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Where Has Bonnie Been

April 9, 2013

I’m not writing this blog for any one to feel sorry 
for me or take pitty on me. I’m hoping what I write
here will help some one else so they know they aren’t
alone in this world I’m here for any one.

I would love to say I’ve been to Disney with my family.
But the truth is I’ve been very sick. I though 2013 that
my health would be better than years before. Not so.

I’ve cataracts in both eyes which makes it hard to see
and write and to correct words when they are wrong.
This is one reason I stopped blogging and commenting
on Facebook,Twitter,Google plus and other sites. Because
I’m tired of hearing don’t you know how to write or that’s why
there is spell check. The thing is I can’t see the small words.
My texts is set at 150 and there are times I still can’t see.
I will know on may 1st if I can have my eyes done.

 

I need an ok from my doctor because I was in the hospital for 2 and a 1/2 which seemed like a life time to me.
I need to go back in September for another enderscope to see if the lump in my chest has gotten bigger.

I’ll be getting my teeth done next month so I can get my hip replaced.

I want to thank all the groups I belong to for not kicking me out.

I;m not a quiter I’m a fighter and I will keep
fighting and God will be there holding my hand.

I’ve joined a wonderful prayer group and I’m helping out in the group. I’ve all so been sending message to members of the group that
need some one and I will be trying to expand this
with my own church now I’ve a directy of church members. This way I feel like i’m doing some thing and I don’t feel use less now.

I would like to thank MaryLou Drury,Donna E White-Platt,Starlette Mitchell Vaughn ,Jim Russell,Delphine Noon Bebo,Julia Latto
for being there when I needed a ear or a shoulder
to cry on and helping me threw this time.

I hope you will comment me or ask questions

God bless ever one

Bonnie Squires
@bonnie67

Because Love is bigger than anything else

October 20, 2011

Because Love is bigger than anything else

I’m not writing this blog for people to pity me or feel sorry for me. I’m hoping that my telling of my story will help others see that life’s not so bad for them and that each of us is bigger and stronger than our problems. Being bigger and stronger than our problems, we can think about today and the future in a different way. This is what my friend Stan Faryna tells me and I don’t doubt what he’s saying. You shouldn’t either.

August 18,2010 was the day that changed my life forever. My morning started off ok. I got the kids ready for the first day of school. I even walked them in the morning. I remember, however, I tripped a lot more than usual. I’m not the most agile of walkers, but my legs seemed to be unstable. If I stopped walking my legs would start shaking bad. Our son was with me and he was concerned. I told him, “Just let’s get home.”

We got home and by that time I just was shaking bad I figured maybe I was hungry. Because I hadn’t eaten before I left. I ate. It didn’t help. So I thought maybe just I was tired. Wrong again.

By the time the kids got home, my legs and arms were shaking uncontrollably. I couldn’t speak. I was crying. I was finally able to ask our son John to take me to the hospital. I thought I had a stroke.

John drove like a mad man to the hospital, he carried me into the emergency ward, and he was yelling so loud, “I think my mom is having a stroke!”

When the doctor checked on me, he said that he didn’t no what was wrong with me. He gave me a shot to calm me down. In one week, I was in and out of the hospital eight times. Ever time, they told me there wasn’t any thing they could do.

Initially, my doctor thought I may have Parkinson’s disease. I was having trouble with some of the basic tests. Like me touching my nose like during an intoxication review that a police officer will give to a driver suspected of driving under the influence. I understood the doctor’s instructions, but I was unable to touch my nose. I was also shaking so hard, it wasn’t funny. The doctor also had me lift my feet up to my knees (one by one) and I almost fell over trying to do it.

The doctor made an appointment to see a specialist in neurology. The neurologist believed I had a physiologic tremor. If caught in 6 months, it can be cured. Mine has gone on for more than a year now, so I’m just trying to learn to live with the shaking.

