Thanks for your reply! Sometimes the best blogs/stories aren't super extensive or detailed but just one major point explained in a real, concise way. I'll reach out to you via e-mail with more info!
“Wow Richard. What an incredible reply. This is what we love to see in the HuffPost community. Thank you so much for spreading kind words and sharing your experience MADD. What a great organization. Thanks also for sharing your experience with your family and how you raised your daughter. What a great testimony. Thank you again.”
MD Richard on Sep 5, 2013 at 21:11:51
“I thank you for the lovely compliment. Huffington Post is my number one choice of papers to read, and I feel so very bad for that lovely lady and her loss. I send her prayers and hugs, and hope she gets to a good place. BTW, you had no way of knowing, but I go by Diana.
“haha potatoes are the best! I love that you experiment with cooking. It's such a creative activity isn't it? And I love fall too..it's the best. Sending love to you and your husband in Michigan here in NYC!! ”
CG Campbell on Sep 6, 2013 at 05:51:31
“Hey guess what five or six women wrote to me and I got up at five all these messages about Megan and the alcohol. Isn't it amazing that absolute strangers can be so on point and so sweet and kind. I feel so much better. I dedicated my garden to her this year and I wish you could see it, it is so gorgeous. Thank you Gina, happy Friday to you doll.”
CG Campbell on Sep 6, 2013 at 05:22:12
“OMG you are so blessed. I live in the woods but I love love NYC. When I was producing commercials I was there all the time. I like it so much better than LA where I had to work too. I am a writer only now and do it from home, I am so lucky. I am working on a personal project now, so naturally I do very little, haha.”
“hahah very funny! I'm only half Italian actually ;) Maybe someday I'll get my ravioli skills down pat. I'm actually half Irish too so I feel on the "super talkative touchy feely" family ;). Sensitive hearts unite!! ”
CG Campbell on Sep 5, 2013 at 17:42:13
“Wonderful! I had an Italian grandpa so I guess there is an eight Italian....my mother always said it was the reason I was a stellar cook because the Irish worship the potato. I personally feel the French fry does deserve it's own food group though, my favorite, the only thing I would never give up. I do have a fancy red pasta machine that Donald my husband says scares me, but I did make cannoli shells this year with it. I go in spurts and take on a new tool or utensil slowly and I cannot ever be trusted with a mandolin. We came from the same family girlfriend. Love you for writing. I'm in Michigan, north of Ann Arbor on the lake facing north and praying I can get the bloody tomatoes ripe before they freeze! Ah I love fall though.”
“Aww thanks for your reply Candace. I feel pretty strongly about young women and alcohol so I appreciate your support. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. I am sorry to hear about the difficulty of discussing what happened with your family. A mentor of mine is Dr. Heidi Horsley. She's a grief counselor/psychologist. She has blogged for Huff Post before. Maybe check out her organization Open to Hope? http://www.opentohope.com/. Maybe you can connect with some people on there to talk about what you are going through. I think it's important to express yourself. Sounds like this is still all so new. I also believe Meg is at peace :) ”
CG Campbell on Sep 5, 2013 at 13:17:16
“I will, thank you from all my heart Gina, so you make your own ravioli? Gina, get it?”
“Hey there. Thank you so much for your contribution. I'm really touched you commented on a female's ability to be more honest with herself. I love when men honor a woman's nurturing ways.
What changed for you to seek treatment? Was the macho self image something you had to personally overcome? If so, how? I want to invite more men to share how they are redefining masculinity to be more real.”
R2D2-51 on Sep 9, 2013 at 16:51:04
“First my email Naytchureboy@yahoo.com if you wish to learn a more extensive history of the change that took place-Iy wrote you 8 page Word doc summary encapsulates 20 year journey beginning with a self-assessment most alcoholics have completed, (4th Step) that ultimately led to a life-long journey of discovery for self-actualizing greater enlightenment of one's intellectual, spiritual & emotional transformation which wouldn't of been possible without the feminine contribution to my own humanity,, where my role in life was co-opted early in life where the male dominant modelis socialized into place.
To fully understand the context in which all of this plays a significant role in our society, I spent the last 10 years doing a self-study research project with my daily journals-its rooted in 5,000 year history of human cultural evolution.
My manuscript taken from this 20 year daily journal of discovery...
5 books transformed much of my discovery: 1. The Chalice & the Blade by Riane Eisler, 2 The Habits of the Hear: Individualism and Commitment in American Life, Robert Bellah et al. 3. The Great Turning from Culture of Empire to Earth Community by David Korten, & 4 Parable of the Tribes- Edward Schmookler, & vital 3rd Edition " Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous" Bill W.
This is part of p.1 of my summary- happy to send you rest chose to make it remainder of life's work, & transcend it into a much wider audience.
“Hey there. Thank you so much for commenting. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. I'm glad you shared here because your story really shines a light on alcoholism and your comment shines a lot brighter than some of the other remarks on this thread. Thanks again for sharing.”
