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Monday, January 31, 2011

PAD: Just Ducky

Lonely Duck

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Categories: Morgantown,Picture a Day  

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hello, I’m James Madison

Thanks Jim!

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Categories: History,Politics  

PAD: Bird Tracks

Bird Tracks

Bird Tracks

Bird Tracks

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Categories: House & Garden,Picture a Day  

Friday, January 28, 2011

PAD: Still Sticky Snow

Still Sticking

Still Sticking

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Categories: Morgantown,Picture a Day  

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

PAD: Very Wet (Snow)

Wet Snow

Wet Snow

Wet Snow

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Categories: Morgantown,Picture a Day  

WWA: Training Edition

Yup. I’m in training this week. It’s interesting, but it’s still training. So today’s word is: drone

(Just kidding, the trainer has a very nice voice, but it’s still what comes to mind when I think of most training.)

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Categories: Fun & Games  

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Some Numbers for Your Perusal

Here are some numbers:

Number of American children living in poverty (2009) 14,657,000 / 20.7%
Number of children in the US without health insurance (2008) 8,411,000
Number of children in the US who were food insecure (2007) 13,912,000
Infant mortality (2007) 29,138
Child deaths (2007) 10,850
Number of abortions in the US (2005) 1.2 million

Here are some comparisons:
Infant mortality < number of abortions Child mortality < number of abortions Children without health insurance > number of abortions
Children living in poverty > number of abortions
Children without adequate food > number of abortions

I often wonder about political priorities in light of what is really happening.

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Categories: Politics,Religion & Philosophy  

Monday, January 24, 2011

PAD: Go Birds Go!

Go Birds Go!

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Categories: Morgantown,Picture a Day  

It Is What It Is

Not sure if you read The Bloggess–she’s erratic, but generally hilarious–but she made a lovely post this morning I wanted to point out.

It’s called Coming Out and it’s about mental health and suicide and talking about your problems.

In addition to being an excellent post that should reach a lot of people, it also reminded me I haven’t made any updates about my depression in quite awhile.

Part of the reason is because I’ve been making slow, steady progress towards normalcy. I’m continuing to taper the amount of anti-depressant I’m on, and hope to eventually drop down to a low maintenance dose. And I have the anxiety drug to rely upon to keep me from going off the deep end.

But for the most part I’ve been doing OK. It’s work, but that’s fine with me, because it’s a goal I’m happy to work towards. Do I backslip? Of course I do. But I don’t let me get it down, and I try to be proactive in deal with problems. I also try to be aware of my mood and how I’m reacting. Nothing excuses snapping at Michael, but recognizing what I’ve just done and apologizing is better than nothing.

Are things perfect? No. I still can’t bring myself to write, and I still find myself falling into some of my OCD traps, but that’s OK. It is what it is.

I’ll probably continue to be spare in writing about my depression, mostly because it sometimes feels like I’m just repeating, “woe is me, wah wah wah” but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important to every once in awhile remind the world that mental health problems are common, and nothing which we should be made to be ashamed of. They are just a part of everyday life, and nothing that cannot be overcome.

Illegitimi non carborundum

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Categories: Depression  

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Great Book Giveaway 2011

It’s time once again for the Great Book Giveaway!

Last year I had a lot of people who weren’t regular readers wandering by asking for books, so this time, I’m going to do something slightly different.

If you would like any of the books (as many as you want, no limit) you must make a donation to Doctors without Borders of whatever amount you think fair. You can also buy me something off my Amazon Wish List, because I totally won’t turn down free books, but I’d really like you to donate to Doctors without Borders first.

It’s of course the honor system–I have no way of knowing if you donate or not, but I figure, I’m doing something nice for you, the least you can do is make a small donation to a worthy cause.

If you are interested in any books, please make a note in the comments, and send me an e-mail to random@klishis.com listing the books you’d like, what category they fall under (I’ve got multiple boxes to root through), and your mailing address–please make sure to comment in the post, in case my spam filter eats your message–I can get your e-mail from your comment if need be.

First come, first served, and if you come upon this post and it’s long past Jan/Feb 2011–don’t bother to comment or e-mail me. I’ll cross books off the list as they are requested, but at some point any remaining books will most likely be given to the local literacy book sale.

Books are in the following categories: Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction. Many of these books came from neurondoc and my grandmother, so unlike years past, in most cases I can’t tell you anything about the books. Except that some of the SF books have some MIGHTY horrific covers that I believe I need to scan and save for all eternity. Just because.

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Categories: Books & Reading  
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