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Sharing Others’ Experiences #4 ~ Death

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After a long and public struggle with depression, television personality Charlotte Dawson is found dead on Saturday at her Woolloomooloo home.

This is the subtext under the video.  Sorry I can’t seem to get it for you here.  It can be found at the site of the article.   Click on the picture.

Just when I thought Twitter might be a safe site I found this.  

I have gotten email notices of twitter postings where I am mentioned, but when I’ve tried to go to them I get the message that the account has been suspended.

I don’t know it that’s Twitter’s doing, or if it was a sock puppet account that was created for the purpose of an attack, and then deleted.  I got one just this morning.  I have no idea what was posted.

I’m sharing these things because I want nice folks to be aware, and prepared.  And I don’t think suicide ever solves anything except allow a suffering person to stop suffering.  Be sure you get your perspective right about these attacks.  Remember it’s attention they want, even negative attention, just like neglected children who will act out then endure the negative attention to get any attention at all.  In psychological it it said there is no such thing as a family that is not dysfunctional in some way.  Most of us survive it and turn out just fine.  We all have a choice, even those with deep hurtful scars that make them so angry that want to take it out on those they perceive as not suffering enough.  It’s a mental and emotional illness, no doubt.

We not only have to find a way to catch and punish these nasties, but we also have to find a way to improve parenting skills so not so many are developed into such degenerate characters.  This brings into account other social/political debates.  Everything is connected.

Addendum:  This tells more.

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The Coveted ‘Liebster’ Award


I’ve been nominated by Billy Ray Chitwood for the coveted LIEBSTER AWARD. It may be questionable, or even dubious, for some, but I kinda like the idea.  You can find out about this information trivia from my friend, Billy, at Visit his site and read some his posts. I’m expecting you to enjoy them as I have. You’ll notice on this blog of mine that he’s the blogger most often listed as one I follow.
Here are the rules for acceptance of the “LIEBSTER AWARD.” This is important because at the end I will be nominating eleven blogs for this coveted award.
The Rules:
1) When you receive the award you must post eleven random facts about yourself; 2) you must answer eleven questions posed by the person who nominated you; 3) you pass the award on to the eleven blogger friends you are nominating, making sure you notify them of their nominations; 4) you write up eleven new questions for the bloggers you are nominating (and you cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you); and finally, 5) you paste the award picture into your blog along with eleven random facts about yourself and your eleven questions and answers given by your nominator. (Not much different from the Next Big Thing)
Eleven random facts about Judith Victoria Douglas:
1. Judith Victoria Douglas is my pseudonym, but my first name really is Judith.
2. I have a daughter about to turn 40 years old.  Don’t even ask how that makes me feel.
3. My driver’s license states I’m 5’5″, but I’m really only 5’3 1/2″ — a discrepancy I never bothered to change. We do shrink as we age, don’t we?
4. If I ate shell fish, like shrimp or lobster or crab, I’d probably die before the swelling went down enough to allow me to breath again, unless a tracheotomy was completed before things went critical.  But, then, there would still be the problem of my other organs failing, like my heart squeezed by the blotting.  Not pretty.
5. I survived Catholic School, from 2nd grade to high school graduation, and got a lousy education, a rebellious attitude and distain for blind, religious fanaticism in the process.
6. My biggest “pet peeve” is a liar, but a good embellishment of facts for a story is allowable.
7. I played the snare drum in an all-girl drum and bugle corps in high school.
8. I never went through the initiation process for my sorority in college. Therefore, I’m not really a member.
9. I am a lifetime member of Psi Chi, the national honor society for Psychology.
10. I taught upper level psychology classes at a private university for a year, then it was purchased by the Texas A&M system and we all lost our jobs, except the President who was near retirement and allowed to teach again until she did.
11. I used to ride big horses over high fences and still would if I could.  I would literally eat, sleep and breath horses if I had a choice, and someone else did all the work to care for them — at my direction, of course.
My eleven questions from Billy:
1. Your favorite Actor or Actress?  If I HAD to pick one, it would have to be anyone currently playing the Dr. Who character in that series. They have all been very good, though each as different as night and day. Proves how diverse one personality can be.
2. Your least liked chore? Shopping, believe it or not.
3. Your favorite book genre? Science fiction/fantasy, but a good book can be any genre (as, a good horse can be any color).
4. Your favorite type of music? Music depends on mood, but anything with a good rhythm will make me smile. And then there’s Wagner…
5. Your favorite movie?  If there’s ever a good movie, not based on real life or a good book, that follows through and gives me a good ending, in particular a surprise ending, it would be my favorite.  So far, Sixth Sense comes the closest for the surprise ending; Melancholia for the amazing ending.
6. Your least favorite movie? Any movie you’d term a dud, which is most.  There are really too many to decide from.
7. Mayonnaise or Salad Dressing? Mayo, when appropriate, otherwise mustard all the way.
8. Favorite beverage? In hot weather, iced tea with lemon; in cold weather, hot tea with lemon (or cocoa, if I’m needing chocolate.)
9. Favorite meat? Crispy bacon. without a doubt; with sliced turkey, even better.
10. Favorite vegetable? Avocado, alone, smashed and seasoned with chips, or sliced in a salad or on that bacon and turkey sandwich.  Hmmm.
11. Favorite author of all time?  J.R.R. Tolkien, of course.
Now my eleven questions for my nominees:
1. If there was one person — real, fiction or fantasy — you could spend some time talking with, who would it be?
2. If you could change anything about yourself, physical, mental, emotional, heritage-wise, anything, what would it be?
3. What animal, fish or bird, living or extinct, would you like to know more about, up close and personal, maybe even as a pet?
4. If you could choose your last meal, and you weren’t in prison at the time, what would it be?
5. If English is your primary language, but you could instantly be fluent in another, what would it be?
6. Where in the universe, if not this planet, would you live if you had a choice and it was actually feasible?
7. What object, place or thing do you equate with your favorite color, and why? Please state your favorite color so your reasoning will be clear to your readers.
8. What movie would you have liked to play a part, even a minor part if the top slot was taken by your favorite actor/actress.  Name your favorite actor/actress so your readers will be clear on this, as well.
9. What book do you wish you had written?  Include why you picked this particular book.
10. What scientific or social (not political or religious) endeavor or event would most benefit mankind at this moment in time?  If you say a Space-Alien Invasion, please explain why.
11. How would you explain to a blind person the difference between God and Santa Claus, if both were standing in front of you? This is like The Elephant and the Six Blind Men, but its only you telling one person the difference between the two.

