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I've been taking them for the better part of three years. I stopped taking them in March and needed to go back on them because I was quite obviously still depressed.
Took me a couple of weeks the first time to know that it was working. I was upset--FURIOUS--with everyone around me for zero reason. Wanted to kill myself. Very dark place in my life. Took them, and I stopped feeling that way. I'm able to laugh a lot easier. The event that precipitated my original depression is long gone, and I rarely think about it, but even when I was off my meds for three months, it was obvious that I still needed to take them. On them again for a few months and I feel great.
What was most interesting to me about coming off the meds were the "brain zaps", a side effect of withdrawal. Literally felt like my brain was getting a mild electric shock, maybe once an hour for a week or so. Didn't hurt, but were very weird.
Even though I'm Canadian, the situation is similar in Vancouver: the house that my folks bought for $150K back in 1992 is worth close to $1M today--and what most buyers in White Rock (suburb of Vancouver) do is buy the property, then tear down the house & rebuild.
In Vancouver, the biggest issue is that overseas buyers are purchasing properties at exorbitant prices, pricing Canadians (residents and citizens) out of the market. A UBC study recently showed that 15% of downtown condos in Vancouver are sitting empty, with their owners simply not living in them. Some commercial property is being exclusively marketed towards overseas purchasers.
It's rare that people my age are able to afford to purchase a home here. A condo, perhaps, but the huge difference in housing prices between 20 years ago and now are pushing many young professionals out of the area.
Many other countries have laws that limit foreign ownership of property, but in Canada, we really don't. It's unfortunate. (And probably off-topic, given that the topic is American home ownership, but I wanted to contribute, dammit.)
I broke my leg in December and, for lack of any of the physical activities I was used to doing, I bought a guitar and started to play. I can't imagine nor playing it now. Every time I'm away from it, whether at work on vacation, I wish I had it with me.
The problem is that I live in a very rural area and have nobody to teach me. I'm learning from Justinguitar, which is great, but I really wish that I had a teacher to help me.
I too love the Pelikans! I have a Souveran M605, blue with silver trim. It's got the same fancy 14K nib, but the rest of the pen is more of a workhorse than the rest of the Souveran line. I have to disagree with you on the ink, though: I got a bottle of Noodler's Bernanke Black, and it's turned my pen from a once-in-a-while to a daily driver. The Bernanke Black dries incredibly quickly, so much so that I can write on one page, turn it, and write on the flip side with no smudging.
I thought that India ink wasn't good for fountain pens, what with them being pigment-based... you should google that. I'd hate to see that nice pen get wrecked by ink that shouldn't be used in a dunker.
I've never heard about this Secret Teacher column on the Telegraph before, so thanks for that!
I've had student teachers in the past, and yes, it's a lot of work for the supervising teacher. If the student is good, then the classes roll very nicely without a lot of issues, but even then, there's still mentorship that takes place on a daily basis. If the student isn't that great, however... imagine trying to teach your classes, help a student teach his classes, and get prepared for fixing the disaster once the student is gone.
Being a teacher is great. Being a supervising teacher for a practicum student is... well, it's important to pay it forward, as I had fantastic supervising teachers while I was in undergrad, but it can be very, very challenging.
You may be interested in the book Veracity. Similar idea, but implants, not ear buds.
That was utterly fantastic. Thank you for sharing--I needed a laugh!
I genuinely feel like the tide is turning, that people are less and less afraid of being labeled anti-semitic for saying that what Israel is doing is wrong. My father, a staunch conservative, says that it goes against God's wishes to criticise what Israel is doing. Now, he's on the verge of retirement, and I think that this attitude jives with what other Christians his age believe, but those of us who are younger don't necessarily hold to that party line any longer.
I don't know what to do either, and I'm frustrated about it. So I teach my students about the conflict, and equate what Israel is doing now with what Germany did during WWII. We look at Pappe's book and compare that with a section of Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction. I then let the students draw their own conclusions, and they often come to the same conclusion that I have.
There's hope. WIthin Israel and Palestine, I don't know, but certainly in the rest of the world the shadow of the Holocaust isn't so long that it's able to obscure what's happening in Palestine for much longer.