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Apr. 11th, 2017

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Apr. 10th, 2017

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Five days without my Bi-PAP Machine.

The oxygen machine and the medcline pillows are helping. I've only had headaches a couple of days. But I feel really tired and my eyes hurt. Last time I was without my machine this long I was a mess after three days, so I think the pillows are making a difference.

I have an appointment with my Dr tomorrow to talk about my machine. I need to make a list of all my symptoms when I don't have my machine. My own snoring wakes me up. I wake up gasping and choking. I feel tired during the day. I'm having trouble concentrating. My skin feels prickly. My eyes hurt. I have a sore throat. I have headaches in the morning.

Apr. 6th, 2017

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Birthday Lunch and Bi-PAP problems.

Apria contacted me and said the insurance company wants me to have a different machine. I packed up my machine and yesterday a man came to give me the new one and take away the old. After he left I opened up the box and found out there wasn't a mask. I had packed the old mask in with the old machine. So now I have a new machine with no mask.

In the past I could have called the office and they could have called the driver and he could have dropped back and returned my mask. But with the new international corporation I could only get hold of their answering service in India. And they said their service department would get back to me. They didn't of course. Because their customer service sucks. I called again today and they say they have ordered my mask returned to me but it might take 7-10 days. I tried calling Guthrie Med Supply to see if I could change my supplier but they said because I just got a new machine and mask my insurer will not let them send me a new machine or mask. I should have changed service providers when I got the new machine a couple of months ago. I'm not sure how long I will have to go without sleep. But when the last machine broke and I started having trouble thinking clearly after three days. Last night I just used my oxygen machine which has a little pressure. And my new wedge pillows might help.

I'm a Okay today. I had lunch at Spicy Asian with Anne and Marilyn. Gulsum was supposed to join us but she wasn't feeling well.

I ordered the sliced fish and special tofu hot pot. Which I really like and have ordered before. We also got the jumbo shrimp with black bean sauce, and the ribs and tofu skin hot pot. I don't think we have had either of those before and they were both good.
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Apr. 5th, 2017

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  • Wed, 01:00: Let toys be toys: The case for gender-neutral marketing @CNN https://t.co/H02I8epNsw
  • Wed, 01:04: Book Review: ‘Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of our Gendered Minds’ https://t.co/9nXntF5SV0
  • Wed, 01:56: RT @SenSanders: I oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch. I cannot support giving a man with his views a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court.
  • Wed, 01:57: RT @SenSanders: There is nothing I've seen or heard from Judge Gorsuch to make me believe he is prepared to overturn the gutting of the Vot…
  • Wed, 01:57: RT @SenSanders: Second—it’s not too much to ask that all people eligible to vote should be able to vote without harassment, roadblocks and…
  • Wed, 01:58: RT @SenKamalaHarris: You shouldn’t be denied education because your family can't afford it. Joining @SenSanders & others to introduce the #…
  • Wed, 01:58: RT @SenSanders: Over the next decade, the federal government is projected to make over $70 billion in profits off of student loan programs.…
  • Wed, 01:58: RT @SenSanders: “It is obscene that the U.S. government is making a profit off the backs of students trying to get an education." —@SenWarr
  • Wed, 01:59: RT @RepJayapal: Student debt has grown about 500% since 1999. Five hundred percent. Incomes for anyone but the richest have not kept pace…
  • Wed, 01:59: RT @SenSanders: Young people have enormous power if they bring people together to stand up, fight back and demand change. #CollegeforAll
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Apr. 4th, 2017

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Apr. 3rd, 2017

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Cooking day!

Marilyn came over and I cooked.
I made dad's Hungarian Goulash with smoked paprika. It tastes different. A little more spicy, but a mostly a different flavor. I can't describe it.

I made Spinach Artichoke Dip. Wegmans was pushing their canned artichokes a while ago and I picked some up. I have finally used them. Now I have my own personal recipe for Spinach Artichoke dip.

I tried out the instant oatmeal as overnight oats. It works was well as quick oats. I also made another batch of Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed overnight oats, with fresh lemon zest and fresh lemon juice. It was very good. The fresh lemon zest really made a difference.
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Reading and Writing.