I had an EKG, MRI, and a brain wave test. All came out normal. They tell me that I have a movement disorder and only meds can help me to live with it. I’ve tried deep breathing, listening to music, and other things but they only help a little. I don’t get a lot done like this. That bothers me.

This last year has been very hard on me. My daughter wants her old mom back and our son misses me walking them to school. I use to walk 20 miles five days a week. Now I can’t even walk a mile. My right arm shakes all the time. It’s hard to type on a computer.

About all I can do is play Facebook games, do Twitter, and read blog posts. Commenting on blog posts though is hard. I struggle with depression and loneliness.

Through it all, three people have kept me from losing it completely. Stan Faryna, Marie Horne Wikle, and Donna E Platt.

Our daughter would keep in touch with Donna for me because half the the time I couldn’t type. Donna kept our Facebook message group going. Most of the members are from Yuwie – a social network that died out some years ago. They are kind and wonderful people.

Stan would get updates from our daughter too. In the meantime, he sent me messages asking how I was feeling, telling me about his life, and sharing inspiration with me. You might not know it, but Stan’s faith in God’s love for us is like a big old rock in the midst of a rising, terrible flood. It’s something you can crawl up on and find peace.

When Stan says he is praying for you, you know that his lips are moving and he’s pouring out his heart for you to God. I think a lot of people don’t get that about Stan. Maybe it’s not interesting to them. But if you are in trouble, he will walk by your side through hell. Not a lot of people in this world that can or will do that for a friend.

Marie was a great help when I told her I felt useless to everyone. She told me that I wasn’t useless and that I was a blessing and I could do things from home and my computer. It’s something Stan had been telling me, but I wasn’t hearing him. Marie helped me feel that I am a gift to the world and that there was no shame to be an inspiration to others and help them do the things that God wants them to do.

Marie has spread joy in my life. It’s funny that her Twitter handle is @spreadingjoy. She does it!

Donna, Marie, and Stan encouraged me to start blogging again. They recommended blog posts for me to read. They helped me to see that my few blog posts and tweets can make a difference.

Now my left arm is shaking. Stan suggested that I should try voice recognition software, but I don’t know what to try, how to set it up, or how to pay for it. If you can recommend something and explain it to me, I’d be grateful.

I want you to know that I’m not a quitter and nothing will get to me again. Because God has put me here for a reason. Because God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. I am bigger than my problems. So are you!

Because Love is bigger than anything else.

God Bless us, every one!

Bonnie Squires
@bonnie67

Would you like to read my other posts?

1. Love doesn’t have to cost anything
2. Laugh, Love, and Blogging #Triberr
3. Are you wonderful people?
4. Can love move as fast as technology?
5. @bonnie67 has love enough for the whole world
6. Love is six parts giving and one part talk

I recommend blog posts by my friends. Its what friends do.

Here’s recent posts that I liked. I’m listing 42 in honor of my friend Stan’s birthday.

