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Health, Music, Writing

I’M ALIVE

So I just finished reading Frankenstein. Just to be clear, Frankenstein is the doctor who created a monster, not the monster. Check out John Green's Crash Courses on Frankenstein - great resource for all of those learning at home: Don't Reanimate Corpses! Frankenstein Part 1 Frankenstein, Part 2: Between reading good books, I’ve been editing… Continue reading I’M ALIVE

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Top Moments of the Decade

This is not an easy list. So many things happened that could have been the most memorable of the decade. Well, there are the DBS surgeries, I think they’ve had a huge impact on not just me, but my whole family. But, I want to focus on non-medical, non-traumatic moments. April 14th, 2016 My first… Continue reading Top Moments of the Decade

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NaNoWriMo and More

What is that? Are you making up words? Happy NaNoWriMo and what am I talking about? November is National Novel Writing Month in which people attempt to write fifty thousand words in a month. Thanks to my friend, Annie, who let me know about this. We’ve been friends/writing buddies ever since going to Nerdcon in… Continue reading NaNoWriMo and More

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My Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a short story about a 19th century woman who probably has depression due to having a baby. She is forbidden from socializing, writing, pretty much doing anything by her “psychiatrist” husband who prescribed a “rest” cure. Mental health treatment in the 19th century sucked! So she is forced… Continue reading My Yellow Wallpaper

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Pride, Prejudice & Accessibility

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that this blog must be in want of a classic accessibility check and a Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennett. Jane Austen’s books are great, but Pride and Prejudice is one of the perfect examples of what is it that constitutes 19th century love. Take Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.… Continue reading Pride, Prejudice & Accessibility

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Random thoughts about feet & stuff

These past two weeks, I’ve been having thoughts on my feet and stuff. My feet are a pain. And because of that, I am in pain. It’s a non-stop hard-to-be-distracted-from kind of pain. My mom asked me what number yesterday. Because that’s what my mom does. I said 5 to 7. I’m waiting to see… Continue reading Random thoughts about feet & stuff

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Random thoughts

Just how accessible are video games when you only have use of one finger and a joystick mouse? I started playing Fortnite two weeks ago with one of my personal care attendants (PCA). Yes, my strategy is to be a pacifist, just like my favorite author and vlogger, John Green, and camp out in bushes… Continue reading Random thoughts

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Turtles All the Way Down

Before I start, for those of you who have not read the book I am going to talk about, this doesn't have any spoilers for Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. The book covers a very serious issue regarding teens, mental health. If you or a loved one is dealing with a mental illness, let the person know there are people who… Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down