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50% Off at Furniture+ Sale: Last 2 Weekends

Thanks to K2’s generosity and belief in me, I have sold about $1,000 worth of furniture and more in her vacant office space over the past seven weekends. We are now down to the last two weekends, and I have slashed prices of the remaining items by 50%. I still have the art deco lamp, wall fan, oak buffet, hutch, glass coffee table, marble end table, folding theater chairs (with hat racks!), small file cabinet, and walnut bookcase, in addition to smaller decorative plates and such. I have also brought in my barely used 2003 K2 bicycle; it has a smaller frame, perfect for a shorter person. The sale ends at the end of...
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Computer Down Update: It’s the Motherboard

As the techie suspected, replacing my laptop’s battery did not fix the charging problems. A new motherboard will let the battery and power source receive the proper signals to charge. So it looks like I am without my beloved computer for another several days while the motherboard is on order (and the tech person recovers from surgery!). Thanks to a hefty payment from a new psychic reading customer (from South Africa!), I have the funds to pay for the laptop repair. Thank you, universe! I am spending more time on library computers, but writing more than brief posts there is difficult due to distractions. While I wait to get back to a more regular...
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Archives, email signup fixed

You can now see the type when you fill in your email address to receive my blog entries in your email box as soon as they are published. You can also see the archive months and article counts per month in the archive drop-down menu. (I still have some entries from June and July to post.) Thanks to template author “bdayh” for working with me on this. A couple other bugs persist, such as the social media icons at the top and bottom of each page. But the social share icons at the end of each blog post do work, so share away.
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Hairspray and Chemical Sensitivities

I came into the library to work on a modest writing job, but there are three people talking and I can’t focus. So I checked email and did a couple easy things. Then a woman walked in saying she had just come from the beauty salon. She smelled only mildly of hairspray. She sat down and talked with the two librarians. My whole body went hot. Sweat broke out on my forehead. Now the headache is setting in. This is chemical sensitivities in action. I’m out of here.
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A Chemically Sensitive Day: Knocked Out

Saturday at the furniture sale I’m having on weekends I had four chemical exposures. By 2 p.m. I was knocked out, closed the sale early and had to rest. I woke up before the alarm feeling well. I bathed, dressed and cooked a couple eggs on the propane tank-top pan holder. I stopped in town to pick up water and nuts for lunch. The clerk working always wears a cloud of perfume, and I always just endure the subsequent reactions. This morning a woman wearing a cloud of bug spray followed me into the store and ended up in line behind me. So as I put my selections on the counter, the clerk’s perfume...
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Mired in Depression

Despite a long history of depression, it usually takes a lot to get me down. By the time I feel crushed with despair and crashed with the physical manifestations of depression (especially fatigue), I have a list of things going wrong. Here’s the current one, other than the obvious challenges of homelessness: I can’t write for the blog because my computer is down. Writing for the blog has provided my primary daily rhythm these past months living in my car. Without my computer, I actually feel bereft. This last round of daily rain — how many days in a row? Seemed like a lot — was hard on me. Winter is coming. Fall is...
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Computer Down

Me, too. But that’s a different post. My laptop stopped charging consistently a couple weeks ago, and then stopped charging completely. A computer technician ordered me a $30 battery; I was to pick that up Monday. But a dead-beat customer has yet to pay me for a weekend reading, which was to pay for the battery. In any case, the technician thinks that while the battery needed replaced anyway, the problem is probably that the motherboard is no longer properly sending the signal to the battery to charge. Motherboards cost a lot more. I don’t have the first $30, or any money at all right now. I had a great readership and a good...
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Conclusion: Are You Immune? (“On Gratitude and Suffering,” Part IV)

Every human might suffer more in the future than they have in the past. If it happens to you, be compassionate with yourself. PART IV: Are You Immune? Empathy is born of suffering. Political activism can be born of suffering (and of guilt and of many other factors — does it really matter which as long as the outcome is laudable?) Spiritual awakenings, life purposes, historic events, meaningful relationships, political coalitions — many great things are born of suffering. We rob ourselves of the potential for greatness by denigrating suffering and the sufferer, whether in ourselves or others, just as much as we rob ourselves of balance and perspective when we fail to cultivate...
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Is Suffering Contagious? (“On Gratitude and Suffering,” Part III)

Avoid suffering, avoid life. PART III: Is Suffering Contagious? It is possible to literally feel other people’s emotions. Sometimes vicariously, through mental anguish. Other times we literally feel people’s emotions in our bodies; as an empath that happens frequently to me. So, yes, it is possible to “catch” another person’s anger, grief or melancholy. What we do with it says a great deal about who we are. “When I am tempted to judge others for their suffering, I try to remember that the boundaries between disaster and good fortune are thin and unstable.” — Deborah, writing in 1999. Many of us avoid people who suffer, partially because we fear their suffering is contagious. Some...
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