Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Depression is in Your Head

Imagine that you are feeling a continuous formless sadness that continuously pulled down at your motivation. You cannot start any of the many chores and projects that you want to, and you can't finish the ones  already begun. You might be irritable, tired or restless, you might feel trapped and helpless and on top of it all, you might even feel guilt for feeling these things whether or not you are actually at fault. Approximately, that is what being depressed feels like. You might know these symptoms personally or you might know someone who is frequently depressed. (Or, you might not realize that these are actually symptoms; maybe you just think that person is just a sour grump with a negative attitude.)

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Please Stop Laughing at Me, by Jodee Blanco

Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational True StoryPlease Stop Laughing at Me,  is a painful account of the writer's experience with having been bullied from junior high through high school. Blanco's story is that she was very much a misfit in junior high and became a target for bullies due to having the sort of soft, sensitive personality that tends to get ground under a lot in the face of the kinds of practical jokes and casual cruelty that kids have a tendency to engage in. Her situation is generally made worse by a sincere effort on her part to try getting along with everyone, and trying to fit in. (She does not say this in the book, this is my interpretation of the situation.) In addition, a congenital deformity that only appears in puberty results in making her even more of a target of the students of the school she went to.

Please Stop Laughing at Me

Monday, March 7, 2011

How to Be an American Housewife, by Margaret Dilloway

How to Be an American HousewifeThis novel is the story of two very different women who have trouble understanding each other. One is a Japanese woman who had married an American and had come to America shortly after World War II, the other is an  American single mother and divorcee who had lived in America her entire life. The reason why they have so much trouble understanding each other is in some ways, because they are mother and daughter.

We begin the story with Shoko, who had never been given the opportunity to do the things she had wanted to do when she was younger--both because she was "only" a girl, and because of the war. After a disastrous relationship and personal tragedy, Shoko marries an American and leaves Japan.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Raining Indoors

Cross posted from A Wicked Convergence of Circumstance

I worked at the clearance center of a department store chain for eight years or so. When I started there, they were I think, just beginning to make the transition to a clearance center. The building we were in was fairly old, and for whatever reason, the company did not seem willing to repair the roof. This meant that when it rained, the roof would leak.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

His Controlling Interest: Don't Stay with Someone Who Doesn't Support Your Goals

A great deal of this article is subjective and based on anecdotal evidence. While attending college I often overhear other women talk about their husbands or boyfriends. (It is not eavesdropping when someone is having a  conversation directly behind you or on either side of you. It is especially not eavesdropping when someone's "indoor voice" can be heard from ten feet away in a busy hallway.)

More often than not, they were complaining about their husband or boyfriends, who were not very supportive of their education goals. Instead, the boyfriend or husband seemed to be trying to sabotage their wife or girlfriend's efforts, either passively not being very helpful (expecting the significant other to maintain previous schedule, belittling the significant other's goals, refusing to take over some of the chores or other responsibilities and so on) or by aggressively disapproving and ordering their wife or girlfriend to stop going to school


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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind, Thoughts on Teacherhood, by Phillip Done

Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on TeacherhoodI'm extremely fond of what I think of as "job books" (memoirs that are based on the writer's professional experiences in a career, like a book by a veterinarian about his or her practice, or books about being a cop by a cop). I particularly like humorous stories and this book definitely fits the bill. Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind is by a teacher about his experiences as a teacher, and I liked it a great deal. Done is a funny and engaging writer and his stories are the right combination of funny and heartwarming without being overly sweet or corny. (Memoirs balance out my passion for science fiction and fantasy novels.)

Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008 by John Scalzi

Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded is a random collection of essays and posts from John Scalzi's blog Whatever. Scalzi is a science fiction writer with several books to his credit including Old Man's War and The Rough Guide to the Universe. He is also the president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

The blog started in 1998 and it tackles a broad and uneven range of subjects. Everything from parenting to writing to politics to cats is covered with wit, humor and occasional deep sarcasm.