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On Being Sick

Well I’m recovering from a brief illness that put me more or less out of commission during the past week.

Lest you think I’m going for the uber-dramatic, let me come right out and say that I had the common cold. A pain, but hardly the plague.

Okay — so this gave me the opportunity to organize some “thoughts worth thinking about” with regard to sickness. One or two of these (and not the best ones) came from me, others from surer sources of wisdom.

For what it’s worth, here goes: (more…)

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Well I recently returned from a week-long vacation in Central Florida — home of the elegant sand hill crane, among other things.

Here are some other pictures from the journey:

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I’m not sure where to begin with this one.

I suppose I could start by noting the paradox of it: A condition traditionally associated with an excess of logical thinking, and concomitant deficit in affect, is here being linked to magical thinking.

On the other hand, neither is the image of the ethereal autistic child and her faraway gaze (more…)

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A kind, measured response that is much needed in the heat of this debate:

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Do I have your attention?

Good.  The fidget spinners have done their duty, and we can move on.

Do I know you?

Even better.

Are you a past Into the Dance reader?

Better still.

Does it seem to you that I’ve been gone for quite awhile?

That doesn’t surprise me.  It’s because I have. (more…)

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This woman suffers from the genetic disorder Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

I’d like to help her more, but my only “connection” is to local media sources.  I have a wider connection via Into the Dance, so here it is.  Any ideas as to how we can help her cause?

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Thought I’d get creative this year.  Happy Halloween!

jack-o-lantern

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fall

I am prejudiced when it comes to the four seasons — fall is my favorite.

Fall is nature at its aesthetic best, giving us a heraldic panoply of colors and scents.

But fall is traditionally a time to reflect on the reality of death, as well as being a time of beauty.

Forgive me, but I don’t think that’s an accident. (more…)

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moving truckWell, it finally happened.  I knew it would eventually, or at least I suspected it.

I also knew that once the event in question became a sure thing, it would be hard.  But I wasn’t exactly ready for how hard. (more…)

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…because I’m going to explain myself (or at least make the effort).

It’s been a whole 19 days since my last post.  As you might guess, I did not plan on this.  But I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I am working on building a for-profit blog, and you’d be surprised how much time, care, and work this requires.

Add to this the typical laundry list items like work, sleep, chores, interpersonal commitments, and small leisures (believe it or not, these are necessary in small doses to maintain one’s sanity), and you can understand why I haven’t been cranking out posts the way I used to.

But I do have a small number of regular readers whose disappointment I’d like to avoid.  So I’m going to make a small commitment that I think will be both manageable for me and reasonable to my readership.

Until otherwise noted, I will commit to a minimum of one post per month.  It’s not a lot, but enough to keep me active and you from drifting away.  Of course, I do like to post the occasional video or meme.  These will be “bonuses;” hence, you will want to keep your eye out even if I have already posted for a given month (not to mention that I always could put something else out there).

My next post — whenever it appears — will be a commentary on the Woody Harrelson character on season one of HBO’s True Detective.  So stay tuned for that — and if you’re not familiar with True Detective, maybe tell a friend? (Not that I’m begging or anything…)

In the meantime, I’ve missed several “Film Clip Fridays,” so on this Saturday evening I’ll leave you with a disturbing but engaging scene from Whiplash:

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