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  •  Yes, do. (9+ / 0-)

    You aren't alone in that, either. I have to use that method for calendar and clock time.

    Organ donors save lives! A donor's kidney gave me my life back on 02/18/11; he lives on in me. Please talk with your family about your wish to donate.

    Why are war casualty counts "American troops" and "others" but never "human beings"?

    by Kitsap River on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:35:35 PM PDT

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    •  Wow, Kitsap River -- I'm so happy for you! (1+ / 0-)
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      My best friend Maria in Jr High and High School was dyslexic, but we'd never heard that word.  I thought of her as kind and loyal and perceptive about people but not "bookish," not much interested in school.  It was a continual tension with her parents, who valued education highly and could never understand why they had 3 children who excelled and one who just never worked at it, never tried, never took her education seriously.  Of course, Maria was trying as hard as she could and failing (by her and her family's standards) all the time.  She never let anyone see how much of a struggle it was (including me), because she was ashamed.  The self-doubt, isolation, sense of inadequacy, and bitter sense of abandonment, shaped her life very deeply, though she eventually was diagnosed as a young adult.

      So I have some sense of how profound the shift is that you've gone through.  It changes so much!  All that self-blame -- cancelled.  You're not slacking and you're not stupid.  Well, we all knew that!  But now YOU know it.  The frustrated child within, and the shamed adolescent know it, or have at least gotten the news and are taking it in.  Transformative, yes!  That it's been such a powerful experience, so emotional, is a wonderful sign.  My friend Maria, when she found out she was dyslexic, only talked about it a little, and in a quiet voice.  It was a relief, but she held it at arms length.  You, however, are really letting it in, really feeling the power of it.  So it'll keep being transformative.  What a beautiful thing.  DKos is valuable for many reasons, and the fact that you got this gift through a diary here is one measure of it's value.  

      THank you for sharing. It makes me happy.  I hope we hear some more about this process.

      Blessings to you, in this springtime season of renewal.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Fri May 10, 2013 at 05:51:25 PM PDT

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