Bits & Pieces 2013-01-24

Links and things that I’ve run across recently. Some Random Photos Because I didn’t pull out an entertaining and interesting image for any of the other blurbs in this post. (Sorry.)

Whipped into a Feeling Frenzy

Sharks are infamous for the feeding frenzy. They smell blood, and they lose control. All their instincts go on high alert. They turn into a finely tuned hunting machine, with one goal, to eat the kill. Other animals, too, have their frenzies. The predator hunts, and the prey runs. Instinct tells them to panic, and […]

The Great Water Panic of 2010

“Always bet on stupidity.” I heard that quote last week on a classic episode of Babylon 5, “Ceremonies of Light and Dark.” Fascinating that it should be so apropos. I first heard about the water emergency Saturday afternoon when my daughter’s school phoned us with a pre-recorded message. They said there had been a break […]

Looking Forward to 9/11

I’m about to do something in extremely poor taste; and I’m going to explain to you the reason why; and I’m not going to apologize. And you’re going to understand. And more than that, you’re also going to support me. You see, while 9/11 for most other people holds memories of dread and of grief, […]

True Stories of Painless Births

A few issues ago, the Human Givens Journal published an interview with Sheila Barratt-Smith, of GentleBirth birth courses (in the UK). In this interview, she tells us about normal, pain-free births. Now, I’m not a woman, and I’ve never given birth, and both of my daughters experienced complications while being born (so not “normal” births). […]

Stories to Evoke Fear; Stories to Inspire Love

This is part 2 of my story of being subjected to the “texting while driving” video making the rounds, the kind of unintended effects videos like this can have, and why the alternative is so much more satisfying. To sum up from yesterday, a friend of mine posted on Facebook the “texting while driving” video, […]

WARNING: Be Inspired Rather than Subjected to the “Texting while Driving” Video

I was going to write about something else today, but now I’ve forgotten what it is. Instead, I’m going to talk about a personally traumatic experience. Because I was one of the people today subjected to the “texting while driving” video that’s been making the rounds. I say “subjected to,” because I had not heard […]

Wishcasting Wednesday: Being Very Afraid

I haven’t done Wishcasting Wednesday since before Jamie Ridler moved it to her main blog. Today, she asks: “What do you wish to tell the world?” My answer: I wish to tell them that they don’t need to be afraid.