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It’s a bird, it’s a plane…

…it’s a plane. On Saturday 25th October 2014, as I was out in the garden watering my plants, I heard the drone of a plane overhead. Where we are it’s not uncommon to see biplanes and vintage planes flying over, and on celebration days like Anzac Day, the jets that fly past Perth often go over Rockingham first. Nearby Garden Island houses Australia’s largest naval fleet, and sometimes we hear their jet engines.

But this day was rather different. As I looked up, expecting to see one of the usual suspects, what I saw instead was something quite different, and something I’d never encountered before. My son’s best friend, Cooper, was over for a playdate that afternoon, so I called both boys out to witness the strange plane in the sky. Cooper is quite an aviation buff, but this had even him scratching his head.

This is what we saw (yes, I had to Google it until I found it, as I didn’t have my camera or mobile phone on me when it happened):

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Weird, huh? Like a kite.

I’m sure you’ll agree it’s not something you see every day. After finding the image on Google, I still had no idea what this plane was. I couldn’t make out it if had 2 or 4 engines, it was too far away, and I only managed to find some images on Google after searching under several possible keywords (some of them being such as “plane with diamond-shaped struts, plane with cables, kite-like plane”).  But at least I was in the right area. I decided to search under the name on the tail – Fugro, for more information.

Turns out it’s a “Geophysical survey aircraft, undertaking magnetic and electromagnetic surveys for mineral exploration companies” (Source: http://www.airliners.net) This particular model is the CASA C-212-CC40 (or possibly CC50). Not much information is forthcoming from the internet, but judging by the look of the cables suspended in a diamond-shaped configuration between the head, wings and tail of the aircraft, one would assume perhaps they are to aid in the collection of data or geological mapping of the ground.

Sounds about right. Western Australia’s most important industry is the mining industry.  I Google “Fugro” and found the company’s website. I found some information about aerial mapping from this link.

Well, there you go.  You learn something new every day!

Claritin to the rescue!

My Pitbull-Mastiff dog Shelagh loves playing Fetch. Our lawn is no longer grassy but more of a golf sand bunker. Shelagh’s a heavy dog, but very agile and quick, and her paws do tend to tear up the lawn when she’s chasing after tennis balls. When she skids in the dirt, dust billows up everywhere, and gets in her eyes and nose. I call her my “Dusty Darling”.

A couple of days ago, after a particularly energetic workout with Shelagh, I noticed in the evening that she had developed hives on her back. They were like raised bumps where the fur had been pushed up. At first I thought she might have been bitten by a spider or mites, but I couldn’t find any bite marks. Her skin wasn’t broken anywhere. There was no redness or rash, just a raised bump here and there. She was in no discomfort. But she sure looked weird.

I couldn’t bring myself to take a photo of poor Shelagh, she looked rather unsightly and not her usual beautiful self. But here’s an image from Google to give you an idea of what hives on a dog can look like:

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Once again, Google came to the rescue. Yes, I know I could have taken her to the vet to be checked out…but the last time Shelagh went to the vet was to get “fixed”, and that visit cost us over $850. No, I’m not kidding.

Luckily, a few accurate keywords later, under “Causes of hives in dogs”, I found the answer on Google Images. Very handy, that. Did you know you can also upload an image to Google Images and it will find you similar hits?

So, it was some kind of allergy. Probably something in the soil and dirt that Shelagh had kicked up. I looked up treatments for dogs with hives, and found several sites claiming that Benadryl tablets helped relieve the itchiness and bumps.

My local chemist had Benadryl, but only in liquid form, and only meant for coughs. I enquired about anti-histamines, and decided to try Claritin Reditabs. (In Australia it’s spelled “Claratyne”, but elsewhere it’s spelled “Claritin”). The Reditabs are the sort that dissolve immediately in the mouth. I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to get Shelagh to take a tablet, as I’d never tried before.

Back home, I Googled “Claritin and hives in dogs”, and luckily found out that it is a safe product to use on canines. (Please do not take this as medical advice, always do your own research or consult a qualified professional first).

I popped out a Claritin tablet, got Shelagh’s mouth open, placed it on her tongue, and prepared myself for a battle of strength…which never came, as she simply let me hold her muzzle shut for the 5 seconds it took for the tablet to dissolve. What a beautiful, good girl she is!

That night, the hives were still on her back. But this morning, when we greeted each other with our usual enthusiasm, all the hives were gone. Hurrah! Thank You, Claritin!

