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MissNormaDesmond

MissNormaDesmond

In one week she received 17,000 fan letters. Men bribed her hairdresser to get a lock of her hair. There was a maharajah who came all the way from India to beg one of her silk stockings. Later he strangled himself with it!

On Ask Polly: How to Be Nice

Lovely post. I was talking to someone the other day about a character trait he's unhappy with, and although it was a different trait, my approach was pretty much the same as yours, if I'm understanding you correctly: rather than fighting it, you have to embrace it, and learn to respond in a better way to whatever it is that's causing you to manifest it. You're nasty for a reason, and before you can extinguish the behavior or the feelings you want to get rid of, you have to find out what that reason is -- and you can't do that without accepting that it's part of you. It just doesn't have to be all of you, or to be running the show.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm 1

On I Want To Be An Old Man

@Conal Darcy@twitter Not everyone who gets older gets Alzheimer's. The incidence of Alzheimers is about 1 in 8 of older people, which, while high, means that the vast majority of people who age don't get Alzheimer's. So cheer up!

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm 0

On I Want To Be An Old Man

Kids say the darnedest things.

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm 0

On The Musical About Grizzly Adams And His Bears

One paragraph in and I already want to marry this guy.

Posted on January 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm 0

On Why You're Happier When You're Older

Posted on January 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm 0

On Why You're Happier When You're Older

Well, do you want to know from an actual old person? I think there are a number of reasons I'm happier now than I used to be. I've resolved a lot of issues that were difficult for me in my 20's and 30's; I'm less hard on myself than I was when I was younger, because I've come to recognize my standards were unrealistic and cruel. Also, I know that I can handle difficulties, because I've done so successfully, so I'm less apprehensive about things, and catastrophize less than I did. Actually, there have been multiple studies that show that people tend to get happier as they get older. Here's another one: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-06/uomh-hid061206.php

Posted on January 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm 0

On The Thing About Cats And Dogs

@MissNormaDesmond ... is what I would say if I didn't like dogs, but as it happens, I do like them, although not quite as much as cats.

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm 0

On The Thing About Cats And Dogs

@BadUncle Or, cats are independent thinkers, who carefully investigate people and situations before committing to them, rather than vapid patsies able to be suckered by cheap sentimentalism and Snausages; in the War Room, the cat is Hans Blix, while the dog is a slavering, leg-humping George Bush.

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm 0

On It's Time for Michelle Obama to Get Pregnant

@cherrispryte Okay, having now read that story you linked to in your earlier e-mail, yeah, the hair on the back of my neck would probably stand up anytime I read anything else by this guy, too. That was just -- Jesus, words fail me. And that all these people told him how wonderful it was totally depresses me. Maybe I don't want to hang around here after all.

So it's interesting, I guess that's the difference it makes to be already acquainted with someone's point of view with a piece like this, vs. coming to it able to give them the benefit of the doubt. I totally get why you'd see it differently, and I have to think over what I think about it. No question, though, that earlier piece is just godawful.

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm 0

On It's Time for Michelle Obama to Get Pregnant

@yanisudd And if so, how was it formed?

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 4:14 am 2