*Gaslighting, if you don’t know the word, is defined as manipulation into doubting your own sanity; as in, Carl made Mary think she was crazy, even though she clearly caught him cheating. He gaslit her.
Pretty soon, as the country begins to figure out how we “open back up” and move forward, very powerful forces will try to convince us all to get back to normal. (That never happened. What are you talking about?) Billions of dollars will be spent on advertising, messaging, and television and media content to make you feel comfortable again. It will come in the traditional forms — a billboard here, a hundred commercials there — and in new-media forms: a 2020–2021 generation of memes to remind you that what you want again is normalcy. In truth, you want the feeling of normalcy, and we all want it. We want desperately to feel good again, to get back to the routines of life, to not lie in bed at night wondering how we’re going to afford our rent and bills, to not wake to an endless scroll of human tragedy on our phones, to have a cup of perfectly brewed coffee and simply leave the house for work. The need for comfort will be real, and it will be strong. And every brand in America will come to your rescue, dear consumer, to help take away that darkness and get life back to the way it was before the crisis. I urge you to be well aware of what is coming.
For the last hundred years, the multibillion-dollar advertising business has operated based on this cardinal principle: Find the consumer’s problem and fix it with your product. When the problem is practical and tactical, the solution is “as seen on TV” and available at Home Depot. Command strips will save me from having to repaint. So will Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser. Elfa shelving will get rid of the mess in my closet. The Ring doorbell will let me see who’s on the porch if I can’t take my eyes off Netflix. But when the problem is emotional, the fix becomes a new staple in your life, and you become a lifelong loyalist. Coca-Cola makes you: happy. A Mercedes makes you: successful. Taking your family on a Royal Caribbean cruise makes you: special. Smart marketers know how to highlight what brands can do for you to make your life easier. But brilliant marketers know how to rewire your heart. And, make no mistake, the heart is what has been most traumatized this last month. We are, as a society, now vulnerable in a whole new way.
What the trauma has shown us, though, cannot be unseen. A carless Los Angeles has clear blue skies as pollution has simply stopped. In a quiet New York, you can hear the birds chirp in the middle of Madison Avenue. Coyotes have been spotted on the Golden Gate Bridge. These are the postcard images of what the world might be like if we could find a way to have a less deadly daily effect on the planet. What’s not fit for a postcard are the other scenes we have witnessed: a health care system that cannot provide basic protective equipment for its frontline; small businesses — and very large ones — that do not have enough cash to pay their rent or workers, sending over 16 million people to seek unemployment benefits; a government that has so severely damaged the credibility of our media that 300 million people don’t know who to listen to for basic facts that can save their lives.
The cat is out of the bag. We, as a nation, have deeply disturbing problems. You’re right. That’s not news. They are problems we ignore every day, not because we’re terrible people or because we don’t care about fixing them, but because we don’t have time. Sorry, we have other shit to do. The plain truth is that no matter our ethnicity, religion, gender, political party (the list goes on), nor even our socioeconomic status, as Americans we share this: We are busy. We’re out and about hustling to make our own lives work. We have goals to meet and meetings to attend and mortgages to pay — all while the phone is ringing and the laptop is pinging. And when we get home, Crate and Barrel and Louis Vuitton and Andy Cohen make us feel just good enough to get up the next day and do it all over again. It is very easy to close your eyes to a problem when you barely have enough time to close them to sleep. The greatest misconception among us, which causes deep and painful social and political tension every day in this country, is that we somehow don’t care about each other. White people don’t care about the problems of black America. Men don’t care about women’s rights. Cops don’t care about the communities they serve. Humans don’t care about the environment. These couldn’t be further from the truth. We do care. We just don’t have the time to do anything about it. Maybe that’s just me. But maybe it’s you, too.
Well, the treadmill you’ve been on for decades just stopped. Bam! And that feeling you have right now is the same as if you’d been thrown off your Peloton bike and onto the ground: What in the holy fuck just happened? I hope you might consider this: What happened is inexplicably incredible. It’s the greatest gift ever unwrapped. Not the deaths, not the virus, but The Great Pause. It is, in a word, profound. Please don’t recoil from the bright light beaming through the window. I know it hurts your eyes. It hurts mine, too. But the curtain is wide open. What the crisis has given us is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see ourselves and our country in the plainest of views. At no other time, ever in our lives, have we gotten the opportunity to see what would happen if the world simply stopped. Here it is. We’re in it. Stores are closed. Restaurants are empty. Streets and six-lane highways are barren. Even the planet itself is rattling less (true story). And because it is rarer than rare, it has brought to light all of the beautiful and painful truths of how we live. And that feels weird. Really weird. Because it has… never… happened… before. If we want to create a better country and a better world for our kids, and if we want to make sure we are even sustainable as a nation and as a democracy, we have to pay attention to how we feel right now. I cannot speak for you, but I imagine you feel like I do: devastated, depressed, and heartbroken.
