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Half Asleep

The time spent atop the wall of sleep, not quite awake, not quite asleep, is the most dangerous time of all. All the thoughts that your conscious mind has kept at bay all day see their opportunity to break through, to reveal themselves and let you glimpse them as you slowly sink into the subconscious. The thoughts, visions, and memories that are within us, but not revealed to us, lurk and make their presence known, like wolves heard, sensed, but not seen, circling just outside the light that the campfire of our conscious mind throws into the dark night of our existence.

The pain, the guilt over the shadowy events and memories that you, through either action or inaction, created or allowed to come into existence is the last thing you feel before the veil of nightmares separates you from the safety of the rational and the present. Guilt and anger is the last thing you feel before the shadowlands pull you in. It’s no wonder that the pain does not fade. It is nourished, cultivated every night, and reborn with you every morning. The light of the day chases the pain to the back of your mind, where it sits and waits for its opportunities to make itself known. Like a guerrilla warrior, a terrorist, it looks for weak points and places where it can do it’s greatest harm. It is an enemy not quite understood. An enemy not fully known cannot be defeated without destroying the whole world around it.


Political Correctness

The biggest danger of political correctness is that people will no longer freely express themselves. When people freely express themselves, they expose themselves for who they really are.
If someone is a misogynist, I’d prefer that he speak and act like a misogynist so people will know, and govern themselves accordingly.
When political correctness keeps people from freely expressing themselves, we lose the “easy way” of finding out who they really are. Sometimes the hard way of finding out can cost us quite a lot.

I’m hurt far too easily, and stay hurt for far too long. My brain understands, but my gut, or my heart, or whatever, has a mind of its own.  I’m glad I have someone who understands my own version of insanity, for the most part. I’d really rather not be this way, but I probably always will be, now.

Four Working Cities Called “Top Spots to Live”

This is interesting. Lynn, Somerville, Salem, and Lawrence called great places to live. I question them all if you have children you want to send to school, and I question Lynn and Lawrence under any circumstances. Lots of crime in both cities, lots of illegal immigration burden, and not much unique on the upside. There are nice aspects to both Lynn, and Lawrence, but nothing that you can’t fine elsewhere. Salem has a lot of upsides, as does Somerville. I suppose this is all good for property values, and I own property in two of the four cities mentioned.

The Central Premise

Well, how about that!

We knew that the 20 Massachusetts cities that were eligible for the Boston Fed’s Working Cities Challenge had many important assets among their challenges as small, postindustrial, gateway cities, but it’s nice to see the Boston Globe cite four of them as great places to live. The cities are Lynn, Somerville, Salem, and Lawrence.

Writes Elizabeth Gehrman, “Now that the economy’s recovering, home values in many places are on the rise. ‘In Greater Boston it’s going gangbusters,’ says Timothy Warren, CEO of The Warren Group, the Boston-based real estate tracking firm that provided the price data used here. …

“One factor driving up prices, Warren explains, is that after a seven-year slump in the market, ‘there’s a lot of pent-up demand.’ Many first-time home buyers had put off the big purchase amid scary headlines about foreclosures and short sales. ‘These people are having babies now…

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