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Chrysocolla – a crystal chameleon

My favourite crystal at the moment is Chrysocolla. For a while now, I’ve been drawn to its gorgeous colours…it has all the colours of Mother Earth. Shades of blue, green, red, brown, yellow, and everything in between. And it’s able to be like this because it has the ability to blend with other crystals, such as malachite, cuprite, azurite, turquoise, jasper, shattuckite etc.

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Parrot Wing Chrysocolla

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Poished and faceted Chrysocolla

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Here are some interesting facts about Chrysocolla:

(Source: http://www.crystalwellbeing.co.uk/catalogueitemschrysocolla.php)
Chrysocolla is said to bring peace to the mind and heart, to balance the emotions and to awaken compassion. It is tranquil and sustaining and is an aid to meditation and communication. It helps you accept with serenity situations that are constantly changing. It also inspires creativity, reduces mental tension and helps you keep a cool head.

Chrysocolla is an all round beneficial cleansing crystal. Placed on the Throat and Heart Chakras, it will calm, clear and balance them.

Chrysocolla can be used to get a clearer view of a problem. Lie down and place a piece of Chrysocolla on the throat or forehead. Think about an issue you wish to understand better, focus on a thought and then relax. Chrysocolla can aid you in allowing an answer or solution to appear in your conscious mind.

In healing Chrysocolla is said to treat PMS and menstral cramps and to help arthritis, digestive problems and throat infections.

(Source: http://crystal-cure.com/chrysocolla.html)
Chrysocolla is a very beautiful stone with many beneficial energies.

It is known as a healing stone among Native American Indian cultures where it was used for strengthening the body’s resistance and bringing about calm feelings where there is upset.

Chrysocolla is a stone of peace, increased wisdom, discretion.
It promotes level headedness, encouraging clarity of thought and a neutral, cool attitude during turbulence. It can be used to decrease nervousness and irritability.

Healing properties of Chrysocolla
Chrysocolla can be placed directly on the affected body part. Laying it on the forehead as a ‘third eye’ offers spiritual benefit.

Help with infections (especially the throat area)
Used by healers to detoxify the liver, lower blood pressure
Has a cooling effect for fever reduction
Can assist in speeding up recovery from burns
Alleviates cramps
Use with copper to increase the power of chrysocolla.

Sources of Chrysocolla
It is found in copper mining areas, particularly Chile, the former USSR, and Zaire.

(Source : http://www.bernardine.com/gemstones/chrysocolla.htm)
The gemstone Chrysocolla is often confused with turquoise. It is a copper bearing mineral found wherever copper deposits occur especially in areas of the southwestern USA, Chili, Zaire, Australia, France and England.

Eliat Stone is a variegated blue and green mixture of chrysocolla and other copper minerals found in the Gulf of Aqaba, near the northwestern end of the Red Sea”.

Pure chrysocolla is too soft for jewelry purposes but it is often found in quartz deposits which makes it hard enough to polish for cabochons. It is often found mixed with malachite, turquoise and azurite.

The drusy form of chrysocolla is a beautiful Robin’s egg blue. Pure chrysocolla is between 2.0 and 4.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:

Creativity, female energy, communication, relieves ulcers and arthritis.

Chrysocolla is associated with tranquility and peace, intuition, patience, and unconditional love. It is thought to offer gentle and soothing qualities.

This entry, from my New Crystal Bible by Cassandra Eason, made me laugh out loud:

“Chrysocolla is the symbol of musicians; use as a charm to learn new musical instruments at any age or to join a choir, orchestra or theatre group and to have the confidence to perform in public. Chrysocolla is excellent for people of any age who act childishly, throw tantrums or refuse to accept responsibility, to bring maturity without losing a sense of spontaneity; hide the stone in the luggage or glove box of the car of a partner who is undergoing a mid-life crisis and has a roaming eye”.

Guess that’s my husband’s secret Christmas present sorted! 😄.

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Conscious Living Expo, Perth, Western Australia 2014

Well, here I am today at my first big Mind, Body, Spirit Festival ever. This one’s called “Conscious Living” and it’s held this year at Belmont Racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, from 16-19th October.

I don’t really know what to expect. I’m hoping to see stalls selling crystals and Tarot/Oracle cards, as well as clairvoyants and psychics of all kinds giving readings. Those are what I’m going to the Expo for. I doubt I’ll be able to afford a reading of any kind, as their prices tend to start from $50 for a half-hour reading. But I want to see what’s there, and if there’s any unusual type of readings on offer, e.g Lenormand cards. And if there’s any Oracle card decks for sale there that I have yet to add to my growing collection AHEM. Or books, one must absolutely have books, of course!

