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so, those of you with the new G+... a question (as I bite my nails waiting for the rollout to completely wreck my ability to engage arrive)...

if I make one single collection, and put every one my posts in that single collection, will anyone who follows said collection be able to see all of my posts?  will that fix the issue of not seeing posts?  if my freinds did the same, would we be almost as connected as we are now?

#dreadingthealmostverticallearningcurve   #becauseDUHbusytimeofyear  
#notwellthoughtout   #Google  
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Unless you specify otherwise when you set it up +Jennifer Lloyd, a Collection is Public by default and can be seen by anybody. 

Think of a Collection as just another kind of #hashtag  or label. You're merely labelling your post as to what kind of category it belongs to - like Cakes, or Politics or Macramé Projects.  
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h/t to +Joe Gross, and thanks to +Sheila Nagig.  these 2 posts appeared together in my stream, and I immediately see the connection between the sentiments in them.

Sheila wrote:

"I've been looking for articles on what it's like to go through the holidays as someone on the autism spectrum, but for some reason all I can seem to find are articles written for parents of children on the spectrum and how to cope with them.

A lot of people have a hard time during the holidays for different reasons. In the case of ASD it's because it's just too overwhelming for them. I simply can't enjoy the holidays like everybody else because there are too many people and too much noise and lights and changes in routine and expectations. It's all pretty exhausting. 

My personal least favorite thing about holidays? Gift giving. There are so many expectations involved. I can't fake liking something I don't like, but if I don't at least try to fake it the giver will be insulted. I can't win. My fake excitement doesn't convince anyone and they end up insulted anyway. Family gatherings are beset with traps like this. If you stay around people and get overwhelmed to the point of a meltdown you risk making a scene. If you hide in your room you aren't participating. I've actually had my enjoyment of the holidays or lack therof policed by people who don't think I have enough Christmas spirit. 

And it never seems to end. It goes on for months. When I was a kid that sometimes meant a long car journey and sleeping in a strange bed. It means strange and overpowering smells and Christmas music and the tv and a dozen or so people all talking at the same time. It meant strange people who I didn't really know well talking to me and getting into my personal space. It means being tied in knots the entire time, and nobody really gets why. 

What I guess I don't really understand is why all of the autism organizations focus on the stress that parents experience while not really talking about what kind of nightmare it is for that kid or the adult that they will grow into. It's not something you grow out of. I know I've tried to enjoy it, but I just can't. Add the expectation that I find gifts for a bunch of different people all at the same time and some crowded shopping streets and it comes to resemble my picture of hell. I can't wait until January when it's all over and the world can return to normal again."

my household is beginning its annual slide into less functionality, brought on my my oldest son's Asperger's and the impending intersection with xmas.

it has nothing to do with simply thinking one's way through something difficult.   it's to do with how the brain itself functions.

pollyanna cheerfullness will not cure brains that function differently.  it just won't.

hugs to all who struggle to function in a world that tries to jolly them along.

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That is nifty, +Al Chris 
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"Get your intellect and your decorum back. Grow up emotionally. Have your opinions and express your incredulous anger at atrocities committed around the world, but get a grip."  

"Danger is real-- fear is choice."

from the video that is linked in the article:

" every religion in the world, it depends on what you bring to it.  If you're a violent person, your Islam, you Judaism, your Christianity, your Hinduism, is going to be violent... People are violent or peaceful."

it's not 'PC' that is the problem;  it's the labelling;  it's the rhetoric;  it's the vitriol;  it's the hate mongering.  

it's the opting for the easy way that is the problem.
thinking is hard, so most people judge.

h/t +Jenn Le Roy 
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exactly, +anna h.  embrace diversity.  it's monothinking and monoculture that are the true threats.  =]
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Typos.  Typos abound.  frolick, even.

in my own posts.  (yes, I put that 'k' there deliberately, thanks for that.)


my eyesight is giving me problems.  for those of you who know about my blindness, this is new, and on top of my regular significant blindness.

and my left hand is not working as it should used to.  it's got issues right now, too.hard to type at my usual speed with part of my left hand immmobilized.


and to top it all off, spellcheque has left the building laptop.  most likely exhausted from overwork.  

and I know, I just know, there are those grammar nazis that are part of my circles, and who cringe the at smallest infraction of the rules.

phuque the rules.  I'm doing the best I can, where I am, with what I have.

that is all.  

