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The June Roller coaster

There have been many exciting changes in my life in the past six weeks or so in my personal life. It involves a new job for the boyfriend. As well as me moving in with him in the middle of the month. I’m still in the middle of unpacking/ trying to keep the chaos under control.  It wouldn’t be a roller coaster of a month without car troubles…as well as getting water in the car from the rain the other day.  And I am still reeling with (good) news I just received yesterday. So, hopefully life will be a little less chaotic as the summer goes on.  I hope to enjoy some sun filled days.

I’m just recovering from the stress and starting to write again this week. I went nearly two weeks without writing and it killed me. Not writing makes me so darn miserable. However, the stress kept me from being able to think straight enough to write. Oh well, I’m mostly over that stress hump now. Back to the writing.

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Some thoughts on violence

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. ~Khalil Gibran

I don’t often comment on events in the U.S. on my blog, but the recent events in Boston have been making me think. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. I hope that the city of Boston is able to recover and move forward.

What worries me is the ongoing blame of Muslim people. I wish everyone could find a way to get along. Racism, classism, sexism and intolerance of religion divide us when we’re all so gloriously human. These divisions keep us from being the best of humanity. To the Muslim Americans out there, stay safe, and I hope you’re ok. And to Muslims across the world, not all Americans are afraid/ hateful of your religion.

Another worry and frustration I have is the casual idea that mental illness inherently causes violence. When in reality “mental illness” is a broad umbrella that includes diverse issues from anxiety to depression and bi-polar to schizophrenia. Have you ever seen the diagnostic manual that therapists/ psychiatrists use? It is huge and for good reason, there are many ways that the human brain can deviate from normal.

Most people with mental illness are not violent. Most people with normal brain chemistry are not violent. For example, people with schizophrenia are more likely to commit suicide than they are to commit violence with others. Here is some information from NIMH:

Are people with schizophrenia violent?

People with schizophrenia are not usually violent. In fact, most violent crimes are not committed by people with schizophrenia.7 However, some symptoms are associated with violence, such as delusions of persecution. Substance abuse may also increase the chance a person will become violent.8 If a person with schizophrenia becomes violent, the violence is usually directed at family members and tends to take place at home.

The risk of violence among people with schizophrenia is small. But people with the illness attempt suicide much more often than others. About 10 percent (especially young adult males) die by suicide.9,10 It is hard to predict which people with schizophrenia are prone to suicide. If you know someone who talks about or attempts suicide, help him or her find professional help right away.

People with schizophrenia are not usually violent.

I don’t have specific studies to back me up, but I am going to extrapolate here and say that most people with mental illness are not violent. And I would also venture to say that it is wrong to say that because one person in a group does something wrong to say that all people in a group are that way.

For example, I do not believe, that all Muslims are terrorists. Because that is a ridiculous assumption. Muslims are all human. There are good people and bad people as well as people in the middle. In any group of humans, there are violent people, kind people, and mediocre people. In the end we’re all just human.

Why do we feel the need to demonize one group or another when violence happens? That violence was created by the choices of the people who committed that act. It was not committed by an entire group of people at once.

I hope we can all follow Mr. Rogers’s excellent advice and look for the helpers. The people who stepped up and made a difference when atrocity shook us all.

© K. Klein 2013

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Life outside of writing

Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on one’s face.  ~James D. Finley

I bitch and moan about writing a lot, but when I finally get down to it; it is what I love to do. However, I do plan on making it my career, or at least one of them, depending on how things pan out. That means that I need to figure out ways to blow off steam and refill the well.

One of my greatest pleasures in life is reading, but that also tends to be from a critical or work space. Especially if a book is not working for me or I am trying to tackle one of those cannon novels I can’t believe I didn’t read in college when I was working towards an English degree.

I have things that I am interested in learning how to do that I don’t quite have the money to pursue at the moment, but I guess that is ok. Here is a brief list:

  • Learning Spanish – an addendum to this one b/c my wonderful public library has a subscription to Mango, which is an online language learning service. I just found out about it today. It is awesome. I still want to take a conversational class at my local community college. I really want to improve my speaking confidence.
  • Take a painting class
  • Learn how to knit/ crochet. I really want to knit myself a pair of arm warmers
  • Learn how to quilt
  • Resume jewelry making. Stuff is in storage now. If I had some money, maybe take a class.
  • Learn how to sew more than a basic hand stitch. (Even than needs work). Boyfriend’s mom just lent us her sewing machine, score. Now to make time.
  • Travel
  • Photography – I need to keep reminding myself my phone has a camera. I really, really want a DSLR

Aside from crafty stuff, I enjoy going to museums, concerts, plays, and other cultural events. Sadly, in my major metropolitan area, it is super expensive to get into the awesome museums. If/ when I have money, I want a membership to my local major art museum. I always leave that museum feeling refreshed and inspired.

On the bright side, I can take walks in local parks for free. The weather isn’t conducive to that right at the moment. But my area does have lovely places for me to go and wander around. And I also enjoy doing yoga. And the volunteer tutoring I started in January.

I suppose once I get my financial life back in order, I can pursue some of these things. I just need to have patience. I also need to focus a bit. For real, I am not a reckless dilettante despite what this list says about me. But it is nice to know that I do have a life outside of reading and writing – things that can be rather cerebral pursuits. Because really, I don’t have a hard time relaxing, not at all. No, not me.

©K. Klein 2013

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Rule Breaker

The wonderful Moonstonemaiden nominated me for the Shine On award, which I accept gratefully. However, it comes with rules:

The Shine On Award Rules:

1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2. Post the badge on your blog.

3. Answer the questions posed to you.

4. Nominate five bloggers who shine a little light in your day and be sure to notify them.

5. Issue some questions you’d like them to answer

I’m feeling a bit rebellious today; I am going to forgo the badge. And I am not really sure whom to nominate for the award. So I am going to forgo that bit of the exercise as well. However, I will post some questions, and if you feel so inclined you can answer them in the comments.

Here are my answers to Moonstonemainden’s questions:

Do you have a favorite book series? What is it?

Just one? Oh my goodness, I read series upon series of books. I am a fantasy loving girl at heart. I’m not sure I can even come up with a top three or top five. I suck at favorites. But here is an attempt (in no particular order):

  1. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  2. Adventures of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron
  3. Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
  4. Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

What is the funniest movie quote you’ve come across?

This question leaves me blank. I watch movies, but quotes from them don’t tend to stick on my head. Though I do love character quirks, like Captain Jack Sparrow saying savvy.

If you could karaoke one song perfectly, what song would you chose?

Raise your glass or pretty much anything by Pink

Dogs or cats?

Both. You can’t make me chose.

What is the one household chore you loath the most?

I hate doing the dishes by hand. Something about leftover food – especially from another person’s plate, eww.

My questions for you:

  1. What is your favorite movie?
  2. If you could pick one author to have lunch with, who would it be?
  3. What song would you chose to be the theme song for your life?

    ©K. Klein 2013

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