The main attraction, however, is Braco from Croatia, who apparently has a soothing and healing power of people, just by using his loving gaze. For more information about Braco, read here. Here is a photo of Braco in action, taken from his webpage.

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(I missed out on the Early Bird special which included a “gazing session” with Braco, so if I really want to go see him, I’ll have to pay extra for it, if it’s not booked out already). For those who are already familiar with Braco’s Gazing, it’s his birthday on 23rd November, and he’s offering free Live Streaming sessions here.

The website for the Expo http://www.consciouslivingacademy.com/demo/index.php/visitor-information has a downloadable PDF document showing who some of the exhibitors are, as well as a floor plan. I’ve printed that out to help me get around.

Here’s the PDF document, if you’re interested:

http://www.consciouslivingacademy.com/demo/images/PDFs/CLE-Perth-2014-print-standard.pdf

So, for today, it will be just a quick snapshot of what’s happening at the Expo, then if I find anything else that’s of interest, I may expand on it in a further post. Meanwhile, enjoy the pics! :-)

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Forget the Man Shed, I want a Woman Shed!

My studio at home is shared with a host of baby Japanese Quails during the summer months, and for the rest of the time with any old thing that happens to end up in our spare room. Luckily, as a mobile photography artist my smartphone is my workspace, and I only need a physical space for when I do actual printing. When that is required, I simply lay down sheets of butcher paper on the floor, which I can whisk away again at a moment’s notice.

Having said that, our garden is big enough for a shed/caravan, so here are 10 of my favourites. I would love to have 1 to call my Studio, please!

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Last, but not least, this one! :)
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Valuable Lessons

Here is an exercise in stringing together readymade Quotes found on Google Images, with my own personal story intertwined. I hope that those who read this can take away some valuable lessons about Life, particularly with regards to relationships.

I find expressing myself this way very cathartic. Exorcising my inner demons, or perhaps trying to make sense of all that’s happened to me.

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And even worse is to Continue to lie, cheat and screw with people’s feelings and emotions, after you’ve been caught. Once may be an accident, twice perhaps a coincidence, but to continue doing so is a sign of purpose and intent. Definitely not a mistake, despite what the cheater may claim.

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Perhaps you feel the need to cheat because you found someone who has an Ego problem like yourself. And you both feed each other’s Egos and make each other feel extra special? And then, after “It’s over”, why do you still think you can still be friends with Her? And what makes you believe that your spouse is OK with That? You don’t get to be friends, I’m afraid.

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Some might argue that online affairs are not “real” affairs. I call BS on that; an emotional affair, where one betrays their partner/spouse by phone, texting, sexting, email, Skype, Line, even LinkedIn, Soundcloud and various other social media sites, is still an affair. If your mind has strayed past your marital vows and you are exchanging intimate thoughts online with someone outside your marriage, that is being unfaithful. Physical contact does not have to occur before it becomes an affair.

So, if your partner or spouse starts arguing that online affairs “do not count”, beat them over the head with a frying pan ask them if all their romantic emails, phone calls and texts to You “don’t count” either.

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Like the story of the boy that cried wolf, once you find out that your loved one has lied to you, you can never be sure about anything else they say. They may well be telling the truth about some things, but how can you be sure? Even when they profess to love only you, could that be a lie too?

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If a relationship is based on trust and love, there would never be a need to lie. It’s therefore very hurtful to find out that you weren’t respected enough to deserve the truth.

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If you cared at all, you would not have even thought about cheating. Flirting with someone else while in a committed relationship is cheating. No excuses. “It only happened once” doesn’t wash, either.

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Sometimes it’s boredom that starts an affair. Sometimes it’s convenience – the spouse may be asleep and the cheater is online, and starts chatting to someone else. As they get more comfortable with each other, they start playing out their sexual fantasies, trying out new virtual experiences, even exchanging intimate selfies. The cheaters may even go so far as to leave their respective partners, or at the very least plan to do so.

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The cheater, when first confronted, will deny that he/she has cheated. Their excuses will run the gamut from “I didn’t start it”, “I can’t talk to you, but She’s a really good listener”, “It’s Your fault, you’re so cold”, “I’m afraid of you”, “You’re crazy, there’s nothing going on between us”, “We’re just friends”, “Have you been spying on me?”, “I don’t know what you’re talking about”, “You’re crazy”, “It’s just harmless flirting”, “You’re making a mountain out of a molehill”, to “It’s You who’s cheating on me”. Deny, deny, deny. Anything but the admission of guilt.

