes in mood. The periods of highs and lows are called episodes of mania and depression.
Signs and symptoms of mania (or a manic episode) include:
• Increased energy, activity, and restlessness
• Excessively "high," overly good, euphoric mood
• Extreme irritability
• Racing thoughts and talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another
• Distractibility, can't concentrate well
• Little sleep needed
• Unrealistic beliefs in one's abilities and powers
• Poor judgment
• Spending sprees
• A lasting period of behavior that is different from usual
• Increased sexual drive
• Abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine, alcohol, and sleeping medications
• Provocative, intrusive, or aggressive behavior
• Denial that anything is wrong
A manic episode is diagnosed if elevated mood occurs with three or more of the other symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for 1 week or longer. If the mood is irritable, four additional symptoms must be present.
Signs and symptoms of depression (or a depressive episode) include:
• Lasting sad, anxious, or empty mood
• Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
• Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed, including sex
• Decreased energy, a feeling of fatigue or of being "slowed down"
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
• Restlessness or irritability
• Sleeping too much, or can't sleep
• Change in appetite and/or unintended weight loss or gain
• Chronic pain or other persistent bodily symptoms that are not caused by physical illness or injury
• Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
A depressive episode is diagnosed if five or more of these symptoms last most of the day, nearly every day, for a period of 2 weeks or longer.
A mild to moderate level of mania is called hypomania. Hypomania may feel good to the person who experiences it and may even be associated with good functioning and enhanced productivity. Thus even when family and friends learn to recognize the mood swings as possible bipolar disorder, the person may deny that anything is wrong. Without proper treatment, however, hypomania can become severe mania in some people or can switch into depression.
Sometimes, severe episodes of mania or depression include symptoms of psychosis (or psychotic symptoms). Common psychotic symptoms are hallucinations (hearing, seeing, or otherwise sensing the presence of things not actually there) and delusions (false, strongly held beliefs not influenced by logical reasoning or explained by a person's usual cultural concepts). Psychotic symptoms in bipolar disorder tend to reflect the extreme mood state at the time. For example, delusions of grandiosity, such as believing one is the President or has special powers or wealth, may occur during mania; delusions of guilt or worthlessness, such as believing that one is ruined and penniless or has committed some terrible crime, may appear during depression. People with bipolar disorder who have these symptoms are sometimes incorrectly diagnosed as having schizophrenia, another severe mental illness. It may be helpful to think of the various mood states in bipolar disorder as a spectrum or continuous range. At one end is severe depression, above which is moderate depression and then mild low mood, which many people call "the blues" when it is short-lived but is termed "dysthymia" when it is chronic. Then there is normal or balanced mood, above which comes hypomania (mild to moderate mania), and then severe mania.
In some people, however, symptoms of mania and depression may occur together in what is called a mixed bipolar state. Symptoms of a mixed state often include agitation, trouble sleeping, significant change in appetite, psychosis, and suicidal thinking. A person may have a very sad, hopeless mood while at the same time feeling extremely energized. (read the full article)
I hope to share more from this article and other resources on the diagnosis and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness).
More resources, videos and information about:
- About bipolar (video 1)
- About bipolar (video 2)
- About bipolar (video 3)
- Beyond mania and depression
- Diagnosing bipolar
- Dignose bipolar
- Family and Friends' Guide
- Famous people with bipolar disorder
- Finding meaning in a life with bipolar disorder
- Helping someone with mood disorder
- Huband with bipolar disorder
- Living with bipolar disorder
- Myths and Facts on mental illness
- Recovery Steps
- Testimony - Debra
- Testimony - Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison
- Testimony - Husband
- Testimony - Man
- Testimony - Megan
- Treatment - Lifestyle
- Treatment - Talk Therapy
- Treatment - therapeutic hobbies
- What does bipolar do?
- About anxiey
- Causes of anxiety
- Do I Have an Anxiety Disorder?
- What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder? (GAD)
If you are keen to read more, you can also read my previous posts:
About depression, bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) and mental illness or mood disorders:
1. About bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness)
2. Myths and Facts on Mental Illness
3. Treatment of bipolar disorder
4. Various pamphlets and articles on bipolar disorder for sufferer and carer
For friends and carers:
1. Helping someone with mood disorder
2. Family and Friends' Guide to Recovery from Depression and Bipolar Disorder
3. How Carers and Friends can help
Other recent related posts:
1. Trust during rough times
2. Finding meaning in a life with bipolar disorder
3. Mental illness (depression, bipolar disorder, etc) is an illness like any other
4. Video on "Depression - A Stubborn Darkness"
Thanks again for stopping by! Thanks for all your prayers and encouragements!
Take care and God bless :)
My reading life has been overtaken by politics and the state of our economy.
How about Tina Fey? She deserves an Emmy for her impersonation of You-Know-Who!
A Metaphorical Political Terse Tercet
by Elaine Magliaro
If you're sailin'
better start bailin'
Sidney Crosby was a maniac, and I don’t really know how to otherwise describe how he was tonight. He was everywhere, doing everything, setting up everybody and taking a fair number of shots himself, and scored an absolutely unbelievable goal. I was about to take a picture of him because he was off ahead of everyone else by himself, but I got too excited because it looked like he was going to score and everyone around me stood up so I had to as well in order to see and couldn’t take a picture. But, it was amazing! He was on his side raising his arm in the air before anyone had even realized what happened. The oh-so-charming crowd kept on cheering ‘Crosby Sucks” (how original, I know) but it was clear that the more the crowd chanted that the better he played. And as a result of his game he was the number one star!