Now, take this Liebster Award as an opportunity to make yourself known on the net a little better as an individual and author.  It may be a dubious way to accomplish this, but no worse than any others I’ve received and passed on.  If you find it questionable, let Billy know and he can pass it backward in this case, since I am passing it forward. It’s taken some thought to finish this up, so don’t let it bother you if it takes you a little time to put your thoughts together.  Consider it a writing exercise, but about yourself rather than your characters.  Have fun with it and keep it going. Should you need to send your dubious remarks back to Billy, be assured; I know he’s a nice guy and won’t mind a little levity. If you want to read some really funny stuff, follow these award links backward and read some of the questions and answers, and the unknown facts. I found it fun. Here are the two before Billy.  They’re “over the pond” and that sense of humor is always worth losing your breath from laughter.  I didn’t link them on purpose; you’ll have to copy and past if you’re really interested, or curious. – he’s from a small town NE of England, which puts him somewhere in the Atlantic
Here are my nominees for the Liebster Award:
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Sometimes I wonder

Is it worth it?

As I embark on the edge of a new announcement to all those on my mailing list, most of whom never respond, I have that toe in the water anticipation.  Will it be warm or cold as ice?

I get no feedback without asking so I can’t believe it’s genuine.  I can’t beg someone to read my manuscript for errors.  No one has time to visit my websites I worked so hard on.  Few have time to read.  I’m living in a bowl of water trying to sell water to the others in here with me.  It all sounds like popping bubbles on the top of the bath water or swimming pool.  Something’s escaped.

Remember the little fish with the helmet full of water in the Chicken Little animated movie?  That’s what we all sound like, garbled nothingness, while being caught in the turnstile.  When will this circular motion end?  When the tread’s gone, or the rut’s too deep.  Running in place…

I never wanted to be famous, that’s why I publish with a pseudonym.  I only want to accomplish something and have it appreciated by many.

I could be like the writer in my in-the-works-story, DOME, who was only famous in her circle, appreciated by an old college professor, and blown-off by her family, living alone until she died.  But she found something amazing, but never told anyone.  It had to be discovered by the right person, and not one she would have chosen.

I don’t think I’ll ever be like the writer in my published novel, Ariel’s Cottage.  She had to experience something horrendous, and barely recover, to write about it and make it big, even a movie.  But crime often sells well.  Reading about the bad stuff that happens to others makes us feel lucky it wasn’t us.  The same for horror.  Being scared out of our wits is better than being shoved into a small dark room without food, water or comfort for days on end, just to be pulled out and beaten and raped…again.

Now you want to know more, right?  How sick is that?  Two ladies talking silly about others over a cup of coffee isn’t as intriguing?  Too bad.  It could be.  It could be a good story, too, and not as disturbing.

When I get all this social media connected and play the reply and comment game for a while, I’ll get back to writing.  For my eyes to be this blurry and my back to hurt this much and to have tired screaming through me like it is, I’d like to have something to show for all this effort.

But I probably won’t.  And no one will notice.  After I publish that last book it will surely be a night like tonight, maybe a couple years from now.  Then when I lay down, I hope I never have to get up again, but let someone else take over doing all this.

But they probably won’t.  Some stranger will discover something wonderful and wonder why no one took notice while I was still breathing.  Doesn’t that happen to a lot of artist…that’s why they’re starving.  So far, I’m not, but it’s so close sometimes it’s as scary as a horror story and as painful as torture.

Goodnight.  Sweet dreams.  I feel a story coming on.

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