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A "What Is This World Coming To" Rant

Friday, March 09, 2012

I was just poking around the internet, reading some celebrity gossip. I don't know what compelled me to read the comments. WHY am I compelled to read the comments? More importantly, WHY are people so mean?

First I read something about Dennis Quaid getting divorced. Probably 75% of the comments were mean-spirited. A few chimed in with "I like his acting." Then for some unknown reason I hopped over to some fashion news site where people truly had NOTHING kind to say. A picture of and short article about Sarah Jessica Parker prompted 100% of the commenters to proclaim how ugly and old she looks. Seriously?!?!?! Just yesterday I read comments on a page about Goldie Hawn where people were bitching about plastic surgery and saying women should age gracefully, and now this pic of SJP has people decrying how OLD she looks. Are you kidding me? She looks AMAZING. Not everyone has the exact features in the exact proportions that beauty mags and Hollywood tell us we should have. What are 99.9% of women supposed to do? Crawl in a hole or wear a bag over our heads? PEOPLE?!?!?!

The problem is all this anonymous commenting makes people feel like it's okay to say the meanest nastiest thing just to be obnoxious. Do they think it's funny? Whatever their demons are, I don't understand why anyone would go out of their way to be mean. That article about SJP was about something odd she wore -- a white see-through top with a black bra. So go ahead and comment on that. It was unusual, but then, she often dons daring dress. But to go on bashing her face -- the face she was born with and by all appearances hasn't altered surgically -- I just can't abide.

So here I am, enjoying the freedom and anonymity of the internet to share my views with the world... and decrying the tactlessness of so many who also enjoy that same freedom. Why not use the freedom for good instead of harm? (Watch the Stop Kony 2012 video online! Spread the word!) Use social media to do the world some good.

This still applies:

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

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SURLYGIRL 3/10/2012 7:57AM

    Hmmm - I am guilty of this also. I find myself gossiping behind people's back and it's not very nice of me. I am more aware of it lately and have been trying to censor myself. You're right - if you have nothing nice to say - say nothing at all.

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MOMCHEERS 3/9/2012 11:58PM

    Whole heartedly agree on this one! Actors/Celebrities are people too! They have feelings too! People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks! Nobody out there is perfect- what a world we'd live in if we'd all make a little bit of effort to be kind to one another - or at least bite our tongues once in awhile!

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JODROX 3/9/2012 11:10PM

    Which makes me think.... I've joined in the ranting in the Biggest Loser team about some contestants who are meanies... but then, our comments are mean-spirited too, are they not? Hm, must check myself. On top of hating meanness, I hate hypocrisy!

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Done Being Sick?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Do I dare say it? I *think* I feel better. It's been on-again off-again for a couple weeks, which has messed up my running, let me tell you. Today, I do believe, I feel well rested, with a "normal" tummy............ and very puffy eyes, but who cares about that!

So I'm off to have a "normal" day. Hurrah!

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/6/2012 11:15AM

    Good to hear!

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ROCKINMOM77 3/6/2012 9:18AM

    Have a great day emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 3/6/2012 8:20AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Sick of Being Sick

Saturday, March 03, 2012

It's been about two weeks now of feeling mildly sick to my stomach with waves of extreme tiredness. I wonder if I have some kind of virus or if it's a food sensitivity... Whatever it is, I'm sick of it. I think I'm over it, and it's back. I felt fine from 6:00 last night until 11:00 this morning, and then I had to lie down.

The thought of trying to do some sort of elimination diet to figure out what could be making me ill, if it's not a virus, just overwhelms me. I do eat a lot of the same stuff day after day, but I've been eating it for 6 months, so why NOW would I be ill from it? Can food issues come on like that?

So I've been napping on and off all day, trying to decide if I should cancel our small gathering tomorrow or wait to see how I'm feeling tomorrow. We're planning to have a bunch of friends over for a Lenten study + dinner. At this point, I am not up for it, but who knows - maybe by tomorrow I'll feel great!? I hope!