And what a perfect time for Best Buy and H&M and Wal-Mart to help me feel normal again. If I could just have the new iPhone in my hand, if I could rest my feet on a pillow of new Nikes, if I could drink a venti blonde vanilla latte or sip a Diet Coke, then this very dark feeling would go away. You think I’m kidding, that I’m being cute, that I’m denying the very obvious benefits of having a roaring economy. You’re right. Our way of life is not without purpose. The economy is not, at its core, evil. Brands and their products create millions of jobs. Like people — and most anything in life — there are brands that are responsible and ethical, and there are others that are not. They are all part of a system that keeps us living long and strong. We have lifted more humans out of poverty through the power of economics than any other civilization in history. Yes, without a doubt, Americanism is a force for good. It is not some villainous plot to wreak havoc and destroy the planet and all our souls along with it. I get it, and I agree. But its flaws have been laid bare for all to see. It doesn’t work for everyone. It’s responsible for great destruction. It is so unevenly distributed in its benefit that three men own more wealth than 150 million people. Its intentions have been perverted, and the protection it offers has disappeared. In fact, it’s been brought to its knees by one pangolin. We have got to do better and find a way to a responsible free market.
Until then, get ready, my friends. What is about to be unleashed on American society will be the greatest campaign ever created to get you to feel normal again. It will come from brands, it will come from government, it will even come from each other, and it will come from the left and from the right. We will do anything, spend anything, believe anything, just so we can take away how horribly uncomfortable all of this feels. And on top of that, just to turn the screw that much more, will be the one effort that’s even greater: the all-out blitz to make you believe you never saw what you saw. The air wasn’t really cleaner; those images were fake. The hospitals weren’t really a war zone; those stories were hyperbole. The numbers were not that high; the press is lying. You didn’t see people in masks standing in the rain risking their lives to vote. Not in America. You didn’t see the leader of the free world push an unproven miracle drug like a late-night infomercial salesman. That was a crisis update. You didn’t see homeless people dead on the street. You didn’t see inequality. You didn’t see indifference. You didn’t see utter failure of leadership and systems.
But you did. You are not crazy, my friends. And so we are about to be gaslit in a truly unprecedented way. It starts with a check for $1,200 (Don’t say I never gave you anything) and then it will be so big that it will be bigly. And it will be a one-two punch from both big business and the big White House — inextricably intertwined now more than ever and being led by, as our luck would have it, a Marketer in Chief. Business and government are about to band together to knock us unconscious again. It will be funded like no other operation in our lifetimes. It will be fast. It will be furious. And it will be overwhelming. The Great American Return to Normal is coming.
From one citizen to another, I beg of you: take a deep breath, ignore the deafening noise, and think deeply about what you want to put back into
I have been confirmed as having mild to moderate COVID-19. As my breathing is good my long time doctor and I feel my best course of treatment is isolating at home for approximately two to three weeks, short course of oral steroids along with a steroid inhaler ( I’ve been on for 2 years which was my saving grace of keeping my lungs somewhat clear), cough medicine, White willow bark as a fever and inflammation reducer, and lots of extra fluids.
Please keep in mind just because so far the virus in me is being controlled and I do not need to be hospitalized everyone reacts to the COVID-19 virus differently. Please contact your health care provider of other call in centers of you or anyone you know shows any type of symptom as soon as you possibly can. Wash your hands very off and use hand sanitizer when warm water and soap is unavailable.
I am not in the human medical care field in any captaincy. By deciding to use some or all of these suggestions is your decision alone. Lady Beltane and/or Coven Life/Witches of The Craft Elders and/or Sliver Sag and/or NewFound-Life.com and/or CovenLife.co and/or WitchesofTheCraft.com cannot be held liable in any way for any thing that may go wrong by not using or using any of these suggestions including but not limited to anyone in your household and/or anyone else’s household you choose to share these suggestions with contracts the COVID-19 VIRUS a.k.a. Coronavirus, a.k.a. Novel Coronavirus or any other name given to do it by the media and/or government agency any where on Mother Earth no matter how sever the symptoms and possibly dying from this virus may happen to any individual who contracts this virus.
