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We Need Your Help

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I am a pretty self-sufficient person. I began working to earn money when I was 11, mowing my neighbor’s front yard for $3 per week. I did other odd jobs for family and friends, too. House-sitting, dog walking, babysitting, stuffing envelopes at my grandma’s office. I even cleaned a dance studio in exchange for lessons at just 12 years old! I continued to work wherever and whenever I could until I got married, just before my 20th birthday. I got pregnant very shortly thereafter and began my dream job of being a stay at home mom. My husband has always been supportive of my decision to stay home with the kids. Now that the older two are home schooled, I have even more reason to stay home. But this means my husband is the sole breadwinner in our family. He works very hard to support us. We sacrifice a lot of “extras” in order to make this dream a reality. We don’t eat out, we don’t have cable or satellite, we don’t go on vacations, we buy everything we can from thrift stores or yard sales, I pack lunch for my husband to take to work.

While I have nothing at all against welfare (we’ve received various benefits more than once!), we prefer to take care of ourselves when possible. We take great pride in pinching pennies to afford good food and fun, inexpensive day trips for our kids (like hiking, picnicking, and other local activities).

But hard times come to us all. Which leads me to the part where we need your help. My husband lost his job a few weeks ago. He has since found a new job, but it is 4 hours away. He is living out of our suburban while he starts work, while I pack up the house with the kids. Our plan is to tent camp until we have saved up enough cash to rent a new house. We have just enough saved up now to get us a little storage unit for our few household items we can’t take, and gas to drive our two vehicles up north where my husband is now working. We don’t mind the camping part, at all! We think it’ll be a great adventure. But the reality is that it could take us a few months to save up enough to pay first and last month’s rent, deposits, utilities, etc. Not to mention paying our cell phone and car insurance bills, along with food and supplies. We are keeping our spirits up, because we really just want to be together. And this will be the easiest way for us to save money anyway. But getting a little boost of help would be most welcome. So I have started an online fundraiser to raise some money for our expenses. If you are able to give, we will humbly accept any amount you can afford. If not, we would still welcome your warm thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes. Thanks for taking the time to read this! Now here’s the link to our fundraiser:

https://www.crowdrise.com/the-johnson-family-move

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Sitting With Discomfort

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This bothers me. A lot. It’s a solitary dog hair on my pants. Why does this bother me so much? In one word: anxiety. Beyond that, I’m not quite sure. But I am learning to be mindful. I’m learning to sit with my emotions, the positive and the negative ones. I am learning to live fully in the present. To use all my senses. To be aware of my body… my heart rate, my breathing, my tension, all of it. It is an interesting journey, to say the least. I am learning a lot about myself. I feel that this will be a year of much growth for me.

(By the way, I didn’t pick the hair off my pants, as I normally would. I let it fall off on it’s own. It was incredibly satisfying to practice that amount of self-control.)

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The psychiatric matrix creates the politically correct victim

“Psychiatry seeks to gain control and domination over the entire area of human behavior, through classification by labels and bogus claims of diagnosis.

Here is the kicker: There are no definitive chemical or biological tests for any so-called mental disorder.

This fact is stunning to people. They automatically assume psychiatry is a science. It isn’t. It’s a shell game.

I refer now to the PBS FRONTLINE presentation, “Does ADHD Exist?” A quite revealing exchange occurs between the interviewer and Dr. Russell Barkley, professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

INTERVIEWER: Skeptics say that there’s no biological marker—that it [ADHD] is the one condition out there where there is no blood test, and that no one knows what causes it.

BARKLEY: That’s tremendously naïve, and it shows a great deal of illiteracy about science and about the mental health professions. A disorder doesn’t have to have a blood test to be valid. If that were the case, all mental disorders would be invalid…There is no lab test for any mental disorder right now in our science. That doesn’t make them invalid.

Yes, that does make them invalid. All of them.

Of course, if you want to make science into guesswork and empty promises and speculation and tea-leaf reading, have at it. Privately, and preferably on a desert island.

Go to a library and pick up the DSM-V. Search through it for one defining laboratory test for any mental disorder. See for yourself. There isn’t any such test.

Yet, on this unscientific basis, psychiatry and its allies have managed to transform society. They’ve staged an extraordinarily successful revolution over the past 50 years.

And now, on several branches of that tree, we are seeing the poisonous fruition of a cultural correctness that seeks to encircle freedom.”

Jon Rappoport's Blog

The psychiatric matrix creates the politically correct victim

by Jon Rappoport

December 4, 2015

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Power Outside The Matrix, click here.)

“Individual [Harvard law] students often ask teachers not to include the law of rape on exams for fear that the material would cause them to perform less well. One teacher I know was recently asked by a student not to use the word “violate” in class—as in “Does this conduct violate the law?”—because the word was triggering. Some students have even suggested that rape law should not be taught because of its potential to cause distress.” (Jeannie Suk, The New Yorker, 12/15/14)

“When you have medical services at colleges all over the country making psychiatric diagnoses and dispensing drugs, day in and day out, what do you suppose is going to happen to those students? They’re going to wear their mental-disorder labels like…

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Postpartum depression is a Dad Thing Too

I think it’s very important for everyone to realize that dads can get postpartum depression, too.

