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!
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.
@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!
Kids say the darnedest things.
One paragraph in and I already want to marry this guy.
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
@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.
@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.
@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.
@yanisudd And if so, how was it formed?