Daily Archives: July 11, 2015

Clean Slate – by The Daily Post – Prompt

Clean Slate

Explore the room you’re in as if you’re seeing it for the first time. Pretend you know nothing. What do you see? Who is the person who lives there?


As I walk in to this room I see it is a bedroom. The room is small and the owner has too much stuff for such a little room. You can see by a lot of the stuff that this person lives in this room as their living quarters. There is also a cat that is evidenced by the kitty litter box.

It is obvious the person is a slob. There is trash and recycles piled up. Looks like several weeks worth that need to go downstairs. If you look closely you realize this person also has hoarding tendencies. There is stuff piled on the floor and yet you can see empty drawers in the plastic cabinets used for storage. Every flat surface is covered and piled with all kinds of things.

Laundry has backed up and there is a huge pile on one flat surface and a laundry basket filled with folded, clean clothes.

The person is into computers. There are a couple in the room. Plus the printer. 

The bed is not made and obviously hasn’t been for some time as the covers have pretty much fallen off one side of the bed. 

The place is dusty and there is cat hair everywhere.

Ahhh, and there is the cat. A black cat with a tiny fluff of white on her tummy. She is a vocal cat currently lying on a plastic bag that is on the floor. Cat food is all over the floor from where she eats and makes a mess.

There is a vacuum cleaner in this room although it looks as if it hasn’t been used in weeks or months. 

What you see is a room that is not cared for, but is just a space to park their ass. The room of a hoarder.

Release Me – by Daily Post

Release Me

Tell us about the blog post you were most nervous to publish — and what it was like to set it free.


I think the blog post that made me the most nervous to publish was Day 4 Identify your audience. I was very nervous about this one because it was a heart-felt letter written to my children about my mental illness and when they were growing up, my suicide attempt and how much I needed their help at times. I posted a link on Facebook with their names so they could come and read it and I have not heard one word from any of them.

Having Your Bullies Surgically Removed?

Bullying and changing to please a bully….wrong!

Dances With Fat

What Will you DefendI’ve been asked a lot about a couple of articles that have been making the rounds. In one, a woman says that she’s decided to have weight loss surgery after her interaction with an online fat hate group.  In another a young girl had surgery to pin her ears back, from a plastic surgeon who created a non-profit dedicated to performing this procedure. He says “This isn’t just free cosmetic surgery – this is a charity that helps combat bullying secondary to having large ears.”  People have been asking me what I think about this.

First and foremost, people are allowed to make these choices (because Underpants Rule!) If someone wants to have a perfectly healthy organ amputated, or have a surgery to change their ears they are allowed to do that, as a way to try to satisfy their bullies or for any other reason.

From a more meta analysis, I’m…

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Land of Confusion – by Daily Post

Land of Confusion

Which subject in school did you find impossible to master? Did math give you hives? Did English make you scream? Do tell!


I loved English and Creative Writing (can you tell?), but when it came to math I just wanted to run and hide. I started out with the old math when I was very young and then came the new math. It went downhill from there.

I could do Algebra 1, no problem and even enjoyed some of those problems, but when it came to Algebra 2 and Trigonometry I lost it. I stumbled through that class and barely got passing grades. I never took Geometry and I had no basis to go on any further in Math. 

Sorry Abyssbrain

Born to Be With You – by the Daily Post

Born to Be With You

Got a soul-mate and/or a best friend? What is it about that person that you love best? Describe them in great detail — leave no important quality out.


I found my best friend very late in life. We met each other about 7, maybe 8 years ago on an internet group. We live around 5 miles from each other and with similar interests we decided to meet in person. I was around 50 then and she is around 9 or 10 years older than me. 

We met at a local restaurant and she told me she would be wearing red shoes. That was how I was to know who she was. We found each other immediately. The group we met in could be a very judgmental group, but we don’t judge each other. We help each other out. We talk things through and she has some good ideas that have helped me a lot.

Now when I say she doesn’t judge me I mean exactly that. She knew somewhat about my mental illnesses, but the real test came when I was hospitalized for attempting suicide. She, who doesn’t drive at night or that far usually, had her husband bring her to visit me at the hospital. She told me, “I would only do this for you!” Now that is love. 

She is also a strong woman. She is a breast cancer survivor and she didn’t fall apart like most people with cancer do. She set about to annihilate that cancer. She had surgery and radiation and she is almost at her 5 year anniversary. She is hanging in there even though the medications make her sick and give her pain. She is always upbeat and brings me up when I am down.

I thank God for bringing her into my life. She is my angel.


Regrets, I’ve Had a Few – by Daily Post Prompts

Regrets, I’ve Had a Few

What’s your biggest regret? How would your life have been different if you’d made another decision?


I think my biggest regret is not going to college and not taking writing courses. The college I originally had planned to go to was “Oral Roberts College/University.” It was very strange because I wasn’t really religious, but I had this desire to go to this school in Utah. Not even very sure it is still around. Something was pulling me in that direction and I wish that I followed that pull and attended. Would my life be different now? Would I have not lost my religious beliefs as a child if I went there?

I also wish I had followed my dream and taken up creative writing. I did very well in the high school creative writing class, but I was so afraid to let people read what I wrote that I couldn’t go further with it until now. Now I hit that publish button with nary a thought about being scared of its reception.


Public Health Without Weight Stigma

I am fat, I am proud of my achievements. Weight loss may never be one of them, but I am eating healthier.

Dances With Fat

Public HealthIt’s become popular in recent years to act as if “public health” means making fat people’s health the public’s business, or at least that most public health messaging should include some kind of fat=bad element. Many people insist that it’s impossible to talk about public health without talking about body size.  I disagree.  I think that we can have a complete discussion of public health without ever discussing weight, and I think it would be far superior to what we are doing now.

There are times when a discussion about weight might be indicated – like if there are large fluctuations in weight without explanation, or if a prescription is dosed by weight.  I don’t think there is any need to discuss weight in general public health messaging at all, but I get a lot of push-back on this.

Before I get too far into this, the usual disclaimers about…

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