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It is not a shallow desire but rather, a very deep seated perceived need to connect with other people regularly. People long for unity within various spheres of human existence and to possess some means in which collectively, we live in harmony and peace that benefit each of us. I possess the knowledge of writing principles and processes for providing readers with documented personal experiences in a safe and least restrictive environment. He read the latest news, something very precious died inside of Slick. He felt deeply disappointed and sorrowful. He loved working at Grace Home. He cherished the opportunity to help others that could not quite help them. He felt the same unexplainable feeling in caring for them as felt caring for his infant child. The only recourse he could take at this point was to retrain. He took it upon himself to enroll for the winter quarter at Allentown Business College. He received a call from the medical pool. It seemed that an administration expressed some interest in his skills that he had acquired in nursing. The office then proceeded to schedule an interview and asked him if he would be at all interested in working for the agency. He consented, and he was given his first assignment. He was asked to care for a patient named Paul. He was lucid and ambulatory. Slick cooked for him and assisted him. Luckily, he was still able to eat on his own. Paul had been a patient in Sacred Heart hospital when Slick had first met him. He cared for him as a representative of the medical pool for two weeks there. It was the autumn season in October and a dear friend and guest provided some support while he came home. While Slick pondered the idea of private duty nursing, Joann asked him to quit working altogether. Actually, she wanted him to work for her father-in-law. She informed him that he was retired and disabled, having worked forty years at Sacred Heart as a maintenance employee. He was a tall medium built man who came to America from Germany in 1939. Paul and Slick got along great for reminded him of his own father oh, how Slick loved his dad an old bald headed and as their friendship grew, so did his wages. He went from working twenty-five hours to working forty at the convenience of one patient instead of three or four daily. What could be better? He was working for someone that valued him and appreciated him. He and Slick were a team. They went on leisure trips to a park which contained a historical landmark on sixteen street three times a week. Slick thought that Paul would benefit from the walking and the time that they spent together. Paul would allow Slick to manage the upkeep of his home. Slick would keep tabs on the supplies of the house and would cook and clean for him. About four years later, he and Paul climbed into the car and went to the grocery store. Paul used to tell Slick about the traditions of his family in the old country of Germany. He said his family worked hard in the fields and had a hearty appetite. They ate small meals every day including breakfast, brunch, lunch, and suppertime. He went on to say that the men worked harvesting potatoes in the fields of the village. Paul was a married man and had three sons, Paul Jr., Albert, and the younger Jimmy before his wife died. With a look of pride in his eyes, he told Slick about how they would take Jimmy to Germany each year when he was a little boy. Paul and his wife had a precious friend named Gertrude and the three of them were very close and always went on trips together. He would share stories like this, as well as many others with Slick, as if he were a part of the family. Slick spent many years in Paul home. They were very special and meaningful to Slick, and he tried to meet all of their needs as became apparent to him. Consequently he felt a sense of intrinsic value because Paul depended upon him. It filled him with joy to be of service to Paul. Slick could remember going on a Christmas Tour of lights in Bethlehem about five miles from Allentown. It was conducted with the cooperation of local citizens. A bus would provide for this annual event. During the fall of the year, the cold snap in the air would signal that winter was soon to come. The tour group stepped onto the bus enroute to a designated travel route for all to observe and enjoy the spectacular display of glistening multicolored lights. Another of the season’s yearly events that Paul and Slick would attend was “The Nutcracker Suite” which was held at the Allentown Symphony hall. What a wonderful time they had in doing all of this. He has never been short of others needing him and desiring his help hastens to assist for the joy it brings. “I was young once, and now I’m old. I have seen things, I have heard things, and I have read things. I observe so many Faces some of them speak very little... He spoke to me a few words but oh, how powerful they were.

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Marina Rojas 18 May 2012
This article was very hard to read. I would highly suggest that you work on implementing spaces between your same thought paragraphs so the thoughts fall together to make better sense, rather than have a feel of run-on sentences that 'crash' into each other. The words are good, your thoughts are good, but the overall crafting of the article for presentation needs improvement.


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