What ho?

Had a couple of good, getting-things-done days, then a couple of ow, ow, ow pain days. Better this afternoon. Actually cooked dinner. Pork chop with cider sauce. Oh, so easy. Baked sweet potato, applesauce. Yum. No green veg. Oh, well. Didn’t go with the color scheme.

>FinlandCame across an article about Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (disorder, human variation, whatever), which I didn’t know was a thing but is what I have. There are articles about how to correct it, all of which things I have done and none of which worked, so I am going to give one of the things one more try, and if it doesn’t work yet again, I am just going to relax and accept that I sleep from 4am to 10am or so. Get over it, world. I already have most people trained to the fact that I am NOT a morning person, so don’t try to make an appointment for me then, or call me, either. It’s myself I need to work on. I always feel guilty for getting up so late, and it’s worse now that it gets dark so early. I could live in Finland, next door to my friend, and get about as much daylight as I’m getting here now.

Some people think this is a disorder, and some think it’s just a variation of regular human circadian rhythms. Someone suggested we start our own town, with business hours starting at ten am. Sounds good to me, and we would have to also outlaw Daylight Saving Time, which I hate, hate, hate.

People are so different individually, and yet we are all of us expected to conform to some ‘norm’ in whatever behaviour is in question. If we learn differently that the ‘norm’ we have ADD and must be drugged for it. If we love people of our own gender, we are ‘deviant’ and must be punished and ostracized and even killed for it. If we learn better by doing it rather than reading about it, that causes its own problems. We are forced to ‘fit in’ by some nameless majority who get to set the rules for all of us, not just themselves and those like them. Screw that! Take your rules and your written-in-stones and… okay, I won’t say what they can do with them. I am a family friendly blogger (I think).

My youngest daughter, who is quite brilliant /we all are, actually. ;)/ had a terrible time with school. She used to say that they wanted her to just sit still for long periods of time, and she needed to move. They wanted her to do hours of dull and very mind-numbingly boring homework, when she knew the subjects and didn’t need the rote learning and whatever else was forced on her. I wished I was rich enough to send her to Montessori, but that was waaay beyond our budget. I wish I was a smarter parent and understood what the issues were and had the wherewithal to do something about them, instead of just going with the current mindset promoted by the schools. She suffered a lot because of me as well as because of the schools.

I would bet that most ‘troublemakers’ in school have similar issues. Either sitting for long periods is impossible, or they are very smart and get bored to death. When I was in school in Colorado, lo these many years ago before the dinosaurs, I was given extra work when I was done before everyone else. I could read faster than anyone in class, so was given extra books to read. Once we moved to Massachusetts, it seemed my kids only got the ‘you have to do things this way or else’ type of education. If you don’t learn that way, if you don’t work that way, you don’t fit in and are punished for it. I really hope we wake up some day to the wealth of resources and brilliance that are there in people who do not just ‘fit in’.

We were supposed to have high winds tonight, as well as the rain we’ve been getting, but so far there doesn’t seem to be any wind at all. I love weather. It’s so unpredictable, in spite of all the technology. Too much predictability is just boring, which is why living in New England is so great. There are even sayings about it. If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. I like that one, because it is so true. Even though I am not ‘from’ here originally, I definitely belong in New England. It’s a good thing.

I am waiting with great trepidation to find out what the outcome is in Ferguson. They police are armed and ready to put down a revolt by the revolutionaries who are trying to take over the country….I mean by the people who are angry and protesting the lack of any kind of punishment for murder-by-police. Who are exercising their constitutional right to protest, but are being treated as terrorists. It really does make me ashamed of my country, and disgusted by those in power locally. Give small-minded people a little power, and they lose all perspective. It’s just wrong, and I have no idea what to do about it, which just leaves me feeling helpless. Guess I’m done here, readers.

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