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Jenny S.
Sycamore, Illinois
For my services, see <a href="" target="_blank">this post</a>.
Interests: parenting, people, magic, woowoo, scifi, life the universe and everything, wisdom
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Humans are complex and far more mutable than we are comfortable with admitting most of the time, not least because while our own mutability can be freeing, mutability in others can be genuinely frightening. In a dangerous and changeable world, we crave something to hold on to; we need stability. Without it, we are left continually, frantically re-evaluating and unable to progress. Yet, without change, without the new, we cannot progress either; our adaptability is perhaps our greatest strength as a species. As with all things, the key is balance. Remember to hold the hands of those who love you and whom you love as you change, so they may come with you; we, none of us, are on this journey alone. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Crackin' Wise
I waited an hour after I woke up this morning for the nausea to abate sufficiently to attempt the daily race to get my teeth brushed before my overactive gag reflex kicks in. Why was I so nauseated? Oh, that’s just my anxiety. See, I had a good weekend. Not great, just pleasant; there was some work, some play, little strife, a fair bit of happiness and contentment. As I lay my head down on Sunday night, my stomach was already tight with an unnamed dread. My body began to show the signs of imminent doom and my anxiety whispered, “Maybe one of you won’t make it till morning.” I told it to shut up; I’m well used to its nastiness. But my body doesn’t listen to me. It listens to the anxiety. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Crackin' Wise
Be kind. Be gentle. Love each other. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Crackin' Wise
I didn't see that; thanks for letting me know!
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2014 on Walking an Invisible Dragon at Crackin' Wise
I agree with your son; many of the analogies are useful when explained in full, but when overused and adopted as "shorthand", they can end up doing the exact opposite of what they were intended to do. It is important not to trivialize in order to get people to empathize.
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2014 on Walking an Invisible Dragon at Crackin' Wise
Having ADHD is walking an invisible dragon. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Crackin' Wise
On my trip back home, I found myself listening to a song that was, gently and soulfully, expressing dismay about the frequency of divorce these days. As I listened, I felt for the artist's pain in watching marriage after marriage fail. And then I had a thought and today's gratitude was born. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at Crackin' Wise
For those of you familiar with Spoon Theory (and if you aren't, she provides an explanatory link), a friend of mine pointed out this Spoon Spell. The author approaches spellcraft in a similar way to me. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at Crackin' Wise
Over on Dreamwidth (where I keep my bird oracle blog), someone by the handle of lizcommotion posted a Giant List of Cope. As she encouraged people to do, I'm going to snag and personalize it for myself. I think her format is definitely a keeper! Please share your coping ideas in the comments; we all need all the inspiration we can get! Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2013 at Crackin' Wise
This is a guest post by my dear friend Amy. It was written for her friends, and you'll notice a couple of signs of that, but this is such an excellent post on the topic of tornadoes that I thought it should see a wider audience. Read it and pass it around. No wisdom is so useful as practical wisdom. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at Crackin' Wise
We are in a time when we are in need of new rituals; the old ones often no longer apply. It's hard to establish new rituals, because at least some of the power of rituals is in their very tradition, but we have to keep trying, keep making rituals that have meaning for us, because this is a language we cannot let die out. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2013 at Crackin' Wise
It was FORLORN CORN! Forlorn corn, people. It's my new mantra/battle cry/code word. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at Crackin' Wise
Sorry, everyone, for my almost year-long silence! It's not because I wasn't thinking of you. In fact, I think of this blog practically every day. See, I have my logo on the back window of my minivan, and the part of it I see best is the part that says... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at Crackin' Wise
Oh, Highlights, you are still so awesome, even if my kid still won't read you. (At 7, my oldest is sadly not getting into reading the way I'd want him to. I have high hopes for my second kid, though.)
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Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2012 on When am I? at WWdN: In Exile
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Totally with you, but I have to put in a caveat. I had an AWESOME professor in college who explained the actual meanings behind the poetry of Dryden and others at that time; this was social-political stuff going on at the time that was assumed by the poets and writers to be common knowledge and so "code" was used and needed explaining. I know you know that this sort of thing is different, but I don't want people to be scared off from someone explaining stuff that, you know, actually IS information you need to make sense of this stuff. Of course, the only people taking the course I was taking would be English majors, so, you know, probably not THAT relevant, but I've already typed all this, so there you go. :P Also, I liked Great Expectations when I read it. I didn't LOVE it, but I liked it just fine. Now I'm not sure whether I want to re-read it to see if I still like it or hate it now, too, or not! Great; book angst. I'd be more upset if my to-be-read list wasn't so long that I'll probably be ninety before I have to actually confront this issue. Or dead, because I seriously doubt I'll make it to ninety. (It took me way too long to appreciate that taking care of my body would mean keeping my brain functional longer. Oops.) Also, if you have never read Shoeless Joe (the book Field of Dreams was based on), read it. It is way, way better than the movie, and I loved the movie till I read the book. I bet you would like it. (I guess if you don't, I'll owe you a beer!)
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*totally with Anne on Scrabble* Awww. Great ending!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2012 on Video Q&A Post for Denver Comicon at WWdN: In Exile
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Allergic to avocado?! *speechless with horror, clings to her guacamole* I am so sorry for her loss. *solemn* I haven't tried asparagus with garlic, just lemon butter, so I will try this. Thanks!
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2012 on Wil's Yummy Asparagus at WWdN: In Exile
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I don't know about Logan, but this made me squee! So many times one is disappointed...I'm thrilled not to be this time!
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Happy Mother's Day! I don't know about you, but my husband kind of mucked up a bit on this holiday this year. He's busy making it up to me today, but when I came across this article this morning, I was glad! Don't Even Thing About Divorcing Until... And, as... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2012 at Crackin' Wise
You look so geekily happy, too!
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2012 on On the set of Stand By Me at WWdN: In Exile
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Subscribed! Now to find time to watch it. And also to play games. Someone seriously needs to put more hours in the day. Or make it so humans don't need sleep anymore or something. I don't care, I just need more time!
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2012 on This is my new show, Tabletop at WWdN: In Exile
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I believed that stance was at least half of it; your swinging arm (NOT you!) should be centered just so, and then I would bank it off the side, but not that high up; I'd go for about 2/3 of the way between halfway and 3/4 of the way up, off the right side (I'm right handed). It was pretty reliable; I rarely got less than forty, and often fifty. I've seen some people do really well straight up the middle, though. It probably depends on your eye. I do most things slightly askew. ;) The 100 point targets are a lottery, pure and simple, and never worth it; you'll get way more tickets with steady 40s and 50s. Although, these days, the machines don't spit out the tickets like they used to. Humph.
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We have WAY too much in common, Wil. I grew up with Showbiz, and had a Fatz keychain for many, many years. I was a skee ball specialist. I was thrilled when I was at this kid's fun place called Odyssey Fun World and got a peek into their big function room and saw the whole band on stage! I am somehow absolutely sure this is MY band, from my Showbiz (it is actually logical, considering locations), somehow ending up at this other venue, and it makes me happy that they are not moldering away somewhere. And, yes, DST is a giant PITA. Especially when you have small children. Argh.
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