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A Message Unbottled
- by Vekseid, October 04, 2016, 03:57:53 AM
Of course, I want to convince every American citizen to register and vote in this next election.

Voting, of course, is merely the end of a process that our culture has demonized from start to finish. I hope this cycle will lead to a more open attitude towards civic participation. Not just taking an active role, but being understanding and supportive of those who choose to do so.

I can go on a long diatribe about demanding perfection from humans, but I want to call out something else, for now.

That being isolation.

On the forum, isolation is something we normally address if one individual tries to do it to another. Trying to break up genuine friendships is a pretty vile thing for any person to do, and we respond accordingly.

There are many paths to isolation, however. It can be self imposed, or inflicted by fate. 'Predators' often seek out people who are halfway there already.

Without a plurality of viewp...

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You Are The Moon.
- by Blythe, October 03, 2016, 08:46:30 PM
If you have not done so already, please read this message from Veks.

There is a song that I think of when I know someone struggles to love themselves, when they are hurting, when they are struggling with depression, with bipolar, with anxiety, with PTSD, with many types of similar problems, or even if you are going through a tough time with someone else trying to tear down your self-worth.  It is called "You are the moon - The Hush Sound." It is not a joyous song to listen to in tone--it is a somber song, but with a message that I feel is very important.

The song's lyrics are:

Shadows all around you as you surface from the dark
Emerging from the gentle grip of night's unfolding arms
Darkness, darkness everywhere, do you feel all alone?
The subtle grace of gravity, the heavy weight of ...

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My Journey To Become A Psychologist :)
- by BlueDragonitess87, September 26, 2016, 03:59:04 PM
Hello. Thought I'd introduce myself in my opening post. I'm Angela. I enjoyed psychology the first time I took it with the American School about 10 years ago. However, I didn't finish my highschool education. I am finishing now, with Penn Foster High School. I plan to get a degree in Child Psychology with them. I want to make it my career. I would enjoy working with children. The first time around that I took Psychology, I got 100% for the whole course. I'm to take it again near the end of my hs diploma course, and I'm eager to recall what I've forgotten. I have memory issues. It's hard for me to remember things that happened long ago.

I have schizoaffective disorder. That's a mix of bipolar and schizophrenia. I am also a type 2 diabetic.

I joined here to learn more about psychology in the meantime, while I'm waiting to retake it and then get my degree.

I'm very passionate about learning. I want to be really good at being a psychiatrist. I want to h...

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The Grass Is Greener When You Have a Penis
- by epitech, September 22, 2016, 03:30:19 AM
Please let me start off with a disclaimer.  This blog post this is not an accusatory finger pointed at females nor a dissection of feminism.  What this is, is the feelings and observations of one man who struggles to understand some of the unspoken rules of the world for if you are a male.  I am aware that being female presents many challenges and I am not going to pretend to understand the gravity or pressure of them; what I will do is address some of the challenges of being a male and hopefully help some people understand that things aren’t as clear cut as they are presented, often the way they are presented by men themselves.

Another disclaimer: This may be regional to my home city/country, although I have heard similar accounts for other males.  I can’t vouch for anyone but myself and I sure can’t vouch that it is the same everywhere.
I will be the first to admit I am not the manliest of men, not even close, nor am I the most delicate.  I’m in my late...

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Working out with a little DIY
- by Jeric, September 01, 2016, 07:25:43 PM
I have been wanting to get into a workout routine for a while now, so I bought a calisthenic workout book. I thought it would have a bunch of exercises that I could do without any equipment. I was half right. It does have a bunch of equipment-less exercises, but all of the workouts required a pull-up bar and a bar at about knee height. So me being a wanna-be DIYer I decided to make my very own pull up bar. Three day's and 9 2"x4"s + a 4' galvanized pipe later, I had my very own.

To why I decided to make my own, instead of just going to a gym: I hate gyms. I've tried going and always feel super self conscious. I never have that much fun.

On to the workouts. For the next four weeks I'm doing the beginners workout which uses the table below.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
A Rest...

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Polyamory and Me
- by Mintprincess, August 30, 2016, 07:32:58 PM
I’ve spend my life as a unknowingly polyamorous person in a monogamous world, wondering why I was happy with my relationship, but still unhappy in general.   As in, I love my partner, being with my partner and spending time with my partner and yet, constantly feel like something is always missing.  For most of my life, I just assumed something was wrong with me, that I was one of those people that just couldn’t be content with what she had.  I spent my life in daydreams and buried myself in roleplay with characters who were always a little part of me.  I walked the line of cheating, had relationships on the internet, and dreamed of other lives than the one I had.

Maybe a lot of that is normal.   It’s hard to know, because most of us don’t talk about those things that aren’t in line with the ‘norm’.  And while the world has become more and more accepting of alternate lifestyles, sexuality, and gender-identity (even though we still have a long way to go), statistically there...

