@mggdvs @MashaNigel Yeah I think that's the article I was referring too! I would have looked it up and posted a link, but I was posting from my phone (hence all the typos! ugh). And of course I just paraphrased and maybe there was off-kilter stuff in that article too, it's a long time since I read it.
I guess I just felt a little attacked by this article by Sarah Miller. I'm a smart, opinionated young women, but I sometimes fall into these speaking patterns. The up-talk, annoying abbreviations, saying "like" too much to punctuate statements. It's often around close girlfriends or my sister, as if it's our own cultural secret language, separate from work or boyfriends.
This article really runs me the wrong way. First off, I really don't think there is any rule that demands that people must be literal ALL the time when they speak. I mean really, we say "that's awesome!" quite a lot. Is it really? Is it really awesome? But mostly I object to the disgust aimed at young women. There have been linguistics studies conducted around young women and the way they speak, which have hypothesized that a lot of the tonality and phrasing revolve around seeming harmless and inconsequential. In other words, a social defense mechanism. I think to simply dismiss the way they speak a silly, or dumb, is erasing their experiences, and not addressing the environment that causes them to speak this way.
@upupandaway do you mean the leaves are red? The red color in leaves comes from the secondary pigment anthocyanin. Your Christmas cactus is probably getting too much direct sunlight so it doesn't need as much chlorophyll, hence the secondary pigment becomes more visible. It's trying to keep itself from sun burning. It can also be caused by too much water! You should repot your cactus.
@Lumpy Space Princess you probably want to start feeding it a plant food high in phosphorous ( the nutrient that encourages blooming) starting in about July. Water it all spring and summer but taper off around September. Drought is one method of encouraging flowers. The most important thing though is that it gets adequate periods of darkness and cold (that's how the plant recognizes that it's winter and therefore time to bloom). It's good to keep it up against a window or on a back porch close to the house so that it can sense the drop on temperature at night and the longer periods of darkness. :)