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Revive Community Church February 11, 2014 at 09:05 am
Hurts, habits, hang-ups. The sobering reality is that mankind IS selfish, all of us, to varyingRead More degrees. (One simple example would be that most of us, if starving, would feed ourselves first over a starving stranger etc.) We are delicate at times, strong other times, both brilliant and stupid, but all in all, quite an amazing creation on this earth, and yes, NONE of us are perfect. We all have, hurts, habits or hang-ups along with amazing ideas, passions, talents, purposes, in addition to a strong desire to be loved. You mix that concoction up in various degrees of strengths & weaknesses amidst the population, and the outcome will reflect varying degrees of either transformation and healing from a hurt, habit or hang-up, or no healing at all, which at times can cause death, as you mention. It all depends on many circumstances, most of which we have to understand and swallow, we just don't have control over, not even our money can pay for that control. Loved ones are sometimes hurt the most, because we see the errors and wonder why choose "that' over me? Why can't you just stop it? We are hurt. It is not your fault. Hurts, habits, hang-ups, we carry that with us because we are human and are not perfect. Some of us may call this sin. Thankfully the hope for transformation, does exist and it is free. To the author, please do not give up hope. It is impossible for mankind to imagine how to begin to tackle such a problem, but I might suggest you walk into a "Celebrate Recovery" meeting found online near you. Some are led well, others are not, as I mentioned, none of us are perfect. There is a helpful book written by Jon Baker called, "Life's Healing Choices" which describes how and why, we humans, including you, can still hold onto hope. Here is a link:http://www.amazon.com/Lifes-Healing-Choices-Freedom-Hang-ups/dp/1476726582 I was once an anorexic and I married a cocaine addict. We are transformed, healed, cured, however you want to call it. Those habits and addictive thoughts are just not a part of us, or our daily thinking anymore. As impossible as it may seem, my husband's mind has been transformed for over 30 years now and is now a volunteer Lead Pastor at a church plant. The reality is, you CAN be transformed by the renewing of your mind! We experienced it ourselves and see it happening in our midst. Many blessings to you.
Khandrola Dechen February 11, 2014 at 10:17 am
Lori Sammon - you are the evil one to wish tragedy upon the author. I assume this hit too close toRead More home. Hope your addiction is in remission - a better word than recovery, I agree, Laura. And I DO have experience with addicts and the wasteland they leave behind. Selfishness is what they are all about. Russel G: Check you constitution. We still have freedom of speech. Better for you to not emulate the opinions of people such as Stalin and Hitler.
Louise Bombara February 11, 2014 at 04:05 pm
Very sad, but this author has clearly lived it and speaks as one who has loved an addicted person.
Geta Grip May 2, 2013 at 09:37 pm
Wow it seems like the waiters/waitresses and bartenders responding to this article have some thinRead More skin. Ms Madsen is just giving advice on what makes a good bartender. I think there are a lot of bartenders out there who are reading this and agreeing with her common sense advice. But it seems like the servers who do not like people/their jobs/their lives are taking this advice as a personal attack. Lighten up it seems like the ones commenting are the ones who really need this advice. (By the way I have worked in a bar, but I have spent much more time as a patron than employee.)
polopete May 3, 2013 at 02:58 pm
I agree with the majority of what id said. I have bartended in Go-Go bars and nice restaurants.ThereRead More are general rules. Of course barkeeps have lives too and can have a bad day. These are in general. A patron, especially a regular, likes to be appreciated. Tied up with another custy? Make eye contact so that I know you will be there when you can. Del Friscos Grille in NYC? Gets crowded after work I get it but they walk to the register with eyes down and you feel like you need to send up a flare to spend $15 on a drink
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lawrence williard December 17, 2012 at 12:22 am
Make sure you mention that since NYC implemented stricter gun control the crime rate has decreasedRead More significantly. In the past 20 years the murder rate has dropped more than 50%. Don't mean to pick on you with these facts, but it's clear you're biased in your support of gun rights.
Charles Michel December 17, 2012 at 02:46 am
Nice to hear that someone will be looking at the facts and real numbers .
Laura Madsen December 17, 2012 at 06:10 pm
The sound bite of today's radio broadcast from Atlanta, with myself, about gun control in the wakeRead More of the Newtown, CT tragedy is now available to listen to. Click here --> http://www.theladyinredblog.com/awesome-moments.html and scroll down to "On the Radio in Atlanta" to listen. Thank you to all of the callers who participated in this discussion, and we wish we had had more time to hear from more of you. We understand that some people feel that this is too soon to discuss this issue, and we respect your right to not listen if you feel this is inappropriate. We did our best to approach super-sensitive and highly tragic issue with a total lack of sensationalism.
Laura Madsen November 28, 2012 at 04:56 pm
Just for a bit of clarification: On Saturday, December 1, from 11:00am-3:00pm you will be able toRead More receive one free kid’s platter with a purchase of an adult meal. The CASA fundraiser is from 4pm-8pm on the same day.
Laura Madsen October 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm
Sunday School at The Cheese Cave originally scheduled for October 28, 2012 has been postponed due toRead More Hurricane Sandy.
Laura Madsen October 11, 2012 at 06:16 pm
"The Purple Heart", Christie A.C. Gucker's second novel, has just been given an officialRead More publication date of February 22, 2013.
Laura Madsen October 15, 2012 at 06:32 pm
The author, Christie Gucker will be at Barnes & Noble in Bridgewater, NJ tonight, 10/15 @ 7pmRead More signing copies of The Cliff.
Laura Madsen October 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm
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Laura Madsen August 16, 2012 at 03:59 pm
I'm co-hosting the Jersey version of 'The View' ('Girl Talk with Whitney') TONIGHT (8/16) withRead More Whitney Ullman live out of Atlantic City! Tune in at WOND 1400AM from 8pm-10pm EST! You can listen to the live stream at http://wondradio.com/ ! You can also use the TUNE IN app on your iPhone/iPad or click here and listen too: http://tunein.com/radio/WOND-1400-s21757/ Call in if you can! 1.609.927.1100 Details here! http://tinyurl.com/bmechbz