Sunday, June 08, 2014
This was in our local paper in honour of a festival commemorating purple for Alzheimer’s Disease. I’m not sure who wrote it – but it struck me as so fitting a reminder for all of us who have to deal with Alzheimer’s or dementia in a relative or friend, or indeed a plea for ourselves at some time maybe !!.
Don’t ask me to remember
Don’t try to make me understand
Let me rest and know you’re with me
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand
I’m confused beyond your concept
I’m sad and sick and lost
All I know is that I need you
To be with me at all cost
Do not lose your patience with me
So not scold or curse or cry
I can’t help the way I am acting
I can’t be different though I try
Just remember that I need you
That the best of me is gone
Please don’t fail to stand beside me
Love me till my life is done.
Friday, June 06, 2014
D Day – 6th June 1944 – the landing of Allied Troops on the beaches of Normandy.
The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the restoration of the French Republic, and contributed to an Allied victory in the war.
The 70th Anniversary is being celebrated today in the presence of several World Leaders
From across the Channel, the Atlantic, the other side of the globe, they are arriving, headed for the Normandy beaches where, 70 years ago, war exacted the ultimate price from their comrades.
Now a dwindling band of brothers, D-day veterans from Britain, America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, in their late 80s and 90s, will join 17 heads of state for an official commemoration of the biggest seaborne invasion in military history.
President Obama will join French president François Hollande at a service later in the morning at the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mere. US forces bore the brunt of allied casualties on that day. Of the estimated 4,500 who died, some 2,500 were US personnel. Casualty figures on cliff-fringed "Bloody" Omaha, where difficult terrain allowed German machine gun fire to tear into troops, were higher than on any other beach. Bodies piled up in the ensuing carnage. It has been said of Omaha there were two kinds of people staying on the beach - "The dead and those who are about to die". A huge dawn gathering on Omaha beach is planned.
Please take a minute today to remember
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Thank you to all who read and or voted for my blog. I got a popular blog trophy but see the blog is labelled – “Voted Featured Blog Post” – so maybe these days “Popular Blog” and “Featured Blog” are the same – who knows?? Probably another change I haven’t caught up with – LOL!!
I was blown away by the support, depth of feeling and number of members who expressed similar thoughts. It was rather like breaking a dam!!
The blog was written on behalf of all older members and those younger ones who one day might be in the same situation!!
I feel that the site serves a valuable purpose but that a lot of the people who it could really help are being frightened away by the problems caused by the changes. After all the fact is that the more members that belong to the site, the more money can be charged for advertising and the longer the site will stay free!! I find the advertising annoying – and use an advertisement blocker but to many older people who were not bought up in the computer age, finding and installing an advertisement blocker is beyond them!! Yet it is these people, on fixed incomes who so need the help and company the site gives.
I did not mean you to think I am in any way ungrateful to Sparkpeople – but that should not stop me speaking up about problems that as a leader of a team I get to deal with all the time!!
I have long wondered why people don’t speak up – seem unwilling to “rock the boat” Well today I was told!! I was told its because people feel that there is no point trying to change what we cannot control!! They would rather focus on their own problems. This makes me so very sad!! It is possible to get change - if you are tenacious enough - and there is enough feeling and support for the change, but unless you spealk out no-one will ever know how you feel and there will never be change!!
I have numerous physical problems, and I have accepted this and am getting on doing what I can to help myself, but I still and hope I always will, try to help others as much as I can in a positive way I hope too!! I hope I never lose the will to do that!!
Yes this is a free site that we are lucky to have and its run by staff – but those staff are as human as you and I – they are not autocrats – they do read the criticisms as well as the good points – but on occasions they cannot act on them as we would like because of maybe technical problems or other things that we have no idea about.
That should not stop you speaking out though!! Believe me – the sky hasn’t fallen in on me yet!!
If we don’t speak out –others do not know our feelings and problems – by keeping things inside you are taking the chance of becoming introspective, dwelling on your own problems instead of accepting them, doing what you can to change them and then looking to help others in a similar position in a positive way!!
I sent the blog to Coach Jen and asked her to pass it on to the other Staff and Sparkguy. She replied that she has done this – so I am thinking that your comments and concerns will be read and noted!!
3rd June – we have been partly heard – see Coach Jen’s message – but I have emailed her to ask about other concerns raised!! I will add her reply when I get it!! And I will keep pushing!! LOL!!
After much discussion, we are keeping the Planner. It will be unlinked from the site, meaning it won't be in the "My Trackers" dropdown menu at the top of the page, but you can still get to it at this address:
Hope that helps!
EDIT 4th June
Perspective on recent changes
As you know, we’ve made a number of changes to the site recently. Some of them have been welcomed additions, while others might be taking a while to get used to. I wanted to try and provide some perspective about why we’ve been doing these things, so that you can understand the strategy behind it and know that it’s not just to frustrate or confuse our long-time members.
Our goal has always been to help as many people as possible be healthy and lose weight. That means we want to reach as many new members as possible. When we have surveyed people about why they don’t stay on SparkPeople, the biggest reason is that SparkPeople is too overwhelming. If you’ve been a member for a long time, it can be hard to take a step back and put yourself in the position of a new member. Many of these changes are being done to help showcase our best features more cleanly and easily. Sometimes that also means removing features that are not as popular and aren’t well-used.
We also need to keep up with web design standards, to make the site a more welcoming place for new members. That doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate our long-time members or that we want to make the site more difficult to read or navigate. But if we want to appeal to as wide of an audience as possible, then sometimes we need to make these kinds of changes- like the new Team Wall, redesign of the Nutrition Tracker, etc.
We understand that when we make changes, there will always be at least a few members who are not happy about them. We always appreciate feedback (positive and negative) from our Community Team and Team Leaders, since you are some of our most loyal and dedicated members. However, as you give feedback, we’d ask that you keep the reasoning for changes we described above in mind. We know our members love how SparkPeople is a positive community, and we like that to extend to feedback as well. SparkPeople’s community admins and employees are a small group of real people looking to help people be healthier, and we know one of the best ways to do this is an open and respectful dialogue with our Community Team and Team Leaders.
Thanks so much,
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