We both have the Mental Health Awareness stickers on our backsides.
New Directions designed it.
She spoke at New Directions in March of 2012. The post is quite interesting. Read it here.
A timeline of Nancy's life was displayed on a screen up front while perhaps 100 people watched from tables with white linen tablecloths or standing up in the back of the room.
When she graduates, she'll figure out what to do with it.
Her daughter Maya is now all of 10 years old. Pam lost her husband to a deadly cancer when Maya was very young.
Maya is waiting at home for mom. She's now taking flute lessons.
Are flutes really this long?
Well, it's not an ocorina, ya know.
Peruse it here. Most impressive!
"None of us was put on earth," he said, "to complete the task" we're working on.
What a great quote!
We learned of Nancy's long and dedicated career.
In the late 1960s, Nancy, then 26, was a vocational counselor at Norristown State Hospital, which at the time housed 5,000 people.
From Wiki - Designed 1878–80, by Wilson Brothers & Company, it was the first institution in the country that recognized female physicians.
Nancy, then a vocational counselor, was walking outside one of the buildings, when a hospital patient called "Nancy! Nancy!"
"Yes!" she answered.
"When did you get out?"
After working 18 yrs at the hospital, she applied for an administerial job at Montco Behavioral Health.
On the screen up front, we saw a letter from Mary Q. Frantz offering her the job and stating she would earn $32,000 per year.
She will continue her work on the Prison Board.
Some of the gifts she received were gift cards to
Blimpie's (never heard of it)
Iced decaf, please.
Lou's in Norristown. Must be near her office.
Was it Maureen Feeney-Burns who presented Nancy with a necklace?
Hi Maureen! The words on the necklace: "Be the Change You Wish to See in the World."
I'm not alone, I told her. I know at least 10 people who are no longer on meds, asymptomatic.
I asked Cynthia if she could be a guest speaker at the Giant on Oct. 25, but she said she'd be in New York.
Then I asked if she could write for our new Compass, and showed her our 2014 copy. I've got business cards of several people who I'll ask for articles.
Unbelievably, I lost Cynthia's business card. If anyone reading this knows her last name, please email me at Ruth Deming at Comcast.net
Starting is the hardest part.
As mon ami Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is reputed to have said:
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
It was good to see Beulah Seideman below. She and husband Reuben moved to Center City and love it.
Finally, a nurse diagnosed him with bipolar, he's been on lithium for 25 years, is married and has two kids. He met the woman he married at the gym.
"She fell in love with him," said the proud Reuben, who said it's okay to "blog this."
I told Reuben his son must get his labs checked once every six months, which Reuben said he does.
As my readers know, 16.5 years on the drug ruined my kidneys. My daughter Sarah donated hers to me three years ago and I'm doing fine.
The antirejection meds gave me insulin-dependent diabetes.
Helen looked the other way when I injected insulin into the top of my arm. No pain there.
Nancy Wieman knew every single person in the room.
Helen asked me how many people I knew. I guessed maybe one-third. Problem was, I could barely read the name tags. It was like being at a Singles' Dance and trying to find out Who is this person, What do they do, How important are they for my own needs?
Mark Saltzer was there. Let's see what he's up to at Temple.
Here's Mark who does good work.
Oy veh! Just heard on the radio that a Dallas hospital has the first ebola patient in the USA. But, said the doctor spokesperson, there's no way it's going to get out of control.
Here's the gift I found near my car in the parking lot
A cinquin is a poem with the syllable structure
2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2
THERE SHE GOES
where did they go?
Hammock days await when
she’ll read all those fine books calling