@deirdre That's my story too! I almost flunked out, memory loss, insomnia but then would fall asleep in classes (people I didn't know at the time used to watch me falling asleep) and even during karate, and was told I had fibromyalgia to explain the pain and fatigue. But then, my mom, dad and the dog all got diagnosed with Lyme (mom and dad had classic rash plus found ticks), so they made me get tested over winter break, and the pa said I had one of the highest titers she'd ever seen. It took several years on meds to clear. My GPA jumped by a full point.
I actually think I know when I got it - junior year of high school, I remember one day in spring our gym teacher just let us hang out outside in a field, not doing much, and we all got covered in tiny little insects, then I had an all over body rash a few days later. I think those were the immature deer ticks.
I assume that pretty much everyone in that class got Lyme, whether they know it or not.
@Cat named Virtute Same here! I find this fascinating, but also don't read anything that sounds worth staying for.
Of course, I'm not a huge fan of groups/communities in general (I disagree that humans are social animals!), so I'm biased, but it sounds like the author has come to accept herself as living without any of the basic tenets of the religion. So why not vote with her feet rather than trying to change it?
On Ernest Hemingway to his mother in 1913: "P.S. My shirt buttons all fly off when I take a full breath"
How did such an adorable little boy grow up into such a misogynistic, self-absorbed prat? (Disclaimer: I just finished reading "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain, and even though his first wife Hadley apparently never stopped loving him, he comes off as a complete and thorough a$$matt.)
@QuiteAmiable It's scary how frequently doctors decide that a patient is making it all up just because they're stumped! They seem to believe that they're so smart, that if they don't know what it is, clearly the patient is trying to pull the wool over their eyes.
I find myself conflicted about this.
As an atheist who thinks the Catholic church is pretty damn...lets not go there, I feel "good riddance!"
However, as a feminist, I see nuns as the descendants of proto-feminists. Sure, they did what the church told them to, but for hundreds of years, the various orders provided women with options other than marriage. As a nun, a woman could become well-educated, run a convent, travel as a missionary - all without a man in ages that required marriage.
Of course, nowadays, I don't see any reason why a woman would become a nun. Spiritual? Become a priest or minister yourself.
@celeec4@twitter and @fondue with cheddar
Best/Most awful story about my mom: Christmas Eve dinner, my brother takes a deep breath and tells my parents that he and his wife are expecting their first child, my parents' first ever grandchild. My mother's response? "Oh, there's just nothing WORSE than a newborn."
@blueberry mary Thanks for saying it. I thought I was a failure as a 'Pinner since every time I see one of these I get the urge to vomit.
Is there a word for a llama-phobia? Because I find them petrifying. But then, I was trampled by a herd of them, so go figure.
This one really speaks to me (and my boat).
We'll be having quality time this weekend, while the lighthouse stays home and mourns the failure of his team to get further in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
@Amphora Tries to name drop to some random older lady, who turns out to be the queen.