Monday, April 29, 2019

Get Up Stand Up

Trigger Warning: the following entry was written by Maria on March 10th, 2019, and has been subsequently posted by Sarah, Maria's friend, on the 49th day after her death. It contains discussion of self-inflicted euthanasia. If this topic is particularly sensitive for you, please be forewarned. 

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Today is March 10th - International Human Rights Day.  I want to write an inspirational, eloquent note, but I’m too exhausted.  I’ll keep it short and just be frank. 

I’m at peace with ending my life. But it brings up two important human rights issues which I’d like to share.  Let’s ponder them deeply.  

One is that ElectricHypersensitivity (EHS) in its severe manifestations forces people to become Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Refugees.  What rights do refugees have?  I’m not sure. I don’t know the law.  What I do know is not being able to find safe housing because of dangerous levels of EMFs is certainly a human rights dilemma.  Is it not?  Having to flee one’s home without the possibility of asylum or a safe haven is terrifying.  To be sick and homeless and in survival mode is wrong. 

I request that EMF refugees be treated with the concern and attention which other refugees receive.  Put us on the international agenda.  How about a story on the nightly news? 

As Nick Pineault writes in his AWESOME book The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs, “What’s happening to people with EHS is a crime against humanity.”  Well put, Nick.  'Nuf said. 

Second, heaps of people have extreme debilitating chronic illnesses.  The worst kind, of course, is one that’s not terminal.  That’s a life sentence of torture and isolation in many cases.  It is quite natural and understandable that at some point folks like this decide it’s time to die.  No easy decision, but nonetheless it happens. 

However, as it turns out, ending one’s life is no simple task.  There’s very, very little practical or emotional or spiritual support. 

In my book, this is a human rights issue that needs to be addressed now.  People who have already endured tremendous obstacles should have the choice to opt out.  The methods available now are either violent, bloody, or demeaning.  Trust me. 

However, if you happen to be Fido or Mr. Whiskers, then no problem.  When your time is over and you’re clearly in terrible pain and have no interest in walks or toys or treats, then your owner will shower you with compassion and love.  The mobile vet will come to the house where you feel safe and at ease.  You can put your head in your beloved owner’s lap while she strokes your head.  The vet gives a shot and voila, it’s over.  Easy peasy.  No shame, no secrets, no illegal purchases, no dehumanizing activities. 

Why is this?  I don’t understand and I’m deeply troubled.  Why should humans be told they must “hang in there” or “don’t give up” when clearly that is not kind or compassionate?  Humans deserve the right to not be poisoned by EMFs, chemicals, and other pollutants.  Humans deserve the right to have safe housing.  And humans deserve the right to die when we’re ready - with dignity and care and support.  Drugs should be available to put us “to sleep” just as we do with our pets. 

I put a picture of Bob Marley (well, actually Sarah put it) because I love his song “Get Up, Stand Up”.  Play that after you read this.  Very powerful. 

Now you see the light.  You gotta stand up for your rights. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Favorite Things

Note: the following has been written by Maria and subsequently posted by Sarah, Maria's friend. 

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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
Brown paper packages tied up with string
These are a few of my favorite things.”

I don’t know how much I love or, quite frankly, think about bright copper kettles.  And I’m definitely not a fan of warm woolen mittens - unless that’s a metaphor for the Mediterranean Ocean.  BUT…I do have a lot of favorite things.  And while things don’t bring true happiness, as Maria sings, they do help when the dog bites and the bee stings. 

May you find some impermanent joy in these compounded phenomena!  Bee Well.  xoxo



Salad Toppings
Hemp hearts
Kelp sprinkles
Local organic goat feta
Roasted salted sunflower seeds
Sliced local organic strawberries

Healing Modalities

Reading (books with paper pages)
Writing letters (pens! paper! stamps!)
Serving others
Shopping at Farmer's Markets
Hanging clothes outside on the line

Non-toxic Cleaning Agents
Borax, baking soda, vinegar
For super clean and soft laundry, use Biokleen detergent with 1/2 cup Borax and 1-2 cups vinegar.  Hang in the sun to dry.  Enjoy!

Grab a friend, a lonely elder, a single parent, and partake of some of your favorite things.  Did I mention cream colored ponies and warm apple strudel?  Yum.