I got some writing done today. I have also been dipping into some new books. When I look at all the books I need to read I feel overwhelmed and avoid them. But if I just read instead of avoided reading I would get more done.


Ah, the inherently unproductive cycle of procrastination.

Apr. 1st, 2017

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My Scooter, and Crocheting with the Girls.

I used my new lift and scooter today. I went grocery shopping. The lack of a shopping basket was a problem. I may go back to using their carts. Or I may stay using mine. I had to buy less because I could only carry so much.

I got lots of positive comments about my tulip hat. People enjoy the bright flowers and it makes them smile.

When I got home I finally got to teach the two girls from next door how to crochet. Gulsum said we could do it at her apartment, because she has more room. I taught them all how to crochet.

I also played chess with them, and we played a round of Apples to Apples. And the girls sang. They have beautiful voices. We sang Frère Jacques as a round! And we sang "Swing Low Sweet Chariot". Liz said she had a solo in school for that song so she led us. I love singing.

Gulsum also invited us all to stay for dinner. Her husband was home but he stayed in another room most of the time. He did join us for dinner. The girls were great they set the table and tried all the food, even though it was strange to them. We had a tomato noodle soup, salad (with lemon juice and pomegranate syrup), a noodle casserole with cheese and corn, and beans with peppers and onions. The girls tried the Turkish fermented carrot juice. They didn't like it but they tried it. And they tried the Japanese green hot sauce. They challenged each other to see how much they could take until Gulsum took it away because she was afraid they would make themselves sick.

Then we went back to crochet and chess. The girls did not get far on the hats. But Gulsum almost finished hers.

The girls really enjoyed their visit and would like to do it again. Gulsum enjoyed it and would like to do it again. I also enjoyed it and would like to do it again.

Sometimes I try to get people together and it doesn't work. But this time I really think it worked well.

It was a very long visit for me though. I'm glad I can stay home tomorrow. I also worry about staying to long, and imposing on Gulsum. She assures me I didn't overstay my welcome. I think she likes having someone to talk to. The girls like having someone to teach them crafts. And Gulsum likes children and was happy to have children around the house. I felt very domestic crocheting with the children.
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Mar. 30th, 2017

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Another lovely visit with my downstairs neighbor.

Gulsum invited me over this afternoon for a visit. We had a lovely time. She gave me a scarf that had been decorated by some of her relatives. It had a edging that looked like tatting. We talked about a lot of things. And she made a lovely dinner for us of chicken soup, rice, and salad. Her husband was at school and didn't come back until late so it was just us. We both agreed that it is nicer to have company for meals.
Scarf with Turkish Oya (edging)



I'm glad I'm so agreeable when it comes to food. I was able to eat a little bit of everything. Because I liked everything. I had no problem with radishes, red cabbage, and beets dressed with fresh lemon juice and pomegranate syrup.

She is such a nice young lady. I really like her and I look forward to spending more time with her. I lent her some books and I will look for more books to lend her.

We talked about swimming and maybe in the summer we can go swimming at Meyer's Point. Or visit a museum now that I have my scooter and go places.
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Mar. 28th, 2017

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Steel Cut Oats, Organic Free-range Roosters, and the Scooter Project Progresses!!

Song gave me some steel cut oats to try with my overnight oats recipes. I was not impressed. When I opened the container in the morning they were still hard. But after stirring them again and letting them sit for a few more hours they were soft enough to eat. There are people on the internet who like using steel cut oats in this way but I will stick with rolled or quick oats. I will have to see what happens with instant oats too.

I bought a couple of organic free-range roosters, and rooster feet, from a local farmer. Song and I made rooster soup. And now I'm making rooster stock. Rooster is amazingly gelatinous. The skin and bones are sticky with gelatin and the stock from soup congeals at room temperature. It's fantastic! Before we peeled them the rooster feet looked like dinosaur feet. I'm adding them to the stock.

And finally the parts to install the lift in the van have arrived. I have an appointment to get the lift installed and I may very soon have access to my scooter! The installation place says it will take a 3-4 hours to do the installation. I will bring a book and some snacks. Yippeeee!

Mar. 25th, 2017

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Mar. 24th, 2017

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A Kind of Logical Fallacy.

