Support Heart Line

This is a group for people who are interested in giving and receiving support from one another. It is also a group for people who want to give support back to the community. Sitting with other people, and helping them simply "be" with the challenges of their life is a great honor. We come to this work, not as therapists, as professionals, or as patients -- but as equals. Human beings together on the journey of life. Please begin by introducing yourself to the other people in this group. Take care and be good to yourself.


| written by ray houghton, m.d.
| teen times, nov/dec 1979

please, just listen
when i ask you to listen to me and you start giving advice,
you have not done what i asked.
when i ask you to listen to me and you begin to tell me
why i shouldn't feel that way,
you are trampling on my feelings
when i ask you to listen to me and you feel you have to do
something to solve my problem,
you have failed me, strange as that may seem.
listen! all i asked was that you listen,
not talk, or do... just hear.
advice is cheap: twenty-five cents will get you both
dear abby and billy graham in the same newspaper.
and i can do that myself. i'm not helpless.
maybe discouraged and faltering, but not helpless.
when you do something for me that i can and need to do
for myself, you contribute to my fear and inadequacy.
but when you accept, as a simple fact, that i do feel
no matter how irrational, then i can quit trying to

Albert Wong – August 29, 2006 – 6:44am
I am part of a group of The Worldcafe Practioners in the Bay Area that hosts Global Warming Cafes. My friend Nancy Margulies who is one of the people driving this effort will send out regular ongoing environmental tips. I thought I'd forward the first tip:
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Dear Friends:

I plan to send you occasional tips regarding lowering our energy consumption -- simple steps that we can share with others. If you'd rather not receive these, please let me know.

It's easy to develop the habit of using cloth bags for groceries and it helps the environment because, even when you return the bags to the store, they usually end up in a land fill or the oceans. Most are not biodegradable. For more on this see:

away – April 18, 2007 – 9:46pm
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Albert Wong – May 15, 2006 – 5:32pm