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Life, Lyme, and Logic – An Update

My Dear Readers,

I realize I’ve been pulling back on publishing for the past few days…

…Weeks…

Okay, months. :/

Between health issues, blog transitions, and life, it’s been a challenge.

I just moved Reflection Cube and The Bleeding Blogger from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. This change required me to obtain my own hosting plan directly and essentially get my hands more dirty. This slight decrease in convenience is worth the greater freedom and flexibility afforded with the free WordPress.org software. Although the hosting transition has been completed, I’m still working on polishing the new setup for my sites.

And…I just found out I have Lyme Disease. Perhaps this new discovery is a good excuse to start a blog specifically devoted to the health arena.

Announcing…Health Hobo!

For quite some time, I’ve been wanting to start a health-focused blog, and make Reflection Cube more, well…reflective.

Since my health journey is a huge part of my life, I anticipate that its colors will still manifest from time to time in my writing on RC. But for lots of nitty-gritty health and research details, as well as natural beauty tips, recipes, and more, I suggest you follow the Hobo. 😉 I’ve added much of my health-related content from RC over there as well. HH is still in the baby stages, but I don’t expect it to stay there for long.

Back on the home base of Reflection Cube, I intend to return to our logic series soon (and probably random other things that pop into my head, as usual.). 😉 If there’s a specific logical fallacy (or another topic) you’d be interested in seeing me write about, let me know.

Also check out my other blog – The Bleeding Blogger – where I share about topics related to the Christian faith and evidence, as well as encouraging thoughts and quotes.

<3

Kate

 

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Blogging Obstacles and Challenges

In the middle of the hardest month of the year for me (physiologically, neurologically, emotionally), continually creating fresh, thoughtful, and substantial content can be particularly challenging – especially if my emotions are going berserk.

I don’t want to write something I’ll later regret – in the heat of emotions and long nights of insomnia and tears.

Depression also often impairs cognitive function/efficiency for me. Excellence in my writing is incredibly important to me, and I don’t want to produce content that you, my lovely readers, might find boring or useless. Granted, someone is likely to find any or all of my content to be these very things, despite my most diligent and sincere efforts. Others’ perceptions of my content lie outside my domain of influence. All I can do is give it my best. But if my brain is not at its best, then I also feel the need to be extra cautious and patient with myself (and so likely less prolific) with my writing.

And yet…I don’t want you guys to think I’ve abandoned you! 😮 🙁 Especially in a season which can be challenging for many of you as well. Struggles with depression – though often year-round, or capable of showing up at any time – seem to flare up for many of us around February.

So I’m just stopping by to say that I love you guys. I’m grateful for every single one of you – that you exist and that we have crossed paths. <3 Sending some cyber hugs your way. ❤️💖❤️💖❤️

I still plan to try to keep up with writing this month, but the frequency and consistency of posts may seem particularly erratic.

I’m keeping this piece short and sweet – especially as I’m currently operating on approximately four or five hours of sleep.*

If you are struggling this time of year – mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually – know that you are not alone. Your experiences and pain might be very different from mine, but we are in this boat together. And the doors of this online house are open. You know where I live. 😉


* I have found that certain supplements (B6 and magnesium) improve the quality and depth (though perhaps less reliably the duration) of my sleep. B6 has also helped me significantly with my depression, and I’d likely be in much worse shape right now without it. For more info on the forms/brands of B6 and magnesium that I use, check out my Resources page.


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English Error Pet Peeves

I’ve written a lot of “heavier”, more introspective/reflective posts lately. And this is Reflection Cube, so I guess that fits. 😛

But I thought I’d break things up a bit by sharing some common English errors that torture my soul!!! 😨

Please note that I’m not trying to make fun of anyone. I understand that struggles with English or with learning a language are not uncommon. <3 And English isn’t exactly the most straightforward language. I definitely make my share of linguistic mistakes. 😛

I will include some simple examples of the incorrect and correct English forms – not with the intention of insulting anyone – but for anyone who might be less familiar or comfortable with the English language, or just confused after hearing and reading the wrong thing so many times.

OK. Here goes. 😀


Mixing-up “are” and “our”

😢 Incorrect: We our going to the museum later.

🙂 Correct: We are going to the museum later.

😢 Incorrect: Are love will never die.

