Monthly Archives: March 2014

I Have An Irrational Fear Of HIV

Thought Catalog

“Thank you God, for giving me a sixteenth chance.” Those words (substitute the accurate number) come out of my mouth every three months. Because every three months, when I have decided that the virus has been in my body long enough to produce enough antibodies for the test to detect, I go to the free and confidential health clinic in Chelsea on 29th street and get tested for HIV. The first time I went, I dragged my roommate with me, because I thought it would be nice to have a friend nearby while I hurled myself out a window after receiving the bad news. An extreme paranoia of HIV is incredibly overwhelming and consuming. Luckily I am not too bad – I only have minor panic attacks associated with fear of HIV, fear from logical situations – like the time I thought an e-mail infected me. I used to work…

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The danger of a single story

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

This has relevance within all culture and sub-cultures.

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

See also:

●  The art of living: stories as sustenance for the soul

●  Wounding and healing are not opposites

●  Words for all in the “helping” professions (and for any human who wants to benefit others)

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Awaken the inner shaman

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

I’m sharing an interview about shamanism that I really enjoyed from Sounds True.

Plant medicine is talked about in this interview, which in this context is referring to the use hallucinogenic plants to access the shamanic realms. I want to suggest that when Jose talks about it not being a wise thing to ingest such plants if one is ungrounded or emotionally unstable that for some significant number of folks who have psych diagnosis, a more accurate statement might be, that these substances are unnecessary as such people are already far closer to that inner shaman and with guidance simply do not need the help of a hallucinogen. See: What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital

With that said I’d like to reiterate that, in general, it’s generally not a good idea to use hallucinogens if you are emotionally unstable in any way. If you are interested in shamanism, trust that you…

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Lest we forget – more Tory MPs voted against gay marriage than voted for it

Totally agree – I don’t trust the Tories neither the Lib-dems and what can I really say about Labour.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Tories!)

While Cameron is congratulating himself on the historic passing of legislation allowing same-sex marriage – it should not be forgotten that more of his fellow Tory MPs voted against marriage equality than voted for it.

134 Conservative MPs voted against gay marriage, 126 supported it and 35 Tories abstained.

Lest we forget.


Related articles by Tom Pride:

Pro-gay marriage and a Firefox user? You may want to change web browser

Best of Twitter reaction to UKIP councillor’s rant about gay marriage causing floods

UKIP drops opposition to gay marriage after hot weather forecast for UK

Church of England says no to women bishops, knights and rooks

Church of England accused of homophonaphobia


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