CG Campbell on Sep 4, 2013 at 18:33:26
“Oh Gina thank you. I cannot explain how I would love more women to understand how deceptive and seductive alcohol can be. I know some who have an occasional glass of wine and some who drink everyday, with health consequences. The disease itself is inherited and what can I say, I'm Candace Geary Campbell and all Irish. It's in the blood, I decided long ago that I might be allergic and never cocktail, but everyone who can partake is fine with me. Meg died Feb 5 and I will never be the same but I feel her around the corner and believe she has peace. Stupid stupid stupid that this happened. You are a doll for writing. It helps to talk about this but no one in my family wants to think I'm sad, so I don't. Kindest regards”
“Hey! I don't think of myself as a cheerleader for Osteen but a cheerleader for people who need positivity and hope. ”
Wake Up Call on Jun 8, 2013 at 05:25:05
“False hope is not something that helps people. It is a short term solution to a long term problem.”
scottt456 on May 11, 2013 at 01:55:00
“People need to know that they have fallen short of the glory of GOD. They need to know that they are wretched and depraved and that their true hope is found in the cross. I live a very positive life because I know in whom I have believed...and I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed onto Him against that day!
More positive facts. I also know that this wretch is seen as perfect by the FATHER through the precious shed blood of JESUS CHRIST! It doesn't get any more positive than that!”
tunghaichuan on May 9, 2013 at 13:44:29
“I'm kind of divided on the issue. On the one hand I'm an atheist so I'm at worst hostile to religion, but at best apathetic.
On the other hand, sometimes people need *something* to keep on going. And if that is religion, then so be it. A woman I work with, who is a Christian, does outreach to prison. I can't imagine a worse place to be. If I were in prison I would without a doubt profess belief in religion if it kept me from getting gang-raped in the shower.”
“Hi there. Thanks for your comment. I hear you. I agree that the woman in the abusive relationship needs specific direction. I hope women's shelters and domestic abuse advocacy organizations take the same interactive, engaging approach that Olsteen does. This way, they can be visible to people needing help. Their visibility and the messages they put into the world about the work they offer can influence whether or not a person in a harmful situation feels safe enough to reach out. I do believe that prayer helps and it is a good place to start.”
Razpooten on May 9, 2013 at 15:05:51
“Prayer is the worst place to start, it is false hope. Gina”
Peacewithinmyself on May 9, 2013 at 12:27:26
“Olsteen helps himself just fine. He is not helping the woman. He is satisfying his own ego. Nothing more. He does not recommend shelters or other organizations because they are his competition.”
“Fascinating piece. I felt for the commenters in this. Reading about Elliot facing abuse and Heigh in the midst of a relationship issue, I felt happy they had an outlet to lift their spirits. I felt glad these women turned to a positive source for their troubles. I hope the prayer leds them to both spiritual and practical solutions. Heigh could meet a post 50 friend in a similar scenario to bond with and Elliot could end her abusive relationship and seek counseling for healing. Sometimes a word of hope is the tipping point for real change that is always possible. Social media is a great platform to spread that hope. How does everyone else feel?”
Razpooten on May 9, 2013 at 15:13:32
“Socila media is a great tool for exploiting the feeble-minded who are in desperate situations. Anyone who might be in an abuse retlationship needs to seek help. There are professionals and organiztions that offer help. To depend on prayer is to fall for an illusion that will only exacerbate the condition.”
bigdaveh on May 9, 2013 at 13:04:27
“Keep drinking the koolaid and you'll be blessed. Jonestown comes to mind.”
DinHi on May 9, 2013 at 12:24:49
“Osteen at least has you as his cheerleader :) I don't agree though”
“Hey Joe. I'm glad to hear you are so active in the comments here. We love to see that. Huff Post has expanded their community team - we hope to do more interactions like this on the boards. Like I've said, I had remembered reading ailieninthecarribean's experiences before but couldn't quite remember her username and saw it unexpectedly on the comments of this article. In reference to her compliment, I was happy to hear she's had positive experiences interacting on HuffPost. Do you view that as wrong? Help me to understand where you're coming from. How have your experiences interacting in the religion section been?”
“Hey Joe. I think mod team deleted your first comment but I did see it. How sweet of you. I asked alieninthecaribbean if I could ask her some questions because the life experiences she shared interested me and this project is about the life experiences of our readers. Do you have any life experiences you are interested in sharing? If so, share them in the comments. I was hoping to seek her out anyway but just happened to find her in the comments of this post. It has nothing to do w/ the Webbys. Or kisses of any kind!! lol. ”
Joseph Schmoe on Apr 26, 2013 at 11:37:58
“I do share them in the comments...over 4,000 times. Can't help but notice the fawning compliment was what caused you to do what I have never seen in years on these boards (besides breaking personal info protocol). Fact is, you're on record as picking and choosing which person you wish to interview based on fawning compliments to an article where you're begging for a popularity contest vote about religion.Thanks for playing.”
“Hey! Thanks for your great comment. Sounds like you've had some great religious experiences. I reached out via e-mail bout I'd love to interview you for a project we're doing on HP religion. Please e-mail me when you get the chance if interested. firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Joseph Schmoe on Apr 26, 2013 at 07:35:25
“Hey, Gina. If I pucker up and kiss a southern cheek can I be interviewed, too?
Or will you just keep deleting this?”
“Wow.. What do you do in the engineering industry? Would love to hear!”
Andrea Ervin Howard on May 7, 2013 at 16:31:19
“I work in HR for an environmental consulting and engineering firm. We work with companies to provide sustainable construction, design, energy, security, etc. solutions. This topic is one that we've been having here - how can we increase the number of women we have in management positions. So many different ideas - and we have to find the right ones for our organization.”