🙂 Correct: Our love will never die.


Saying “For all intensive purposes” instead of “For all intents and purposes”

😢 Incorrect: For all intensive purposes, we are finished with our meeting.

🙂 Correct: For all intents and purposes, we are finished with our meeting.


“Affect” and “Effect”

😢 Incorrect: How did the company’s restructuring effect you?

🙂 Correct: How did the company’s restructuring affect you?

😢 Incorrect: The side affects of consuming this drug may include nausea, headaches, and vision loss.

🙂 Correct: The side effects of consuming this drug may include nausea, headaches, and vision loss.


Using “Chose” Instead of Choose

😢 Incorrect: Tonight, Sam gets to chose the movie.

🙂 Correct: Tonight, Sam gets to choose the movie.


“There”, “Their”, and “They’re”

😢 Incorrect: I’m going to head over their and see what’s going on.

🙂 Correct: I’m going to head over there and see what’s going on. (“There” is a place or location.)

😢 Incorrect: There making fun of me again.

🙂 Correct: They’re making fun of me again. (They are making fun of me again.)

😢 Incorrect: They’re cat isn’t very friendly.

🙂 Correct: Their cat isn’t very friendly. (“Their” indicates possession and belonging.)


“It’s” and “Its”

😢 Incorrect: Never judge a book by it’s cover.

🙂 Correct: Never judge a book by its cover. (Counterintuitive as it may seem, this is one instance where possession does not require an apostrophe.)

😢 Incorrect: Its cold in here.

🙂 Correct: It’s cold in here. (It is cold in here.)


“You’re” and “Your”

😢 Incorrect: Your wrong.

🙂 Correct: You’re wrong. (You are wrong.)

😢 Incorrect: You’re statement is incorrect.

🙂 Correct: Your statement is incorrect.


Using “loose” instead of “lose”

😢 Incorrect: I’m loosing a lot of weight.

🙂 Correct: I’m losing a lot of weight.


“Led” and “lead”

😢 Incorrect: He lead me out of the maze.

🙂 Correct: He led me out of the maze.

This can be confusing, because lead – the element – is pronounced the same way “led” is pronounced, but differently than the way “lead” is pronounced when describing leadership.

“Lead me to the city.” (LEEEED)

“Lead is toxic to humans.” (LEHD)

“The guide led us deep into the cave.” (LEHD)


Using “I” when it should actually be “me” (and vice-versa)

😢 Incorrect: Melissa and me will bring side dishes.

🙂 Correct: Melissa and I will bring side dishes.

(If you try removing Melissa from the sentence, what makes more sense: “Me will bring side dishes”, or “I will bring side dishes”?)

😢 Incorrect: Kelsey is close to Jessica and I.

🙂 Correct: Kelsey is close to Jessica and me.

(If you try removing Jessica from the sentence, what makes more sense: “Kelsey is close to I”, or “Kelsey is close to me”?)


 Saying “eat healthy” rather than “eat healthily”

😢 Incorrect: I try to exercise regularly and eat healthy.

🙂 Correct: I try to exercise regularly and eat healthily.

Healthy” is an adjective, whereas “healthily” is an adverb.

“Healthy” should be followed by the healthy thing you’re eating.

I try to eat healthy…food? Dinners? Sandwiches? Healthy is describing something. It cannot stand alone. It does not describe how you’re eating. Only what you’re eating.

“Healthily”, on the other hand, does describe how you’re eating. Are you eating…carelessly? Cheaply? Expensively? Quickly? Poorly? Or healthily?


Pronouncing “mischievous” as MIS-CHEE-VEE-US, rather than MIS-CHUH-VUS!

“Mischievous” should only be pronounced with three syllables, not four. And no CHEE or VEE. 🙂

“Every kid in that class has a mischievous streak.” (“Every kid in that class has a MIS-CHUH-VUS streak.”)


What did I miss? What English errors do you tend to notice? What’s your #1 English pet peeve? 🙂


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The Lonely Road

 

 

For fortune, fame, or favor
I will not take the trodden road.
For accolades and words of praise
I will not trade my soul.
For dopamine spikes
From follows and likes
My heart will not be sold.
I will not ignore the voice within,
I will not lose sight of my goal.

I will not ignore the voice within,
I will take the lonely road.

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