(for those who don't know, I am significantly blind, having no vision at all in about 40% of my visual field, and I have rare and funky issues with the vision in the remaining portion of my visual field.  the choice was to be this blind or be dead.  I think I made the right choice, n'est pas?) 
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+Mike Nelson Pedde​ that's so awesome haha
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just don't.

they bite.

they always  bite.

even when we least expect it.

or most often, perhaps.  =P
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R eality

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yup.  adjust as needed.

thanks to +Danny S 
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this is a thing?

"Dance your PhD" 

I'm impressed.  I'm impressed that academia would find the ability to poke fun at itself.

h/t to +stuart richman 
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exactly.  and Google will help you find those other entries, I am sure.  LoL!
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there are those who will not be able to cope: who will go twitching and quaking into a dark corner.  to them I say...



thanks to +Mike Nelson Pedde.  =]

Owed to the Spell Checker
*I have a spelling checker ‑
 It came with my PC.
 It plane lee marks four my revue
 Miss steaks aye can knot sea.
Eye ran this poem threw it,
 Your sure reel glad two no.
 Its vary polished in it's weigh,
 My checker tolled me sew.
A checker is a bless sing,
 It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
 It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
 And aides me when aye rime.

To rite with care is quite a feet
 Of witch won should be proud.
 And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
 Sew flaws are knot aloud.

And now bee cause my spelling
 Is checked with such grate flare,
 Their are know faults with in my cite,
 Of nun eye am a wear.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
 Eye trussed to bee a joule
 The checker poured o'er every word
 To cheque sum spelling rule.
That's why aye brake in two averse
 By righting wants too pleas.
 Sow now ewe sea why aye dew prays
 Such soft wear for pea seas!

Author Unknown*

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I'll agree with the second one.  =]
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I've been absent from G+.  for more than one reason, but 'meraki' is one.  I had 2 weeks to produce things for the craft fair, and I don't make things lightly.  I prefer to make things well, which takes time.  so I spent many hours each day producing things.  many long hours.

and then there was the attack in Paris, and comments about my experience with the craft fair seemed trite, so I didn't post.  not to mention the fact that I was reluctant to delve into G+ and expose myself to the posts that were perpetuating erroneous or divisive information.  the comments on many posts were almost painful to read.

and physically I have been losing functionality in my left hand.  my eyesight has been giving me problems, too, making reading online difficult.  and I've had issues arising within the household that needed dealing with, and friends were going through difficult times.

so there were many things that took up my time.  may things that required my presence.  my being truly present: doing what I was doing with all of my being.  doing with little time left for sleep, neverthless G+ing.

I've not gone from G+.  just not visitng at the moment.

there have been wonderful aspects to some of this time away.  my contributions to the craft fair were very well recieved.  this being my first foray into this island economy, I was unsure of the reception I woud receive, especially as my 'art' tends to be more than a bit off the beaten path.  the craft fair was rewarding for the comments as well as the product that moved along.  things reverberate afterwards, too; today I had a meeting with a second island location that would like to carry my work.  which, after the almost 5 years of not creating for any kind of market at all, has been very affirming.

also today I successfully carried out 2 interventions with individuals who have been struggling.  both times my observations were very well recieved, and plans were put in place with each of the individuals for the next week, and for regular check ins.  I was stressed about broaching the subject with each of these individuals, and tried to steer things to a location and timing that would be conducive to being heard.  it seems to have worked.

then this week I read that G+ is about to become truly broken, which makes me terribly sad.

so while other things remain precarious, some things are becoming more solid.  that's the way this year is going.

to top it all off, I'm literally shocked at the date on the calendar-- how did it get to be the latter part of November? 

I have a birthday the end of this month, and I don't know how it got to be just around the corner.  I don't feel 'ready'.  LoL!

it has been a gruelling year:  the depths of despair have been eye opening and humbling, while the view from the peaks has been awe inspiring.

and so it goes...

my challenge has been to stay as present as I can be.
through all of it.

and to persevere.

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thanks, +anna h.  just seeing your name here makes me smile.  =D
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a figurative drink representing a modality of thought. those who consume it are themselves consumed by the negativity which with they speak.

think of it as hate, in gatorade form.

don't help the bastards.  don't drink the kool aid gatorade haterade.
One Muslim TV host's segment on ISIS is going viral for exposing the Islamic State's deadliest weapon: Haterade. That's right—Waleed Aly, host of the Australian talk show The Project
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LoL!  oh, yes.  LoL!
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I know, right?  LoL!
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