Mar. 7th, 2019

Hard Things

Mar. 7th, 2019 12:58 am
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do? Is there anything your online friends could do to make your hard things a little easier?
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More green spaces correlate with better attention span.  Less nature interaction correlates with more ADHD.  This is unsurprising given that humans evolved in nature, not in cities.  The faster, louder, and busier the world gets, the fewer people can adapt to it enough to function well.

It's not the people who are broken.  It's the environment around them.

Aging Alone

Mar. 7th, 2019 04:43 am
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This article talks about the increasing challenges of aging alone.

One thing it did not mention is wealth stripping.  Because most insurance doesn't cover long-term care and similar major expenses, and the government only steps in after every penny has been spent, a majority of people are no longer permitted to pass down their accumulated wealth -- if not children or other heirs, then a worthy cause they favor.  It's simply stripped away from them in a long, ugly fight for survival and transferred up to richer entities.  Only the wealthiest can afford insurance that covers such things; only they can afford care and still have anything left over.  Everyone else just gets robbed, unless they conveniently drop dead of something very fast. 


Mar. 7th, 2019 01:18 pm
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It's snowing here.  This is a fine, light snow falling straight down, like powdered sugar sifting down to coat the world.  I almost never see snow falling straight down, but there's not a breath of air outside, it's perfectly calm.  In fact nothing is moving excep the snow; no birds, no squirrels, no rabbits.  All is still but for the slow sift of snow.  Everything is shades of gray, no black or white.  Pale ash-gray snow, slate trees, charcoal tires.  A world with soft edges.  It is very beautiful. 
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Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list.

21. What’s your favorite family tradition?

My favorite of all time was the several years we spent planting evergreens after Christmas, creating what is now the Midwinter Grove.

Currently we don't have a lot of things that are really framed as traditions, just things we habitually do.  My partner and I routinely eat lunch and supper together, for instance, and that's an important part of our interaction.
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This poem came out of the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] satsuma. It also fills the "Artist" square in my 5-1-18 Gimmicks / Roles / Characters card in the Pro Wrestling Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] satsuma, [personal profile] fuzzyred, and [personal profile] erulisse.  It belongs to the series Arts and Crafts America.

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