Archive for February 2013

Springing into generalized anxiety and PTSD. Gee, thanks, March.

I’m not looking forward to March. Well, I sort of am glad spring is coming, but March is full of negative associations I’m barely conscious of. Even though I’m trying my best to push these old memories and feelings aside and focus on the good in life, that’s not the way the brain works. Especially... Read more »

The Cat in the Footstool - a Caturday story

The Cat in the Footstool - a Caturday story
Back when Pumpkin adopted me, she was about 6 months old, so she liked doing kitten-y things, like get into places where she shouldn’t. One of these places was a footstool my in-laws had lent to me and my roomie when we found a duplex together. It went with the mustard-colored chairs, also loaners, that... Read more »

Healing from Trauma: Knowledge is power

Healing from Trauma: Knowledge is power
Knowledge is empowering. I thought I mostly understood PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) when I picked up a book from the Chicago Public Library. I figured I’d at least skim through it, because I have an interest in bibliotherapy–having done a little bit of research in the field for my library degree. I ended up reading... Read more »
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Wake up, my BOWL is EMPTY! - a Caturday story

Wake up, my BOWL is EMPTY! - a Caturday story
My cat, Joe, is a perfect alarm clock. He’s the alarm clock that you can’t press “snooze” on. It’s not the kind of alarm you can learn to sleep through. He starts off with licking. He licks my chin, my nose, my cheeks, my arm and hands. If I try to ignore him, he starts... Read more »

Lenten Resolution: Take care of myself, as God's loved one

Lenten Resolution: Take care of myself, as God's loved one
I’ve been thinking about what I should do for my Lenten resolution. A friend is giving up Facebook (though I secretly hope she’ll take advantage of the mini-Easter Sundays). I’m sure a number are giving up chocolate or sweets. My brother used to try to give up TV but ended up switching to something else... Read more »

Since there seems to be some confusion over narcissistic personality disorder...

Since there seems to be some confusion over narcissistic personality disorder...
So, my post about the face tattoo girl generated a good number of comments. More than I usually get. Some were thoughtful, some were reactionary (thinking I hate men because this one example involved a possibly NPD male? My goodness.), some were ad hominem arguments. From the wide variety of comments, I noticed that people... Read more »
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Signs of Verbal and Emotional Abuse

I was looking for something else on my external hard drive the other day when I stumbled across something I wrote probably in 2008. My now-husband sent the list to me. I copied and pasted the questions from a website into a Word document, and changed all references from “partner” (it was aimed at battered... Read more »

First world cat problem #1: a Caturday story

First world cat problem #1: a Caturday story
Punky is a large and furry cat. She’s larger than many other cats, and we suspect some Maine Coon in her. We have large litter boxes. But they’re not the extra large litter boxes. I’m sure you can see where we’re going with this. Fortunately, she tends to poop with her butt toward the back... Read more »

Confessions of a Cranky Traveler

I like exploring new places. I love flying. I like spending time with my husband. I like traveling. But boy does it sometimes make me cranky. Mostly the crankiness comes from not knowing where I am or where I’m going. That’s my crutch in travel. I need to know what I’m doing. My poor husband.... Read more »
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Woman let boyfriend tattoo his name on her face : A perfect example of manipulation

Woman let boyfriend tattoo his name on her face : A perfect example of manipulation
You may have seen this picture around on Facebook recently. Some woman, named Lesya, let her boyfriend tattoo his name on her face to show her love for him. That boyfriend? Rouslan Toumaniantz. Of the face star tattoo fame. They’d been chatting online for some length of time before they finally met in person. And... Read more »