Laughter as brain injury medicine … how old is that turkey?

21 Nov

Laughter is healthy.  Laugh daily.  With all the choices of meals and vegetables, turkey remains the main course for Thanksgiving meals!  Even though the sweet potatoes, mash potatoes and gravy, stuffing, vegetables and all the good side dishes really are the best part of a prepared meal on Thanksgiving it seems like nearly everyone wants a turkey on the table.

I noticed just a couple miles from our home is a turkey farm.  They are corn-fed turkeys and I haven’t experienced that living in Ohio.  I was talking with my cousin who lived in this area of Michigan her entire life.  I asked her about the turkey farm, as I thought she might have purchased one there at some point.

Her reply was:  “I went to school with them”!  I did too … we all went to school with a bunch of turkeys!  She just started laughing and then went on to tell me she went to school with the owners and they have the best turkeys! They’ve been there since 1948!

I simply said, I don’t think I’ll get my turkey there.  Those are some very OLD turkeys!  They shouldn’t be selling them, they should be giving them away!

I did buy one of those turkeys and they were delicious and were very different than the store bought turkeys.  I felt sad, they were coming to the fence just to get their pictures taken.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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19 responses to “Laughter as brain injury medicine … how old is that turkey?

  1. buckwheatsrisk

    November 21, 2012 at 1:05 am

    now that is a funny conversation! lol

  2. Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife

    November 21, 2012 at 5:53 am

    There’s always a downside to not being vegetarian, and meeting your dinner face to face is one of them!

    I am a meat eater but I believe the animals should be treated well. It is the least they deserve.

    I laugh daily, and often 😀 It’s good advice.

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      November 21, 2012 at 6:40 am

      I agree, animals should be treated well. Your site is a place for laughter all the time! I encourage all my readers to check out the daily laughter at ! Life is too serious and laughter is healthy! Thanks for providing much needed laughter!

  3. hasnainriz

    November 21, 2012 at 6:27 am

    your blogs are informative

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      November 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you and you have some interesting information at your site. I want to go back and read the remainder of your blogs on another day. You are a very intelligent child and I know your family is proud of you. How far is your school? What time do your classes start? When is the end of your school day? I’m not familiar with the educational system in Pakistan, but I’m always willing to learn. Keep me informed. Take care and stay safe, Aunty Edie

      • hasnainriz

        November 23, 2012 at 5:03 am

        dear auntie Edie, my school starts at 8:00 and my school end at 2:00. approximatly my house till school the distance is not so far but i go school by van so i get late some times

      • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

        November 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

        Are you up early and dressed in time every morning? It’s always good to get a positive start into one’s day! It’s always good to say something kind to others every day. Think about how many times you’ve told someone they looked beautiful, you liked their shirt or dress, or they have nice hair, or a beautiful smile. Always be kind to others and to yourself! Be proud you helped someone today! Thanks for all your help! Auntie Edie

      • hasnainriz

        November 24, 2012 at 2:39 am

        i like reading it and i will do from monday and i will be more kind thanks for telling me about this. looking forward for your more guidance 🙂 hasnain

  4. Maria Tatham (Elizabeth Ott)

    November 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I enjoyed this, Edie! The end was a little heart-wrenching though, when you wrote, “I felt sad, they were coming to the fence just to get their pictures taken.” Partly your fun way of stating things, partly sad…
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      November 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Hi Maria, I actually did feel sad! All these turkeys looking for attention, and I’m not sure I can do any turkeys next year. What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Happy Thanksgiving to you and Tom! Take care and stay safe, Edie

      • Maria Tatham (Elizabeth Ott)

        November 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

        Hi, Edie! We made plans for Tom’s son and granddaughter to visit here, and I bought all I needed for four, but now as of 15 minutes ago I learned that there will be seven instead, so we’ll go over to his son’s house. I’m cooking and we’ll bring things over there.
        Happy Thanksgiving to you too! We just can’t think about the turkeys as critters, I think. Bless you!

  5. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

    November 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Edie, this post is priceless — it makes me laugh every time I even THINK about turkey!

    Even more valuable, however, is the way you slid in a nudge to be more conscious about our food choices. (LOVE the turkey photos – what beautiful animals!) Since I first began an earnest exploration of spirituality as a young adult, eating on the food chain has always been a values conflict for me – one which I still am unable to resolve satisfactorily.

