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Coming up for a Bit of a Air . . .

Healing It’s been awhile—reasons here and here—been reblogging a lot—have a story idea—still not “all well”…

I may have a regular blog post soon; or, I may not—this healing phase is not going smoothly…

I will, however, have a new Tale for my Story Bazaar on February 9th—assuming I’m still alive…

What I’m going through is very hard to articulate—very deep, very confusing, very personal…

I’ve come through scarier times; but, this healing is still way spooky…

Perhaps I’ll do an interim post about the reading I’m doing to help me heal…

Stay tuned………

#Reading Is Powerful Medicine

To say reading is powerful medicine demands that I say a bit about the word “medicine”… Woman Reading

I’m not necessarily talking about pharmaceuticals—dangerous stuff

I suppose, if your dying and there are no natural alternatives, sure, take certain pharmaceuticals.

It’s just that doctors are often paid to dispense pharmaceuticals that people don’t need and that harm more than they help—I, in particular, was nearly crippled by misdiagnosed pharmaceuticals


My Oxford dictionary informs me that “medicine” has it roots in the concept “healing”.

So, am I saying reading can heal?

Yep, that’s what I’m saying.

And, that’s what a cool article over at Fast Company says.

The title is How Changing Your Reading Habits Can Transform Your Health and here are a few excerpts:

“…according to Dr Josie Billington, deputy director of the Centre for Research into Reading at the University of Liverpool….’Reading can offer richer, broader, and more complex models of experience, which enable people to view their own lives from a refreshed perspective and with renewed understanding’…”

Dr. Billington also said:

“People who read find it easier to make decisions, plan, and prioritize, and this may be because they are more able to recognize that difficulty and setback are unavoidable aspects of human life…”

So, those are good general (psychologically healthy) reasons to read more—here are some specific physical health-related reasons:

“Reading for pleasure in general can also help prevent conditions such as stress, depression, and dementia….Research has shown that people who read for pleasure regularly report fewer feelings of stress and depression than non-readers. Large scale studies in the U.S. show that being more engaged with reading, along with other hobbies, is associated with a lower subsequent risk of incidents of dementia.”

I’m sure you know that stress and depression can lead to many physical health problems

And, the article even covers more general Social benefits:

“Reading has huge power to make you see things from another person’s point of view…”

Research is cited:

“[showing] that reading reduces stress and creates neurological changes in the brain that makes it think you’re in another world—or another life. ‘Reading about people different to you, for example who come from another culture or background, can help you understand their perspective and readdress former prejudices.'”

But, you may say, I don’t have time to read more!

The article shares these recommendations:

1. Read what interests you not what you think you “should” read
2. Find just 30 minutes a week to read
3. Create a challenge for yourself
4. Don’t stick with a book if you’re not enjoying it

And, I suggest you go read the full article so you can benefit from what they say about each of those four recommendations :-)
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The One Eyed Writer

Hi Folks who regularly read Alex’s excellent blog. This particular post is not actually being written by Alex but by another writer friend, Jane Watson.  Alex’s blog, as written by him, will be on a short break – my contribution here is to keep you informed of what is happening at the moment, with Alex – as he is too ill to post.

Alex lost the sight temporarily in his left eye last Thursday, 30th May, and was admitted to hospital. Thankfully he had not suffered a major stroke, and his sight returned, but his left carotid artery was found to be almost 100% blocked. He is having major surgery this week.

He hopes to be back very soon. I will be posting here from time to time as per his instructions. So please stay tuned.

…and just in case you are wondering why, in such circumstances, I would be so insensitive to call this blog the title it has – this was Alex’s choice ;-)…

He is in good spirits but sure could do with your prayers and healing thoughts.

I am in contact with him and will leave updates on this blog. I will pass on any messages you leave here to him.  Take care, Jane :-)

Is Humor A Cure-All?

Writers, and other creative folks, sure do need humor, if only as a weapon against depression.

But, does humor do more than make our emotions easier to handle?

There’s a video at the end of this post that’s embedded in the article I’m going to link to but it’s such a great stress reliever that I had to put it here for readers who may need a quick fix of healing laughter.

That article I’m going to link to is, Humor Affects Our Psyche, and the author is Carter Lee.

He cites studies which apparently show that humor can:

  • Boost the immune system and circulatory system
  • Enhance oxygen intake
  • Stimulate the heart and lungs
  • Relax muscles throughout the body
  • Trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers)
  • Ease digestion/soothe stomach aches
  • Relieve pain
  • Balance blood pressure
  • Improve mental functions (i.e., alertness, memory, creativity)

He also has a soon-to-be-released book, When Jonathan Cried For Me. Here’s some of the blurb:

“For most of his life, Carter Lee struggled with a low self-esteem, unhealthy self-confidence, increasingly in-docile anger issues, and his weight. After his wife left him, taking her son with her, Carter Lee hit rock bottom. Deciding to persevere on, he became determined to find a way to transcend through his trauma on a journey to find a genuine inner transformation.”

“Carter Lee is blatantly honest about his inner demons and wears his heart on his sleeve. More than just a motivational, inspiring, educating, or entertaining read, this book transcends any one genre by coalescing strengths of each form into a powerful teaching tool.  He is witty, unconventional, and has a knack for describing highly technical mental processes in layman’s terms. Sometimes controversially, but always with honesty, Carter Lee delivers what so many of us need: a real way to facilitate internal change and transformation…”

So, Carter Lee gets my gratitude for pointing me toward a book that promises to be rewarding and a video that can pull me out of any ol’ bad mood :-)

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