That is something scary to go through. I hope that things have worked out! I personally have seen someone try to commit suicide. These types of people are not thinking clearly enough to know of what they are doing not only to themselves or family.

Where people of mental illness can come together

What are your thoughts on suicide? Some people who have either done it or tried to do it have the mind set that its the only way to deal with their problems and to kill themselves that they would be better off. Well, I am sure that there are MANY reasons for why people commit suicide are try to do it. In the past I have tried to commit suicide on 12 different occasions. There were a couple of times when I came REAL close to dying but never crossed over to the other side. Actually in every instance that I tried to kill myself I had a different reason and a different motive for doing so. I wanted to hurt the people that hurt me, I wanted them to know that they were the reason why I did it, I wanted them to carry the guilt for the rest…

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Time to Make Your Mark.

Awesome post! Loved reading it.

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Whittling. I worked all week making those marks in the hard pine wall, the ones that would eventually read as my name. My tool was a boy scout knife, a heavy  four bladed folder with a dark brown bone type handle, three brass pins, steel caps on either end and a small lanyard ring.

the knife I loved..... the knife I loved…..

Hours passed, as so easily happens on lake time, while I dug the tip of my knife into the wall, first here, then there, connecting the small lines until a minuscule, squared off piece of wood would chip out.

I just knew I had to leave my mark. It was a way for me to stake my claim in the future on the cabin walls a claim all those who might come to the lake could see.

I’d chosen a spot on the wall where the afternoon’s sun reflection off the lake outside…

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I’m no pro but what I do know is this

I know that feeling! I started this blog because it made me feel good. I wanted people to see my point of view. I did not expect that people would read what I wrote about, and now I have made quite a few blogging friends since starting this blog. It has turned out to be a wonderful experience.

The blogosphere was a world I knew little about a year ago, as I accidentally landed on pages on the internet, discovering and reading amazing articles oblivious to the fact they were blogs.


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Hot Sauce & the Neurobiology of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflic

Awesome post! In this household we eat quite a bit of hot sauce, hot peppers, and many other hot items. Even though these items give us heartburn, indigestion, and pain we still eat them because we think that it is good.

Neuroscience Is The New Black

[Script]: You can look at the neurobiology of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict through the prism of hot sauce. A glance at online hot sauce offerings shows that for millions, as one label proclaims, “Pain is good”. That certain people enjoy suffering is both common knowledge and punchline. “How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a lightbulb?” “It’s alright I’ll just sit here in the dark.” According to University of Pennsylvania researcher professor Paul Rozin, masochism, “the enjoyment of what appears painful or tiresome.” Exists on a spectrum of human pleasures- duh!. Riding on roller coasters, taking super hot baths, an affection for astringent drinks, the delight of sore muscles after a hard workout and many other human activities all the way to self mutilation can be considered forms of what professor Rozin calls “benign masochism”.

He studied the eating habits of Mexican children. Mexican babies react negatively to capsaicin…

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Think before you Pink

My grandfather died of lung cancer many years ago! It was sad to see how it took his life. I remember going to his house and he would let all the grandchildren get a piece of the stick peppermint candy out of his jar.

Chop Wood, Carry Water

Breast_Cancer_Awareness_(263497131) Photo from wikipedia.

It is a feeling of hopelessness that brings us to this place. Desperate to save those who suffer. Determined to prevent those we hope never will. We are clawing and grasping to find any morsel of earth to hold onto when we feel like we’re spiraling out of control.

It is hopelessness. I know that now.

I used to think it was ignorance. Or lack of caring. I used to get angry. Every October when the grocery aisles started to display a sea of pink. “Pinkwashing” we call it now. Pink ribbons. Pink products. Pink everywhere. A tradition so old it has a name. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it used to make me so angry to watch the way we commercialize it.

Then my father has a brush with the C word. The word we don’t even want to spell because it feels too forewarning and…

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