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Yes, once again I'm starting a new Healthy Life / Weight Loss blog. It's a continuation of my previous ones The 90 Day Challenge and the original The Rest of My Life. Why a new one? Because it's a new attempt to stick to weight loss and to find my path down the road towards a truly healthy life. And it's been a few years since the previous blogs, so I just want a fresh start.

Why the blog? Because it counts for accountability. Even if only a few people read it or post here, it still makes me feel like I have a safety net around me and people to support me (which is always the case here on E <3 ). So I'm going to post as often as possible, marking everything that comes across my way to a healthier life. It's not going to be only about weight loss, but also about anxiety and stress. And to be honest I'm quite sure that if I get rid of those, I'd shr...

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What I Shouldn't
- by Moirae, August 19, 2016, 11:49:16 AM
What I Shouldn't

Is it okay for this to be true?
That I can't stop remembering you?
Is it okay to be missing you
and all the things we used to do?
Starting to forget all the little things to share,
So worried that you'll no longer care.
Praying there's a bridge between us – 
No, we couldn't.  No, you wouldn't.
Missing you makes me want what I shouldn't.
Moments meant for us 
fading into distant memory,
Too much time is passing 
into forgotten memories.
You're a taker, I'm a giver.
That's how it should've been. 
That's how it could've been. 
Your words still make me shiver.
Maybe our world became too bright.
A too twisted web for us to define,
Acidic lips designed for lies so divine.
Somewhere in the shadows we lost the light.
Missing you makes me want what I shouldn't.
- by Athos, August 05, 2016, 10:44:09 PM

“Hi there!” “Hey.”
“Do you want to be friends?” “Okay.”
“Great, but before we get started
I just have a few things to say.”

“Now I’m just telling you the truth,
So promise you won’t get mad,
But you’re ugly and fat,
And people say you smell bad.”

“Now please don’t get upset,
I’m just repeating what I’ve heard,
You know that girl you like?
Well she thinks you’re a pathetic nerd.”

“I saw you working out,
I don’t really know why you try,
Everybody already hates you,
Honestly, would I lie?”

“I doesn’t matter that you’re funny,
Or that you’re a good cook,
Because nothing will ever matter,
More than how you look.”

“I’m not trying to be rude,
I’m just saying this for your own good,
You’re lucky that I’m your friend,
Because nobody else would.”

“I know that you’re honest,
And kind for kindness’ sake,
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My Bullet Journal Journey
- by Caedy, August 02, 2016, 02:26:10 PM
First off, hello.  Thank you for coming to my little corner of the blog forums. 

My name is Caedy, and among other things I suffer from both depression and anxiety.  Both of which have a tendency to make me forget to do things, or leave me with the lack of desire to do things.  However, I have found something that allows me to map out and keep a running tab of organization for things like appointments, bills, pay days, events, and things for my book review blog.  I realize that there are digital things that can ultimately do this, however, I am also trying to limit my time spent dealing with trying to hunt down apps and things like that.  Most of which do not offer customization or take up too much space on my phone or tablet. 

That is how I came across the bullet journal system.  It is quite literally an analog system for the digital age.  It allows for customization of pretty much anything and can do anything the user needs to do. 

I do monthly sp...

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Should We be 'Grateful to Even Have a Job'?
- by epitech, July 02, 2016, 06:05:54 AM
Being back in the world of employment, I have had people tell me that I should consider myself lucky and should be grateful to have a job.  Now let me start this rant out with a caveat, I am not opposed to work and I want to pull my own weight in the world but I will not be grateful to have a job.

Here is a list of reasons why!  XD

i) You are doing work for your employer in exchange for financial remuneration: Grateful doesn't factor into this because it is goodwill on behalf of no parties; you are exchange good or services in exchange for goods.  Now depending on your employer they may not be grateful, they might be glad that the work is getting done but most likely not grateful.
ii) Capitalism: In essence you give more than you get.  Whatever you make is most likely, in no way equivocal to what you're worth. You cannot be paid what you are worth, if that were true for everyone, capitalism would fail.
iii) Do we really have a ...

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A Blog on Self-Publishing
- by AmberStarfire, July 01, 2016, 08:37:27 AM
Hi, everyone who's reading this. :)

I've been thinking about starting a blog for a while, but I just built up the motivation to request a blog yesterday. It's my intention to write here about self-publishing, because I know there are a lot of people on the site here who write on a regular basis and who have other, more extensive writing projects. It's generally seen as difficult to publish books, and I think going through traditional publishers it is. The number of authors self-publishing has grown hugely to the extent that the whole industry is changing in an ongoing way. A lot of people have come to realise that they don't need agents or traditional publishers to put their books out there and build up a name for themselves, but there are hurdles to self publishing as well. It can be very hard to market your books and while companies offer various distribution channels, they're generally going to not put your books in real bookstores the way that traditional publishers wi...

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