LIFE IS GOOD IN BERMUDA DUNES
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month
Supervisor PEREZ office
760 863 8211
Lt. Jeff Buompensiero
760 863 8990
California Highway Patrol
Office Phil Watkins
760 772 5300
760 540 1878
Direct No 951-600-6233
Bermuda Dunes Community
760 564 9921
Bermuda Dunes Airport
79880 Avenue 42, Bermuda
Dunes, CA 92203 ·
PH: (760) 345-2558
Myoma Water Co
Myoma Dunes Water
79050 Avenue 42
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
All other areas of the
Riverside County Waste
Hotline for roadside
760 320 1048
1 393 3344 NOT
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ABOUT BDSA AND
Bermuda Dunes Security
Phillip Bettencourt - President
Robert Nagles-- Vice President
Chris Hogan-- Treasurer
John Thiele-- Secretary
Don Keprta-- Director
Michael Tanner-- Director
Jack Fox - Director
Robert Nelson - Director
John Walters-Clark-- Community
Manager with Associa
4th Thurs. of every
Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
760 346 1161
The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
Resident Login System
is handled by DRM
Admin hours are as follows:
Monday 9 -5
Tuesday 9 - 5
Wednesday 9 - 5
Friday 9 - 5
If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:
Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Main Gate #1
Glass Gate #2
Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month
President Patrick Bohner
V. P. Brett Coors
Treas. Mike Soran
Secretary Janet McMurtrey
Director John Van Kuelan
Joint Committee Representatives
are Janet McMurtrey and Brett
Greg Gamboa-- Community
Manager with Management Trust
Bermuda Dunes Community
Here is what
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.
Committee reports to the
Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum
New Manager is
Greg Gamboa, Phone:
760-776-5100 ext 6309
The Management Co.
39755 Berkey Drive, Suite A •
Palm Desert, CA 92211
P: (760) 776-5100 x6343
F: (760) 776-5111
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|TODAY is Tuesday, May 15, 2018
|BERMUDA DUNES CC NEWS!
|Save the date! Saturday June 2 at 10:00 AM
you will have the opportunity to hear from two experts in disaster
preparedness free of charge at the BDCC clubhouse. There will
be free snacks and refreshments.
|BDSA BOARD MEETING*
THURSDAY, May 24th
Open Meeting starts at 3 PM
Bermuda Dunes Club House
Upstairs in the Dining Room
*Agenda to Follow
You must adhere to dress code when attending meetings
|“Be a spiritual explorer, dreamy stargazer, inquisitive
world traveler and barstool philosopher...
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|COMMENTS FROM FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
|Bermuda Dunes Community Council Agenda
6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018
Bermuda Dunes Community Center
78-400 Avenue 42, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
I. Pledge of Allegiance - Jeff Wattenberger led pledge
II. Roll Call - Present Jeff Wattenberger, Donna Hubenthal, Jacob
Alvarez and Michael Pierson
III. Approval of the Minutes – March 8, 2018 - Noted and filed
IV. Councilmember Reports and Comments - None
V. Staff Reports: Presenters must direct their report to the council.
At the conclusion of the presentation, Chair may
allow questions. Each speaker must first be recognized by the
1. Office of Supervisor V. Manuel Perez – Victoria Llort, 760-863-
a. Property on Ave 42 & Yucca Lane - Zoned R1
b. Wedding House on Yucca Lane - Brian Black (CE) stopped in
and made individuals aware of what the do's and don'ts are with
respect to parties i.e. 199 only - then they need a permit.
2. Sheriff’s Department – Lt. Jeff Buompensiero, 760-863-8990,
email@example.com - There is a veteran along with his
adult son and his girlfriend living behind Ralph's Shopping
Center. The Sheriff is working with Mike Vasquez who works
county wide with the homeless outreach team.
Information provided by Mike V:
We visited the encampment this morning. We have been working
with the individual for several years. The homeless veteran is in
the process of receiving housing through the VA and other non-
profit organizations. He has already qualified and is in the process
of approval for his unit. The three will be housed together. We will
be back out there next week with the non-profits to continue this
process. They are at the top of our list for housing.