1. Twitter Junior High via Terri Nakamura
2. Letting Go of that Toxic Relationship, Even if you Love the Person via Karla Campos
3. Dare To Dream Big: From Illinois Slave to Renowned Educator via Sandra Humphrey
4. Day 401 via Nisha Varghese
5.  A New Directory For Locating Quality DoFollow Blogs via Adrienne Smith
6. Is Social Media for Me? via Betsy Cross
7. Crash Accidents, Risks and Consequences via Samantha Bangayan
8. Luxurious Decorations for your Castle or Estate via Stan Faryna
9. Did Video Kill the Radio Star? via Bill Dorman
10. Who Owns You via Janet Callaway
11. I Will Never Make It Without You via Joanne Cipressi
12. A Christmas Journey Home via Marie Horne Wikle
13. Do You Want To Change The World via Aaron Biebert
14. What Should Bloggers Write About? via JMB
15. Do Dollow Blogs for Bloggers via Christian Hollingsworth
16. How Triberr Changes The Competitive Landscape via Yomar Lopez
17. How To Deal With Stupid Clowns via John Garrett
18. Who wants to be first via James St. John
19. Stop Playing Follow the Leader and Be the Leader via Robert Dempsey
20. Your Remedy For iPhone Envy via Carolyn Nicander Mohr
21. Business Smacks Down Klout via Erica Mallison
22. Early Achievers In The Pre-Holiday Facebook: Game of Like via Dorien Morin Van Dam
23. Pre-Holiday Facebook: Game of Like via Keri Jaehnig
24. Create an online Conversation via Gini Dietrich
25. An Interview with Gini Dietrich via Craig Mcbreen
26. The Lie that is Online Transparency and being True to Self via Marcus Sheridan
27. Top 20 Websites for Toddlers to Play Games On via Eren Mckay
28. Healing is about Love and Compassion via Patricia Singlet
29. What Your Favorite Ice Cream Says About You via Diana Adams
30. Casual Collectives: Tomorrow’s Roadkill via Saul Fleishman
31. Are you a head nodder walk-a-wayer? via Lisa Faeth
32. Alaskan Chick Alaskan Expat via Amber Lee
33. All together now – everyone say focus via Stacey Herbert
34. Dads are parents too via Bruce Sallan
35. Selfish Blogger Needing Help via Eugene Farber
36. 7 Signs that your blog is falling off the cliff via Tim Soulo
37. So you want to be the next big thing? via Lori Taylor
38. 5 Tips To Learn how To Let Go via Aline Hanle
39. Things We Should Ask The ROI Question About via Scott Stratten
40. ServeHope via Amanda Hite
41. Never Assume Anything via Ameena Falchetto
42. Happy 42 to me! And other social media DOHs via Stan Faryna

Love is six parts giving and one part talk

August 21, 2011

Love is six parts giving and one part talk

Rachel Beckwith was nine years old when she died from injuries sustained in a car accident. You can read more about her story here.

Rachel’s fundraiser gathered over $1,186,208 for clean water projects – $1,185,988 after her death. Rachel’s original goal was $300. However, she had only raised $220 when she was alive. Rachel’s story touches my soul. Her story gives me hope about people and especially about children. Rachel’s story reminds us that we are connected at deep levels – that we do care about each other.

But I am also saddened that it takes the heart-breaking death of a nine year old to take us to that depth where we do care for each other. We all need to get to that place in our hearts without great tragedies. This concern brings me to Nisha Varghese.

Nisha is a 20 year old South African woman who was born with Cerebral Palsy. She can’t walk and she only has the use of one arm. But Nisha blogs every day. She’s blogging, most of all, to raise money for clean water projects. I’ve mentioned Nisha before in a previous blog post.

I came to know about Nisha through my friend Stan Faryna. He has donated hundreds of dollars to Nisha’s project. You can see his donations in the list of donations at the bottom of Nisha’s fundraising page. Stan has tweeted about Nisha’s project almost daily for many months and he shared her story with many people. He also encourages Nisha in comments on her blog.

I encourage you to follow Stan’s example. I’m asking you to do ALL three things:

  1. Donate at least $5 to Nisha’s Clean Water Project.
  2. Tweet or post about Nisha’s Water Project once per day for 30 days.
  3. Encourage Nisha with a comment on her blog once per week for four weeks.

You will heal your soul if you do this. You will heal all of our souls if you join me in this campaign of selfless giving and love.

I imagine Rachel looking down from heaven and asking each of us to help Nisha. I imagine Rachel is cheering for Nisha. She’s saying, “Go girl, go. You can make a difference. You can change the world for the better.”

Nisha is a wonderful and kind young lady. She makes me laugh and smile. Her courage to make a difference inspires me. In the face of her physical challenges, she reminds us why we are here and how much we can do. She is a servant leader.

