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You guys know I love when thing happen organically. Something wonderful happened today that gave me hope!

Covid has had the worse triggering effect on people. Social media, conservative news, sometimes just the news in general. We have Covid. We had the election which was totally nuts. Then the capital riot. Now we have Covid Delta. We have vaccinations. The list goes on!

I don’t want to rehash the past. To be able to cope with this crazy world and alternate reality early on I identified being triggered as the big issue. I found folks I needed to help me deal with this and thru some hard work was able to not be triggered (for the most part). In order for me to do the work as a psych nurse and be part of the team at Treasure Coast I had to take care of myself.

This is where I landed. I honestly don’t care what people believe because there is no arguing with them.

The psychiatric community has really disappointed me because they are not really talking about this. No one is. We just get up and go to work and follow what ever protocol we have to follow. We (healthcare workers) do what we can to make the best of a bad situation.

I also run a bunch of local newsgroups that encompasses the Treasure Coast. Some are quiet! Some are quite active and a lot of triggering goes on. My friend Dawn and I have done a great job managing but sometimes I just turn off the comments.

Last night i approved this in one of our groups.

This is what happened! Not only was it a great post but the most wonderful thing happened. A lot of people didn’t read the post so they were totally triggered. Right behind them was another group of members who kindly told them to re-read the post. People did and most laughed. People were being kind and working together which is really all I want in my world.

When you laugh you raise your endorphins!

The psychologist Daniel Goleman refers to “amygdala hijack,” an intense emotional reaction that’s dramatically disproportionate to the situation. When a person has been triggered, their emotions take over, and they see the world through a distorted lens. Being triggered and understanding how to control that is imperative. Not just with this but with everything.

Wouldn’t you rather be happy?

Here is a good article!

Amygdala Hijack: When Emotion Takes Over

You can google there are loads of good articles! My best advice is to find something that resonates with you and use it to decrease your triggering reaction. Please don’t make me write about the negative effect of stress on your body! Please! Google it like a grown up!

When I’m stressed out I crank up the radio! Nothin like a little Blue Oyster Cult (better than prozac!) Give it a try!

The biggest thank you to Tommy Trail Jr. You healed our group! You gave me faith!

Lastly, I think a mandatory vacation sounds like a swell idea!

Squirrels ate my internet

Last Christmas my kids gave me a bird feeder guaranteed to keep out squirrels. I’ve had load of birds most notible the woodpecker that comes to procreate every year.

I filled it up and hung it on a tree and off I went.

When I returned it was hanging by a rope and the rope was anchored down. It’s kinda like pulling a sail up and down especially when it full.

I politely thanked my neighbor for being so thoughtful and never gave it a second thought.

Fast forward a few months. I’m sitting here doing my Sunday morning work routine and I loose my internet. I do the restarting routine. I pull out all the plugs and plug things back in. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

I call At&t and we figure out its gotta be an outside wire.

I can’t get an appointment for days. My fault with a busy work week.

The guys comes. I tell him my sad story. He takes off. Gone for an hour. Comes back and says “squirrels.” You gottta laugh because all I think about is this must be retribution for the bird feeder.

In my imagination the scurry had a meeting and decided to get my attention.

Apparently this is an issue we all need to concerned about.

Sea Level Rise in Miami and Politics. Let’s just say no to the “deniers.”

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Sea Level Rise in Miami and Politics. Let’s just say no to the “deniers.”

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The last election was the first election I participated in a long time. I felt very disenfranchised and I realized how important it was to get people out to vote. I put together a list of clean water candidates because I thought it would bring us together and it did. It did in a way. In a way it didn’t. We really really need to do this all together.

Now we need this more than ever. Miami is floating away.

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When Michael Grunwald was here he talked about the tides comes up to his house.

What’s going to happen? What’s going to happen is what has happened. People are going to stick their necks in the sand and its going to get worse and our fellow citizens are in danger.  Please go talk to your party…

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Hannibal and Cinematography: Looking is Hard

excellent post! I’m blown away by the cinematography

Tillary does Photo graphy.