A long time ago I was having a conversation with my father (who is a very intelligent man I have a lot of respect for) and I said something about Jewishness being both a religion and a race.

A great many Jews are religious and practice the Jewish faith. Which is has very clear rules and practices. They literally wrote The Book on it. But many Jews do not practice the faith and consider themselves "secular" even "atheist" but still Jews. Many of these secular Jews are ethnically American, or whatever country they live in, even Israeli, but still consider themselves Jews because their ancestors were Jews. The only word for that is race. Which goes against the popular argument that there is no such thing "race", that "races don't exist".

But my father's response to my suggestion, that Jews are a race, was to say that I was taking the side of the Nazis. The Nazis, rather famously, rounded up and tried to kill all the Jews they could find (as well as any Gypsies and homosexuals). And they did it under the argument that Jews were an inferior race. Not for the traditional European Christian argument that Jews were the wrong religion.

I think there is something very wrong with that argument. Just because the Nazis used race as an excuse to killed the Jews doesn't mean that anyone who says that the Jews are a race is participating in anti-semitism.

I know there are "dog whistle" covers, where anti-semites claim some other basis for their hurtful behavior. But I think that in order to accuse someone of advocating the oppression of others, or even causing them harm, that their actual behavior has to be harmful in itself.

What I mean is: that while race has in the past and still is used as an excuse to disenfranchise and even kill people. Saying that races exist is not in itself necessarily harmful. If there is no upside to belonging to a race no one would voluntarily admit to it. And yet people do chose to use race as part of their identity. And race is only one of the many kinds of group identity class that people have used as an excuse to kill others. Human beings like to form groups, groups tend to be integrated into identity, and any group identity can be used as an excuse for another group to persecute you. It's a fact of human nature and it isn't going to change unless humans stop having identities.

The most useful fact I learned about race was from an essay by Samuel Delany. The word race was first used to describe "Ethiopian races". In that context a "race" was a "run" of people. Where a "clan" is all the living members of an extended family (a lateral census of a genome), a "race" was a historical record of an extended family (a vertical history of a genome). In the US the definition of race has expanded to very broad continental collections of genomes (i.e. African, European, Asian, Native American). The Jews are unusual in the U.S. in managing to maintain their small batch biological identity, against the pressure of assimilation. Although, if you travel to Europe, Africa, Asia, or the Middle East, you will quickly find out that other people still maintain their ancestral races in their native lands.

But I digress.

The reason I am thinking about this tonight is that I just had a very unproductive argument with a friend about the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie issue. And as near as I can figure out it comes down to the same issue; i.e. Because making a distinction between trans-women and cis-women has been used by some people to disenfranchise and even kill trans-women, therefore anyone who says that trans-women are different from cis-women is guilty of harming trans-women, simply by making that distinction.

In the case of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, she has actively worked for the rights of trans-women and continues to do so.

I think there needs to be some kind of generally applicable standard for when anyone claims that someone else owes them an apology, or any recompense, for an injury. I believe that some actual harm, or intent to harm (even if no harm occurs), must be proved before anyone can claim the right to be compensated for an injury. "I feel hurt by what you said" is not enough (unless it is an argument between people in a personal relationship). I believe that some trans-people feel hurt by her statement, because they have said they do. But having read her statements I can only conclude that they are reading something into it that she didn't say. And that is not her fault. You can't demand an apology from a stranger for something you thought they meant. If you tell them what you thought they meant and they say "No I didn't mean that" then unless you can prove they are lying about what they meant, by pointing out their actions or some other statements by them that clearly support your interpretation, then what you have to say is "oh my mistake then". Saying "You own me apology for the mental pain I caused myself by misunderstanding you, and you are compounding the injury by refusing to apologise!" is not an option.

That is my position as a rational human being. I don't think cis-people should have special rights. But I think rational arguments should. I am very uncomfortable when anyone's arguments are dismissed because they don't belong to the right group. I have no problem with people being asked to "check their privilege" if their privilege is preventing them from seeing something. But the right to demand apologies without offering any evidence that you have actually been injured is about as privileged as you get. You need to be able to explain the problem better than "I feel hurt by what you said". There is a limit to how responsible total strangers are for your emotions.