Nisha needs $1,901 to reach her goal of $6,500. Together, we can carry her across the finish line and the extra mile. I have over 6,000 followers on Twitter and over 600 friends on Facebook. If 10 percent of them have a soul and heart, we will directly bring over $3,300 to Nisha’s Clean Water Project. And if 10 percent of the friends and followers of our friends and followers join us, I can see us getting Nisha’s Water Project to $100,000 in no time. That will make a big difference!

Nisha has no idea I’ve written this blog. On Monday, when she comes back online, I would love to see her goal reached. Will you join me?

You can give to Nisha’s Clean Water Project at
http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/nisha-varghese/nishavarghese

You can also find out more about Nisha here.

Janet, Richard, Stacey, Gini, Lisa, Aaron, and Carolyn , please help me to help Nisha. Everyone else too! Please help me to help Nisha!

God Bless us, every one!

Bonnie Squires

Would you like to read my other posts?

1. Love doesn’t have to cost anything

2. Laugh, Love, and Blogging #Triberr

3. Are you wonderful people?

4. Can love move as fast as technology?

5. @bonnie67 has love enough for the whole world

I normally recommend blog posts by my friends. That’s what friends do. But I’m not well. It was difficult for me to make this post. I hope you can forgive me for not making the links. I promise to list your blog posts and links when I am feeling better.

Laugh, Love, and Blogging #Triberr

August 3, 2011

Laugh, Love, and Blogging

Triberr is a community-building app that allows bloggers to build micro-communities (tribes) of like-minded bloggers who share each other’s content with their individual audiences through their Twitter streams. Let’s say there are seven members with an average of 1000 followers each. Through Triberr, a link to a new blog post will automagically tweet to all the followers of all seven members. This increases the reach of a member’s content with 1000 followers to 7000 followers.

Some people call Triberr a reach multiplier. My original reach was about 6,000 before I joined Triberr. Now my reach is 22,000. My friend Stan Faryna has 1,700 followers on Twitter, but his reach through Triberr is 839,000. Of course, he is a member of many tribes. He’s also a great writer and he’s intelligent. Stan writes about everything. So the multiplication of your reach will be determined by the merit of your writing, who you get to know, the tribes you make, and the tribes you get invited to join.

Triberr was created by Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo. It’s an invitation-only system. If you’d like an invite, please leave a comment with your email, the URL of your blog, and the topics you blog about. Yes, you have to have a blog to join Triberr. But it doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or you are one of the big bloggers like Danny Brown. Anyone can use Triberr to build a stronger community around their blog and social media practice.

I also want to say that the Triberr community is unlike any other online community. Triberr people are wonderful people. They help each other with advice, ideas, and moral support. More often than not, Triberr people take time out of their busy lives to share their knowledge, insights, and hearts with other Triberr members. You don’t even have to be in the same tribe. You just have to be in Triberr.

Christian Hollingsworth (MR Smiley Face to me) is one of the Triberrati. I just love his pictures. He’s always smiling. Janet Callaway is always willing to help out some one and give encouragement. Veronica Schultz is so wonderful and helpful. Janet, Veronica, and Christian are good listeners too.

Aaron Biebert is a successful businessman, but he really understands the importance of family. He’s very easy to approach and very helpful. Stan Faryna is an online strategist and entrepreneur, is a generous connector and commentor. Stacey Herbert is a loving, free spirit blogging from Bali. She’s helping the Triberr community to get to know each other through her latest project, #NicheAmnesty.TV.

There’s lots of great people in the Triberrati. Dino Dogan, the co-founder of Triberr, is one of the funniest bloggers ever. There’s so many wonderful people that I will have to write many blog posts about them all. So come back and see who else I write about and the big things they are doing in the blogosphere.

Until my next post, check out Triberr. If you are already in Triberr, get to know more people, reach out to the Triberrati. The best way to do that is to visit the blogs of the Triberrati and leave comments. I guarantee you that if you read seven to ten blog posts by the people I wrote about today and you leave a sincere and kind comment on each and every blog post, you will enter into the wonderful world of the triberrati just like that.

