“About Me”

Truthful Loving Kindness (aka Belinda) is an INTP.
She likes working mostly alone, in an unstructured environment
that allows plenty of time to be creatively involved
in the detailed research and development, and then the communication
of any project which involves a new or unique aspect of
information, values, behaviors, or personal relationships
that will have a visible result of encouraging or benefiting others.

I am a creative editor; I am driven to collect, analyze, synthesize & distribute various things or ideas.

Live at semi-rural town in Northern California’s Redwood coastline, ¼ mi from Pacific Ocean
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Who Am I” revised 2017-02/06:

59yo. Live with husband/care-partner, adult daughter, 2 grandchildren,
6-mo “Hero-Pardner” LabraDoodle SrvDog trainee, & a couple pet chickens..

Life goal is to reflect Creator’s “Truthful Loving Kindness”; changing legal name reminds myself & others of that importance. (Hebrew = “Chesed v’ Emet”)
Energy gained as Introvert; I don’t “do” fluffy small-talk, but also was college theatre major & excelled in public speech since high school. (wrote about introversion & dementia at http://bit.ly/2lefzY0 )
Emotionally “constant”; I avoid emotional roller-coasters. Emotionally healthy per psychiatrist, with strong history of grief work thru writing. (ex = “Justice” at http://bit.ly/2liys7X ).

Activities; enjoy research/analysis, collecting/organizing, & creating anything from designing a sewing pattern to creating a book or theatre character. (ex= “fragrance” at http://bit.ly/2kgAhlP )
Spiritually; years of training in Biblical languages & Christian systematic theology, but currently worship in Reformed Judaism. https://tlk4spiritual.wordpress.com/intro/.
Physically active; exercised most every day of my life and now walking 1-2 miles daily, when disease complications allow. https://vimeo.com/102320840.
Diseases include Celiac, Lyme, Babesia, Osteoporosis, severe hypoglycemia, Fibromyalgia (FMS) & Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) with strong Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) symptoms and mild-to-moderate cerebro-vascular disease; Rx/Aricept began Jan 2014. Most recent blog on diagnosis issues at https://truthfulkindness.com/2015/05/18/re-blog-diagnosis/ & currently due for re-evaluation.

Typology; INTP. Faction= crossover between abnegation & candor values, with strong erudite skills.
Politically; very tolerant conservative.
Artistically; enjoy reading (writing skills mostly intact but reading comprehension has dropped from University-level to approx. 5th grade), whimsical art & Zentangle/Doodles, taught ballroom dance with parents, so enjoy any kind of dance but especially Ballroom or ballet, crochet/sewing, orchestra/soothing vocals, pluck nevel harp & use “Hapi” drum. https://vimeo.com/192204556.
Culturally; father spent early years on Chippewa Indian Reservation & I observe weekly Jewish “Shabbat” celebrations, etc.  But mostly standard “American” melting-pot culture.
Architecture; our home (I designed & drew up all blueprints) is strong Craftsman style two-level, with wrap-around porch & lots of hand-made detail. (http://bit.ly/2jWQHyX )
Personal style is whimsically old-fashioned; usually wearing work suspenders or a long dress with apron, & I like hats, scarves, or merely a “snood” for head-covering. Sometimes slight “steampunk” flavor, because I also love steam engines & technical stuff.

Dementia Mentors: Very involved as Administrator with https://www.dementiamentors.org/ ;
Dementia Symptom Perspectives: include PWD updates from my friends in my matrix, on my own blog at  https://truthfulkindness.com/index-persons-with-dementia-pwd/ , then daily on “Dementia Symptom Perspectives” FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/dementia.symptom.perspectives.
Dementia Action Alliance (Advisory Council) at www.daanow.org ;
ADI Conference 2015 Speech in Australia at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N0kqZVgWiI .

Author: 1) Blog nearly every week regarding dementia symptoms at http://www.truthfulkindness.com ;
2) Working on book “Bits ‘n Pieces of Me: Memoirs to retain identity in the face of growing dementia symptoms”, & some pages are now in my blog https://truthfulkindness.com/bnp/ .

Quotes: “G0d is of no importance unless He is of supreme importance.” — Abraham Joshua Heschel in book “I Asked for Wonder”,
“I could have danced all night” – movie My Fair Lady.

“I am from facing pain, loss – and death – with truth AND dignity.
I am from facing love, joy – and life – with kindness AND honesty.”
Truthful Loving Kindness
(closing statements of my prose at https://truthfulkindness.com/bnp/part-1/intro-from-tlk/ )

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22 thoughts on ““About Me”

  1. Hi, Short Story. In 2001-2 i wanted to learn how to work a P.C., so i started Writting my own Life Story. It was a task and half for me, as Writting was Not Top of my List. Two Thing it seemed to have helped with, is my Writting is more interesting. By Writting my own Life Story, i have Had to use my own Memory to fill in the spaces. My Mother passed away in 2005, do to a Family upset with my Sister I do Not Talk to her. Two years ago my Brother was told he Had the sad illiness, so all the Information in the Story is from my own Memory. One of the Things it also helped with is, my own Day to Day Memory seems better. I do Not stand at the bottom of the stairs, beföre i remember what i was going UP stairs for. You can find Some Details on the Internet, Enter Fondmoment Memory Diary. Regards Colin.

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  2. Hi how are you? I am caregiver to my daddy,my son Tim also helps me. Daddy is in 1st stage of dementia, He’s doing good,except we have to do cooking,cleaning,things like that. Step mom is in nursing home she has dementia,24/7 care for her. I see my daddy every day. So far things are good! Thank the Lord

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  4. So glad you commented to a post I made on Youtube. To read your thoughts about dementia are helping me to understand it better. My only regret is that my Mom hid it from us, and we didn’t realize how much she could have used our help. We would have taken the journey with her had we known.

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    • Thank you very much for commenting here, Nancy. Good for you for looking into it. Experts expect a huge increase in Persons With Dementia in our society in coming years, so learning more about it will be time well spent. 😀 — Tru

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  5. Dear Tru, Thank you for your insights and inspiration.

    I am doing a PhD at Newcastle University in England.

    I am investigating physical activity for people with dementia. You may be aware of research in this area. There is tentative evidence that physical activity may reduce disease progression.

    My research is focused on enabling people with dementia to maintain active lives. I have not interviewed anyone yet (as I have to overcome university ethics requirements first!).

    Whilst I prepare my research, your blog has been extremely useful. I used your blog on communication to help me to write clear information sheets. Your communication blog will also help me to conduct my interviews in an ‘dementia friendly’ fashion.

    I think that you are an inspirational woman. Not just for your endeavour to educate about dementia but in dealing with disability and life in general!

    With best wishes,

    Lizzie

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  6. PS. I just realised that there is a very poignant message on my desktop. I wonder if you have come across this quote before:

    “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” Mother Teresa

    I try to reflect on this message as my head gets swamped with the pressures of study! I guess it might be a useful reflection for those living with dementia too?

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  8. I have been diagnosed with LBD and just discovered your blog. It is such a comfort and wealth of information. Has or when will your book be released??

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  9. Hi Truthful Kindness Team,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Truthful Loving Kindness has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 40 Alzheimer Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/alzheimer_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 40 Alzheimer Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

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