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the grey lady writes about depression (again) #herbookofdreams

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Understanding Relapse

The cycle of samsara …

Don't Lose Hope

Relapse is commonplace when someone’s fighting an addiction; it’s something many deal with on their journey to success. Yet, Psychology Today[1] records that more give up addictions than those who stay addicted, or who constantly relapse. This should give us hope, and help stave off discouragement.

Also, relapsing is a process that’s predictable and patterned; and recognizing this can help us read the warning signs. That is, we often make decisions which can seem inconsequential … and yet they slowly move us towards a full relapse

Think of the relapse chain as a chain of decisions – made over a period of days, weeks, months, or even years- that together add up to a backsliding in one’s recovery. This makes it hard to say exactly where any one relapse begins.[2]

What are the Steps that Lead to Relapse?

The following links make up the relapse chain:

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Saturday Caturday … on Sunday

Yesterday I had one of those days where I wasn’t really up to anything … not even writing. I spent most of the day on the couch in my study, reading & napping. It was a cool & cloudy day, perfect for that kind of activity.

Radar was my couch buddy all day.

Today it’s back to business as usual: writing & doing the housework & maybe even a little yard work, later in the afternoon. & of course, Wordle!

Saturday Caturday

Both cats have their favorite places to hang out & this is one of Radar’s prized posts. He doesn’t let Bobby sit here at all. Anywhere on this padded bench. It belongs to him.

Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Optical Illusions

These are fabulous!

Humoring the Goddess

What is an optical illusion?Optical illusions, more appropriately known as visual illusions, involves visual deception.Due to the arrangement of images, the effect of colors, the impact of light source and other variables, a wide range of misleading visual effects can be seen.Optical Illusions can use color, light and patterns to create images that can be deceptive or misleading to our brains.The information gathered by the eye is processed by the brain, creating a perception that in reality, does not match the true image.

That’s why some optical illusions seem to move when in reality they don’t, or can look like a face and a background at the same time.

Perception refers to the interpretation of what we take in through our eyes.

Optical illusions occur because our brain is trying to interpret what we see while making sense of the world around us.Optical Illusions are…

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Ahead Of The Rest


Be Sorry . . . Less

Buffalo shooting: what we know about the victims so far | New York | The Guardian

We’ve stopped counting all the losses.

There’s no reason to keep score at this point, considering how one tragedy bleeds seamlessly into the next. From Buffalo, New York to Orange County, California to some other town that is doomed to the same fate, real soon. To tell the truth about who we have become would be to admit defeat and that kind of self reflection ain’t in our DNA.

It’s been twenty-three years since Columbine introduced us to the future with a horror movie script that has become commonplace in 2022: The senseless carnage, all the warning signs left unheeded and the political war chests that cash in on the latest tragedy like vampires at the end of the world.

The reality of yet another lost day is that too many people have stopped pretending to give a damn. The media treats each new mass shooting like a severe weather…

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It’s Time To Talk About Capitalism

by Matthew Cunningham-Cook

From the webzine The Lever. One of the best articles I’ve read about the recent shooting here in Buffalo.

Matthew Cunningham-Cook rightly points out that until we talk about the unholy marriage of capitalism and racism, these kinds of terrorist attacks are not going to end.

Our public leaders, on both sides of the aisle, can talk about what’s wrong with the US, what needs to be fixed, and how to fix it, but almost nobody talks about the real problem: the Enlightenment-era coupling of capitalism and racism, and how this has affected American history most especially, and the lives of every single American, regardless of color.

White people, regardless of political outlook, have to break free of their denial of how every single one of us have benefited from this system, even if we have also been harmed by capitalism alone. Our neighborhoods weren’t red-lined. Our fathers got the better jobs. We went to the better schools. This is undeniable & yet I hear white “liberals” complain all the time about “reverse racism”. The only difference between these people & the actual racists is the they don’t use the usual racial slurs when talking about Blacks.

Anyway, please give this a read, it’s definitely worth your time.

Link here ~~~~> https://www.levernews.com/its-time-to-talk-about-capitalism/