LW#1, you also need to take steps to protect your assets. Get a safety deposit box where you can keep your checks, important documents, etc. If your parents have any access to your bank accounts or could get access, move your money now. Stop getting paper bills at your house (get them sent to a PO Box). The sentence about them demanding her savings sent off huge klaxon warning sounds. Depression and anxiety aside (and I say this as a person with very severe clinical depression and an anxiety disorder) you must, must take steps to protect yourself. You may also want to look into finding someone who can advocate for you, either through guidance services at your school or through a counselor.
So, my older brother was an accident, and I was planned because my mom "didn't want him to be an only child."
My brother and I are pretty much diametrical opposites, are not friends, and really don't like each others' company, and we never have, and I don't think that's ever going to change.
Having a second kid because you don't want an only child? Your mileage may vary.
God, why didn't someone sit me down at 24 and give me Polly's advice about work?! Seriously, I could have avoided several traumatic work experiences by having someone tell me that.
This is a great article.
Personally, I really like the Google books snippets. I often buy or check out books after reading the snippets from Google books. I don't think this limited preview is harmful to the authors, in my opinion.
Our copyright laws need some dang cleaning up, though, particularly since they haven't changed enough to keep up with changing technology.
I want authors to get paid for their work - I want them to get paid enough to live on and to keep producing books for me, and I don't like the idea of a large monopoly (because really, when has monopoly ever been good for competition?) controlling the publishing industry.