Back to the couch.....

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DHARMAPHILE 3/4/2012 12:23PM

    I've no advice or solutions to offer - just sending you love and hugs and every wish that you will feel better soon and stay feeling better!


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ARNETTELEE 3/3/2012 6:29PM

  My hubby's been sick since last week too. He got the intestinal flu....not a good thing. Great that my daughter and I didn't "catch" it too. His diet is starch...potatoes, rice, toast, crackers. Poor thing.... he's better though and maybe he can eat something more substantial tonight.

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Road Rage

Thursday, March 01, 2012

If I can contribute just one thing to world peace today, it is this:

Do not honk at people for following traffic law!

This has happened to me twice lately. People are in such a blasted hurry to get where they're going that they don't give a hoot that you're actually driving according to the prescribed rules of the road, e.g. stopping at red lights.

I put this in the category of trampling old people in Walmart on Black Friday. "Rules and common decency be damned! It's all about MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" What is this world coming to?


Random Hello

Sunday, February 19, 2012

HiÖ. HelloÖ. BonjourÖ I havenít had much to say for a while. I think about blogging every now and then and am just so not sure what to say that I think WHY BOTHER?! Sometimes I have something deep and profound (or so I think) but I stop myself because Iím not sure yet if I really believe these formulating thoughts or if Iím grasping at some truth, trying to make sense of my dadís death, as if I can.

For today, I am glad, delighted, and exuberantly grateful to have good friends to share my life with. The ups and downs and all the ugly / complicated / joyful stuff. What on earth would we do if we didnít have someone we could share all the joys and sorrows with? The laughs over stupid stuff? The tears over painful losses? The thoughts weíre a little bit ashamed to admit, but once we do, we know itís okay? THANK GOD for these people God so blessed us with. To know us and not judge. To love us, warts and all.

My life right now is Ė as always Ė blazing by at the speed of light with me acting as the scrappy little dog chasing behind, snapping at its heels. Wait for me! Wait for me! Truly, I canít keep up. Iím doing the best I can. And yet I do a little self-flagellation daily. I could do better if I just MANAGED MY TIME BETTER. As if better time management magically added 4 hours to the day and gave me the energy and will to do the stuff I DONíT FEEL LIKE DOING ANYWAY. Thatís my problem, I guess. Iím one of those idealists. In my ideal world, Iíd be living like Joel Salatin. But the truth is that I do not have the gumption for all that hard physical work. Every time we have some big project around the house that means a full day of hard physical labor, I get so bored and impatient with it that I manage to disappear for large chunks of the day. Ask me to bake all day or proofread your newsletter and IíM THERE, but ask me to weed a vegetable garden and I will find an out Ė much as I admire and, in fact, aspire to vegetable gardening. I feel like the most noble of earthís caretakers for the first 30 minutes and then MY GOD how much longer is this going to take?!?!?!?!

And so I trudge on, doing the best I can, knowing I could do better, but for today, this is my best, and if my loved ones know how much I love them, that is all that matters to me.

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DHARMAPHILE 2/20/2012 2:36PM

    What a lovely honest blog, thanks for sharing.

"My life right now is Ė as always Ė blazing by at the speed of light with me acting as the scrappy little dog chasing behind, snapping at its heels. Wait for me! Wait for me! Truly, I canít keep up. Iím doing the best I can."

I love this part especially! Great description! I think we can all relate to that feeling.

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ERIKA05 2/20/2012 12:17PM

    This is a great blog. You're right that love is more important than vegetables (and I say this as a person with an abiding obsession with vegetables.)
Wise words - thanks for sharing!

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/19/2012 11:25PM

    I am happy to hear from you and what is going on in your life. Doing the best you can is fine, sometimes life is a bit hard to take. I am thankful too for friends (like you) who are there and care.

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