Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table – The New York Times

As death nears, I am surrounding myself, as I did when I was a boy, with metals and minerals, little emblems of eternity.

Source: Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table – The New York Times

Making Changes

My post on Patrick Farley’s video-diary Facebook page, My Lfe as a Were-Lemur:

Experiencing a load of anxiety and some intermittent depression around having to make necessary life-changes yet wanting to postpone the inevitable– need to get a “real” job, any job, so I can be independent and re-learn the life skills of paying my way 100%. Been a “homemaker” for years, [while pretending at being a business owner] and currently living rent-free (last two years) with my mother. I can say that I’ve been here helping her with my dad, who has Alzheimer’s, and there is a lot of truth to that– but if I was like 99% of the women out there living on their own, would I have come back to live with my mom in Cambria? Probably not. It worked out for use both, but it hasn’t been easy. And now I must leave a pretty damned sweet situation (big house on dead-end street under pines, cedars and redwoods, in a small village nestled by the sea) to make it on my own. And dare I say, I’m no spring chicken. Good-bye, Free Time!

[Text in brackets were added for the Blog]

What Humans Are Really Doing to Our Planet, in 19 Jaw-Dropping Images

It’s difficult to always know the impacts of our daily choices…

Source: What Humans Are Really Doing to Our Planet, in 19 Jaw-Dropping Images

What Our Food Is Really Doing to the Planet, in 15 Jaw-Dropping Images

You’ve never seen your meals like this before.

Source: What Our Food Is Really Doing to the Planet, in 15 Jaw-Dropping Images

The Anosognosics Dilemma: Somethings Wrong but Youll Never Know What It Is (Part 1) – The New York Times

A ludicrously botched bank robbery leads to the question, Can you be too incompetent to understand just how incompetent you are?

Source: The Anosognosics Dilemma: Somethings Wrong but Youll Never Know What It Is (Part 1) – The New York Times

What is Potential

Working with my therapist right now on how not to give people who want to control me my power. Imposter? Always. In the business world, whew. Just leave who your really are outside the door. Come back to who you really are when you leave, and take that home with you. Then try to hide it from who you should really trust? (such as aforementioned boyfriend). Why do *we* need to care if we are liked and appreciated so much? There are really abysmally horrible people (like Donald Trump, for example) who can care less what people think of him (or his hair)! And he’s running for President! Why do creatives need to be so dang sensitive and fragile? Where did *we* learn this? Is it all just that creative-senstitives tend to give up their power to the more agro-confident, controlling (narcissists, psychopaths, etc..), or is it more a gendered (it isn’t an accident that most of the people in this forum are women!) kind of conditioning? A lot of this is culturally born BS that the “dominant paradigm” has pushed down our throats since we were wee things… I ask, why is it so important to be liked? What does it mean to be a success? What are we seeking to live up to? What is “potential” in the context of our lives vs societal norms and expectations?

Subtle, intense photographs depict powerful feelings of anxiety | Dangerous Minds

Source: Subtle, intense photographs depict powerful feelings of anxiety | Dangerous Minds

How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety – The Atlantic

People who are less able to tolerate uncertainty worry more.

Source: How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety – The Atlantic

Imagine: Sex Is Just Sex | Psychology Today

When religion says that sex has meaning, it also teaches that sex is shameful.

Source: Imagine: Sex Is Just Sex | Psychology Today

 

By teaching children that masturbation is sinful, organized Christianity gives sexual impulses and behavior meaning where none exists. It creates an external sexual standard against which people believe they are compared—and are always found wanting, which damages them for life. Intercourse is somehow more “moral” than anal sex? Marriage “redeems” sex? The very idea that the consensual and responsible expression of sexuality can somehow be sinful is psychotic and abusive. Only because religion has so much cultural acceptance in the U.S. are these ideas seen as a system of “morality” instead.

The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá – The New York Times

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After a hospital error, two pairs of Colombian identical twins were raised as two pairs of fraternal twins. This is the story of how they found one another — and of what happened next.

Source: The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá – The New York Times