    In the absense of some sort of “Upstairs/Downstairs” STAFF, I don’t know if I will ever have my life “together” enough to have the time it takes to manage the logistics of a no-meat diet — but I do try to remember to take the time to remain conscious of honoring the spirit of the animal that gave its life that I might be nourished before I dig in (similar in Spirit to the way others pray to the Ulitimate Source of all “food” before eating). So thanks especially for the reminder of the importance of that little ritual for me and to me.

    Another thing I love about coming here is that your community COMMENTS (vs mine – among MANY things that don’t land with my “What IS follow-through again?” ADDers, I can’t seem to get the ADD club to understand the value of extending & maintaining their community in that manner – OR to understand that I personally run out of hours in my day long before I could EVER manage one-on-one communication with even 1/10th of them, even if I could figure out how to track it)

    Said that to say this — as time permits, I jump over to visit the sites of your visitors (but the nudge provided by repeat commenters increases the liklihood of a visit from me, since all forms of “list management” are maxed, and I can never remember where I found their comments or how to find more, even when my Swiss cheese brain recalls the comment).

    In any case, right NOW I’m especially eager to have time to see what the “daily laugh” is all about. I can’t imagine a day where the reminder to laugh wouldn’t be a godsend.

    mgh — Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC
    – ADD Coaching Field co-founder –
    (blogs: ADDandSoMuchMore and ADDerWorld – dot com!)
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      November 28, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Madelyn, I’ve been discussing trying to reach beyond trying to expand the community and educational areas. I’m getting some help this morning by a physician researching TBI and how he can help me reach out to others. I’m counting on some extra help to learn the computer a bit more and cites. I think you’ve been a pioneer in an area that overlaps TBI. We will make the connections with all these brain dysfunctions somehow.

      It’s the personal struggles that need to educate the community, because no case is a textbook case when it comes to brain dysfunction. Unfortunately, all these beautiful people are considered “psych”, and what’s wrong with “psych” anyway? Why do we need to label people? Every person is valuable. Thank God no two people are alike, because this world would be very boring if we were alike!

      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        November 28, 2012 at 11:26 am

        4 quick ones (sans explanation or expansion):

        #1-check out my comment following your “Simple Tips” article re: Santorum — rally your troups!

        #2 – “There ain’t no IS about ADD” is a meme I’ve been trying to spread (especially to pros licensed to dx, to underscore your point above: (no 2 brains work exactly alike in the vanilla community either, but, fortunately or un- they “clump” more easily)

        #3 – Another saying I’m fond of repeating to clients, students [and anyone who will listen – 😀 ] is this:
        “If God had wanted us to be all the same, there’d only be ONE of us.”

        #5 – VERY important distinction in our “alphabet” community: diagnosis vs LABEL (expanded on a recent article on my blog)

        GOD BLESS all you do – thanks!


      • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

        December 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm

        I really like all these points you’ve made! “Clump” and “Dump” into one category isn’t easy or correct. How does that help anyone? It’s just a quick label, one that can be torn to shreds and tossed into the trash. These labels stick forever, and people are shredded to bits over this crap!

        I’m seeing that the strong ones in the brain dysfunction areas are those individuals dealing with it. Others don’t deal with it: They don’t know it. They don’t want to know it. They are closed-minded. They might need to be reminded that TBI is the one minority group that anyone can join in less than a fraction of a second.

        The most understanding, powerful and educated people are those traveling this journey! Kudos to all the survivors of TBI, ADD, ALL BRAIN DYSFUNCTIONS and CHRONIC ILLNESSES! Know one knows it better, than those who travel the journey.

      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        December 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm

        Here, Here!!! We’re “open to membership” – and nobody gets to choose the timing when they’re inducted.

        IMHO, the problem ALL boils down to EDD, however – empathy deficiency disorder. Some people never get a clue until it happens to them.

        God help me NOT to wish it upon them!

      • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

        December 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm

        We would never wish any of these problems on others. But it will happen. 1 out of every 5 patients are permanently disabled or die at the hands of healthcare. What other epidemic would we tolerate that in?

        Yes, it’s always “open enrollment for membership”.

        Membership is free.
        No applications.
        No deadlines.

        Prerequisites: We are in need of intelligent people who have a political background, healthcare professionals who “know everything” and think there is a secondary gain and who have failed to diagnose and treat “invisible” problems, and other high ranking positions to help spread the word and understanding about “invisible” problems!

        Problem: When they join these ranks they suddenly become “ignorant” and NO ONE listens! We need to count on their support system to spread the word!

      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        December 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm

        Free to join – THEN costs rise sharply!


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