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    Administrator/Community Manager David Hosobuchi's Avatar
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    Default A change is in the winds.

    Hi everyone,

    These past two weeks have been really crazy for me. Power was out for 48 hours; I was supposed to go to my retreat in the forests of Mendocino, Ca to install a new part to fix a pump, so we would have water for the winter. I stayed home and ate melting ice cream instead, and watched a Quentin Tarantino movie on my iPad by candlelight with my wife, as 70+ mph winds howled. That was 2 weeks ago. It seems my route was blocked by the Kincade Fire. The highways north from SF were closed. Hundreds of thousands of people had been evacuated from areas East of 101 from Geyserville, west to the pacific at Stuarts Point, south to Jenner..Wow. I waited until the next week to go to fix the problem with the pump. I was concerned about Mike, so I texted him to make sure he was ok. As I suspected, Mike was helping evacuated animals, but was safe.

    I have been busy with many things over the past year. My own health issues have been continually changing theses past few years. I have had some interesting and shocking surprises. Perhaps I should take the chance to share this with you in detail, if I get the time to hit the blogs.
    During this time I have also been spending a lot of it reflecting upon, researching BrainTalk Communities Inc., and thinking about everything that is, well, frankly broken. Really, I came up with the Nonprofit organization, and that perhaps we need a little attitude adjustments.

    As a healthy NPO, BTC Inc needed to be fixed. We cannot continually operate our online community, accept donations, unless our organization is perfectly in good standing with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Then, the next step would be to make sure this was ok with the IRS. Yes, but only until the end of tax year 2019. We need to get busy and refile now! It will be good until tax year 2022.
    We are making progress. 2020 should see a new year for BrainTalk.

    I have been working hard on a plan for a revival of BT for a while now. Though I feel that we, as a community, are ready to begin the first levels of preparation.

    As one who came here as a member, I know have done my best to never forget this perspective when looking at the community. Now as Directors of the community, I'd hope that you might think of Mike and myself not as "administrators" but more “ambassadors” if you will, doing our best in keeping your perspectives in mind for what is in the best interests of the community for all members, both current, and future, for a healthy neurological community of patients and caregivers, seeking peer support and information.
    As the community grows, we plan that new directors may be transitioned from our community to the board of directors, thus creating a more member weighted board of directors, and member run organization.
    Responsibilities of actually getting things done for BrainTalk Communities Inc may eventually fall upon us. The members. The ones that care about this community the most.
    I ask, who is going to run it the best? Those that observe and study it, or those that depend upon it?
    We the Members can become the so called "Powers that be."
    I originally volunteered back in 2002 as a BT epilepsy chatroom mod. Now look where I ended up.
    Well actually, I originally, like many others, flocked to BrainChat. I became a chatroom junkie thanks to BrainChat and fellow members back then. Those were fun times.

    I seem to also remember a time when the policy here at BrainTalk/BrainChat was to always evolve with the times. That policy has been neglected for too long. We need a boost to get us out of years of obsolescence. I am requesting that we budget for some extensive upgrades to bring us up to date.
    We will have our BrainChat back! A modern technology version of it. Perhaps a BrainTalk app for your tablet and phone sound nice?
    We will see what blows in.

    Please have patience, there's some official filings to be done. That stuff takes time.

    Once the filings are complete, and the NPO BrainTalk Communities, Inc. is 100% in good standing, and we are ready to move with everything,
    I will make another announcement regarding the status of the NPO, any relevant filings, and our next steps.
    Last edited by David Hosobuchi; 11-05-2019 at 01:19 PM. Reason: Power was out for longer than first noted!
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    ((((((Ambassador David)))))) ~

    Thank you so much for all you do for BT voluntarily and with such a good heart and intention. I do not take BT for granted, and I am grateful to you and Mike for keeping us viable.

    I hope members will speak up and voice their ideas and opinions about changes to BT. It's our beloved community, and we should all pick up a virtual hammer and nail to assist in building a new home.

    Right now, I'm looking for my hammer and nail, and all I can find is an old shoe and a tack. I'm old school, and in techno lingo, I'm "dial up." I don't do WiFi, or smart phones, or Facebook/social media. I just got an iPad not too long ago, and I'm still trying to figure it out. I'm content to just have BT as it is, so I can connect with all of our wonderful friends here.

    I never used BT's chatroom. I was very occupied with trying to respond to all of the posts in CN, and other forums, when BT was in full force in the early "aughts." But, if BT has a chatroom, I'll be there whenever I can.

    I look forward to your next announcement, and I hope that other members will weigh in with their thoughts to improve BT. We are small and intimate in some ways, which is a pleasant change for me at my age now, than the frenetic posting, when BT was peaking. Thousands of posts daily. I could never keep up with that now.

    Giving abundant thanks that you and your wife and Mike and the critters he rescued are safe. These fires are terrifying. We had three small (by comparison) fires in our city in one day last week, and it was nerve-wracking. I highly recommend using LED candles instead of burning candles during an outage. They are safer than burning candles (and just as romantic ).

    Bless you David and Mike for keeping BT afloat and thinking about our future.

    We love you!

    Love & Light,

    Mom to Jon, 49, (seizure disorder; Gtube; trache; colostomy; osteoporosis; hypothyroid; enlarged prostate; lymphedema, assorted mysteries) and Michael, 32, (intractable seizures; Gtube), who were born with an undiagnosed progressive neuromuscular disease and courageous spirits. Our Angel Michael received his wings in 2003. Our Angel Jon received his wings April 2019. Now, they watch over Jim and me.

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    It's good to know that the people in charge are still thinking of us. Like Rose, I never used the chat room except that I did wander in once or twice but felt as if I was interrupting someone's conversation and left. My desktop computer runs Win 10, with Google Chrome as the browser. I have an iPad and a smartphone but use them only when I'm out somewhere, and that's not often.

    Or if I can't get online due to an iffy DSL connection, the iPad is handy.

    By an odd coincidence, I saw this thread just after noticing that I'd received an e-mail notification from BT giving links to several updated threads. I can't recall when I last saw one of these e-mails and had understood that they were no longer being sent. I"m so glad if they've been restored because getting an e-mail alerting people to new posts here will probably spark an interest in coming here and replying. Otherwise people have to click their way through to a bookmarked URL. Not so easy for a busy person or for one who's not feeling tiptop.

    Your power outage sounds like quite a nightmare. It's amazing that you've given any thought to BT at all under those circumstances. I'm sure everyone here realizes that this site is maintained thanks to your and Mike's good will and effort--and is grateful that it's still here, even after so many years of a sometimes rocky course.

    Just an update about the political discussion that I started as part of my blog here: It probably isn't going to attract many comments because the format isn't what people are used to. They can't start their own threads, and they'd need to keep looking into the blog while they're at BT--something they're not in the habit of doing. Maybe it will catch on as time goes by, or maybe a better solution can be found?
    Last edited by agate; 11-06-2019 at 06:11 PM.
    MS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009.

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