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May. 2nd, 2016

gardening

Garden update

Set and waitingCollapse )

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Apr. 30th, 2016

gardening

Plotting

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Apr. 20th, 2016

wilson

Warped thinking

Discussion of anxiety and body dysmorphiaCollapse )

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cougar

Not-so-sweet dreams

My dreams lately seem designed to break my heart.

Missed potential and dreams of the futureCollapse )

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Apr. 18th, 2016

devourer

Another hoop jumped

I'm living in the wrong era, clearly.

We know just enough about the health issues I have to know that we don't know enough. At least the providers I see don't think I'm delusional, but they don't even have any way to quantify what's wrong, let alone solve it.

Groping in the darkCollapse )

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Mar. 25th, 2016

cougar

Link: How women react to assault

This is pretty cis-centric and assumes a lot about biology and cultural background, but it has some really interesting observations nonetheless. The bit about the different sets of reactions to trauma really struck me as important.

Content Note: sexual and physical assault, descriptions of victim-blaming.

Women Do What They Need To Do To Survive

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Mar. 23rd, 2016

wilson

Role models are where you find them

Something broke loose about twenty minutes ago, and I just started crying. Sitting at my computer, nothing happening except the mental echoes of a TV episode I had just finished, and a thoughtful comment about the underlying psychology of play parties on my Facebook feed. And suddenly I was crying.

I let it happen. I'm not afraid of that sort of flood now; I know I won't wash away, and the torrent will be finite. I even knew something of why it was happening, though I'm still a little unsure of the details. I can guess, but that's all it is, because Amy doesn't have words for issues as complex and hugely simple as these.

Life lessons from fictional charactersCollapse )

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cougar

Links: disaster porn from the 1920s

The Flood: St. Francis Dam Disaster, William Mulholland, and the Casualties of L.A. Imperialism.

On the hubris of William Mulholland, who built a dam in L.A. which turned into a fatal disaster. It's a horrific read, but fascinating history.

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cougar

Links: CFS nomenclature and testing

Panel Says Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is A Disease, And Renames It ...to systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID). I'm not sure how much value there is in a name, especially at this point, but at least it's descriptive, and more accessible than Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

A screening test for chronic fatigue syndrome is ready for the public, and targets common genetic variants known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). "According to the researchers, in up to 80 percent of cases, an infectious disease such as glandular fever has triggered the expression of these SNPs to bring on the development of chronic fatigue syndrome."

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Mar. 13th, 2016

devourer

Not so sweet dreams

Enough with the bad dreams, already.

Three nights in a row...Collapse )

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