Either buy cleaning wipes containing bleach or make your own bleach solution using 2 Tablespoons of bleach in 1 Gallon of water. Put mixture in a spray bottle to use on ALL HIGHLY TOUCHED SURFACES, counter tops, refrigerator and freezer door handles, stove handles all door jobs I side and out mailbox latch or cover, handles and faucets on every sink, tub, and shower. We wipe the toilet handle seat, and cover every time before washing our hands. This list is only my check list for my home and a suggestion on where to maybe start in your own home but it does not include everything needed to be wiped down or how often to do it. I suggest at least three to four times a day. VERY IMPORTANT do not dry any surface you harvested or wiped down with bleach mixture as that will stop it from killing the virus and other germs all everything to air dry. Speaking of air I use this same mixture but adds descriptor my favorite essential oil to it in a spray bottle to use as an spray disinfectant for the air. I first spray an even aided Cleric cross above my head reaching my arms out as far as they will go. Than I put my arm holding the bottle out as far as I can and slowly turn in a counterclockwise direction bring it in a little bit in towards my body each time I get to the spot I started from for me this is facing East. I do this in every room in my home except the bathroom and enclosed back porch. For the bathroom I spray an arch into the bathtub area and close the shower curtain than two more arches from side as I back out of the bathroom and close the door. We started too late it seems to use paper towels damped slightly with the bleach solution to wipe off everything that comes into our home that bleach would not have an adverse effect on such as anything plastic containers, all mail or deliveries from any type of package carrier, any non food items wrapped in plastic or in a cardboard container. All foods like fruit or vegetables are washed with a mild dish detergent and warm water before being out away. It may sound time consuming or like a hassle but ask yourself, “Do I want to take the extra time to try and protect myself and/or those living in the same home? ” I am not saying these things will stop you and your family from getting COVID-19 but with this horrible life stealing virus at least if someone in your home does get I hope these suggestions possibly make it a mild case. The CDC and WHO suggest coughing and/or sneezing into the crook of you elbow as this will keep airborne droplets to a minimum and your hands stay cleaner. WASH YOUR HANDS ANY TIME YOU THINK OF IT OR WHEN EVER YOU COUGH AND/OR SNEEZE OR GO TO THE BATHROOM OR BEFORE EATING even when using utensils!!!! If you have longer nails use a nail brush to scrub under them every time you wash your hands for 20 seconds every time. 20 seconds is the time it takes to not rush through singing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” three times or the “ABC Song” once.
If you would be so kind as to ask for a smooth recovery for my how ever you would choose to do it. I would be very grateful to you.
Until we meet again soon may you all be Blessed Be
From us to you and yours Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.
A of trick I have used for years to keep my guests happier with no cross words between any of them is before you add the cooking sage to anything ask that it is blessed to clear negativity out of everyone who eats it. I actually put a small pinch in every dish that is served. A pinch is not enough to change the flavor of anything but the harmony it brings when the family is gathered is priceless
One of the most exciting things about fall (besides showing off our new knitting projects) is baking beautiful sweet loaves and breads using our favourite harvest goodies — freshly picked apples, pears, squash and pumpkins — paired with rich, warm spices. Bring on those carbs and cozy sweaters!
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Upside-Down Apple French Toast
This deceptively easy, yet Instagram-worthy, baked French toast features cranberries and pecans which will wow your next brunch guests and earn a few likes on social media.
If you’re a passionate yoga practitioner, you’ve probably noticed some yoga benefits—maybe you’re sleeping better or getting fewer colds or just feeling more relaxed and at ease. But if you’ve ever tried telling a newbie about the benefits of yoga, you might find that explanations like “It increases the flow of prana” or “It brings energy up your spine” fall on deaf or skeptical ears.
Researchers Are Catching On to Yoga’s Benefits
As it happens, Western science is starting to provide some concrete clues as to how
Along with skeleton, zombie and vampire costumes, many of tonight’s Halloween revellers will hit the town in pointy hats, black gowns and fake warty noses while carrying broomsticks and stuffed black cats.
It’s a look copied mostly from the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film of The Wizard of Oz.
But in the past witches were thought to be real – and believers found them everywhere. From the 15th to 18th century more than 200,000 – usually innocent victims of mass paranoia – were tortured, burned or hanged all over Europe.
But how, exactly, did accusers spot their targets? Here are the most bizarre and terrifying examples of how to identify your witch…
Do they look like a witch?
Most accused witches were old, poor and “crone-like”. During an English witch frenzy of the 1640s, the Rev John Gaule insisted that “every old woman with a wrinkled face, a furr’d brow, a hairy lip, a gobber tooth, a squint eye, a squeaking voice, or a scolding tongue is not only suspected, but pronounced for a witch.”
This was the most common way to catch a crone. The suspect was sprinkled with holy water, stripped to her undergarments then trussed up with her right thumb tied to her left big toe and vice versa.
With a rope around her waist she was tossed into a pond or river. If she floated, she was a witch, if she sank she could be hauled out and saved… if she hadn’t drowned.
The theory was that witches reject the sacrament of baptism so water rejects their bodies. Ducking stools were later invented to make things easier for the hunters.
Devil’s marks & witches’ teats
Hunters would strip suspects naked, shave their bodies then publicly examine them for Satan’s brands from when they made their “pacts with the devil”. Or they they might find an extra nipple used to suckle their animal helpers (familiars).
Moles, pimples and birthmarks could all condemn the innocent so folk would cut or burn them off… but the scars were also proof.
Pricks & scratches
Even the faintest freckles were pricked with a needle or blade. If it didn’t bleed or hurt, the subject was definitely a witch. Professional “prickers” were well paid, and tunscrupulous ones used knives with retractable blades that did nothing. The accused might also be scratched by the victims they had “bewitched” and if any symptoms eased as they drew blood… guilty!
The suspect was weighed against a heavy Bible or a stack of them