Safety First. Be considerate of others. Wear a face mask.

As a follow-up to my Roland’s Ramblings entry Wear a Face Mask during Coronavirus Pandemic posted on June 23, 2020, I feel the attached meme is very apropos.

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Wear a Face Mask during Coronavirus Pandemic

When I wear a mask in public:
🔵 I want you to know that I am educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus.
🔵 No, I don’t “live in fear” of the virus; I just want to be part of the solution, not the problem.
🔵 I don’t feel like the “government is controlling me.” I feel like I’m being a contributing adult to society and I want to teach others the same.
🔵 The world doesn’t revolve around me. It’s not all about me and my comfort.
🔵 If we all could live with other people’s consideration in mind, this whole world would be a much better place.
🔵 Wearing a mask doesn’t make me weak, scared, stupid, or even “controlled.” It makes me considerate.
🔵 When you think about how you look, how uncomfortable it is, or what others think of you, just imagine someone close to you – a child, a father, a mother, grandparent, aunt, or uncle – choking on a respirator, alone without you or any family member allowed at bedside.

I wear a face mask for the good of humanity.

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2020: Another Father’s Day Without My Dad

As an infant, toddler, child, and adolescent, I grew up without my father in the home or in my life. It wasn’t until I was 23 years old that my father and I finally got together.

It was in the spring of 1971. My brother, Bob, and I, were sharing a rental lower level 2 bedroom duplex at the time, both of us having been recently divorced. It was Bob, almost 14 years older than I, that suggested we visit our father, and then drove me to our father’s abode about one mile away.

A little back story: While Bob and I had the same father, we had different mothers. Bob’s mother died at age 24 when he was only 4 years old. After Bob’s mother died, he went to live with our paternal grandparents who raised him. I was born in late 1947. In my early years, I had a step-father in the home; but, he and my mother divorced in 1956. For the rest of my pre-adult years, I lived with my mother and my other 6 siblings from my mother of which there were 5 boys and 1 girl. Between the 7 children that my mother bore and raised, there were 4 fathers. But, I digress; that is another long and complicated story.

While some people might not want anything to do with a father who wasn’t around during their childhood, I did not have a problem with including my father in my adult life.

After that initial get together in the spring of 1971, my father and I bonded quickly and easily. The love was there without either of ever having to say anything about how or why. We did so many things together; it was absolutely amazing and wonderful. I visited my father almost every Saturday morning, along with other visits, a few travel trailer camping excursions, and several short road trips, for 13 years until his sudden CVA death in April 1984. My Dad holds a very special place in my heart. I miss him.

Robert Christian Hansen
August 8, 1915 – April 12, 1984



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Turnabout is fair play.

I have learned that the absolute easiest way to get someone upset with me is to treat them as they treat me.

According to some folks, I have mastered this to a science. And, here all along, I thought my M.P.A. meant Master of Public Administration; but now, I learn it must mean Master at Pissing-off All.

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Sadfishing, Cries for Help, Depression, Social Media, Older Adults

It can be difficult to tell if a person is looking for support, sympathy, or if the person is at risk for harming themselves. This is due to the fact that social media often lacks context and the ability to read nonverbal cues, says Dr. Lindsey Giller, a clinical psychologist in New York.

REF (and read more at): Separating sadfishing from crisis – Wikipedia

We’ve all stumbled upon a friend’s social media post that leaves us wondering if the person is looking for sympathy—or if something seriously wrong. How can you tell if a pal on the brink of a hissy fit, a mental breakdown, or worse?

While viewing posts that constantly seem to solicit attention can be annoying, the flip side of expressing emotional angst online is being accused of “sadfishing”

REF (and read more at): Sadfishing 101: How to Tell if Your Friend’s Social Media Post Is a Plea for Attention—or a Cry for Help – Parade

Geriatric depression is a mental and emotional disorder affecting older adults. Feelings of sadness and occasional “blue” moods are normal. However, lasting depression is not a typical part of aging.

Older adults are more likely to suffer from subsyndromal depression. This type of depression doesn’t always meet the full criteria for major depression. However, it can lead to major depression if left untreated.

Depression in older adults can reduce quality of life, and it increases risk of suicide. Read on to learn about symptoms to watch for and treatment options.

REF (and read more at): Geriatric Depression (Depression in Older Adults) – Healthline

Causes of depression in older adults

As we grow older, we often face significant life changes that can increase the risk for depression. These can include:

Health problems. Illness and disability, chronic or severe pain, cognitive decline, damage to your body image due to surgery or sickness can all be contributors to depression.

Loneliness and isolation. Factors such as living alone, a dwindling social circle due to deaths or relocation, decreased mobility due to illness or a loss of driving privileges can trigger depression.

Reduced sense of purpose. Retirement can bring with it a loss of identity, status, self-confidence, and financial security and increase the risk of depression. Physical limitations on activities you used to enjoy can also impact your sense of purpose.

Fears. These include a fear of death or dying as well as anxiety over financial problems or health issues.

Recent bereavements. The death of friends, family members, and pets, or the loss of a spouse or partner are common causes of depression in older adults.

Medical conditions that can cause elderly depression

It’s important to be aware that medical problems can cause depression in older adults and the elderly, either directly or as a psychological reaction to the illness. Any chronic medical condition, particularly if it is painful, disabling, or life-threatening, can lead to depression or make your depression symptoms worse.

These include:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

REF (and read more at): Depression in Older Adults: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment – HelpGuide

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Social Network Services Diminish Family Life And Friendships. An Encore Presentation from Roland Louis Hansen, M.P.A.

The following Roland’s Ramblings entry was originally posted in my Roland Hansen Commentary blog on July 20, 2009. I believe it is just as true today as it was then, perhaps even moreso; I know it is in my personal life.

The term social network has expanded to mean more than what it used to mean, especially given the electronic age with internet services, e-mails, texting via cell phone, blueberries, blacktooth, and whatever else these new-fangled techno things are called.

A social network, none-the-less, should not be confused with a social network service. All these social network services have provided a means to communicate with others.

But wait! Is that necessarily an advancement in human interpersonal communications? I have always been of the opinion that the best communication occurs when people are doing so face-to-face. More communication takes place that way in that nonverbal cues are part of the overall communication process.

The problems with social networking via e-mail, texting, and social network services are many. I will list just a few of those problems as I perceive them:

* It is less effective than communication that takes place live and in person in the same physical proximity. * Nonverbal cues are not part of the communication. * One-way communication tends to occur in that immediate feedback is not the norm. * Misunderstandings may easily occur. * Sniping, impoliteness, rudeness, etc. seem more common while civility seems less common.

Those are, as I wrote previously, just a few of the problems. However, in my opinion, there is another major problem that has occurred as a result of texting, e-mails, and electronic internet social network services.

That problem is:
More time is spent communicating electronically than in person. Interpersonal relationships are diminishing in both quantity and quality. Family and friends seem to spend less and less quality time visiting one another in person. While the younger generation may disagree with my assessment, I suggest that older people may tend to believe as I do.

Tell a grandparent that a text message or a note on a public electronic social network services is just as good as a loving smile, good live conversation, and warm hug. I suspect I know what kind of response may be given.

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PKB Syndrome Deniers

If a person says and/or does something, should the person take responsibility for, and be held accountable for, and accept the consequences of his or her own words and/or actions?
Some people see attributes in other people that displease them, but do not see those same attributes within themselves. Isn’t that hypocrisy? Pot-Kettle-Black syndrome? In their own minds, they see it in others, but not in themselves.
Those same persons in paragraph two would answer “yes” to the question posed in paragraph one, but only apply that “yes” to other people and not to themselves.

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