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This list of support mechanisms is an awesome idea and I might have to make my own one of these at some point (because brilliant and colors!).
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I have to accept that there are some people in this world, people I like and even love, that I can not help. "If only" doesn't change the fact that I can not help them. I don't have to become someone else to help them, and they don't have to become someone else so I can help them, I just have to let go and trust that they will find that someone else who can help them. In letting go, I can focus on finding and helping the people I can help. It also has the added bonus of me not going quietly insane.

(This isn't directly related to yesterday's upheaval, but rather to circumstances that allowed my role in it to occur. It's not been a good month for me in many ways, about which I've said extremely little. Leave it to family to bring out those things you were trying to keep hidden. . .)
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I have to accept that there are some people in this world, people I like and even love, that I can not help. "If only" doesn't change the fact that I can not help them. I don't have to become someone else to help them, and they don't have to become someone else so I can help them, I just have to let go and trust that they will find that someone else who can help them. In letting go, I can focus on finding and helping the people I can help. It also has the added bonus of me not going quietly insane.

(This isn't directly related to yesterday's upheaval, but rather to circumstances that allowed my role in it to occur. It's not been a good month for me in many ways, about which I've said extremely little. Leave it to family to bring out those things you were trying to keep hidden. . .)
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So, every single thing I have cooked in the microwave today has boiled over, from the chicken pot pie to the green beans. Were my brain cranky it would do something like fume and bitch about this state of affairs and worry about unfortunate rearrangements of proteins and other biochemicals that can occur at high temperatures and such (I just can't do the whole "microwaves are unnatural and do terrible things to food!" thing, thankfully). But apparently my brain is a good mood - instead it shows me a music video of my microwave oven singing "I'm too sexy for your food", which is frickin' hilarious. All I can say is you guys are so lucky I have no vidding skills ;).
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So, every single thing I have cooked in the microwave today has boiled over, from the chicken pot pie to the green beans. Were my brain cranky it would do something like fume and bitch about this state of affairs and worry about unfortunate rearrangements of proteins and other biochemicals that can occur at high temperatures and such (I just can't do the whole "microwaves are unnatural and do terrible things to food!" thing, thankfully). But apparently my brain is a good mood - instead it shows me a music video of my microwave oven singing "I'm too sexy for your food", which is frickin' hilarious. All I can say is you guys are so lucky I have no vidding skills ;).
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The Jewel of All Desires, which contains the Great Maker and thus has the power to create the world you desire, has disappeared. You are part of a group of Wishers (who share the world as it could be), Theurgists (who forge the truth of the world), and Fatalists (who know all that is, was, and will be), and. . .

check it out
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The Jewel of All Desires, which contains the Great Maker and thus has the power to create the world you desire, has disappeared. You are part of a group of Wishers (who share the world as it could be), Theurgists (who forge the truth of the world), and Fatalists (who know all that is, was, and will be), and. . .

check it out
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I just wanted to keep this quote where I might see it on occasion:

"We make our lives really hard," he said. "When bad stuff happens, we tell ourselves that we’re part of why; or we hurt ourselves extra, struggling against it or trying to hang on to what we had before. We don’t — people don’t — focus on the fact that part of being a person is that whatever is immediately in front of you, you can handle it. That’s what it means to be a consciousness in the world — that there are paths that you can take, and one of them is as right as you can get, and if you take that, it’s okay. And even if you don’t take that, as long as you have a good reason to take a different one, that’s okay too. Or if you learn better later. Whatever. There’s only the options we have in front of us, so it’s okay if we don’t have other ones."

(from a Hitherby Dragons tale)

I feel like I've heard this before. . . ah, yes
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I just wanted to keep this quote where I might see it on occasion:

"We make our lives really hard," he said. "When bad stuff happens, we tell ourselves that we’re part of why; or we hurt ourselves extra, struggling against it or trying to hang on to what we had before. We don’t — people don’t — focus on the fact that part of being a person is that whatever is immediately in front of you, you can handle it. That’s what it means to be a consciousness in the world — that there are paths that you can take, and one of them is as right as you can get, and if you take that, it’s okay. And even if you don’t take that, as long as you have a good reason to take a different one, that’s okay too. Or if you learn better later. Whatever. There’s only the options we have in front of us, so it’s okay if we don’t have other ones."

(from a Hitherby Dragons tale)

I feel like I've heard this before. . . ah, yes
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The moment I stepped off the plane the humidity enveloped me in its tender and undeniable embrace. No matter how long I'm gone, this place will always have a feeling of home to me. The familiar roads, the buildings all the same even if the names on them have changed. . . there are new roads and new buildings where once there was forest and wild grass, but if I strain my ears I can hear the same subtle music that has always been there. The noisy cars and bland beige bricks can only cover so much.

