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  •  TGK, It does get weird when you find yourself (10+ / 0-)

    in a situation like that and know opening your mouth will make it worse. I have actually been feeling less stressed this week because of so many factual, no holds barred or punches pulled diaries. It has been a relief.

     Also had a great conversation yesterday evening with my daughter (28) who has a very centered, grounded acceptance of the reality that earth goes through this stuff, usually not caused by inhabitants, and goes on. Which has been an ongoing theme in discussions with my older sister.

    Being/feeling alone with the grief limits processing. Is there anyone you could hook up with to share the feelings, etc?

    I think (hope?) any catastrophic fall is likely still decades to a century plus away. Hard to even attempt to predict that. Meanwhile look for stress management tactics and consider what would help.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 12:52:00 AM PST

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    •  Accepting Impermanence. (19+ / 0-)

      That is what helps me. And like you, I feel comforted by the fact that people are embracing the bad and worst news here, because then I don't feel so alone either. I live in an oil and gas state, so you can just imagine that people, even those who might inwardly, silently agree with me locally, will keep their mouth shut because they need the job.

      I suspect that many people feel overwhelmed by all of this for so long, and feel trapped, financially, ideologically, outnumbered, etc., which explains the levels of depression and anxiety in this country. That prevalent dead-look in the eyes as people walk down the street, the explosions in aggression and anger.

      This can't last forever, especially not when we abuse our natural resources and refuse to practice any sort of self restraint. We have become a cancer, and now the immune system of the planet will kick in to balance out the system that we have overburdened with our numbers and poor waste management practices.

      •  Somber discussion like this have been the norm (6+ / 0-)

        on theoildrum.com for years. I guess I feel a little relief with my fear now that we're having them on political blogs and environmental blogs.

        I don't feel so isolated. I still feel terribly stressed though. I'm only just beginning to garden, landscape, compost, etc. I have no provisions yet for storing rainwater but my landscaping is done with an eye toward capturing runoff from storms.

        I don't own the land. I don't even pay rent. I just tend the land a little bit, hoping the owners continue to value my presence here.

        Reaganomics noun pl: belief that unregulated capitalism can produce unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources and we the people can increase revenue by decreasing revenue.

        by FrY10cK on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 11:42:15 AM PST

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        •  I get kind of torn about this too. (4+ / 0-)
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          On one hand, it's good to be prepared, but at the same time, I don't want to live a life of total submission to fear of the future.

          Start practicing now with tomatoes, lettuce, parsley--potatoes. Those are easy things to grow, especially lettuce--even indoors.

          Individuals will have difficulty surviving, it's communities that "survive" and then eventually thrive.

          Perhaps if you are really concerned, connect with a community of gardeners.

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