The chances of being stung by a bee are very low, but I can imagine that the low hum of any insect can be fearful.
Will My Neighbour’s Honey Bees Sting My Kids? provides good advice about the chances of getting stung and how to avoid it.
I got stung once. When I was 5 or so I smashed a rock on a bee that was on a clover flower. I picked the rock up and the half-dead bee managed to sting me on my thumb. It was a good learning lesson, although it didn’t instill any fear of bees – more respect than anything.
This recording is from Jill Barber‘s last album, Chances. It’s not representative of the rest of the album, but it’s pretty damn cool. Sorry about the embedded player, which takes up too much space, but it provides the highest online playback I could find. UPDATE: She’s on eMusic.com too. Nice.
I’ve been sick with a cold for the past few days. It began with a sore throat Sunday morning and by Sunday night I knew I was a goner. I stayed in bed, drank lots of fluids and took a bunch of vitamin C. The sore throat was gone by Monday, but then everything else came down the pipe: fever, coughing, sneezing, phlegm, headache, etc. It’s slowly been working its way out of my system. I went to work for a couple hours today, but just the walk in gave me the sweats, so now I’m back home. I think I’ll be alright by the weekend.
I’m writing this post as a record for myself, so the next time I get sick, I’ll know how long it’s been. I can’t remember the last time I got sick. It’s been at least a year, though, maybe even two years. People with kids get sick all the time. That’s a given. And sometimes a house can make you sick. I lived in a house a few years ago where I got sick at least every two months. Maybe there was bad air in the house. Maybe there’s good air in the house I’m living in now. I’m just guessing. I really don’t know what I’ve done to go so long without getting sick. But if I am doing something right, here’s my best guess at what it is, in no particular order: Continue reading You Can’t O.D. on Vitamin C™→
A Blunt Atheist FAQ is a lengthy list of questions that atheists often receive, including brief but concise (and sometimes amusing) answers:
How do I tell my family and friends I’m an atheist?
First you should think twice about telling. Some people can’t take it, so healthy self‐preservation might call for keeping it a secret or admitting to some lesser sin, like agnosticism or unitarianism.
Atheists hate Christians!
Some might, just as some Christians hate atheists. Mostly we don’t, though. We just think belief in gods is silly.
Be subtle. Don’t overdo it. Instead of screaming swear words at people and claiming to be “seeing” things, maybe talk in a low whisper and look at “someone” next to you who isn’t there.
Repeat yourself. Pretend you did not. Insist you did not.
Take a sip of soda, hum while you do it, and insist it isn’t you.
But be warned:
Be ready to reveal the joke. In most states, crazy for real can cause an immediate and sometimes permanent removal of your most basic rights and can land you in a mental ward.
I used to volunteer at a mental hospital, teaching adults how to read. The only thing I had to watch out for was their unpredictability. We’d be reading a book one minute, when all of a sudden they’d do something, like taking a nap; put their head down and start snoring, and REALLY be asleep. Maybe I bored them.