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I keep saying this to my husband. But I don’t think he’s even listening. Never did, probably never will.

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If you cheat, the consequences will always catch up with you. If he can cheat on his wife, and you are the Other Woman, rest assured that he will cheat on You too. Your time will come, alright. What makes you think you’re special? What have you got that will make him stop cheating?

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Unfortunately, some men don’t think with the head on their shoulders. So this may not even come into the equation.

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Listen up, guys! If a woman asks you a question, chances are she already knows the real answer. She’s just trying to catch you out. Why do you keep falling for this trick? Just always be honest and tell the truth, that way you’ll never have to worry about being caught out.

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Yup. I can’t believe how men don’t learn this lesson? Why do they have to fabricate a tangled web of lies, when they know they’ll only end up caught in that self-same web, like flies? Seriously, why??

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Not sure if my own personal circumstances can be categorised so easily. How about “One of us is still in denial, the other one is fed up of being continuously lied to”? Where does that road lead?

Maybe it’s a road I have to walk alone. It is what it is. Come what may…

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Living with Hope

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I saw this in a shop just the other day and fell for it hard. I won’t say I fell in Love with it. Love is a word my errant husband has been screwing up for me, and using on another this past year. I don’t know what Love is these days, because if it’s my husband’s definition of it, it’s just not right, morally and spiritually. How can you love someone and have an online emotional affair with another? And with a mutual Facebook “friend”, for that matter?

Johnny Depp‘s quote has been widely copied and quoted on Facebook and on the internet. It pretty much sums up my feelings about my own situation. It might strike a chord in many of you too, dear friends.

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Oh, this is going to make my husband so mad. Mad enough to go incommunicado for days on end. Mad enough that he will say I’m digging up skeletons…well, matey, I’m not, you’re still dancing with that old skeleton, aren’t you? Her grave is still open, and I’m Hoping that you’ll have the sense to put her in it, shovel dirt over it, stamp on it, face the music and move forward. I don’t care if You’re upset by my exposé, you Should be upset. I don’t care if your friends or family find out, they Should know you’re not who you pretend to be. You’ve pulled the wool over people’s eyes for far too long now.

The Snake did not tempt Eve in the Garden of Eden this time. It tempted Adam, and boy, was he ever so keen! He still wears that same Snake around his neck, like a proud trophy. Time to put it down, boy, and walk away!

As for me, these days, I live with Hope. Hope never lets me down, as she symbolises what could be, potential, something to work towards, an ideal, infinite possibilities. I just have to believe. Hope won’t screw around with my feelings or with my head. Hope is kind and gentle. Hope will show me the way to Love again, but not the pathetic kind of Love I’ve had, no, it has to be True Love or bust. So, if the Universe is listening, I’m open. Bring it on!!

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You Don’t Get To Be Friends

After the Storm clouds have cleared
When things have settled down
And we’re on speaking terms again
And the emotional scars are healing
You say you still want to be friends

We’re not talking about Us
We’re still talking about Her
You hurt Me, you broke My heart
Yet you still want to be friends with Her
Is She more precious than Me?

You don’t come out and say it
But it is implied
She is like a drug and you an addict
You will never be able to leave her
She is in your system, you let her in

Subterfuge, furtiveness, secrecy
Computers locked by passwords
The sudden pressing of the Exit button
When I enter your room
These signs do not indicate Closure

With social media
There is no Perfect Closure
Where a hundred doors shut
A thousand others remain open
So I know you are keeping Her secret

You’re having your cake
And eating it too
Keeping ties with Her
And pretending you’re not
And reassuring me you’re mine again

Perhaps you were never really mine
If faced with two loves
And you married the first
But carried on with the second
Isn’t that disrespecting us both?

You don’t get to be friends with Her
If you really want to heal the hurt.
Unless you seal the rift
Psychically She will photobomb us
There will always be 3 in this picture

It’s not for me to take action
But it is for me to say
Look here, you need to decide
You need to free us all
From this eternal triangle

So Choose Wisely

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(7 The Snake card, from The Gilded Reverie Lenormand by Ciro Marchetti. This card symbolises The Other Woman, a sly, deceptive person, temptation, lust, seduction, a literal “snake in the grass”).