We will continue the efforts and keep you abreast of the situation
as we are near the long-term solution for the three who occupy
3. CAL Fire – Chief Mark Brooks, 760-343-3510, Mark.
Brooks@fire.ca.gov - gave report.
4. CHP – Officer Phil Watkins, 760-772-5300, firstname.lastname@example.org.
gov- Had several calls about Coachella parties.
5. Code Enforcement – Michael Bowles, 760-393-3344,
a. Introduction - Brian Black introduced Michael Bowles as our
new Bermuda Dunes contact person for Code Enforcement.
Michael has given us his direct number to his desk. (It is posted
on the left side of this blog).
6. Desert Recreation District – Adam Encinas, (760) 564-9921,
email@example.com - The Community Center is doing well in
rentals and have new guitar lessons scheduled soon.
Adam also reminded us that the new Desert Recreation Activities
and Program Guide for May/June/July/ and August 2018 in now
out and being sent to people.
a. Movies in the Summer – Type of Movies & Location
Adam budgeted enough monies for them to provide FREE movies
for Bermuda Dunes residents. We are presently looking into
places to have the movies. The money is good thru the entire
year, so more than likely they will begin later in the fall.
Jacob Alvarez will follow up on locations
7. Bermuda Dunes Airport – Ann Goodwyn, 760-345-2558,
Ann was not able to attend, but Donna Hubenthal ran into her at
the Thermal air show. Ann said there would be an Airport Run in
October and the antique automobile/antique air show will be in
They are also continuing to improve the Airport facility.
VI. New Business: Presenters must direct their report to the
council. At the conclusion of the presentation, Chair may
allow questions. Each speaker must first be recognized by the
1. Discussion: Festival Season Recap - Phil Watkins of CHP
noted there were three unpermitted parties - 2 on Yucca Lane, 21
There were 5 officers in Bermuda Dunes patrolling 2 - 3 times a
The worse was the first day, of the first week of Coachella. No
problems during Stagecoach.
An Ad Hoc Committee was formed with Cheryl Isen and Victoria
Llort spearheading this committee. They are hoping to work with
County officials to come up with a solution to partying in our
Also discussed were the roads that are being improved by the
County. A list of streets was provided to residents at this meeting.*
List follows this report!
VII. Old Business:
VIII. Public comments: All persons wishing to address the Council
on items not specifically on the agenda or on matters of general
interest should do so at this time. Please limit your remarks to 3
Desert Christian School was discussed and info was given to
Cheryl Isen for her review. She will report at our next Council
IX. Agenda Items for next meeting
Desert Christian School Update
Ad Hoc Committee Report
X. Adjourn meeting - about 7:15 PM
Our next scheduled Countil meeting is September 13th!!
2018 meeting schedule: Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, April 12, May 10,
Sept 13, Nov 8 (Additional meetings may be added if needed).
Please visit Supervisor Perez’s Web site to access more
If you would like to get agenda’s and other important meeting
information for the Bermuda Dunes Community Council,
please send your email address to Victoria Llort at firstname.lastname@example.org
|CVWD supports Proposition 68 and November Water Bond
Water Bond Collage
Coachella Valley Water District’s (CVWD) Board of Directors today
adopted a resolution supporting two water-related measures,
Proposition 68, an initiative that will appear on the June 5 ballot and
a water bond slated to appear on the November ballot.
Proposition 68, the California Drought, Water, Parks, Coastal
Protection and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, is a $4.1 billion
bond on the June ballot. If approved, it would provide $1.6 billion to
fund water-related projects. This legislative bond measure resulted
from the passage with bipartisan support of SB 5 (de Leon, 2017).
A diverse group of stakeholders including water managers has
developed the $8.9 billion Water Supply and Water Quality Act of
2018, which is slated to appear on the November 2018 ballot.
