November issue 2018
|Peter & Pattimari, PnPAuthors Magazine, owners|
From Authors, Poets, & Artist
Thanks to Suzanne for her valuable information on how to deal with pain and getting past it, or learning to deal with it.
It is hard work I know to put this type of magazine together, and my wife and I wish to thank you and also for all those writing very interesting articles. My wife loves the month birthstones.
The October magazine looks better than ever. Your photos are so beautiful and relaxing. I enjoyed Peter's story about the history of Halloween, Susan's about adding a few extra spins on the bike, Peter's Halloween poem, the cold tuna meal recipe and all the lovely pictures. Sadly, I cannot log in at all to make comments. I have tried many times to start from the beginning and they tell me that my email is already taken or something and it's very confusing but I can't even use a new password. Anyway, .
November Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemums or “mums” as they are more commonly known are one of the most widely cultivated flowers in the world, and the birthday flower for those born in the month of November.
|Dr. Willie White's Spiritual Column|
Giving Thanks: Hebrews 13:15
By Him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
The last Thursday in November of each year is set aside for us to celebrate and give thanks to the Lord. Our scripture text encourages us to give thanks daily because He is worthy of all praises, glory, and honor.
We are to give thanks unto the Lord daily because it is in Him we have our being; it is God who supplies all our needs regardless of the need. It is God who is our true protector. It is God who provides true peace and comfort when everything we have tried fails, God is the answer.
We are to give thanks unto the Lord because His goodness and mercy lasts forever (Psalm 107:1). We give thanks unto God because we are created in His image and likeness. We are to give thanks unto the Lord because He loves us in spite of our waywardness. He loved to the point He gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to scarifying His life to restore a broken fellowship. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ took our sins and gave us (humanity) His righteousness. Love at the highest level. We are the apple of God's eyes.
Allow me to close this message by saying, O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms. (Psalm 95:1-2).
Comments are welcomed.
Charles Ray's Column
What’s in a Name?
When I was about twelve or thirteen and won a short-story contest sponsored by a national Sunday School magazine, seeing my name in print over something I’d written had a profound effect on me. I went on, after graduating from high school in 1962, to occasionally writing for newspapers and magazines in whatever place the army posted me (unable to afford college, I joined the army out of high school). Because of government regulations concerning outside employment of government and military personnel, I always used my true name on everything I wrote in the interests of transparency.
When I wrote my first book, Things I Learned from my Grandmother About Leadership and Life, in 2008, I was still employed by the government, and still dedicated to complete openness. Since then I’ve penned over 100 novels, novellas, poems, short stories, and works of nonfiction, and, until recently, all were done with yours truly’s name attached.
In an earlier column, I described how I came to write westerns, which represented a sea change in my writing life. It did, my friends, even more. At the suggestion of publicist/publisher, Nick Wale, I have done something I had thought I’d never do—I have adopted a nom de plume, a pen name.
This all happened after Nick asked me to do a story involving a cowboy and a giant squid, William Coburn: The Cowboy vs the Sea Monster. Because this is not your standard western, Nick felt that my established readership might be a bit put off or confused, so he suggested we publish it under a pen name. After some back and forth, we decided he had a point. The pen name could be used to build readership for what I call ‘alternative’ or ‘experimental’ westerns. So, Ben Carter was born. Those of you who’ve read my Buffalo Soldier series about the Ninth US Cavalry in the Old West will recognize the name. Ben Carter is the main character in that series. I thought it was a nice touch, and fortunately, so did Nick.
Now that that little business is out of the way—oh, and I no longer have to be concerned about government restrictions on writing and public speaking—I can move forward. I just ask readers to be on the lookout for Ben Carter. You’ll be seeing more from him in the future.
Pain and Awareness
Hello and welcome. 2018 is the International Year for Excellence in Pain Education ‘Bridging the gap between knowledge and practice’. July was the Australian National Pain Week with the theme 'nothing about us without us' – What’s your story?
And this month, September, is the American Chronic Pain Association’s National Pain Awareness Month which “is a time when various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management.” (see website link below)
There are medical definitions about when pain from trauma or injury turns from acute into a persistent or chronic state. Today I’d like to talk about the difference between acute pain to living with chronic pain.
An injury or trauma occurs, and is called the acute phase, and although life might be disrupted for a period of time you know the pain is going to end at some stage – and life will return to normal. However, with the chronic state you don’t know if the pain is ever going to end. Your life is turned upside-down. There are levels of intensity, of impact on things that you want to do or need to do, and all too frequently changes to relationships with family and friends, loss of lifestyle, work, and one’s identity to varying degrees.
Even though pain is researched, over the years I’ve often found on reading reports from laboratory studies on ‘chronic-induced’ pain, there is no real way in a Study’s short time-frame to illustrate the apprehension, fear, hopelessness, and isolation that can surround a person with long-term chronic pain. Study participants know that when the test stops the pain will gradually go away; that the immediate stress response caused during the study tends to cease once outside the laboratory setting; the study has a finishing date – and they can leave the study. The impact of continuing or flare-up, of symptoms and pain, of differing intensities on various areas of a person’s life cannot possibly be replicated in a laboratory.
A different approach, and one which I feel is more inclusive, is where stories are told and recorded from people living with chronic pain from all types of health conditions, trauma and injury. While there is no ‘control’ group as in a scientific study a more accurate picture emerges – from the trials of not coping to times when managing pain and other symptoms means that pain is ‘almost forgotten’ as the excitement of life takes over.
During September where possible you may wish to take the opportunity to raise awareness of chronic pain – lend your voice your story so that others might understand just that little bit more. Are you living with, or know someone experiencing chronic pain and you’re not sure what to do to help? The help needed can sometimes be quite simple and basic – just ask, and then listen (that might seem obvious but just listening and hearing what is being said, and not said, is important)
There are various pain support or chronic pain organisation websites with valuable information on pain management programs; other educational resources; social, information meetings; as well as ways to help communicate with family, friends, healthcare providers, and in some instances the larger community also.
Here’s a few websites to get you started:
Until next month I look forward to hearing from you about this and anything else you’d like to share with me, to share with all of you.
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