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Help a worthy cause! August 20, 2012

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I will be taking part in a heart walk this weekend and I’m hoping some of you will donate to this worthy cause. I know there are few of us who have not been touched by heart disease and the strides that are being made in this area are amazing. Please, if you can, give a little to help advancements in treating this disease.

Here is a link http://centralohheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=995618&lis=1&kntae995618=6D8243AFC5CA45AEA13B2B7D2347C9DE&supId=363892184

Thanks so much,

Karin

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The Problem with Lie To Me August 17, 2012

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Lie to Me has all the stuff I love in a show, a team who solve mysteries, lots of running around, a strong and complex central character, so I couldn’t figure out why I stopped watching at the end of the second season.
I returned to the show, because I have to have something to watch on the treadmill (if I don’t, I can’t do it. I have to distract myself) So I went back and I figured out my problem. It’s a problem the writers created from day one. Empathy.
It’s a classic writer’s technique. Elicit empathy for your characters and people will love them and care about what happens to them.
One of the most basic ways to create empathy is to submit a character to unfair criticism.
Cal Lightman is the hero of the show. He can be arrogant, but I still like him because of the many rooting interests the writers give him, other people like him, he’s good at his job, he’s very active. But, Lightman is always picking on one character, Loker.
Because of this constant unfair criticism (and, I have to be honest the actor is handsome. I know it’s shallow. Don’t judge me*g*.) which is barely explained, Loker is my favorite character on the show. Now, we have a situation where the hero is always bashing my favorite character. Therefore, making me like the hero less and care less about what happens to him and…I stopped watching. I’m not saying characters an’t have conflict. Dean and Sam are always fighting. Sean and Gus fight. But, their relationships are equal. Loker is Lightman’s employee, not his brother or his best friend from childhood. What do you think? Are you a fan of Lie to Me? Am I way off base? Are there other shows you can think of that have a problem like this?
I’d love to hear. And I’m not lying*g*…

Karin

Stop the World I want to Get Off! August 14, 2012

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So I woke up last Wednesday with the world spinning (and nor for a fun reason). Seems that several days earlier while enjoying the wave pool and the water coaster at Great Wolf Lodge near Cincinnati I got water in my ear and now have an ear infection (actually the dr says its not infected, I just have fluid behind my ear, but it’s easier just to say I have an infection)
AnyHoo, I can’t say enough how much I would rather have almost anything else than the world spinning. It boggles my mind that as a child I loved the spinning rides best. I once rode this ride at Seabreeze three times in a row where it spins so fast it smashes you against the wall of the ride as the bottom drops away and it tilts and lifts, making you horizontal(Boy, it would be easier if I remembered the name of this ride. If anyone knows it, please feel free to share).
Now, however, I get motion sick on a kid’s swing. But the vertigo is the worst. It’s not even possible to stand when it hits, so forget reading or any of the other things I do when I’m sick.Thank God for motion sickness medicine!
I’m hoping the antibiotic I’m on will stop the pain in my ears, but if I never have the vertigo again it would be too soon. Anyone else experienced this? What do you think? Worse to have vertigo, migraine, stomach bug? Which is the worst? All aches and pains are welcome(though I certainly hope, you’re healthy right now*g*)!

Karin

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