“California’s ever-changing water issues demonstrate the need for
additional investments to support reliable infrastructure, clean water
and sustainable groundwater supplies,” said CVWD Board
President John Powell, Jr. “Projects funded through these bonds
could provide substantial benefits for Coachella Valley communities
including the Salton Sea. The funding will also help to ensure safe
and reliable water for the region’s future,” said Powell.
CVWD’s Board of Directors supports both bonds and view the two
measures as complementary. If both bonds pass, the state would
see an influx of more than $10 billion for drought preparedness
projects, flood protection, safe drinking water in disadvantaged
communities, implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater
Management Act, and other projects that will improve water supply
reliability and ecosystem health. This funding would also help
alleviate challenges with population growth, natural disasters and
Opponents of Proposition 68 argue that it is too expensive. They
also question whether the money will be distributed equally across
CVWD urges voters to research all the arguments in favor and
against Proposition 68 and the November Bond before casting your
vote on this important issue.
Coachella Valley Water District is a public, non-profit agency
serving domestic water, irrigation water, wastewater collection and
reclamation services, regional stormwater protection and
groundwater replenishment over a 1,000-square-mile area,
including parts of Cathedral City to the Salton Sea communities.
CVWD is a State Water Contractor and operates the 123-mile
Coachella Canal to import Colorado River water to the region. An
elected five-member board sets policy and represents the
ratepayers. For more information, please visit www.cvwd.org.
|Congratulations to Ryan Jolette, our May Employee of the Month!
Ryan went above and beyond in the golf shop this season always
lending a helping hand. We wish him a wonderful summer in
Colorado. Congrats Ryan!
|Would appreciate Any suggestions for a pin stripper for a golf cart.
Scotty’s Pinstriping -760 831- 5874. He’s done many cars for me.
Excellent and reasonable. Nice guy too!
|Men vs. Women...
Bookseller conducting a market survey asked a woman, “Which
book has helped you most in your life?”
The woman replied, “My husband’s check book!!”
A prospective husband in a book store “Do you have a book
‘Husband – the Master of the House?’"
Sales girl: “Sir, fiction and comics are on the 1st floor!”
Someone asked an old man: “Even after 70 years, you still call
your wife – darling, honey, luv. What’s the secret?"
Old man: “I forgot her name and I’m scared to ask her."
Pharmacist to customer: “Sir, please understand, to buy an
anti-depression pill you need a proper prescription ...
Simply showing marriage certificate and wife’s picture is not
For MEN.....and WOMEN with a bit of humour ??
A man was granted two wishes by God. He asked for the best
drink & the best woman ever.
Next moment he got mineral water & Mother Teresa.
There are 3 kinds of men in this world. Some remain single and
make wonders happen. Some have girlfriends and see wonders
Rest get married and wonder what happened!
Wives are magicians. They can change anything into an
Why do women live a Better, Longer & Peaceful Life, compared
A very INTELLIGENT student replied: "Because Women don't
have a wife!"
COOL MESSAGE BY A WIFE: Dear Mother-in-law, Don't teach
me how to
handle my children. I am living with one of yours and he needs a
lot of improvement!?
When a married man says, I WILL THINK ABOUT IT - what he
really means is that he doesn't know his wife's opinion yet.
A lady says to her doctor: "My husband has a habit of talking in
his sleep! What should I give him to cure it?"
The doctor replies: "Give him an opportunity to speak when
he's awake! "
|CERT Training and PDCCA Concerns
It was great fun working with you at the recent 5 day 20 hour Riverside
County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training
session held in the Council Chambers of the City of Palm Desert.
We all learned a great deal of information to take back to our
Homeowner’s Associations and other groups. The CERT training
sessions are available around the county and in other communities of
the Coachella Valley. The next 20 hour Basic CERT training session is
currently scheduled at the City of Palm Springs Fire Department
Training Center February 1-3, 2019. Check the web site at http://www.
rivcocert.org/registration.htm for other dates and locations. I have been
involved in many aspects of safety for over 30 years and have
attended many seminars and classes. This training was probably the
most important. Visit www.losscontrolservices.org to learn more about
my current activities.
