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Today turns a new leaf....


Today turns a new leaf for the blog. It is becoming apparent

that there is only so much you can say or talk about candles. How many ways can you say, keep the wick trimmed, only burn your candles for no longer than 3 hours, keep them away from drafts, flammable item, small children and pets and never leave a candle unattended. If you are not aware of these basic things, then candles are probably not really your thing. Do you agree?

So, from this point on this weekly blog will be focused on “things” that really matter in everyday life. No, I am not going to get into politics or anything like that. Everyone has their own opinion and point of view on that subject and I will not let that seep into these conversations with you.

I want this to be a friendly neighborly kind of conversation between us. Like sitting around the dinner table drinking whatever your morning beverage may be. For the record, mine is coffee. Black. No sugar or cream. Preferably on the strong side. But I do like to have one of those Cinnabon’s they have at my local Maverik with my coffee once in a while.

But what do we talk about? Stuff.. Whatever comes to minds really. As I said, just sitting around, enjoying the day and talking with a friend. Maybe sharing something you had to deal with at work or home. Or a new way to get t

hose plants to live that you are trying so desperately to kill. Something cool you heard about or read that you thought interesting. Like what I heard about a few weeks ago about this restaurant in Japan. A place called “Restaurant of Mistaken Orders”. What a weird name for a restaurant, right? Had to go find out just what that was all about. What I discovered was it is a restaurant where the employees have various stages of dementia.

Dementia has gotten such a bad rap over the years. We all have, or know someone, with family members who have or are in some stage of this life changing disease. Disease? Well, after looking it up, dementia is describes as the impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interferes with doing everyday activities.

I have to admit that my idea of someone with this illness just super forgetful and walked around aimlessly and that needed constant care. Well after reading about this restaurant and why the founders started it has caused my ideas and concept to change. People suffering from this are capable of doing lots of everyday tasks if given the opportunity and encouragement. They get such a kick out doing something productive on their own that their face just light up with delight. How in the world can you not want to help them feel useful. And that is exactly what this place in Japan is doing. What a concept.

It makes you wonder if a place like that would go over here in this country. Or even in Arizona for that matter. Would people support a concept such as that or would they ridicule the place for using or abusing people with disabilities. I would like to believe that it would be accepted with open arms.

Anyway, I thought it a very cool story. Changed my way of looking at it. And to me that is a good thing. We should always strive to see things in a different light, as my mother use to tell us. If you want to learn a little more about this place, here is the link to a great video about the place…

Well, time to get to work. Hope you enjoyed what I had to share with you. Have something you would like to share? Just send it to me at the email below and we will try and share it with our neighbors here.

Thanks for reading….


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