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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Some of what's happening in this

1. Net Neutrality is under attack again.
You can read about it here, here, and here.

There is a petition here, and further suggestions here.

Part of me thinks with big companies like Google backing net neutrality, we'll be fine. But with the current people in charge of the government, I can't be sure.

2. A women was sent to court for laughing at Jeff Sessions. No, that is not an exaggeration or a joke.

3. Healthcare is still at risk.

4. Our country's evil leader signed an executive order protecting "religious freedom" (meaning the ability to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people, because he has made it clear he doesn't care about Muslims  being safe and his talk about reducing antisemitism is lip service) and the ACLU is suing him.

5. Not only does Flint still not have clean water, they're being forced to pay for contaminated water.

© 2017 by M.R.R.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

During my childhood, my mother was really into Jewish holidays. So she decided to substitute Passover for Easter.

I am not celebrating with her anymore.

The main issue is cultural appropriation, which is the act of taking something sacred or special from a culture that a) you don't belong to and b) is seen as lesser than the dominant culture. Articles like these explains it pretty well.

Here are more links explaining specifically why it's inappropriate for Christians to celebrate Jewish holidays (except in cases where a Jewish person specifically invites you to take part in one).
It's that time again
Okay here’s why gentiles celebrating Jewish holidays is fundamentally wrong

In other news, we won't have house guests for much longer, which is wonderful for my introverted self.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Personal updates

First, I've got things going on in the next couple weeks that will take up a lot of my energy, so I'll be on hiatus until the second week of April.

Second, I signed up with Project Wonderful months ago, but it's barely making anything. I got a Patreon account, and I'm working on a creator page. But I don't know how many people will actually support it, so it's staying unpublished until I have some idea of that.

Finally, I'm switching most of my public accounts to this picture in one form or another.
Image description:A mid-sized, black and white dog stands and pants next to a car on a dirt driveway.

You are still missed, baby.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

What Intrusive Thoughts Are

Intrusive thoughts are strange and/or disturbing thoughts caused by mental illnesses such as anxiety disorders and OCD. Some of them are just weird, like eating something inedible. Others are disturbing and/or involve violence.

Like sometimes, I look at an object like a T-shirt or a vase and picture it being destroyed. It's not that I'm angry or I hate it; in fact, I often like the thing I'm looking at. But this is what my brain does.

It's also possible to have intrusive thoughts about things like suicide, self-harm, sex, and rape. Not fun in the frigging least.

It's important to point out most people don't want to act on their intrusive thoughts. Just thinking about driving your car into a tree, to give an example, doesn't mean you want to do it. It just happens because your brain is mean to you.

More resources and info

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

I'm still depressed, but feeling better at the moment. Whether this is the eye of the storm or if this particular depressive period is finally ending isn't clear yet.

In other news, one of my family members is getting married soon.

It has made me think I may not want to get married. I like the idea of a wedding, but the things I'm expected to do (personally greeting everyone in a large group of people, being the center of attention for an extended period of time) will aggravate my social anxiety disorder.

Oh, and one of the soon-to-be in-laws was kind enough to send me this.

Image description:A glass terrarium with three differently colored layers of planting material. On top are small plants.

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