health observations

The Tyranny of the Electric Toothbrush

I bought an electric toothbrush over a year ago, a few months prior to the pandemic. (Can you date events pre-pandemic? I sure can.) I had gone to the dentist after not visiting one for years, mostly because we didn’t have an affordable local dentist and it was too big a bother to find one out of town. The dentist gave me a dreaded diagnosis of gum loss due to gingivitis. I had to have…

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family ideas observations

Aphantasia Revisited: What Is Neurotypical?

My husband’s investigation into aphantasia continues. He discovered he was aphantasiac in 2019 after reading an article from the BBC on this form of brain function that is primarily characterized by the inability to visualize things in the mind. I wrote about this in June 2019. Erik recently found another article on aphantasia, this one from Scientific American, that explains more about how his brain works. Whenever he is asked to recall specific events from…

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action challenge history observations

We Should All Be Political

I’m writing this post on January 3, 2021, just after an hour-long recording dropped from The Washington Post of Donald Trump trying to pressure Brad Raffensberger, Georgia’s secretary of state, into overturning the presidential election so that Trump could win. I’m writing my posts for January and February early and scheduling them because I’m expecting a lot of work over the next few months. By the time this post publishes at the end of January**,…

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inspiration observations

No Spiders Here: Allowing Women to Look Less Than Perfect

I’m writing this while I’m on vacation, scheduling it to drop in a few days. Scheduling posts days or even weeks out makes it difficult to write with the immediacy of the moment. I have to be thinking about how to write for future relevancy. If a post ever feels slightly disjointed in time, that’s why. Just imagine me writing days or weeks earlier and figure for the time shift. What I’ve noticed during vacation…

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observations

An Ordinance That Works Against the Poor

It’s been snowing here in Central Minnesota over the past week or so. We’ll see how much eventually accumulates. When there is a significant snowfall event, we have to be up at the crack of dawn to move our cars from the street to the avenue so the plows can do their work. A few weeks ago, we got a notice from the city in our water bill regarding snow removal. It informs residents of…

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