Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Getting back in the saddle again...

The winter is almost gone here and I have planted the various squashes and supposed companion/bug warding plants as well. I could not resist and planted a row of corn with a row of sunflowers next to it. I hope I have some neat pictures to show you in a few months!

This winter was full of germs and bugs and funky ilnesses that left swaths of kids and teachers and people out of commission. Luckily, our kids go to two small schools and they were pretty well out of that cycle. Of course, they did get sick with something and before spring break I had one kid sick each for one week. So come spring break, I needed (!) my spring break. Anyhow..

Here's my update:

I'm frustrated! Even though I found someone who could and wanted/still wants to be involved in this veteran support venture I've been talking about since the Fall, she's not very much available due to her own work commitments. I'm at a point where I am done talking and WANT to do 'something'. I've been thinking about support services and aside from the writing and recreational healing arts aspects, I have come across systema breathing, used by the Russian army.

I bought this book 'Let every breath' and it seems so simple yet no doubt, it is not. Check out this link 'Let Every Breath'.

I'm not going to explain much about, feel free to browse around there.

I will say this is what I would like to see here for the hopefully pending non profit:
a retreat place free of charge for veterans with ptsd
recreational healing art therapies, incl writing, painting, sculpture
martial arts exercise component, incl let every breath exercises
available psychiatrist
a board that knows how to raise funds and awareness
a facility where other successful suport programs can be offered like for instance
War and the Soul program. I have contacted them by email but of course, got no response. I am not taking that personal though. Like any non profit, time and availability is of the essence and there's only so much time you have to respond to things. Still, they apparently want to bring the program to other states and I would not mind being involved with them instead of starting something up from scratch. I mean, why reinvent the wheel? It's not about 'me' but what works. I'm sure that if I 'was' a non profit, then I'd be much more recognized as a valid entity..

check out War and the Soul.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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OpenID Rogel said...

Good to have you back, Ingrid.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

thanks on the list is visiting my old buddies again.. somehow our trial debate peetered out but oh well, it WAS a weird winter.. hope you weren't too sick too much..

can't wait to catch up on your blog..

5:19 PM  
Blogger Abbreviated said...

This sounds ambitious although worthy.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Well, it 'could' be ambitious I suppose. I could 'make' it as low key or 'ambitious' as I want. The main thing is that I need to get a good group of people on board/the board to help start it up. At least one lawyer and an accountant as well. Since my husband works for the VA and I'm a civillian member of Military Spouses for Change (, I'm hoping that that board can be easily filled.


8:19 AM  

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