#048–Why do some people play music on their phones without headphones or earbuds in public places?

The Chatty Introvert comments on, and seeks explanation for a particular form of noise pollution.

The Chatty Introvert

The Universe strikes again with something I can work with. I have excellent hearing. Even now I can hear Starbucks’ sound system through my wrap-around headphones, which are on to diminish the noise so I can write.

Also, it was to tune out a whole different noise that I couldn’t define (but I assume was music).

I’ve had this question for quite a while. I understand people like to listen to their music or audio clips or videos or whatever, and thanks to phones they can bring ’em with them wherever they want. It’s nice to listen to what you want.

But it doesn’t mean we all want to listen to it with you!

It happens once in a while around here. There’s the sound system in the corners playing music, and then this tinny, brash noise coming from somebody’s phone that isn’t a ringtone. The person is sitting there…

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A Nicole Lyons Book Giveaway

Canadians, Nicole’s book is in a giveaway on Goodreads.

Nicole Lyons

Unfortunately, I screwed this one up and it is only open to residents of Canada, but I promise once this one ends I will do a worldwide giveaway through Goodreads.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

I Am A World Of Uncertainties Disguised As A Girl by Nicole  Lyons

I Am A World Of Uncertainties Disguised As A Girl

by Nicole Lyons

Giveaway ends December 11, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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A pseudo-Liberal and a Conservative walk into a diner. (Sigh) Political discussion ensues…

The Chatty Introvert is exhausted after conversation with a Trump supporter, not surprisingly.

The Chatty Introvert

I was supposed to work yesterday, but ended up getting called off. So, in a state of tiredness and profound boredom, I decided to leave the house and hang out at Denny’s with a book and my writing stuff. I felt like I’d rather die than sit there and tune out the living room TV and look at a computer screen for five more seconds.

But it was like nothing could go right yesterday. I was driving to my fave diner, and half-way there considered turning around. But I got there anyway, and maybe had 20 minutes to myself when someone else walked in (it was pouring rain) that I’d talked to before.

Somehow, a question about the Coexist bumper sticker on my car led to an hour of political discussion, since he figured I had a liberal lean.

I was not prepared for this.

Thanks to being away from…

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I was misdiagnosed as bipolar for 6 years. I’m only now getting my life back.

Sam writes on the price of misdiagnosis and the relief of the right one.

Let's Queer Things Up!

I have spent a ridiculously long time trying to get my sh*t together. That’s just the honest truth. A big part of that has to do with the fact that I was misdiagnosed as bipolar, which resulted in a six-year-long goose chase, trying medications that were never actually going to work.

It took a savvy psychiatrist, an incredibly patient therapist, two nightmarish hospitalizations, and a battery of psychotropic medications to finally sort out the problem.

I wasn’t bipolar at all. I had obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and complex PTSD. And as such, we needed a whole different approach.

I tried antidepressants for the first time. It was like the sun parting through the clouds, with a chorus of angelic voices being heard in the distance (this sounds dramatic, but seriously, it was a huge relief). I started trauma-informed therapy and I learned more about OCD (“pure…

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Arguing with Trumpists is exhausting.

LuckyOtter shares the weariness of trying to interact constructively with a Trump supporter on Twitter.

Lucky Otters Haven



I should know better than to argue with Trump supporters on Twitter or anywhere else. Several other people were involved in this thread. I have called them Person A, B, etc. The Trump supporter is called “Trumpist” and I’m just “ME.”  This is the kind of twisted logic we are up against.

Thread Starter: With Trump’s base showing strong preferences for authoritarianism, and continuing to support a serial predator of children [Roy Moore], it’s time to look this problem in its face. 1/ (first post in a long thread)

Trumpist: YOU are the ENEMY… you are the bad guy. Christians like me are fighting progressives like you with all our hearts. We just want to live with our traditional values without scum like you trying to push ‘progressive” bs on kids like my nephew. 😡😡😡😡

ME: Well fine but then why are you evangelicals trying to shove your religious agenda…

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This Could Get Controversial…

Insane Roots tells of a house, a neighborhood, and an entity.

Insane Roots

As I write to  you now there is a chainsaw raging just outside my window.

And it has been for the last few hours.

I was so looking forward to sleeping in today, but as the sun awoke this morning, so began another day of construction and the slow destruction of what used to be the neighborhood I grew up in.

What was once a few small houses hidden from the street is slowly losing the war against one’s desire to expand an already massive parking lot. A fight we have all been fighting for many years.

To give you some background, every family occupying this neighborhood has been here since the tiny village of Roscoe began. In most cases, all of these houses have been passed down from generation to generation. To us, maintaining that close nit small town feeling is not just important, but it is tradition.


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Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews – I Am A World of Uncertainties Disguised As A Girl

In case, dear readers, you have not come to appreciate the poetry of Nicole Lyons (which I reblog a lot), this beautiful review of her new collection should tempt you.

Nicole Lyons


Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite

I Am A World Of Uncertainties Disguised As A Girl is an incredible embodiment of emotion, expressed through prose and poetry, and written by Nicole Lyons. The shuddering impact each verse creates in the soul of the reader is profound, dealing in various embattled reactions to situations in life and its complexities. Whether the subject be conveying one’s faith, promiscuity, temptations in life or broken hearts, each verse shakes you emotionally, as it reaches inside and tinkers with the many different experiences and aspects of a person’s existence.

Never before have I read poetry on such a large scale of extreme raw emotion. I was able to feel and relate to the pain of Nicole Lyons as she expressed so many variances in her life, up to the point of waiting for the impact of death to take place. The violations of a…

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