My next comments represent my own and do not represent those of
the Palm Desert Country Club Association (PDCCA) in any way. As a
member of the PDCCA Board of Directors I, and the others, was
advised by our legal council not to publicly oppose the project in
exchange for some concessions by the developer to maintain the 18
hole Championship Course.
Over the last several years many changes have taken place at the
privately owned Palm Desert Country Club (PDCC) golf course. The
previous owners have allowed the golf course to deteriorate to the
point that it was no longer a viable operation. Groups of investors have
made attempts to revitalize the 2 courses including developing the
vacant parcels that were located adjacent to the many street
crossovers. The current owners (a Canadian group of investors) have
gone an additional step and have closed the Executive Course and
plan to develop the property with homes and condominiums. The
current plans can be seen by clicking HERE
In the meantime the land that was once the Executive golf course has
reverted back to the desert in most areas, leaving nothing but dead
grass, dying trees and sand. Attached are 2 photos taken today that
represents current conditions.
Homeowners adjacent to the Executive Course have been very vocal
in their opposition to the development. There is no plan to provide
infrastructure to handle the additional traffic load. The entire
development is contained within the current confines of PDCCA. The
City of Palm Desert has apparently endorsed the project and over the
objection of the community they have continually provided the
developers with opportunities to make the project more appealing,
never suggesting to halt the project. Once construction begins, our
community will face the additional traffic, congestion, construction
equipment, etc. that a project of this magnitude brings with it.
This scenario is apparently being played out all around the country
where private developers are purchasing gold courses. Their long term
plan seems to be development far beyond the wishes of the adjacent
homeowners. If your golf course is experiencing difficulties beware of
investor groups offering a solution. It may not end up to be what you
had in mind.
43260 Texas Avenue
Palm Desert CA 92211
Ray Cell (775)720-3754
Bonnie Cell (775) 790-0783
Fax (801) 912-4432
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
I met Jessica at my CERT Class in Palm Desert. She is
one quality gal. The best of everyone in performing our
I highly recommend Jessia as a Pet and House Sitting
person; as well as a Private Caregiver!
|You can find Jessica under 'P' for Pet Sitting 'H' for
And under 'C' for Caregiving
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's
Roads is Blue have been completed
Roads in Yellow are presently being completed
I'm so happy with my handyman and want to recommend him to all
my neighbors. Johnny Solka is a SCSH resident and a delight to
work with. He has a great attitude, whether he's doing large jobs or
small, and stays with it until the job is done. Recently, he helped
me organize my garage by assembling and installing shelves I had
ordered, and he anchored them to the walls so they won't fall on my
car in case of an earthquake. He comes when he says he's coming
and has never let me down.
Johnny's number is 714-640-7061.
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
This past week has been a particularly busy one for me.
I am now CERT certified. It was a fun and informative
class. Immediately, I decided that I had better connect with
our Bermuda Dunes Preparedness Committee and offer my
I attended my first meeting and was so impressed with the
professionalism of this Committee. The Chairman is Mike
We will be having a Townhall meeting June 2nd at the
Clubhouse and I encourage everyone to attend. The
committee needs CERT members to help support our
community in the event THE BIG ONE comes...sooner than
You will soon be seeing Emergency Preparedness signs at
the entrance to all the gates of our Club. Please come and
join us for this fun event! We will have two guest speakers
who will elaborate on the urgency of being 'prepared.'
Please fill out the paperwork Associa has sent to you in
the mail. We need to know about you and your family in
event of an emergency.
Your Bermuda Dunes Emergency Preparedness
Committee will be there to meet and greet.
Now a little bit about my CERT class and what was really
drummed into our heads.
It is important for everyone to understand that the First
Responders will not be around for the first few days. We
are on our own!! Think about that for a moment...what will
you do to protect yourself and your family?
For those of you who have formed Neighborhood Watches,
this will be an excellent opportunity to become informed.
Above is Eric Cadden, one of our instructors. As you can
see - he was quite the character. He and others made this
class so enjoyable.
