Letters: Veterans, migraines, ‘Yarn Bombing’

At a funeral service last weekend our Post learned that because of the state of Connecticut’s lack of an approved budget, the rifle volley salute to our fallen service men has been suspended.

The Department of Defense will still provide the color guard and the bugler, but the state-funded firing squad will not be present.

This is a disgraceful act by our governor and the legislative leaders that are responsible for this budget mess. Our veterans and their families are being denied their proper military honors. We are making our displeasure known to our local state representatives. Please see to it that the state government is aware of the Legion’s displeasure as well.

In the interim our Post is going to provide this service to our local area veterans as resources permit on a voluntary basis.

— Lewis Merritt Commander, American Legion Post 127, Orange

The letter about the experience of migraine headaches reminded me of people I have cared for with migraine and other health issues.

One therapeutic step was to ask the person what words they would use to describe what they were experiencing, be it a migraine or cancer. When their words were negative ones, like pressure or failure, I would ask what else in their life fits those words and needs to be eliminated.

If they answered wake up call, new beginning, a gift I knew they were on the path to healing their lives and curing their bodies. If they said draining, roadblock, failure, pressure, I would ask what in your life fits those words.

For example: a woman with several weeks of migraine headaches was about to be admitted to the hospital. She said the pain was like pressure. While she awaited transportation to the hospital I did a meditation with her and helped her to visualize eliminating the pressure in her life. When we finished I left her in the examining room to rest. Fifteen minutes later her nurse came and said, “Her headache is gone. It’s her marriage. She is on the way home.”

A woman who described her cancer as a failure was sent to see me by her surgeon because of her unhealthy emotional reaction to the surgery and the scar on her body. Neither of which were of any major nature. I asked her about the word and she said, “Well my body failed me.” I said that my question is what in your life fits that word. She answered, “My parents committed suicide when I was a child. I must have been a failure as a child.” The change which followed that statement and moment of enlightenment was amazing. She started a new life free of the fear relationships.

Peace be with you,

— Bernie Siegel, MD Woodbridge

A huge thank you to the New Haven Register, and reporter Pamela McLoughlin for the excellent coverage of the Friends of the Case Memorial Library’s “Yarn Bombing.”

The “Yarn Bombing” at the Orange Library was installed in June to honor the 25th anniversary of The Friends ... and will remain up until November. Come and see it.

— Leslie Wasserman President of the Friends, Orange