I think Adichie is right when she said:
“What’s interesting to me is this is in many ways about language and I think it also illustrates the less pleasant aspects of the American left, that there sometimes is a kind of language orthodoxy that you’re supposed to participate in, and when you don’t there’s a kind of backlash that gets very personal and very hostile and very closed to debate."


A while ago I read an article (I can't find it now, despite searching) that talked about how poor, uneducated blacks were being shouted down for not using the jargon of the educated elite liberals. With no self awareness on the part of supposed liberals to the oppression they themselves were inflicting on people who had more pressing issues than keeping up on the latest trends in jargon.

Adichie is more educated than I am, and not poor, but she did grow up in Nigeria and still spends a lot of time there. I think that is reason enough that she can not be held to American standards of leftist jargon. The fact that mostly white Americans (the most privileged class in the world) are persecuting a Nigerian woman for not using the right jargon is frankly amazing to me.

The Rise of the Post-New Left Political Vocabulary
"First, the new vocabulary is used almost exclusively by the English-speaking Left in a few countries, especially Canada, the US, and (to a lesser extent) the UK. Elsewhere, such as in Latin America and southern Africa, the Left has its own distinctive vocabularies, which would have to be analyzed separately."

"There is no shortage of (usually older) critics who complain about the focus on “privilege” and “calling out” in the contemporary activist scene. But we should not be seduced by the broad-brushed dismissal with which these critics, whose political sensibility was shaped (for better and for worse) by the 70s New Left, reject the politics that pervades today’s activist subcultures. We should remain open at least to the possibility that some aspects of the new vocabulary may offer important insights, even if we retain our reluctance to embrace it wholesale.

Conversely, some partisans of the post-New Left will insist that any resistance to the new jargon must be rooted in an attempt to cling to privileges which, allegedly, the new discourse threatens. This, too, reflects a narrow-minded sensibility that renounces the very possibility of learning from engagement with perspectives that contest one’s own basic assumptions. It is this fundamentalist sensibility that has earned “the Twitter Left” and the “social justice blogging community” a sometimes well-deserved bad reputation, but it shouldn’t be allowed to insinuate itself into the real-world activist Left."

"A liberation focus and a systems focus share a common understanding: that the purpose of the Left is to defeat systems of exploitation and oppression. Challenging immediate impacts is important, but not enough. It is necessary, but by no means sufficient. Moreover, the way we challenge everyday impacts should be informed by our understanding that they are not produced simply by individual actions, but by the operation of large-scale systems. The Left needs a vocabulary, and a self-understanding, that highlights and foregrounds the importance of constructing and expanding anti-systemic movements that aim to defeat systems of oppressive and exploitative power. It is hard not to think that the older vocabulary better expresses this insight, even as it obstructs our access to other critical insights that are also indispensable."

"Both vocabularies have been formed to address indispensably important concerns, so we should be reluctant to give up on either one. The most important thing, I would suggest, is to refuse to allow either of these two ways speaking, writing and thinking about Left activism to evade the challenge raised by its counterpart. Personally, I would be reluctant to give up an expression like, ‘the people,’ and to take up ‘folks’ in its place. But I hope that the way I talk about the people is disciplined by a certain amount of sensitivity to the motivation that has led some activists to drop it from their vocabulary. On the other hand, I hope that people who have embraced the newer way of articulating Left politics will (begin to, or continue to) see the importance of highlighting issues of system dynamics, large-scale alliance-building, and ultimate liberation, rather than letting these urgently important matters disappear from view entirely."

Mar. 23rd, 2017

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Mar. 22nd, 2017

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Mar. 20th, 2017

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Mar. 19th, 2017

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Overnight Oats!

Quaker Oats has been advertizing Overnight Oats. You mix oats with milk, fruit, spices, and nuts and leave it in the fridge and eat it for breakfast.

It's more like cold cereal than traditional hot oatmeal. I went to their web site and mined it for ideas. Then I went to some other sites and got more ideas.

I put them all in one document. I have mostly been eating quick oats with frozen blueberries and maple syrup. But I also tried the Carrot Cake variety, with raisins. And peanut butter with protein powder.