Uncommon Sense

OK. So it’s my first Uncommon Sense blog post in over a year.  In case anybody wonders about my absence, I’ve been blogging for other people, particularly Dad Central Ontario.

My most recent blog for DCO was about postpartum depression in fathers. And we really wanted to get a discussion going on this important topic.  So I’m posting the same blog here as well.  I’d be really interested in comments.  I know that most of my followers are women. I’d be grateful if you shared this blog post with men who might be interested.

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When we hear the words postpartum depression (PPD), we usually think of mothers. But fathers get it too; maybe not as often as moms, but it happens. Some experts estimate that up to 10% of men experience some level of depression after the birth of a child. And sometimes maternal and paternal PPD are…

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Vaccinations: Far from perfection

I came across an article that I was pleasantly surprised to see published on a major news media’s website. The article has a list of sources almost as long as the content. I’m hopeful that more and more people are realizing the problems with vaccinations. I’m all for informed choice, but measures by states to make it illegal to not vaccinate (or not fully vaccinate) children are very disconcerting. Those who fully research vaccinations know that there are risks to either decision, a fact that so many people seem to not understand. Here are some highlights of the article for you:

Physicians and public health officials know that recently vaccinated individuals can spread disease and that contact with the immunocompromised can be especially dangerous. For example, the Johns Hopkins Patient Guide warns the immunocompromised to “Avoid contact with children who are recently vaccinated,” and to “Tell friends and family who are sick, or have recently had a live vaccine (such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, intranasal influenza, polio or smallpox) not to visit.”1

…”The public health community is blaming unvaccinated children for the outbreak of measles at Disneyland, but the illnesses could just as easily have occurred due to contact with a recently vaccinated individual,” says Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation….”Evidence indicates that recently vaccinated individuals should be quarantined in order to protect the public.”
Scientific evidence demonstrates that individuals vaccinated with live virus vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), rotavirus, chicken pox, shingles and influenza can shed the virus for many weeks or months afterwards and infect the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.11.12
Furthermore, vaccine recipients can carry diseases in the back of their throat and infect others while displaying no symptoms of a disease.13,14,15
Both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals are at risk from exposure to those recently vaccinated. Vaccine failure is widespread; vaccine-induced immunity is not permanent and recent outbreaks of diseases such as whooping cough, mumps and measles have occurred in fully vaccinated populations.16,17 Flu vaccine recipients become more susceptible to future infection after repeated vaccination.18,19

…According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, the best protection against infectious disease is a healthy immune system, supported by adequate vitamin A and vitamin C. Well-nourished children easily recover from infectious disease and rarely suffer complications.
The number of measles deaths declined from 7575 in 1920 (10,000 per year in many years in the 1910s) to an average of 432 each year from 1958-1962.22 The vaccine was introduced in 1963. Between 2005 and 2014, there have been no deaths from measles in the U.S. and 108 deaths reported after the MMR vaccine.23

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I am…

(I wrote an “I am” poem in high school. I feel that writing another now is important, because I want to change my inner voice; to come to know live for myself. But first, I need to acknowledge my current voice.)

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I am…

I am…afraid.
I wonder…why I’m here.
I hear…the voices of my children.
I see…chaos all around.
I want…to disappear.
I am…terrified of dying.
I pretend…to be happy.
I feel…so very much alone.
I touch…my body, but it doesn’t feel like me.
I worry…that all hope is lost.
I cry…in silence, alone.
I am…a failure.
I understand…that I’m my own worst enemy.
I say…things I don’t believe.
I dream…of feeling free.
I try…to see the Light.
I hope…my soul can heal.
I am…afraid.

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Dear Mom Who Thinks I Need to Vaccinate My Kids Against Measles

A refreshingly intelligent article!

Levi Quackenboss

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Yeah, I’m totally going there. I know this vaccination subject is pretty touchy with the undertones of intolerance, discrimination, and bigotry and all, but after seeing a letter written to a “mom who decided not to vaccinate her kids against measles,” I just couldn’t sit by while parents are thrown under the bus and innocent kiddos get sick and die.

To be perfectly frank, I was a bit offended that this letter wasn’t written to dads too but for the sake of prioritizing stupid, there are more important things to address…like the fact that kids in this country do not “get sick and die” from measles. Hello? When was the last time a kid died from measles in America? Here’s a clue…it wasn’t yesterday. Disney ain’t deadly and neither are the measles.

So here goes.

Dear Mom who thinks I should vaccinate…

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Liebster Award!

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I’ve received my 2nd “blog award” nomination, this one comes from izzyasabee. Thank you! Here are the rules:

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Here are the 11 questions I was given to answer:

1) How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing my blog for a year now! But writing has been a passion of mine since I was young. I wrote my first full page poem at age 11.

2) Why did you decide to start a blog?
It’s an idea I have tossed around since I first learned what blogs were, back in 2006! I find the idea of sharing my thoughts and ideas with the world exciting. I love that my words have touched lives literally all over the world. My husband is to credit for convincing me that people would enjoy reading what I write. I think the catalyst was the fact that I was constantly sharing my thoughts on current events and ideals on Facebook, but most of my friends were uninterested in those discussions. I felt a blog would be the best outlet for those thoughts.

