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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

Vanquishing the Judgment Monster July 10, 2017

I would like to take a break from our regularly scheduled tales of wonderment in Ireland to tell you how damned proud of myself I am. No I didn’t land a huge role; no I’m not on the NYT bestseller list; but I did just brush aside unnecessary judgment like it was nothing, and that is a landmark decision.

It wasn’t criticism of anything important even. It was that terrible Mean Girls’ judgment that haunted us all through our teen years. I was just talking about something I liked and was really excited about and JM (judgment monster) decided to make horrible tishing noises like I had just declared eating puppies and throwing babies off buildings were my favorite pastimes. I tried to turn the conversation, which really didn’t involve JM, to another thing I was excited about. Once again, nasty noises like I was a serial killer.

Then I got this horrible twist in my gut. (more…)

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Acquaintance Definition September 28, 2016

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 11:30 am
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You know what word bothers me? Acquaintance.

It’s not a gross word like moist, or a disappointing word like maybe. But it still bothers me.

I know a lot of people who are good, kind, wonderful individuals, and I hate talking about them because of the negative connotation of acquaintance.

The technical definition according to Merriam-Webster is: Someone who is known but who is not a close friend. That sounds like a nice thing, but it feels cold. Like sure, I’ve met this person, but I don’t really like them enough to call them friend. Or worse: there is a backstory there, and sweetie, we don’t have the time or the wine to talk through that one! (more…)