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Day 2974: Neighborhoods

I inhabit several neighborhoods — real, virtual, and imaginary, as you can see.

Even though I’m ambiviralent, I hope my new lyrics to “Fascinating Rhythm” help me go viral in the social media neighborhoods.

Vaccinated Women

by Ann Koplow

Vaccinated women, we’re shopping at stores.

Vaccinated women, we’re all a-quiver.

We are celebrating, the neighbors want to know

How we managed rating when they’re chopped liver.

Each morning we get up with the sun

And have no cares getting all our chores done.

Vaccinated women, you see us on the go

Vaccinated women, you might be asking.

How can you be certain which ones of us are

Vaccinated women, since we’re still masking.

Just look closely into our eyes and then you’ll see

Vaccinated women, happy and safe like me!

Vaccinated women, we don’t want to boast

Lord it over others, or make them jealous.

Vaccinated women, what would please us most

Is vaccine distribution to all gals and fellas.

We hope that everyone over the world will join us soon

Vaccinated people, out, safe, and over the moon!

© Ann Koplow, 2021

In my imaginary neighborhood, Jacob Collier lives nearby, so here‘s Jacob’s arrangement and performance of the Gershwins’ “Fascinating Rhythm.”

I’m grateful to my neighbors in all my neighborhoods, including YOU!

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Day 2967: Anti-Stress Word Searches

Every morning, for me, includes searching for words for my daily blog post that are anti-stress. These searches help me face each new day, because it’s so difficult to find anti-stress words anywhere else.

Before I join my training group this morning on Developing Resilient Group Leadership (which will probably include some anti-stress word searches), let’s search for anti-stress words and images together.

Every day, I search for words, images, and also music that are anti-stress. If you search the words in this post, you’ll find this

…and this:

My word searches for gratitude are also anti-stress, so thanks to all who help me create these anti-stress posts, including YOU!

Categories: group therapy, life during the pandemic, personal growth, photojournalism, politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Day 2960: All I need

It’s wonderful to be able to write, here and now, that I have all I need.

Before my birthday last week, I let my husband Michael know that I had all I need. I told him that if he needed to give me a gift, I would be happy with his replacing a bathroom lightbulb.

All I need is to share this photo …

… and this joke:

How many therapists does it take to change a lightbulb? One, but the lightbulb really has to want to change.

If this therapist had changed that lightbulb, she would have needed a ladder.

If you need more lightbulb jokes, here they are:

https://www.scarymommy.com/lightbulb-jokes/?amp

All I need is to share these other images with you:

Because I have all I need, I didn’t need to buy any of those items I photographed in the market last night.

All the Collies, I mean the Hollies, need is the air that they breathe and to love you.

Here’s “All I Need” from Jacob Collier featuring Mahalia:

All I need now is to ask for comments and to express my thanks to YOU.

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Day 2954: Reading

What have you been reading lately, besides blog posts?

On the recommendation of many people, I’m reading the excellent “How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi. Soon I’ll be discussing it in the same reading group that was reading “Me and White Supremacy” last year.

I notice what people are reading and also what they’re NOT reading. That’s why I tweeted this yesterday:

Reading that now, I notice I used a cognitive distortion (all-or-nothing thinking) for effect. Interested in reading more about cognitive distortions? Click here.

For those who want to be reading more of my lyrics for the song “Vaccine,” here they are:

VACCINE

by Ann Koplow

Stadiums and CVS

And other places you might guess

Are where they’ll send

each life-protecting vial.

But if you’re under 70

and want this precious remedy,

Chances are you’ll have to wait a while.

©️Ann Koplow, 2021

If you’d rather be hearing those lyrics than reading them, you can sign up for the Jam’n Java Open Mic for this Friday, February 5.

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/9040b4eadaa23a2f49-jamn20

If you’re reading joy and relaxation in this post, that’s because I’m on my birthweek staycation! I’ll be reading more and working much less all week.

I hope you enjoy reading the rest of my images today.

In all my years of reading films, I’ve never seen anything quite like “Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence” from Footlight Parade:

I look forward to reading your comments, below.

If you’re used to reading my daily posts, you know I always end with gratitude, so thanks to all my awesome readers, including YOU!

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Day 2947: Too nice?

Do you ever wonder if you are too nice? Especially in response to people who are not too nice?

I don’t think being too nice is the problem, these days. Personally, I think it’s nice when people are nice. Indeed, it’s nice to think about nice people being in charge for a while.

When people are the opposite of nice on Twitter, I think it’s very nice when somebody responds, “S/he seems nice.” It’s nice to have an all-purpose comeback like that about mean people. Often I’m too shocked (if not too nice) to know how to quickly and effectively respond to verbal abuse in the moment.

