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Katherine Baluta
A student of information science, belief systems, ethics, and luck; ardent but kind atheist; Claude glass user, poetess, jellyfish enthusiast, domestic goddess, friendly introvert.
A student of information science, belief systems, ethics, and luck; ardent but kind atheist; Claude glass user, poetess, jellyfish enthusiast, domestic goddess, friendly introvert.
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Make two inner voices, instead of one.
I have had several instances recently that made me realize the way I deal with self-hate has evolved quite a lot this last year. The most helpful thing for me is to remind myself that loving myself well is (for me) more about respect. I say and do things to...

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(Un)fashionable Me
Over the last 30 or so years I've dipped in and out of fashion (I have a love/hate relationship with sewing and mending/modifying). Sometimes I like to be cutting edge, sometimes I like being purposefully out of fashion, for the last five years I mostly jus...

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How our possessions define, portray, and heal our mental illnesses
I've been giving some thought to this subject lately, for personal reasons as well as thinking back over all the people I've worked with through the years. I've written before about how PTSD from an earlier trauma resurfaced when I experienced other loss. I...

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See what's become of me
"Time, time - see what's become of me, While I looked around for my possibilities..."
-Paul Simon I like to work at a fairly steady, methodical pace for ten hours or so a day (I charge for eight, I just like to take a couple of long breaks during the day to...

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Cute stuff. I have it, you have it. Well, maybe you call it something else, like a "cool collection." You have embroidered kitchen towels, you have Star Wars action figures, you have Lefton or Hall or Mikasa. It looks great when it's grouped. You can stand ...

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Why I don't watch shows about hoarders
When I describe what I do, people sometimes enthusiastically say "Oh, I watched that show Hoarders on TV" and then they launch into gory details about so-and-so's house. I kindly but firmly interrupt and say "I don't ever watch those shows." Well, honestly,...

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Sorting clothes to wash today, I got to thinking about a mystery I investigated before I had this blog.

I've noticed every time I go back home to Seattle after I've been gone for more than a few days, our home smells both familiar and strange to me. All th...

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It's one thing to sort your own stuff and be surprised (why did I keep this? hey, I thought I lost this! ooh, I know where the missing piece of X is, and ugh, I bought a duplicate because I couldn't find this one). It's much stranger when you're sorting som...

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Thrift thwarter
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love the thrift. I really do. You take things there, you come home with
others, it's like a big river of giving, where any trip could land you a
treasure and you can help others be happier, too. The
downside is that if you aren't careful, you come hom...

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Extreme Recycling
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/12/the-chinese-town-that-turns-your-old-christmas-tree-lights-into-slippers/250190/  Here's an example of recycling I'm going to really ponder. Since my city's recycling program is pretty great - I espec...
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