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AlyZen Moonshadow

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This Is Me

I just Woke Up
I haven’t changed
I might be a bit more vocal
I may express my views more forcibly
I may go out on a limb
I help the homeless
I like giving things away
I like helping my neighbours
I Abandon Art in public places
I believe in telling the Truth
I believe in Honesty and Trust
I still believe in Love, despite everything
I call Bullshit when I see it
I can see a lie from a mile away
I don’t hold back on my punches
I may not agree with you always, but
I don’t backstab you
I don’t attack you personally
I only wish for you to open your eyes
I am merely the messenger
I will be your friend if you want me
I may get “unfriended” by you if not
I don’t mind
I have no agenda
I have no manifesto
I like coffee and doughnuts
I like tea too
I am easily pleased!
I should eat more healthily
I should exercise more
I like to swim and cycle
I learnt to dive from my 11-year-old son
I buy too many Oracle cards
I can say the same about Tarot cards
I am learning to read Lenormand cards
I am Spiritual
I mind my own business
I am Creative
I am Artistic
I am a Mother
I have a First Class Degree in Music
I have an IQ of 160
I have worked in Government
I have worked in banks
I dislike materialism and consumerism
I dislike bureaucracy
I loathe greed and selfishness
I love all Animals
I collect teacups
I love Alice in Wonderland
I buy a lot of books
I love going to the cinema
I follow the Religion of Kindness
I respect what You believe
I am against war and terrorism
I am for decriminalising cannabis
I am for action against climate change
I support the LGBT Community
I believe We Are Not Alone
I believe in speaking out
I haven’t changed
I just woke up
I Am

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The Price of Affluenza

My local thrift stores often have book gems that I snap up immediately. One such book was Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth”, highly recommended reading.

I love my serendipitous trips to these thrift stores. I like to think of it as the Universe providing knowledge and information for me in a timely manner.

Another book surfaced last week, “Affluenza” by Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss. I’ve only just begun to delve into this book, and already something has jumped out at me.

Here is an excerpt from the book:

“Nineteenth century economists predicted that the abundance made possible by technological advance and the modern organisation of work would result in the emergence of “post-materialist” humans – people existing on a higher plane, where their cultural, intellectual and spiritual powers are refined. In such a world the importance of economic considerations would naturally diminish. The 1960s and 1970s saw a flood of literature predicting a future in which technological progress would allow for us to work only a few hours a week and our main problem would be how best to enjoy our leisure. Futurists saw a future transformed by the fruits of sustaimed growth – a society in which humankind, freed of the chore of making a living, would devote itself to activities that are truly fulfilling. But, instead of witnessing the end of economics, we live in a time when economics and its concerns are more dominant than ever before. Instead of our growing wealth freeing us of our materialist preoccupations, it seems to have had the opposite effect. People in affluent countries are now even more obsessed with money and material acquisition, and the richer they are the more this seems to be the case”.

This book was written in 2005, even before the iPhone was a twinkle in Steve Jobs’ eye. And yet how relevant and accurate the statement above is today.

It seems to be the case of “The more we have, the more we want”. Today’s generation seems unable to appreciate what they already have, they always want the latest, the most expensive, the best. And they generally put themselves out to get it at all cost. Then they sit back and enjoy their latest toy…Until the next one comes along less than a year later. Then it’s a mad scramble all over again, to get THE latest toy.

When will it stop? In case the above was too lengthy to visualise, here is a simple analogy:

A city starts out as a village, which becomes a town, that grows and grows as it attracts more and more industry and with it, people. Its lanes soon turn into roads. Roads turn into highways. As more and more people drive cars, these highways get congested. So the city council decree that they need to widen the highways, from 4 lanes to 8. They say that will ease the congestion and make driving more pleasant and convenient. And so 4 lane highways become 8 lane superhighways. But what do you think happens next? Yes, now there are even More cars on the road, more people buying cars and driving, and the congestion builds up again.

“Build it, and they will come”…that saying has never been truer when reflected on today’s society. Perhaps the economists of the 19th century were correct in theory, apart for one oversight: that humans are not mature enough to make that ideal scenario a reality. We are still very much like children, squealing with delight at the latest shiny gadget and toy, we simply Have to have it, and because we’ve indulged, we’ve fed the industry that creates such shiny gadgets and toys, so they in turn create more and more for us. Then, when we find our money depleted, we shrug and simply find ways to get more money. To buy more stuff. And so it goes on.

When will we grow up? “Poor” countries don’t suffer as much from Affluenza as “Developed” countries. They literally can’t afford to be. They’re more concerned with putting food on the table for their families, staving off starvation, staying alive when wars break out. Affluenza is a disease of the haves, the wannabe-haves and the desperate have-nots.

Perhaps it’s time to step off the treadmill.
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