If you read any of my posts over the past week, you know that I’ve been introspective. My anxiety is starting to creep back. Life is good, though! I’m getting work done and having some fun! Here are my favorite things this week, 14 January 2018. While I try to keep snark and negativity out of this list as much as possible, I was amused by the person — who although he admits he has never been outside of the United States — explaining to me what Finnish winters were like. I’ve only been through four of them, if you include the one I’m looking at outside my window as I’m writing this. Clearly I don’t know what I’m talking[…]

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In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about empathy. They discuss the way culture can promote or discourage having compassion for other people. Thoughts are shared about how a lack of empathy is sometimes a failure of critical thinking, by not understanding how helping others is beneficial to one’s self. Also, a brief interlude about elephants. (After finding and watching the elephant video again I realize that a lot of what I said in the podcast is completely wrong. They aren’t wild and they human wasn’t a stranger. But it’s still an awesome video that demonstrates that elephants have more empathy than some humans. -b.) Special Thanks Pertti Ankkuri Petri Nurmi Gary Weller Elephant Come to Rescue People https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVceZEfAsTc Subscribe[…]

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This probably qualifies as an announcement, but I’m keeping it low-key for now. That’s why I’m posting it here, and not in Dancing Lights Press spaces. There will be a Foragers Guild roleplaying game. I’ve got enough ideas for the setting, and the mechanics, that I think it’s worth putting yet another fantasy roleplaying game out into the world. It won’t be part of the Foragers Guild Guide series on Patreon, but it will build on material contained in it. I’m not announcing any release dates, other than a desire to get it done by the end of the year. Other than having a Scrivener file full of notes, I haven’t started on it yet. It does comprise, however, the[…]

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Last week we renewed one of Katie’s prescriptions. For a 3-month supply it cost us €39, the equivalent of about $46. In the United States a single month of the generic would cost $90 without insurance. This morning I was reading about someone who is experiencing a gap in their health insurance. It apparently ran out at the end of December, but they’ll be covered again in February. In the mean time, they’ll have to pay $900 out of pocket for their prescriptions. Without that medication, they could die, or at least suffer long-term health complications. And people wonder why America makes me feel powerless. Today I have to finish layout out a book, so I can put it up[…]

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My notes tell me that I’m supposed to write about siskonmakkara, “sister sausage”, today. I think I wrote that down last week when I was making siskonmakkarakeitto, sister sausage soup, and I though some American readers might be intrigued and/or grossed out by this very common Finnish food. It has nothing to do with sisters, so let’s clarify that. The name is allegedly based on the Finnish interpretation (sisko) of the Swedish interpretation (siskonkorv) of the German interpretation (saucischen) of the French word for “small sausage” (saucisse). Somehow saucisse ends up translated as sisko, which is the Finnish word for sister. When you take it that way, it ends up meaning “sausage sausage”, which is another reason why people go insane trying to[…]

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