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March 2011 Blog Posts (18)

PTSD, Insomnia and My Sleeping Aids

One of my very first blog posts about PTSD symptoms and recovery was entitled, “Are You Ready to Let Go Of Your Trauma/PTSD Identity?” It explored how tough it was for me to let go of PTSD related perceptions and behaviors. Recently, I was reminded of it again when I was talking to a survivor about her sleeping habits, and the fact that she is, finally,…


Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 31, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments



Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 2:05 AM EDT

Blessings of being a grandparent

I feel blessed to be the grandparent (Pappy) of four beautiful grandchildren — Reaghan, Landen, Elijah and Quentin.

It has been said that grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old. Grandkids remind you of your of your own kids when they were little, making you reminisce about the wonderful times you experienced with them. A grandparent is a little bit… Continue

Added by Brian Patrick Swanner on March 28, 2011 at 4:22pm — 2 Comments


Mountain Music” “Feels So Right”  “Angels Among Us”   You know the voice.  As lead singer for the country group ALABAMA, Randy Owen…

Added by Capt. Fyre Walker on March 28, 2011 at 12:32pm — 1 Comment

PTSD Professional Perspective: Dr. Bill Tollefson

Just because I love talking to people live and in-person, every month I conduct a Professional Perspective interview about some topic of self-empowered healing. (Are you registered to listen in, ask your questions and receive the free PTSD audio download??)

This month, I spoke to Dr. Bill…


Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 28, 2011 at 7:55am — No Comments

Rye couple donates pet oxygen masks to Fire Dept.

Fire Chief William "Skip" Sullivan recalls two incidents in his career involving pets suffering from smoke inhalation, some unconscious after becoming trapped in a burning building.

From now on, treating those animals will be much easier, thanks to two residents with a love for pets.

Ian and Katie…


Added by Capt. Fyre Walker on March 26, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments

The Scariest Moment of Your Life

This past week I received an interesting call from Matthew Blaine of Crosstown Media, a full-service Emmy® award winning television and film production company that specializes in poignant and entertaining documentary programming. With acclaimed productions on ABC, CBS, MTV, Bravo, The History Channel and GSN, CM’s founder, Matthew… Continue

Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 24, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

PTSD Recovery Tip of the Month: Part 2

Continuing from my last post about the importance of taking action in PTSD recovery...


At the beginning of February I launched the Heal My PTSD Virtual Support Groups (that means no matter where you live you can participate!). Some brave PTSD action-takers signed up and have been meeting for the past five weeks. Here’s a glimpse of what happens when you take action, written by Donna, a member of our…


Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 21, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Call for doing away with State Fire Marshal's office heats up

If there is a fire, are kids safe in Kansas schools?

The state fire marshal said "no" dozens of times since last September and wrote fire code violations for more than thirty districts. At issue is a type of window on or above classroom doors that would allow smoke to travel from room to room in the event of a fire.

It could cost millions to fix.

Paul Larkin is communications director for Liberal Schools.

"Well I'm sure the… Continue

Added by Capt. Fyre Walker on March 21, 2011 at 11:29am — 7 Comments

Spent Fuel in Japan


Update: links should be fixed now


The spent fuel pools near the Japanese reactors affected by the earthquake are a significant concern at this point. During the power generation process fission products build up in the fuel rods. In particular for the first several years after their removal from the reactor the radiation levels are fairly significant and the the rods can generate a fair amount of heat. Most reactors have a storage pool nearby in…


Added by Benjamin Van Eck on March 18, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

1,600 preregister for Fire & Rescue College

Hundreds of emergency services workers will blaze a path to the county this weekend.

It’s time for the 2011 McDowell Fire & Rescue College, the largest of its kind in North Carolina and one of the biggest in the southeastern U.S.

Brad Ledbetter, director of continuing education at McDowell Technical… Continue

Added by Capt. Fyre Walker on March 17, 2011 at 5:55pm — No Comments

PTSD Recovery Tip of the Month: Part 1

At the beginning of every new year I like to take a look at how I can better support you. That means that around this time I begin making changes to how I blog and what I blog about. I’ve finally decided on a few new features that you’ll see roll out over the course of the next month. (Have a suggestion about what you’d like to see? Feel free to leave a comment.)

One thing I’ve decided is that we need a PTSD Recovery Tip of the Month.

Here’s the first…


Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 17, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Radiation and Japan

There is a lot of information floating around the internet about radiation safety because of the events in Japan. Unfortunately much of it is incomplete or wrong. You have to be very careful where you get information from as many incomplete or wrong ideas tend to get spread out of fear. I'd like to try to clear up a few significant misconceptions and will provide references from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or similar sources.

Radiation can cause both long term and short term… Continue

Added by Benjamin Van Eck on March 16, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Flood Safety Awareness Week 2011

It's that time of year again .. today kicks off Flood Safety Awareness Week that runs thru March 18, 2011.

FEMA and NOAA's National Weather Service are providing tips and information to help individuals and families prepare for flooding dangers during the week and throughout the spring season. The resources can be accessed at the Flood Safety Awareness Week… Continue

Added by Janet Liebsch on March 14, 2011 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

PTSD Book Review: TRUTHFUL MOMENTS, by Tom Reed

We’re all always reading. Books are a great way to continue exploring aspects of PTSD symptoms, treatment and recovery. This new monthly feature will cover all kinds of books, including both fiction and nonfiction.

I’m kicking off this feature with TRUTHFUL MOMENTS, by Tom Reed. As Tom described the book in his first email to me:

It is about PTSD. Part of the intent is to raise awareness of PTSD. I know that the disorder can occur in children and noncombatants…


Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 14, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Radioactive safety data

Okay .. I'm not trying to be an alarmist and this is just my personal opinion but .. posting this as fyi in case things completely go south with Japanese nuclear reactors. Hopefully officials can contain all since structures have multiple safeguards, but sharing this in the event a complete failure or meltdown could potentially impact the west coast of North America. (Please note, I'm not talking about anything released to date .. there are no concerns with that whatsoever. Just thinking worse… Continue

Added by Janet Liebsch on March 13, 2011 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

PTSD Treatment: 4 Ways to Boost Your Ability to Heal

1 – Believe in the power of your own mind. You've suffered a trauma, you feel changed, you may even feel like you've lost the power of who you used to be. Don't despair; you've still got it, it's just been momentarily frozen. What can you do to evoke a sense of who you are outside of trauma? Tap into your untraumatized self and use that part of your mind to help you regain a sense of your own strength, power and identity.

2 – Take some time to think about…


Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 10, 2011 at 2:02pm — No Comments

PTSD Recovery: A Matter of Perception, Part 2

A lot of trauma healing has to do with reframing events, perceptions and memories. I’ve come to understand that this applies to the healing process, too. We need to reframe our idea about what we’re doing when we attempt recovery. For example:

Last year I took a on vacation in North Carolina. Some friends and I stayed in a house on a lake up in the mountains, but each day we chose a different small town to go into for supplies and lunch. One of these excursions took us to…


Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

PTSD Recovery: A Matter of Perception, Part 1

My approach to my own PTSD healing was all wrong. I thought I could force it to happen, cause it to occur overnight and then, poof!, 25 years of undiagnosed PTSD and all the memories and emotions tied to 1 life-threatening trauma would just evaporate. Just like that. Wasn’t I optimistic?

OK, so now I’ve learned it doesn’t happen that way. Back then, though, I didn’t understand all of the work that needed to be done by me, that no one could do but me, and that no one could just bestow…


Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 3, 2011 at 12:21pm — No Comments

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