Of course, it’s important to respond to abuse. I just don’t think self doubt about being “too nice” (or “too anything”) helps us act and move forward.

Are any of my recent images too nice ?

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Is it too nice if I celebrate here in America with “America” from West Side Story?

It would be so nice if you share your thoughts and feelings, below, without worrying if you’re being too nice or not nice enough.

It’s impossible to be too grateful, so thanks to all who help me create this daily blog, including YOU.

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Day 2940: Complaining

For the last four years, I’ve been complaining about the U.S. President and the enablers of his outrageous behaviors.

I’m looking forward to not complaining about our President, very soon.

Do you see any complaining in my latest images?

I actually did a little complaining to Michael about last night’s dinner, because (1) it was the second sandwich in a row and (2) it wasn’t pasta. As I said in my tweet above, I’m looking forward to more of that kind of complaining.

I’m not complaining about finding this video about complaining on YouTube:

I am complaining about my sleep pattern lately: I wake up way too early and have trouble falling back asleep. I’m hoping I’ll be doing less complaining about my sleep after the inauguration on Wednesday.

James Taylor is complaining in “Angry Blues.”

I won’t be complaining if you share some complaining in the comments section, below.

I’m so grateful for all who tolerate my complaining, including YOU!

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Day 2933: The cure for my anxiety

My wonderful friend Megan, who is always a cure for my anxiety, sent me this yesterday …

… in response to my sending her this:

These days, my anxiety is up because of animals much scarier than those kittens on the floor. The cure for my increased anxiety is capturing images like these:

Ocean scenes, cats, Michael’s cooking, chocolate, the Daily Bitch Calendar, competent leaders, and kindness are among the cures for my anxiety.

Music and comedy are other cures for my anxiety, so here is Randy Rainbow with his latest song parody:

What is the cure for your anxiety?

Many people say gratitude is the cure for anxiety, so thanks to all who help me create this daily blog, including YOU.

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Day 2926: What’s on my mind

Every day, for the past eight years, I’ve been telling people what’s on my mind through this blog.

Today, Georgia is on my mind, because of the two races for control of the U.S. Senate and because of this:

There exists a recording of somebody with sedition on his mind calling the Georgia Secretary of State, but because I don’t want to go out of my mind listening to somebody who is out of his mind, I’d rather listen to “Georgia on my Mind” performed by writer Hoagy Carmichael.

I also prefer to have Ray Charles’s rendition of “Georgia on my Mind” on my mind rather than what’s on the mind of somebody with a severe personality disorder who’s on everybody’s mind because he is still in power until January 20.

What’s on my mind also includes a broken filling in my tooth, which I’m letting my dentist know about now because he reads this blog every day. Hello, Dr. Del Castillo! It’s on my mind to call your office today.

I share what’s on my mind by capturing images like these:

What’s on your mind, here and now?

Gratitude is always on my mind, so thanks to all who help me share what’s on my mind every day, including you!

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Day 2919: I’m so glad to see you!

Whenever people show up to my therapy groups, I say out loud, “I’m so glad to see you!”

This morning, when I looked at my bleary-eyed, almost-68-year-old self in the mirror, I said out loud, “I’m so glad to see you!”

I’m so glad to tell you how much that immediately improved my mood. I’m so glad to recommend you try that the next time you see yourself in the mirror.

I’m so glad to share with you these images that I was so glad to see yesterday.

I’m so glad to see the Daily Bitch and I’m so glad that I don’t see anything alarming under the bed these days.

Here is “So Glad to See You Here” by Paul McCartney and Wings with Rockestra:

I’m so glad to see so many rock stars in that video. How many can you see?

I’m so glad to see you! I hope you can see that here, every day.

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Day 2912: When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time

When someone showed me this quote from Maya Angelou, I believed them the first time.

When someone shows me who they are and they are scary, scared, disturbed, angry, hurt, or unkind, I believe them the first time. I also want to believe they can get better. I believe that is because I am a psychotherapist.

I also believe people have to be themselves and some people are more capable of change than others.

Do I show you who I am when I show you the images I capture for this blog?

When The Daily Bitch showed me who she was years ago, I believed her the first time (and every time since).

When someone showed up on a truck in my neighborhood yesterday …

… I believed it was Santa.

Here are Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey showing you who they are as they talk about this important life lesson.

When you show me who you are in a comment, I’ll believe you.

I’ve been showing you who I am — a grateful person — since I first started this blog, and I hope you believe me!

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