Saturday, August 29, 2015

That whole maddening refugee thing

A few months ago I went to a meditation gathering. It was a shame that it was advertised as a mindfulness meditation gathering when it was more of a shameless attempt to sell the organizer's own brand of transcendental meditation, and that at a price that was in my opinion simply outrageous. But we all have to make a living and who am I to judge? Wait! I just did and yes, it's born out of a tiny jealousy seed that makes me ask why I have to be stuck in the corporate world making a living while this guy has created a whole business around a brand that is him teaching meditation out of the box. I obviously have a lot to learn.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

That whole Ashley Madison thing

I find that I'm almost always on the hacker side. The only thing I feel that could possibly change that would be if somewhere I'm using my credit card online would be hacked (heavens forbid, Paypal!) but even then I kind of feel like I may actually think it was my own fault for shopping online.

I don't like sites like Ashley Madison. Actually, I don't like Ashley Madison in particular because it's a site O used and how I busted him trying to cheat on me. I have, you might say, a very sore spot when it comes to Ashley Madison.

Depression

Depression was part of my life for a long time and it was particularly strong in the years 2011 to mid 2014 at which point I found a great therapist and the courage to face it head on.

I have learned that depression wears many masks but the standard physical and psychological symptoms of depression broadly include:

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Face to face with my buried fear (*trigger warning*)

Just over a month ago my daughter was attacked in class my a classmate. The attack wasn't a verbal assault or a violent spray of words, it was a physical attack that happened while she was sitting down at a table. While Bee was squeezed in between the table and a chair, her attacker came up from behind, put her in a headlock, grabbed her pony tail and yanked it violently while shouting at her. Bee, who's had martial arts training, realized that even though she was basically stuck and threatened odds were that her reacting would probably escalate things so she remained passive waiting for the attack to stop. When she was let go, she immediately left the classroom and headed for the deputy principal's office where she broke down in tears.

Friday, August 14, 2015

There are still signs of life here

I've missed writing so much! It seems I've gone through some weird period during which I've had so many thoughts, and I've been taking part in too many discussions on Facebook, but for some reason I couldn't quite get to sitting down and stringing anything of remote value together here. I don't know how many times I've sat down in front of the Mac, started with a few sentences and then just sat and stared at it. It's been weird. I've had a bad case of the blog shut ups.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Why are we even talking to Tom Cruise if Tom Cruise refuses to answer some of the questions WE have?

It's been one of those weeks and mostly I have been jumping on and off one bandwagon or another in my discussions on Facebook and with people face to face but I have to admit that it's mostly about Adam Goodes and the controversy surrounding the recognized (and with recognized I mean to the point of him being named Australian of the Year in 2014 ) indigenous footballer being booed by spectators from opposing teams at every damned matched he's played recently. I tried to write a post about it but I found that I got so incensed about it I just couldn't write a intelligent post about it. I'm leaving it at yes Australia, you have a problem for now.

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