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December 12th, 2011

Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays @ 07:02 pm


Which December holidays do you celebrate, and why? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]
I celebrate Yule, Solstice, Winternights and whatever holidays my friends want to celebrate! The whole season is full of wonderful holidays and things to celebrate! I am pagan/heathen, but I'll wish you a Merry Christmas if that's what you are celebrating, or Happy Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or even Festivus!
 

November 29th, 2011

Writer's Block: Frozen delights @ 03:27 pm


What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Black Walnut, and I can't find it very easily. Butter Pecan or Praline Pecan are close seconds.
 

November 21st, 2011

November 19th is International Survivors of Suicide Day @ 02:46 pm

Originally posted by sweetmusic_27 at November 19th is International Survivors of Suicide Day
November 19th is International Survivors of Suicide Day.

Pretty terrible-sounding holiday, huh.

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This is my story.Collapse )

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Thank you for reading. I know that this is a confusing and difficult subject, but I feel it’s one that people should be able to talk about. Today, I’ve decided that “people” starts with me. I’m sorry I didn’t feel comfortable saying all of this earlier. And finally, the scary parts: Feel free to link back to this. Feel free to talk to me about suicide. Feel free to comment anonymously on this post (trolling and hate speech will be deleted).



I've known several people who've gone this way. I bet we all know or know of someone. -H.
 

October 13th, 2011

Mississippi Personhood Amendment @ 11:54 pm

Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


 

December 21st, 2010

meme @ 10:26 pm

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In 2011, eiricmacbean resolves to...
Drink four glasses of vaudeville every day.
Find a better yaoi.
Backup my sca regularly.
Get back in contact with some old classic cars.
Lose ten books by March.
Go cooking three times a week.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:



Don't know about the first one, that stuff's rare.
The second is essential. Fourth is easy to do.
 

July 22nd, 2010

Yes, I'm alive. @ 10:27 pm

High time that I got back to blogging. My apologies for the lapse/hiatus, school and work and life...eh, you know the drill.
As of June 12th, I officially joined the ranks of the unemployed. Our call center closed down, after a long and drawn out period of false hopes and corporate assmillinery. I am getting unemployment insurance, but apparently that disqualifies me for food stamps. Things are tight, and I haven’t managed to get either of my vehicles running, though thankfully the scooter is repaired and back with me. I haven’t had my truck running since March, and apparently it needs a new engine (blown head gasket).
My friend Tom has moved in with me, and that helps. He’s only working part-time for now, but it’s better than nothing, and he may be able to get the food stamps that I couldn’t. We just got a better futon couch handed down to us, so at least he can sleep comfortably. He’s a good guy to have around.
I’m waiting to hear back on my petition to get into the paramedic cohort for this fall. I’m not optimistic, frankly. Spring semester was very rough, what with the bad reaction I had to the Prozac they put me on, and the stress over work and the truck. I should have the money to register for fall semester next week, at least, and then I can go for intermediate if I don’t make cohort. At least if I can manage to stay in school, I’m not in danger of losing my unemployment.
I’m trying to keep my spirits up, but I admit that I’ve been stressed and down a fair bit. The weather may have something to do with it, too - it’s been horribly hot, worse than normal. We didn’t manage to get the garden in, and our landlord has the backyard torn up in order to install drip irrigation.
I’m still planning to throw myself a nice birthday party on 8/21, though it looks like I’ll have to move it from my yard to the park down the road. That may actually be nicer, since the park has grass and trees and a playground. We can cook on the grill and have a good time.
Anyway, more later!
 

May 10th, 2010

Writer's Block: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang @ 11:32 am


Do you give your vehicles names? If so, what are they?

But of course! My old Pontiac was (Black) Pearl, my F100 was Clyfford, the Big Red Truck, my Bravada is Grainne, my scooter is Estelle.  The VW bus I'm going to be getting shortly is already named Ernie by the previous owners.
My mom and brother name their cars, too.  His old Mustang street rod was the Suicide Machine, he lives in Michigan, and its plates used to say DR JACK.... <eg>
 

April 29th, 2010

Writer's Block: Tolerance 101? @ 11:03 pm


If you could create/select a new subject that had to be taught in high school, what would it be, and why?

Cross-training for the brain. 
While subjects are still focused on in separate classes, according to the teacher's chosen area of expertise, help students realize that they are all part of learning and all necessary.  What's the use of being great at math or science when you can't speak or write in proper grammar about what you've discovered? Words make more sense when their roots and parts are understood, especially when they come from other languages. Math and music are wonderfully related, and physics puts the physical in phys ed/gym.  
I think that by keeping subjects too separate, we are doing students a great disservice.  We also hobble teachers by insisting that they "stick to the subject at hand" and emphasize standardized testing to the detriment of critical thinking.  I can't count how many times I've explained a connection that seems elementary to me and heard someone say that they'd never thought of it that way or realized that there even was a connection!  
I used to substitute teach when I was younger, and I wish I'd thought of the lesson plan sooner, but if I ever get the chance to be in front of a grade school classroom again, that's what I'll try to teach.
 

February 3rd, 2010

January 21st, 2010

Writer's Block: School daze @ 12:14 am


Did you remain at the same school(s) or transfer to a number of different schools growing up? How did your early educational experiences impact your self-esteem and confidence?

I was in the same school system from K-12, in a small town in Michigan. My birthday is in late August, and the cutoff at the time was the first of September, so I was pretty much the youngest in my class.
I went to preschool for two years (age 3-4), which was unusual. My preschool was also a part of Hillsdale College's education degree program, and the college students worked with us a lot. Since I could already read by the time I was 18 mos. old, I knew I was a bit different even at that age.
When I got into kindergarten, the school system wasn't quite sure what to do with me. I started my day in the K room, then at about 10 a.m., someone from the 3rd grade class would come get me and I'd go to reading class there. I'd have lunch, then be in the 2nd grade class for math till about 2 p.m. when Mom would come get me while the other kids went out for afternoon recess.
The next year, instead of going to first grade, they put me right into second grade. All new group of kids, and I was the oddball. I stayed with that class the rest of the way through school, and my mom had to fight to keep them from skipping me up another grade. She'd fought against the first skip, too.
The age difference started getting more noticeable in junior high, of course. Long story short, I had no social life. Granted, part of that was due to my abusive father refusing to let me go to other kids' houses, or have anyone over (not that anyone wanted to come over). I graduated high school at 16. They had to bend the age cutoff for Driver's Ed to get me into the last class possible. Driver's Ed is required for graduation in MI, and provided by the schools. I got my license a week before graduation.
So, overall, I ended up with crappy self-esteem and very little confidence. I didn't fit in, I felt like my intelligence was a handicap, and that it wasn't fair to the rest of the class that I got done with my work faster. I got assigned a lot of extra work just to keep me busy in grade school. But at the same time, if I didn't do everything perfectly, I was berated for that. "You're so smart, why didn't you know that/do it right the first time/get perfect scores every time?" I still push myself very hard, and stress out easily. I never learned good study skills, and still have trouble with time management.
So there you are...part of why I am a stressball who never quite grew up.
 

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