My brother's room is an odd amalgamation: a photo of Britney Spears next to the Ten Commandments hand-written in Hebrew, a framed picture of Scarface and a large cardboard SpongeBob. Over a decade ago this was my room and while it has been entirely redone multiple times since then, it is still a comfortable and familiar space.

Here it has been Spring for well over a month. I had forgotten how right it is for now to be the time when the scent of flowering trees and plants is so strong you can almost taste it. The New England pace and timing of seasons is disorienting to me: fall there feels like spring here, only at the end of it instead of the frigid dark winter there is a burning bright summer with the frequent and welcome respite of thunderstorms. . .

This is the strangeness of returning here, knowing that I have changed so much and that Boston is my home, but also the ease of slipping into place here. Even when it no longer fits an old skin still has the comfort of its lack of scent that only one's self has. I know that it would not take too long to fall into the old conflicts if I were to stay, but hopefully a weekend is just the right amount of time to remember the good times without reopening old wounds. We'll see.
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The moment I stepped off the plane the humidity enveloped me in its tender and undeniable embrace. No matter how long I'm gone, this place will always have a feeling of home to me. The familiar roads, the buildings all the same even if the names on them have changed. . . there are new roads and new buildings where once there was forest and wild grass, but if I strain my ears I can hear the same subtle music that has always been there. The noisy cars and bland beige bricks can only cover so much.

My brother's room is an odd amalgamation: a photo of Britney Spears next to the Ten Commandments hand-written in Hebrew, a framed picture of Scarface and a large cardboard SpongeBob. Over a decade ago this was my room and while it has been entirely redone multiple times since then, it is still a comfortable and familiar space.

Here it has been Spring for well over a month. I had forgotten how right it is for now to be the time when the scent of flowering trees and plants is so strong you can almost taste it. The New England pace and timing of seasons is disorienting to me: fall there feels like spring here, only at the end of it instead of the frigid dark winter there is a burning bright summer with the frequent and welcome respite of thunderstorms. . .

This is the strangeness of returning here, knowing that I have changed so much and that Boston is my home, but also the ease of slipping into place here. Even when it no longer fits an old skin still has the comfort of its lack of scent that only one's self has. I know that it would not take too long to fall into the old conflicts if I were to stay, but hopefully a weekend is just the right amount of time to remember the good times without reopening old wounds. We'll see.
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I've shared TED Talks before, but I just learned of this one and I really wanted to share it with you: Stroke of Insight, where a neuroanatomist describes her own stroke

contemplation about this talk )
brynndragon: (motorcycle goddess)
I've shared TED Talks before, but I just learned of this one and I really wanted to share it with you: Stroke of Insight, where a neuroanatomist describes her own stroke

contemplation about this talk )
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Triggered by a post a friend of mine made:

Would someone please tell me why it is that things that are outside the realm of science are viewed as lesser? Why it is that people put science on a pedestal and worship it as they would a God? People, science is just a method for examining the universe, it is not the be-all-end-all of human existence! You don't need to go about forcing things that aren't science into science classrooms in order to "prove" that It's Science, Therefore It's Good! It's really OK for people to believe things that don't qualify as valid scientific theory! If we didn't have this stupid notion that things that aren't scientific aren't valid, we wouldn't be having this whole Intelligent Design debacle in the first place! People would discuss intelligent design and materialism in philosophy classes and they'd discuss the scientific examination of evolution in science classroom and Christians can learn about how God created the universe in Sunday school and Pastafarians can learn about how we are all held in His Noodly Appendages in their religious classes and everyone would be happy!

(Actually, I am interested in a serious discussion of how the whole ID thing demonstrates a basic lack of understanding of what science is and is not amongst people in general. I've also got a notion about how ID is a horribly misguided attempt at restoring a balance between right-brained logical thinking and left-brained intuitive understanding within our culture, but it's not very coherent yet.)
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Triggered by a post a friend of mine made:

Would someone please tell me why it is that things that are outside the realm of science are viewed as lesser? Why it is that people put science on a pedestal and worship it as they would a God? People, science is just a method for examining the universe, it is not the be-all-end-all of human existence! You don't need to go about forcing things that aren't science into science classrooms in order to "prove" that It's Science, Therefore It's Good! It's really OK for people to believe things that don't qualify as valid scientific theory! If we didn't have this stupid notion that things that aren't scientific aren't valid, we wouldn't be having this whole Intelligent Design debacle in the first place! People would discuss intelligent design and materialism in philosophy classes and they'd discuss the scientific examination of evolution in science classroom and Christians can learn about how God created the universe in Sunday school and Pastafarians can learn about how we are all held in His Noodly Appendages in their religious classes and everyone would be happy!

(Actually, I am interested in a serious discussion of how the whole ID thing demonstrates a basic lack of understanding of what science is and is not amongst people in general. I've also got a notion about how ID is a horribly misguided attempt at restoring a balance between right-brained logical thinking and left-brained intuitive understanding within our culture, but it's not very coherent yet.)

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