jesse_the_k: those words in red on white sign (be aware of invisibility)
Thanks to [personal profile] rushthatspeaks for the link to a marvelous story about the Santa Rosa fire:

https://modernfarmer.com/2017/10/guard-dog-wouldnt-leave-goat-flock-california-fires-lived-tell-story/

A goat-herding dog refused to leave his goat flock -- and they made it it through the fire, and even enlarged the flock by a couple of deer fawns.
jesse_the_k: Underwater picture of chubby woman stroking and blowing bubbles with a grin (lynne cox swimming)
Since 1995, I’ve been swimming three times a week. It’s crucial to my physical and mental well-being.

As Melissa Hung beautifully puts it:

“Though I’m not much more graceful in water than I am on land, swimming gives me the illusion of grace; makes me feel fluid in my movements. In an alternate reality of weightlessness, the water takes me–a teeth-grinder, a lopsided walker, a smacker when I eat–and makes me elegant: All my limbs flutter, one side and then the other, a constellation of moving parts propelling me forward.”

To Swim is to Endure: On Living with Chronic Pain by Melissa Hung
https://catapult.co/stories/bodies-to-swim-is-to-endure-on-living-with-chronic-pain

how I learned to relove swimming )

my routine )

jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (Beating heart of love GIF)
Thanks to a [personal profile] liv-triggered happy rabbit-hole I just read Marissa Lingen's fabulous post illuminating why most people find the experience of impairment so mystifying.

AND YOU MUST READ IT TOO!

http://mrissa.dreamwidth.org/720690.html

if you need convincing: an excerpt )
jesse_the_k: Flannery Lake is a mirror reflecting reds violets and blues at sunset (Rosy Rhinelander sunset)
I'm headed up north for my customary two-week sojourn by a cool lake (as pictured in the icon).

I'll leave you with this handy keyboard tip.

When I realize I want to delete a lot of text in the middle, I start a new line before and after. That way I can use the triple-click or keyboard commands without fussing with selecting between words.
jesse_the_k: Finding Nemo's Dory, the adventurous fish with a brain injury (dain bramage)
Part of my daily healthwork routine is silent meditation. I avoided meditating for decades because I thought I had to be a serene person to do it. I learned otherwise. Using audio guidance or timer, I concentrate on my breathing. I become my breathing body. My breath is a constant companion, always happening until I’m dead.

Concentrating on my breath helps me relax and it also reminds me that everyone on the planet is also a breathing body. This commonality calms the terror attendant on our current moment. My ideology, my fears, my impairments aren’t magicked away, but I am always a breathing body, just like everyone else.

It’s called meditation practice because that concentration is a skill. While I’m meditating I find myself thinking about the past or planning for the future. This is the magic moment. When I notice I’m thinking, I softly name it, and then return to my breathing.

I learned to meditate via an 8-week MBSR class, mindfulness based stress reduction, offered by my therapist. Since then, I’ve loved using Insight Timer, the meditation tool for iOS and Android. You do have to create a login, but they haven't spammed me. Insight Timer has tons of useful features, but at its most basic it’s got a great timer, with lovely bells, background white noise, and finely adjustable intervals. When you’re online, Insight offers hundreds of guided meditations, including introductory lessons for absolute beginners. (Other audio available: yoga guidance, Dharma talks, affirmations.) Excellent search functions let me bookmark (for example) just the 10–19 minutes long, secular, male voice, meditations designed for pain.

https://insighttimer.com

All of the audio content is also available from this web site.

jesse_the_k: Sprinter with right AK prosthetic leg, shot from neck down (prosthetic sprint)
Spent great day with Sasha-feather

Made beet root/sweet potato/kale/onion chicken curry soup with yogurt. So tasty i got to eat the whole pot!

Watched a delightful educational video on YouTube. I'm on mobile so I can't embed*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7KSfjv4Oq0
But the animation is stellar, the narration Oh So British, the captions excellent, and I actually learned something!

Also finished a six-hour BET/CBC coproduction "The Book of Negroes." Watch for free on the CBC site if you're in Canada; currently on HULU in the US. Beautifully filmed. More on the substance anon.

Revised my site style/layout -- again.

*That is, YT won't offer the full embed code, even when I request desktop site. is there a trick I'm missing?
jesse_the_k: Large ewe stares at the viewer while her adolescent lamb runs away (lamb runs away from ewe)
Swam two extra lengths on Wednesday, been going downhill since.

So nothing to post today, however, this true story about holding on to old, inept technology is so funny that you'd better visit the toilet first:

http://thefourthvine.dreamwidth.org/190113.html
jesse_the_k: Modern design teapot with two cups (Share tea with me)
I love tea—I drink a gallon a day. I drink from a thick, 16-oz, glass, better to warm my hands with. I use a tablespoon of loose tea in a single-use paper tea filter bag.

I'm lucky my local co-op carries many delicious loose teas. I adore Rishi tea (from Milwaukee)1, particularly their Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong, Jade Green, and Mahgreb Mint Green, as well as my own special mix2.

I've discovered that tea tastes so much better when it's brewed at the right temperature. Oolong brewed at 175° or Green at 165° is delicious. (Boiling water is the right temp for mint tea and other herbals.)

How to get the temp right without a fancy pot )

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