I wish I still lived in Boston 

Lit Crawl Boston – Boston Book Festival
I grew up in the Boston suburbs and graduated from Emerson College when it was still in Back Bay. At 22, I left Massachusetts to spread my wings, moving first to Northern Virginia, then exploring the state New Jersey, eventually settling in Monmouth County (exit 117 😉).

Recently, I’ve felt a strong pull to be back in Boston. Several times during my illness (which started in 2009), different scenarios have been posited for moving back to Massachusetts. The bottom line is I haven’t been well enough to move: all of my doctors are here, and I’ve got a great team – that’s a challenge to put together and it wouldn’t be prudent to start over (especially now that I’m making some progress).

Nevertheless, I still feel the pull of the history and opportunities. I dream of going back, not as an invalid, but ready to make a contribution. My job now is to get well so I can make my dreams a reality. 

2nd Annual Lit Crawl!

  Get ready for a night of literary mayhem and merry making. The 2nd Annual Boston Lit Crawl is Thursday, October 26th from 6:30-9:30pm! This evening of fun is free, and it all takes place along Newbury Street and throughout the Literary District.  

 Check out the schedule and sign up for your favorite activities. 

 P.S. Be sure to add Literary Balderdash, a game show presented by GrubStreet and Brookline Booksmith, to your Lit Crawl itinerary!

https://bostonbookfest.org/festival/lit-crawl-boston-2/?

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Word of the Day: Kakistocracy

It’s frightening, because it’s true.

I can speak from firsthand knowledge that living through 11 presidencies of varying degrees of competence (and the occasional scandal or criminality) gives you some perspective on what we are experiencing today. Norman Ornstein, political scientist and resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, has lived through 13 of them. What he sees with the Trump Administration is something so unique it needs a special word to describe it, a word that has been out of popular usage for nearly two centuries. The word is “kakistocracy.”

 kakistocracy (English pronunciation: /kækɪsˈtɑkɹəsi/) is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. … It was also used by English author Thomas Love Peacock in 1829, but gained significant usage in the 21st century.

Kakistocracy – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakistocracy

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https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2017/10/10/1705723/-The-Atlantic-Confirms-It-We-Are-Living-In-A-Kakistocracy?detail=emaildkre

The compounding effects of living by example

Having had to become frugal by necessity, and having environmental consciousness since the early 90s, I’m looking forward to more inspiration from this blog. Yes, I need to downsize my belongings as my health permits; I will continue with my baby steps!

Frugasaurus

I cannot claim to hide the fact that the environment means a great deal to me. I am currently spending my working life trying to research some of the impacts humans have had on the environment. But I have also come to realise, that what we really need is not necessarily more research, but more people taking charge or their own life and blazing a trail by living boldly by example.

I can not claim to live very boldly, nor to have ever “blazed” a trail. In fact, I have been scared away from more active participation in several environmental organisations, simply because their outgoing extrovertism (totally a word), confrontational attitude and often somewhat superficial insight into big issues. I find it difficult to be angry, I find it difficult to stop people on the street and hand them flyers. I have, more than once, marched in protests, but again…

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Today in History

Yes, the world really is round!
“1580 – Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth.”

DailyUz

46 BC – Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus.
715 – Ragenfrid defeats Theudoald at the Battle of Compiègne.
1087 – William II is crowned King of England, and reigns until 1100.
1212 – Golden Bull of Sicily is issued to confirm the hereditary royal title in Bohemia for the Přemyslid dynasty.
1345 – Friso-Hollandic Wars: Frisians defeat Holland in the Battle of Warns.
1371 – Serbian–Turkish wars: The forces of the Ottoman sultan Murad I’s lieutenant Lala Şahin Pasha and the Serbian army under the command of Vukašin Mrnjavčević and Jovan Uglješa clash at the Battle of Maritsa.
1493 – Pope Alexander VI issues the papal bull Dudum siquidem to the Catholic Monarchs, extending the grant of new lands he made them in Inter caetera.
1580 – Sir Francis Drake finishes his…

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White Tick Tock Colored Contact Lenses, Steampunk Clock Lens

Today seems to be a Steampunk dream day. As I lie here in bed wracked with pain, I am dreaming about the endless possibilities of Steampunk life.

Unfortunately, theses are not currently available in prescription strength… So for my perfect vision friends…. how cool….

https://www.colouredcontacts.com/en/view-all/1013809-white-tick-tock-halloween-coloured-contact-lenses-90-day.html

Invincible

Cristian Mihai

“In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
Albert Camus

The only way you’re ever going to accomplish something worth mentioning is to rely on your inner strength. True motivation comes from within you. Why some people never give up, no matter what, and why some people never finish a job they’ve started… that’s all about how much they believe in themselves.

The truth is, I…

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Doctors agree Lyme disease patients at-risk for suicide are under-recognized group – Daniel Cameron MD

Expanded from the original article by Dr Robert Bransfield written earlier this year.

Finally, this epidemic within a pandemic is being recognized. 

The first few years of my illness, my cats, my mom, and my faith (in different orders and combinations), got me through the rough patches. For a time I also belonged to an online Lyme group devoted to patients who were having suicidal thoughts (I’ve never known anyone admit to being homicidal). There were nights I’ve stayed up late talking to someone in crisis and times I had to tune others out to take care of myself.

I’ve lost two Facebook friends to suicide. I can’t imagine what they experienced that tipped them over the edge. It’s time the suffering this disease causes is noticed and taken seriously.
http://danielcameronmd.com/doctors-agree-lyme-disease-patients-risk-suicide-recognized-group/