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Day 3064: Survival

First of all, I want to congratulate us all for our survival skills in making it to another day. Yay!! Celebrating survival helps us survive, I believe.

Second of all, did you know that this is a survival bracelet?

Even though I wear that bracelet for survival (it’s my Medic Alert bracelet)

.. I did not know it was called a survival bracelet until yesterday. Here is my ex-brother-in-law Joe (who is also a very talented artist) …

… telling me about survival bracelets and how they are woven strands of extremely strong paracord that can be very handy in case of an emergency.

Because this daily blog couldn’t survive without helpful information from people like Joe and online websites, here’s a quote about survival bracelets from

The cord itself is made up of 7 inner strands which each contain three inner strands of their own, which gives you a fair amount of cord to work with. Cutting out the inside cord and attaching it to the outer cord using a square knot will often yield hundreds of feet worth of cord, which can be used for fishing, sewing, building shelters, among other things.

I told Joe and my ex-sister-in-law Deborah yesterday morning that I doubted my ability to survive using a survival bracelet in an emergency because I would have trouble cutting the cord, so to speak. Actually, it’s amazing I’ve survived this long considering my struggles opening all sorts of modern packaging, including those annoying and deceptive envelopes that say “tear along perforation” which I could not tear by myself even if my life depended on it.

I was wearing my survival bracelet yesterday as I captured all these images of survival. Which image says “survival” to you?


Obviously, I survived Twitter, these amazing bagels

… and the drive home from Connecticut to write today’s blog, and Harley the cat survived without me for two days. Also, my husband Michael survived his deck-stripping and staining experience.

Thanks to Michael, our deck should be surviving beautifully for many years.

Here are 10 Survival Stories That Actually Happened:

Feel free to share your thoughts and feelings about survival in a comment, below.

Daily gratitude is an effective survival skill, so thanks to all who help me create this daily blog, including YOU!

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Day 239: Days when confused

I’ve been told that I tend to work towards the positive — hope, connection, possibilities, achievable next steps.

I also like to invite the other side of the positive — let’s call it “the negative,” for now. (I sometimes prefer other terms, like “the shadow” or “disowned feelings”) (including disappointment, which I wrote about here).

We can’t have the positive without the negative, right?

Light is meaningless without dark to help define it.

Up doesn’t exist as a concept without down.

We wouldn’t have the word “day” if not for night. (I suppose that’s arguable, but it sounds good, doesn’t it?)

Okay, I think I’ve made enough deep (if not completely air-tight) justifications to focus on less positive things in this blog today.

Throughout this year, I’ve written some posts about “accelerated learning,” focusing on valuable lessons I’ve been accumulating (including here, here, and here).

Today, I’d like to focus on things I don’t know. Things I can’t seem to figure out. Things that confuse me.


Things That Confuse Me

by Ann

  1. How busy everybody seems to be (including me). This confuses me when I’m thinking that a lot of the busy work we’re doing isn’t (a) necessary, (b) helpful, (c) as important as we think it is, or (d) what we really want to be doing.
  2. Modern packaging. There are soooo many sealed products that I just can’t seem to get open without a swiss army knife or a team of experts on hand. (New occupation for the future: Personal Packaging Manipulation Consultant.)

For example:


At this point in the blog post — rather than discussing endless examples of packages I am confused by and have trouble opening — I will go to the solution-oriented side, and share something I saw on-line this morning:

18 Everyday Products You’ve Been Using Wrong

Even though that title is using a “You Statement — rather than an “I-statement” — thus easily putting me on the defensive ….

… that title is absolutely correct. I have been using all of those things wrong, dammit!

But, on the other hand, look at all I learned today.

Thanks to geeksugar (for the photo and post about opening up clamshell packaging), BuzzFeed, friends on Facebook and elsewhere, and to you, of course, for reading today.

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