Yours truly,

Bonnie Squires
@bonnie67

Would you like to read my other posts?

Are you wonderful people?

Can love move as fast as technology?

@bonnie67 has love enough for the whole world

I recommend blog posts by my friends. That’s what friends do.

Here’s recent posts that I liked:

Launching #NicheAmnesty.TV: A Fun Way To Start Your Weekend by Stacey Herbert

Alaska Chick Rule #24, Don’t Wait For The Rain To Stop by Amber Lee

The Day The Blogosphere Stood Still by DIY Blogger

Growing Up in the Cupboard Under the Stairs by Marianne Worley

Discover The REAL Adrienne Smith #NicheAmnesty by Adrienne Smith

What is love? And Other Social Media DOHs by Stan Faryna

Online friends can be real friends by Carolyn Nicander Mohr

#NicheAmnesty Day: Odds & Ends About @ericamallison by Erica Mallison

Remember Who You Are by Betsy Cross

Say The Words That Choke You Up by Aaron Biebert

Hannah’s Story by Nisha Varghese

The 100,000th Tweet by Rob Cairns

Trust Dynamics of Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Triberr by Dino Dogan

(e)DUPS, the real-life CEO of Empire Avenue by Terri Nakamura

Are You WONDERFUL People?

June 4, 2011

Wonderful People

I haven’t had easy times but I’m doing a little better now. That’s enough about me for now. I’ll chat you all day on Twitter or Facebook – if you are up to it. But in this blog post, I want to introduce you to three wonderful people that are doing things to make this a better world.

Marie Horne Wikle, Nisha Varghese, and Tabitha are three wonderful people who make a difference.

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Marie Horne Wikle

I met Marie a few years ago on Twitter. Her Twitter account is @spreadingJOY.

Marie’s tagline on Twitter:

Have a great desire to give big, but will simply give what I can until that day comes.

Knowing Marie as long as I have, I can tell you that she gives big.

Marie is helping to raise money for kids to have school back packs. You can find out how to help Marie at her website: http://www.spreading-joy.org/site/events/back-to-school-2011/

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Nisha Varghese

I learned about Nisha from my friend Stan Faryna. Nisha is a twenty-year old from South Africa. She has Cerebral Palsy (cp). She can’t walk and her right arm has reduced functionality. Her twitter account is @Nisha360.

Nisha’s tagline on Twitter:

I’m a 20 year old woman with cp who lives to make a difference and inspire people to do the same.

Nisha is trying to raise $6,500 for The Water Project – an organization that provides clean water to impoverished communities all over the world.

Nisha writes:

I want to prove to the world that anybody can make a difference and change the world – even me, a twenty year old girl in a wheel chair.

You can give to The Water Project here: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/nisha-varghese/nishavarghese

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Tabitha

Tabitha was born with out a right arm. Her left arm is half the length of a normal length arm. Her Twitter account is @504Uplifting. “Being handicapped does NOT define who I am,” writes Tabitha.

Tabitha’s tagline on Twitter:

We send LuvMail to children & adults with cancer, or ANY major illness. To receive LuvMail please email us 504uplifting(at)gmail.com

The energy and love Tabitha puts into serving others has been an inspiration to me. Everyone, small or great, can be a servant leader.

Donations for postage stamps and love bags are needed. You can find out how to help Tabitha here: http://www.afiveoh4uplifting.org/

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Thank you for reading about my friends. I hope they inspire you to make a difference. If you can help them, please do. That would make you wonderful people too!

Do you know wonderful people? Feel free to share their story, work, and URLs here in the comments.

Yours truly,

Bonnie Squires
@bonnie67

Would you like to read my other posts?

Can Love Move As Fast As Technology?

I recommend blog posts by my friends. Here’s recent posts that I liked:

When everything feels better. And other social media DOHs! 5 Minute Therapy. by Stan Faryna

How to Tweet to Meet. by Janet Callaway

How To Become A R★ck Star » I’m sorry. by Adrian Klein


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