We Are A Queer Lot

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”There is nowt as queer as folk”

It is an old addage, originating from the north of England, that pretty much sums up people.

We are a strange lot and no mistake, we evolved from apes millions of years ago… and yet we are still monkeying around to this very day!

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We Are A Queer Lot

Introverting Your Way to Good Health

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I sat there eating a great big hunk of steak while I read The Greg Diet: the Busy Person’s Answer To Better Health.  It was an automatic epic fail, and my fork took a brief pause midway between my mouth and the plate. The book advised me to reduce the amount of meat in my diet, since sources of protein are not scarce in the modern diet, and here I was, consuming a large portion of a cow. Continue reading “Introverting Your Way to Good Health”

Introverting Your Way to Good Health

The Introvert’s Lame Superpower

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So, I’m entering this blog post in the Writing Contest: You Deserve to be Inspired, hosted by Positive Writer and I’m posting a bit early to give those folks time to process. Obviously, I’ve been asked to be inspiring, so I’d like to motivate you readers to work on your personal relationships and make them shine. To do this, I thought I’d elaborate on how I bulk up my relationships by using my lame superpower, touched on previously in Witchcraft, Corporate American and the Subverting Introvert. To recap, I have an almost supernatural ability to fix toilets.

I did not train to become good at this skill. It is something that developed organically, out of pure need and as a way to strengthen the relationships with the important people in my life. So, if you manage to wedge yourself into the short, introvert-limited list of people who really matter to me, you might be able to save on some plumbing bills.

Plumbing problems are rarely just isolated mechanical defects. Just as the best doctors treat the whole patient and not just the symptoms, a good plumber should come equipped with a Freudian understanding of deep psychological issues related to the plumbing deficit. I’ve come to realize that problems with the pipes are highly integrated with the emotional well-being of the homeowner.

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The Introvert’s Lame Superpower

Dam That Introvert

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A few years ago, I broke my front teeth doing something particularly stupid. I was helping to train a puppy to be a search and rescue dog air scent canine, but that wasn’t the stupid part. Continue reading “Dam That Introvert”

Dam That Introvert

Soul Search Book Trailer

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The book trailer for Soul Search is now available for your viewing pleasure.

Wikimedia Credits: Image 2 Union Graveyard by Karl Thomas Moore; Image 4 Ghost Hunter’s Field Guide To Ohio By Michelle Colson; Image 5 Figure_5._ Anxiety_can_leave_a_person_feeling_extremely_sad.jpg  by user:Unsplash; Image 7 Time to let (her) go! By Fish Gravy

Audio credit to Freesound.org
Spooky ambience with heartbeat.mp3  by blacklizard77

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Soul Search Book Trailer

Schrödinger’s Disease and the Introvert

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This book by Paul Kalanithi was published posthumously, after he passed away from metastatic lung cancer. The book was written as he was dying from the disease and his narrative includes scenes from his early, formative years, as well as his excruciating descent into pain, debilitation and surprisingly, the joys of fatherhood. He was only thirty-five and his death deprived this world of everything else that he might have contributed, had he lived longer. Kalanithi was one of those rare people who really could have been anything he wanted to be when he grew up. Most of us are told this myth while we’re growing up (I can be an NBA player?) and most of us lack the talent (but I can’t dribble without accidentally kicking the ball) and/or lack the prerequisites (I’m only 5’3″ on a good day) and/or lack the discipline to make the dream a reality (Practice? Nah, rather read a book).

At the time of his death, Kalanithi was a highly skilled neurosurgeon and scientist. Prior to deciding to train in medicine, he obtained advanced degrees in the humanities, earning a Masters in English Literature from Standford and a M.Phil in the history and philosophy of science and medicine from Cambridge. Despite all of his achievements, he remained humble, recognizing how weak we are in the face of the overwhelming entropy of the universe. The only solace in losing such a talented and thoughtful person is that he was able to accomplish more in his short thirty-five years than most of us achieve in a lifetime. Still, what a waste.

Throughout the book, the author quotes widely from luminaries who had thought deeply about life, death, and whatever little meaning we can derive from these experiences. But they pontificated from a safe distance. Kalanithi’s words have greater immediacy and pathos because the Grim Reaper was right there at his side, informing the creative process.

I have some small experience in sharing space with the Grim Reaper, so I was struck by Kalanithi’s observation that cancer left one in a state of both knowing and not knowing. In his case, he knew he was terminal, but he had no idea how much time he had left. Because he simultaneously knew and didn’t know, this made decisions about how to spend his remaining time extremely difficult. Cancer, then, is Schrödinger’s disease. Continue reading “Schrödinger’s Disease and the Introvert”

Schrödinger’s Disease and the Introvert

Woman on the Edge of Reality Interviews the Introvert

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Interview with Linda Parkinson-Hardman of Woman on the Edge of Reality. This was the funniest interview so far. Learn about cannibalism in the corporate world and the pros and cons of writing naked.

Read the interview here.

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Soul Search is available for purchase on Amazon.

Woman on the Edge of Reality Interviews the Introvert