Today I went grocery shopping and got some chia seeds and rolled oats. So I can try some other ideas. Frozen fruit works very well for this because the fruit keeps well, and it has time to defrost overnight in the oatmeal.

People were very friendly and talkative at Wegmans this evening. My flowery hat might have had something to do with it. I get a lot of comments. I will have to get some more pictures.


I also got my new seat belt extender in the mail. I got the longest extender I could find. Seatbelts have never fit me right because I'm short and big busted. The shoulder strap keeps trying to choke me. With this new extra long extender the buckle meets right below my sternum. Now the shoulder strap fits correctly and doesn't try to choke me. I finally feel comfortable wearing a seatbelt.

UPDATE: The rolled oats are, surprisingly, softer and less like cold cereal than the quick oats. The texture was very close to cooked oatmeal. The Chia seeds seem to be a nutrition boost, they had no noticeable effect on flavor or texture. Wegmans frozen blueberries are almost indistinguishable from fresh.
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Mar. 17th, 2017

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Mar. 16th, 2017

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Call no man happy until he is dead.

The problem with life is that you never know what will happen next.

I spent a lot of time worrying about the future. People tell you to plan, and make good decision in preparation for the future. But you never know what will happen. My worrying mostly made me depressed. It didn't help me make better decisions.

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
Gang aft agley,
An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

Still thou art blest, compar'd wi' me
The present only toucheth thee:
But, Och! I backward cast my e'e.
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear!

To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough
by Robert Burns


I did not do well in the planning or preparing for my future. But I'm Okay anyway for reasons that have nothing to do with my own efforts. Okay for now, at least. Who knows what will happen tomorrow. I've been lucky so far. And blessed.

Mar. 15th, 2017

Dr Who

Snow Storm Stella.

So it started snowing Monday night. Everything was closed Tuesday. And things continue to be closed now, Wednesday. It is predicted to stay cold for the next week at least. So this snow is not going away fast. Apparently Ithaca got 8-12 inches. I haven't gone outside to look.

I'm very glad for an excuse not to leave the apartment. I have everything I need. I got a huge bag of cat food for the cats. I have no reason to leave. Even my gym is closed because of the snow. The whole state is having a weather emergency.

Then this morning I decided to make French toast for breakfast. I managed to drop a whole bowl of eggs and milk on a box of canned goods. What a mess. I had rince of every can and set everything to dry separately. Raw eggs make a very good glue.

Now I just want to go back to bed before I make things worse.
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Mar. 14th, 2017

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Mar. 11th, 2017

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I Drove to Philadelphia and Back!

The tolls cost more than the gas. But I did it! It was supposed to take 4.5 hours but I think it was closer to 5.5 for me.

I was prepared and nothing went wrong. I got to my sister's house in time for a lovely dinner with her family. Then I spent the rest of the evening with the boys in the den watching cartoons.

This morning Forrest gave me a glitter "tattoo". He has a kit for stenciling on glitter.

Then David did all the transferring of stuff from the Camry to the Honda Odyssey, and vice versa. David also rode with me around the neighborhood to make sure I knew where all the controls were. My seat belt extenders from the Camry don't work in the Odyssey. We stopped by Pep Boys, but they didn't have what we needed. I have ordered new extenders online.

Now I just have to get the lift installed and I can start using my Electric Trike.
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Mar. 9th, 2017

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Today was a very productive day.

I started out with my Chiropractor appointment. Wearing my new Equinox Hat! It has tulips all around it.

Then I had the oil changed in the car.

Then I had lunch with Anne and Marilyn at Applebee's.

Then I met with David's dad to pick up a plant David wants.

Then I went to the bank to get some cash for tolls.

Then I went grocery shopping, and they had 2 for 1 on the fluffy socks I love, that are only available in grocery stores in winter.

I have accomplished everything I needed to accomplish!!!!! That so rarely happens. And usually not when I have more than three stops I need to make.

Mar. 8th, 2017

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Mar. 7th, 2017

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Car Stuff Done!

The Camry has been appraised, inspected, registered, and mostly cleaned.
Now I will sleep for two days.
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