The class is a 20 hour course. The next CERT class is in
Palm Springs on February 1 - 3, 2018. Click HERE to
register. I recommend you sign up soon as possible, as
there was a waiting list to attend my class.
|THE SECRET LIFE OF
BY THE LAKE
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT
MAY 18, 2018
BBQ At 5:30pm On The Grill Patio
Kid-Size Hot Dogs & Cheeseburgers
BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Boneless Korean BBQ Chicken Thighs
Creamy Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad
Cole Slaw, Broccoli & Tomato Salad
$15.25++ person Children Under 10 $8.00 ++
Movie At Sunset With Popcorn & Candy
Bring Your Own Lawn Chairs or Ground Cover
Bar Will Be Open Throughout The Movie
|WORK IS FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW HOW
|Updates from Council Meeting are noted in RED
|Robotic Bees to Pollinate Monsanto Crops
by Russ McSpadden / Earth First!
Pollinators participate in the sexual-reproduction of plants. When
you eat an almond, beet, watermelon or sip on coffee, you’re
partaking of an ancient relationship between pollinators and flowers.
But since the 1990s, worldwide bee health has been in decline and
most evidence points to toxic pesticides created by Shell and Bayer
and the loss of genetic biodiversity due to the proliferation of GMO
monocrops created in laboratories by biotech companies like
But never worry, those real life pollinators—the birds and the bees,
as they say—may soon be irrelevant to the food needs of civilization.
Harvard roboticists are developing a solution to the crisis: swarms of
tiny robot bees made of titanium and plastic that can pollinate those
vast dystopian fields of GMO cash crops.
The Harvard Microrobotics Lab has been working on its Micro Air
Vehicles Project since early 2009. Borrowing from the biomechanics
and social organization of bees, the team of researchers is
undergoing the creation of tiny winged robots to fly from flower to
flower, immune to the toxins dripping from petals, to spread pollen.
They even believe that they will soon be able to program the
robobees to live in an artificial hive, coordinate algorithms and
communicate amongst themselves about methods of pollination and
location of particular crops.
Of course, published reports from the lab also describe potential
military uses—surveillance and mapping—but the dime-sized cyber-
bees have yet to be outfitted with neurotoxin tipped stingers.
In My Hand I Hold A Ball,
White And Dimpled...Rather Small.
Oh, How Bland It Does Appear,
This Harmless Looking Little Sphere.
By Its Size I Could Not Guess
The Awesome Strength it does possess.
But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell,
I've Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.
My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same
Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game.
It Rules My Mind For Hours On End;
A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.
It Has Made Me Curse And Made Me Cry,
And Hate Myself And Want To Die.
It Promises Me A Thing Called Par,
If I Hit It Straight And Far.
To Master Such A Tiny Ball,
Should Not Be Very Hard At All.
But My Desires The Ball Refuses,
And Does Exactly As It Chooses.
It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies,
And Disappears Before My Eyes.
Often It Will Have A Whim,
To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim.
With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land,
It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.
Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul,
If Only It Would Find The Hole.
It's Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,
And Swear That I Will Give It Up.
And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow,
But The Ball Knows ... I'll Be Back Tomorrow
Stand proud, noble swingers of clubs and losers of balls!
Recent studies found average golfers walk 900 miles a year.
Another study found golfers drink 22 gallons of alcohol a year.
This means, on average, golfers get 41 miles to the gallon!
Kind of makes you proud. Almost makes you feel like a hybrid. . . ..
|USA TODAY Honors The Living Desert with
10Best Readers' Choice Travel Award
We did it! We won all because of you!
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is proud to announce it
received USA TODAY'S 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Award, the
only zoo in California to be honored.
According to the 10Best website, "North America is home to
hundreds of zoological parks, including 230 facilities accredited by
the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Short of heading out
into the world's wild places, nothing beats a visit to the zoo to foster
an appreciation for the striking animal diversity of our planet. We
asked a panel of travel experts to nominate their favorite North
American AZA-accredited zoos-facilities that excel in the fields of
animal care and enrichment, while also facilitating meaningful
interactions between animals and human visitors."
The Living Desert was one of 20 zoos nominated in this category.