Hannibal

My absolutely guiltless pleasure this past spring was Bryan Fuller’s NBC series Hannibal. Besides enjoying the quipping but heavy writing, fantastic performances, morbid crossing of death and food (Pushing Daisies much?), and themes of destructive imagination, this show is GORGEOUS. Design teams did an incredible job throughout, but I especially want to highlight the cinematography.

The image above is representational the show’s aesthetic in general: Tight Framing. Medium-close-ups. Deep, muted colors that tend heavily toward red and bluish-greens. Shadowy lighting. Shallow focus.

Let me repeat that last one: Shallow. Focus.

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His neck is out of focus, but I can see every hair on his patch of scruff. Like, what? What?

And this is a constant throughout the show: Features of a face or object are sharp while features just inches away are not. Focus softens and sharpens in single shots. Backgrounds are entirely blurred. It’s beautiful, but also borders…

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Custom vs. Cookiecutter

Check out my friend Laura new blog!

Homes By Laura

  1. When you choose a custom home builder, you have decided that you desire a home that is different and unique as you are as a person! To have your home meet the special needs and lifestyle of your family. It is so much fun and more comforting to have a floor plan that revolves around you. Your home is where you spend 70% of your time and is a reflection how you choose to spend your life making memories with your family. It is also very exciting to see your dream home become a reality.

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A Closer Look at DeSantis’ Executive Order 19-12: “Achieving More Now For Florida’s Environment”

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

On January 10th, Florida’s Office of the Governor, under very newly elected Ron DeSantis, issued Executive Order 19-12. The title of this order is “Achieving More Now For Florida’s Environment.” It is a remarkable and voluminous piece.

Today, I am going to share it in full as you may have only heard about parts of it in the newspaper.

*For entire Executive Order 19-12 link here; you may wish to print out for your files: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/EO-19-12-.pdf

Here we go–

First, note the “Whereases…” giving background and laying foundation for the order.

Whereas, water and natural resources are the foundation of Florida’s communities, economy and way of life; and

Whereas, protection of water resources is one of the most critical issues facing our state and requires immediate action; and

Whereas, recent algae blooms have resulted in an increasing threat to our environment and fragile ecosystems, including our rivers, beaches, and wildlife…

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Our Fairy Godmother Mary Barley

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Our Fairy Godmother Mary Barley

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For some great amazing reason there are many of us that walk around with our water issues in our head. All day long. In our dreams. It’s what we think about when we are driving the car and when we wake up in the morning. It’s what has brought us together. The overwhelming need to fix this.

Way before we were doing this Mary Barley was on the case.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_godmother

Fairy Godmothers are magically-gifted women who monitor magical forces across the kingdoms. Whenever events are right for a fairy tale to recur, the relevant Fairy Godmother steps in to make sure that the tale in question runs its course with as few fatalities as possible.

Mary Barley has been watching out for our clean water for a long time. She has fought the dragons. She has the vision of the Everglades, of clean…

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Miss Amy’s Treasure Coast Style Smoked Fish Dip

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Smoked Fish Dip is a staple in my Treasure Coast kitchen, a Floridian favorite appetizer or snack. I like it on Townhouse Pita Crackers with Sea Salt – my husband prefers Triscuits.

This is a spicy dip and the amounts of seasonings are a starting point, I usually add more and let the flavors blend for at least 8 hours in the fridge. I don’t eat salt, so it will probably need some for everyone else.

Treasure Coast Style Smoked Fish Dip

4 ounces smoked Mahi Mahi

2 1/2 Tablespoons mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (I use Badia)

dash garlic powder

dash celery seed

juice of 1/2 large lemon

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

2 heaping teaspoons chopped jalapenos (I use Mt Olive)

Using a food processor, add fish to the bowl and pulse until it breaks into even small pieces, add Old Bay, smoked…

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