Fedotenko also had a very good game, in the third period I realized that Michel Therrien had put him on a line with Crosby and Satan, and they looked quite good together. Tyler Kennedy also was everywhere tonight; perhaps he was in a particularly good mood as a result of his (deserved) contract extension! In the second period when the Pens were down 3-1 they didn’t look like they were very into the game. After the fight by Bissonnette and Hollweg (which Bissonnette very clearly won) the Pens seemed to pick it up and were playing much better. Their penalty killing was very solid tonight, and the Leafs just looked confused on their power play because penguins players were everywhere.Here are the rest of Jen's pictures:
Also, just to add something, I noticed that every time before Sid started a shift he went up to Fleury and tapped his pads with his stick. I know the he’s superstitious, I so can’t help but wonder if that is one of his rituals? Also, the punching routine that Talbot and Fleury do in the hallway in Pittsburgh before games they did on the ice during warm up tonight and I took an absolutely horrible picture of it because I was bumped by someone while I was taking it!
Friend of The Show Lauren H. sent in this article in which a rookie from the Toronto Maple Leafs talks about a run in with our feisty captain at the game:
[Chris DiDomenico] was on the ice for the Penguins tying goal late in the game that Pittsburgh won 5-4, but he exhibited some offensive flair and experienced a late-game run in with Sidney Crosby. The two bumped into each other in the Penguins zone, causing Crosby to cross-check DiDomenico, who returned a slash directed at the Penguins captain.Now here's something that will probably fire you guys up. You HAVE to check out this article by none other than Puck Daddy himself, Greg Wyshynski. In it, he drops some knowledge on Marian Hossa's assessment of playing with Siddo vs. playing with Pavel Datsyuk. First, here's what Hossa said:"You wanna go?!" Both of these shots were taken by Jennifer, who has excellent timing. :)
“He asked me if I wanted to go when we got into the penalty box,” DiDomenico said, laughing. “I guess that will be something to remember.”
"They're different players," Hossa said in comparing the two. "Sidney is more a skater and Pavel is more a playmaker."And as I hold myself back, here's an excerpt of Puck Daddy's analysis:
Hossa has also found Datsyuk the more unpredictable of the two. The 29-year-old Slovak star admits he's quickly learned not to try and anticipate, just be ready to react when riding shotgun with Datsyuk.
More of a playmaker. Less predictable. Basically, Hossa's telling the world that he believes Pavel Datsyuk is a better offensive center than Sidney Crosby.Okay, it's one thing to leave and then proclaim from the highest mountaintops that Detroit has a better chance than Pittsburgh to win the Cup in 2009 after making EVERYONE think he was going to stay, but now he's taking subtle shots at the Saint? It certainly seems like Hossa is not only burning the proverbial bridge back to Pittsburgh, but he's doing it with a certain finger raised and a smile on his face.
Datsyuk's defensive credentials can't be denied. But he's not the goal-scorer Crosby is, and he's certainly not the leader Crosby is, on or off the ice.
Like Hossa said: Different players. There's simply no way you wouldn't take Crosby first if you were building a team; but if you had to win one game, perhaps this comparison is a little closer.
Depending on the rest of the team, of course...
Friend of The Show Laeioura sent in an email alerting us to two FSN Pens specials:
Spotlight Back for More: Tonight @ 10pm
In My Own Words: Sidney Crosby (Season 3): Friday, Oct 3 @ 7:30pm
Friend of The Show Julie M. found this article that lists the second choice sports of some of our Penguins:
Center Sidney Crosby, on the other hand, liked being the backstop in baseball.Friends Lauren and Imogen sent this article that asks if Sid can still be called The Kid since he's 21 years old now.
"I played catcher growing up. That would be my best chance to make it [in another sport]," , he said. "I used to like catcher. It's a lot more action. You're calling pitches, and there's a little more thinking involved. It was cool. You had to study the other team a little bit, so it was a bit like preparing in hockey."
Our drawing Friend Jan M. sent in a link to a 2008-09 season preview about the Pens. Bottom line:
Expect the Penguins to make another deep postseason run and possibly challenge for the Stanley Cup crown.YES!!!!!!!!! DO IT!
Good Friend Eighty-Two sent in this sweet wallpaper he made:
Friend of The Show Sarah sent in some pictures from the Sidney Crosby Exhibit at the Nova Scotia Hall of Fame (which is located in the Metro Centre):
Brooks Penguin is still having fun with Friend Ali W. in college. Here is Brooksie helping Ali celebrate her first A+ (congrats on that, Ali!):
Ali snapped a picture of Brooksie watching his namesake at the Town Hall Meeting:
TSCS's Quote of The Day comes from our title man:
"I thought he liked it here. He was great to play with. It's too bad."
~ Siddo on Marian Hossa
Many, many thanks to Jennifer, Lauren, Laeioura, Julie, Imogen, Jan, Eighty-Two, Sarah, and Ali for all the help with today's post! :)