3) What kind of things do you enjoy reading?
So many things! Before my little Irish twins were born, I read a lot of books. Fiction and nonfiction, many different subjects; from John Grisham to Isaac Asimov and Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Sylvia Plath, from the pyramids of Egypt to the evolution of man. Now, I read a lot every day, it’s just all online. A lot of blogs and news articles. Sometimes scientific research or medical journals, if I’m researching a new blog I’m writing or just curious about something. I go down rabbit holes often, searching for content on one subject and winding up reading about something completely unrelated. My husband has also gotten me interested in philosophy as of late.

4) What is your biggest writing dream?
To have a book published would be amazing! Especially a book of my poetry or recipes.

5) What is an item on your bucket list?
I don’t really have a bucket list, but 2 things I’ve always said I’d do is see all 50 states and travel to Ireland to see the small castle with my family’s name.

6) Tell us something unique about yourself.  (okay – so it isn’t a question.)
I’ve camped in Death Valley. I suppose not many people can say that!

7) Favorite method of transportation?
Honestly, walking! You can see so much more detail, experience the world so much more. Plus, physical exercise feels wonderful for your body and mind. And I always feel so much more accomplished when I walk rather than drive.

8) Are you addicted to social media?
A little. I used to be a lot. It’s easy to get caught up in it. But when I stop myself and think, “Is this really important?”, I realize quickly that it’s not!

9) Can you tell us a “where I was when . . .” a significant moment in history happened story?
I was 10 when the 1994 Northridge earthquake occurred. I was sleeping in my bed in Ridgecrest, CA, about 140 miles northeast of the epicenter. We felt the quake pretty strongly. It was enough to wake me and knock several things over. After that, I remember my mom being terrified every time we drove to a big city with overpasses, thinking, “What if another big quake hits?” (If you don’t know anything about that earthquake, check out the link!)

10) What is your favorite season and why?
Spring! Everything feels so fresh and new and bright and alive. It’s refreshing and energizing to me!

11) Did you enjoy answering these questions or did it frustrate you to be asked to do it?  (Be honest.)
I enjoyed it; otherwise, I wouldn’t have done it!

OK, now for my 11 nominations!
1)Coffeegrounded
2)anewperspectiveperhaps
3)As The Oatmeal Swell
4)21 andsensory
5)Noddfacrafts
6)A Journey with You
7)thiscrazycraftlife
8)Laissez Faire
9)thecrumbsofmylife
10)Living A Sustainable Dream
11)Unschooling Momma and Poppy

Now for my 11 questions for these 11 awesome bloggers!

1) What is your inspiration for writing?
2) If money didn’t exist, what would your job be?
3) What is your dream house like?
4) If you could choose to be reincarnated as anything, what would you be reborn as?
5) What is a skill you would like to learn how to do?
6) What is a movie that always makes you laugh?
7) What is a band that puts a smile on your face?
8) What is something you’ve always wanted to do, but have been too afraid?
9) Everyone has “comfy clothes”…what are yours?
10) What is something you did as a child that you’d love to do again?
11) If all animals were tame, which one would you have as a pet?

Thanks for taking the time to read and thanks in advance for anyone who plays along!

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Are there more mass shootings now than in the past?

Interesting post, for those that enjoy reading the statistics on such things. I believe that the numbers speak for themselves; but it’s worth noting that, while there are as many shootings now as in the 80s, statistically speaking, we have a far more instant access to information now versus then. Which is why it appears there are so many more shootings now.

ZeeConomics

Older people often like to think back to the “good ol’ days” when everything was better. In many cases this is merely the feeling of nostalgia and seeing the past in a better light than it actually was. But of course, as with everything, sometimes this golden past did exist.

In this post I look at data to see whether there were more mass shootings in the past than today. The main question I’m after is are mass shootings becoming more common nowadays than they used to be in the past? The implications are huge: if they are becoming more common, then we must look at what changed over time. We will be closer to identifying the reasons for these terrible acts.

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The Battle: Sustainable Living versus Doomsday Preparedness

Very good article! I totally agree.

“If society as a whole would embrace sustainable living as a whole, the need for the second would not exist. However, it seems that stories in the media seem to blend the two together, which distorts the purpose for sustainable living.”

Living a Sustainable Dream

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What is the difference between sustainable living and doomsday preparedness?  A person with the sustainable living philosophy chooses to limit their impact on the environment, live within their means, and tries to grow food for themselves to not only save money, but to eat healthy. On the other side of the fence is another group, doomsday preppers, people who feel as if society is on the verge of collapse, they sense that some major event is about to happen and are buying  emergency rations, and weapons, and stockpiling supplies; some may look to living sustainable living to prolong their existence after some disaster, but many are  motivated by an impending sense of doom or apocalypse.

No choice here... Organically grown heirloom produce from our own garden being canned without chemical preservatives. No choice here… Organically grown heirloom produce from our own garden being canned without chemical preservatives.

The first is motivated by love or…

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