Angela’s November 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We are so blessed. We wake up, we put on our clothes, we breathe in the fall air and we just be. At FBI we learned about the different types of memory this month and November stirs up memories of pumpkin pies, mashed potatoes, family stories and jokes. For many, November is a time of sadness when leaves fall, loved ones die, arguments ensue at the Thanksgiving feast, and daggers fly. Steve Grove, a veteran and TBI survivor stated at FBI last week, “This is the most fun I have all week. These two hours are something I live for.”

We all need to live for something. We are so grateful for the building that we are in, the people that support us when we are weak, smiles that appear when we walk in the door. You see, sadness disappears temporarily when we are with others. John Donne (1572-1631) wrote “No man is an island entire of itself.” Commentators report that he means that man should not be alone. We need others to connect with.

We are in the business of caring for people, teaching them to care for themselves and to give to others. Even a small amount of giving of yourself takes you away from your own issues. Recently I subscribed to a magazine called LiveHappy. It is the most amazing magazine because all the articles have upbeat ideas to increase joy. It has certainly helped me in my life.

In closing, we are grateful for you being a supporter of B.R.A.I.N., for attending FBI sessions, for donating your time at the office or at meetings as a volunteer, for attending weekly classes or for being a Brain Cell Connector. We are having a Christmas party on Tuesday, December 16th from 5-7, so please join us at FBI and feel the fun that Steve Grove mentioned! You might live for it too!

With love,

Angela Mandas, MA CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
FBI Group Facilitator

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