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[Feb. 28th, 2017|04:20 am]
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Is there a graphic novel of a team of superheroic ex-presidents swooping in to the White House to save the country? Reading that George W Bush has lectured the President on the importance of freedom of the press.... Eight years and one month and a week sure puts GWB's tenure in a new light.

"Now, I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated." -- President Donald Trump to governors

It's so hard for me to not find this a poorly written comi-drama. Would Pence have had the sister of a transgender woman perform at his inauguration? Yesterday we have singer Jackie Evancho’s sister Juliet winning an injunction against a stirred up school board so that she and two other students can continue going about their education without (additional) stigma -- three days after Trump drops the order that all schools behave in a similar way. The Evancho sisters want to meet with Trump to explain.

I suppose my brain sorts this into "entertainment" because it's a way to cope. Christine was devastated last week by the headlines. Me? I'm here wondering about the next twist in the storyline: will we hear about the chaperones the Evancho parents insist on being in the room, because what sane parent would allow their daughters near that man? Creating a depressingly crude tweet storm about the girls' attractiveness and peppered with slurs against transgender women? Or is it Pence and the evil manipulators invoking The Base? Tune in tomorrow morning when the headlines read.....

It's a distraction.

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Christine's elephant herding skills are so much better than ... well, probably a year ago. Her capacity has expanded. But there are still stampedes. I wish i was able to show her how much "better" she is now. As for me, i felt very worn down, but i also have self care available to me.

Last night i stood on the front walk, quickly shifting out of my own sense of weariness to a sense of wonder as i listened to sounds in the woods. The crashing came closer and closer, the night lit by reflected lights on the overcast clouds - not pitch dark. I wondered if i would see deer or ... and then something dark scurried against the light of the gravel just six feet away and -- as i startled -- disappeared. What was it? It was where we saw the fox tracks in the snow, but i don't think the dark shape was long enough or large enough to be a fox.

I want a game camera.


[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2017-03-02 06:49 pm (UTC)
I can't speak for anyone else, but being told I'm getting better at handling things can be dicey unless my feelings have changed - if I'm still feeling overwhelmed, I don't feel like I'm doing better.

I did find that I could handle the word "tough" better than "strong" in that context. Strong is a positive statement - "you can do X" - which feels troubling when I'm overwhelmed. but for me, "tough" works because it's a negative: "you won't break".

(Here, positive/negative isn't optimism/pessimism - it's whether the statement says what will happen, or what won't.)

I'm sure part of it is because "strong" sounds, to me, like "...so you don't need help or comfort," whereas "tough" is more "I know this hurts, but I also know you can handle it". Like, "a strong person doesn't need to be told 'hey, stop, take a break, do something restful and let me cover for you for a bit', because they are STRONG and can handle the burden, but a tough person might be told to rest because no one can handle being battered indefinitely."

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