Voting was open to the public for one month. The top 10 winners in
the category include the following:
1. Saint Louis Zoo
2. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
3. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
4. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
5. Fort Worth Zoo
6. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
7. Dallas Zoo
8. Audubon Zoo
9. Zoo Miami
10. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
"It's not only an honor to be nominated, it's a true thrill to be voted
one of the nation's top 10 zoos by USA TODAY and the general
public," said Allen Monroe, President/CEO of The Living Desert.
"We strive every day to give our guests the best experience and
being a conservation-first organization, it's great to be recognized
by this group for our animal care and enrichment."
10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential
travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and
restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world.
The core of the site's uniqueness is its team of local travel experts:
a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts
in their fields and their cities, but also discriminating in their tastes.
These local experts live in the city they write about so the content
is constantly updated, and 10Best.com averages 5 million visitors
USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media
company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY's mission is to serve as a
forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA
truly one nation. USA TODAY is the nation's number one
newspaper in print circulation with an average of more than 1.6
million daily. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:
THE LIVING DESERT!!
|A nurse has heart attack and describes what women feel when
I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I
have ever heard. Please read, pay attention, and send it on!...
FEMALE HEART ATTACKS
I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the
best description I've ever read.
Women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have ...
you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat,
grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in movies.
Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.
I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO
prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought
it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my
purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had
sent me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and
warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.
A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when
you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and
washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems
to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus
in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you
shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more
thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its
progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation--the
only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about
After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little
squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE
(hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as
they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone,
where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR).
This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched
out into both jaws. 'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was
happening -- we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws
being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said
aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I'm having a heart
I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take
a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a
heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the
phone is or anywhere else... but, on the other hand, if I don't,
nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not
be able to get up in a moment.
I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the
next room and dialed the Paramedics... I told her I thought I was
having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the
sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid,
just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics
over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so,
to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could
see me when they came in.
I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed
and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in,
their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their
ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the
way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the
radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping
the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was
bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have
you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret
what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not
waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded
the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta
and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stints to hold
open my right coronary artery.
I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have
taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but
actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the
fire station and St Jude are only minutes away from my home, and
my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get
going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere
between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents.
Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I
want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I
learned first hand.
1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your
body, not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things
happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said
that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI
because they didn't know they were having one and commonly
mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn
preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning
when they wake up... which doesn't happen. My female friends,
your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to
call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that
you've not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation
than to risk your life guessing what it might be!
2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can take an
aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!
Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER - you are a hazard to others
on the road.
Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and
looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road.
Do NOT call your doctor -- he doesn't know where you live and if
it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his
assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the
Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you
need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that
you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later.
3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a
normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a
cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless
it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure).
MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the
body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system
to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a
sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know
the better chance we could survive.
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10
people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life.
*Please be a true friend and send this article to all your female
The article is a bit long but worth reading for us women!
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|The idea of creating a community or a group of unified like minded
folks is a great idea, but what happens when there is conflict? As
long as there are individuals with different worldviews, there will be
conflict. Lack of conflict resolution techniques has been the undoing
of many communities and it is the most crucial skill to learn if a
community is to become successful.
Basic Maturity Is A Pre-requisite
First of all, the members of the community must have a certain level
of maturity to begin with. In running a business like University of
Metaphysical Sciences I have learned about how important it is to
avoid problematic people. The large staff at UMS is a spiritual
family, not just an office job, and it is important that we all get along.
We have to make sure we pick a good match when adding a new
member to the community.
In the beginning, we hired a few people who were not mature
enough to work at UMS. They created a lot of problems, brought
positive energy down and had chronic negativity. Staff members
had counseling sessions with them, we gave them a thousand
chances to change their behavior, and we put out lots of
therapeutic effort for negative employees who we employed for
months, even a year, before finally we had to give up and let them
go. Of course, they did not go without a fight because they did not
want to leave the spiritual family that was putting out so much
unconditional love and energy for them. They had become very
attached and did not want to be “voted off the island” so to speak.
We stopped hiring or keeping people with a history for rocking the
boat. You can find out a lot about a person on Google, so do some
research! If they started to bring everyone else down we let them
go sooner than later. No more attempting to counsel them or help
them grow up. A basic level of maturity was needed before they
qualified for being in the particular spiritual community that is our
This does not mean that if someone has a bad day we “vote them
off the island,” nor do we expect people to be perfect. That isn’t the
case. Of course we are supportive to each other in times of need
and challenges, even a new group member in our office. However,
we look for patterns of negative behavior and attitude problems that
are deeper than just a moody day.
How do you go about finding out about the maturity level of a
potential group member? Well, that takes time. Many intentional
communities have a trial period. For instance, at University of
Metaphysical Sciences we have a pretty good idea if someone is
going to work out within the first 2-4 weeks. Then the next level is
the 3 month mark. Then there is the 6 month mark, and if no
personality meltdowns have happened by then, the person would
be “in” at our office. It is typical for Intentional Communities to set
timelines for judging whether someone will fit in or not. At the 1 year
mark, a community member will get the full stamp of approval by
other community members because his or her less-than-perfect
sides will have shown up by then and you will know if they are
manageable issues within the group.
Don’t be afraid to set time goals in your decision to include a new
member. Don’t grant automatic entrance, instant camaraderie, or
entitlement. Entrance into a community should be earned, not given
without a trial period. That is one of the most important lessons I
learned in the beginning stages of my endeavors with the spiritual
community that has emerged in our office.
Communication and Compromise
The second necessary ingredient to having a successful community
or group endeavor is to have clear communications and a conflict
resolution plan. Non-violent communication techniques are well
documented and all communities should learn and adopt these
methods. For the purposes of this article, I won’t go into the
techniques involved since they can easily be found on the internet
with a search. However, there is one thing that is most important in
non-violent communication approaches. It is the need for everyone
to feel heard by others. Sometimes being heard is all that is really
necessary for a resolution to be at hand. Of course, there are many
instances where practical measures must be taken, but the most
healing aspect of all is the ability to communicate in a reasonable
manner and hear each other with respect and grace.
Compromise is another requirement for conflict resolution.
Compromise is part of life. All parties involved must be willing to
compromise and not get their way completely if that is what is
needed to solve the issue. All parties must be willing to not hold any
grudges, either, even after a resolution is enacted. Sometimes a
resolution is undone if there are underlying grudges.
Unconditional Love And The Utopian Community
The Utopian community is what all of us fantasize about, that
perfect world where everyone gets along and there is never any
conflict—basically, heaven. It could be many generations before
mass consciousness can operate at the level where there are no
world wars, economic exploitation of others, or crimes against each
other. In the meantime, those of us on a spiritual path are creating
the possibility for that future by working on peaceful co-existence
together right now in these smaller groups. After all, if spiritual
people cannot get along, what hope do we have for world peace? It
starts with us, and later it will spread to the masses, maybe even
governments. Those of us who are attempting these mini
communities are in the process of evolving the human species
toward that long term goal.
An essential part of a successful community is that we must be
allowing of each other’s shortcomings. The human vehicle, with all
its idiosyncrasies and dysfunctions on emotional and mental levels,
is an imperfect design in the moment. It is still in the process of
development, an experiment in physical reality consciousness.
Being a human isn’t an easy task! So let’s all take it easy and be
patient with each other’s growth processes while supporting and
encouraging each other in shifting negative patterns into more
positive ones. Patience with each other in this evolutionary
endeavor is necessary. We can solve conflicts gracefully while
understanding that the human condition isn’t who we really are.
Unconditional love is a quality of an evolved person and a
community is the perfect vehicle within which to develop that trait.
The communities we create now are the prototypes of the future.
Those of us at the forefront of human evolution are setting an
example for the masses who follow as we establish the methods for
peaceful conflict resolution that may someday be a standard way of
living in the world. It is a quantum leap for humankind to find the
secret to getting along with each other. The more we explore what
it means to get along, the less of a secret it is!
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY
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