Photographer John William Keedy has had to deal with an anxiety disorder for some nine years now. Never feeling like he quite fit in, and at times so nervous around crowds that he would only go to the grocery store when he was certain it was empty, he’s intimately familiar with the type of neurotic behavior a condition like his can encourage.
His photo series It’s Hardly Noticeable is an exploration of these neurotic, obsessive and strange behaviors that manifest as part of anxiety-based mental disorders.
The series also takes a long hard look at normalcy, and what it means to be normal.
Glitter jars -
I was taught about glitter jars during my time as an inpatient. I learnt the magic of glitter during a self-soothe class as part of an emotional coping skills lesson.
There’s no science, no counting, no acceptance and no forceful methods involved in the alteration of your emotions during use of the glitter jar - just distraction.
Making a glitter jar is simple. You will need:
- 1 jar (with a lid of course!)
- 1/10 vegetable oil
- 9/10 water
- glitter - lots of!
- food colouring
- anything else shiny
Add the water and vegetable oil together. Add a few drops of food colouring, all of the glitter and anything else shiny. Put the lid on (tight!) and shake it.
When you want to cut / binge / scream / cry, shake the glitter jar and watch until the glitter is settled. It’ll calm you and hopefully the emotion will pass.
Reblogging for my followers. I made one of these and it is honestly so calming to just watch it.
This would be a great craft to use for calming kids down too.
update on 4.17.2014: Tom Woodward spent some time looking into these numbers …
*if anyone makes a micromort app and becomes insanely rich off of it, please reward me for the idea by paying me a livable wage to sit around and make writing prompts all day… or for just over $10,000 you could buy my entire Amazon wish list for me.*
"empathy is first of all an act of imagination"
"I knew terrible things."
In space, no one can hear your bad karaoke.
Questionably inappropriate, these No. 2 pencils bear a valuable message: “too cool to do drugs.” When sharpened, however, the message begins to change. “Cool to do drugs,” “do drugs,” and “drugs,” eventually become the displayed messages. Sold on BrryBnds.
What advice would you give to other actors on working with bears? Make sure there’s country and western music playing. And don’t cuddle it. Our bear was called Bart and he was a real diva. When he stepped out of his trailer, you had to give him a round of applause. None of the rest of the cast is so demanding. - Gwendoline Christie
The Roswell Reports: What crashed in the desert?
Decades after the Roswell Incident people are still fascinated by it. Last October we wrote about National Archives moving image holdings relating to Project Blue Book and unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
In addition to Project Blue Book we also have records relating to the alleged UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) conducted several interviews in the early 1990s as well as researching textual records during the investigation into the crash, culminating in the publication of The Roswell Report: Fact vs. Fiction in the New Mexico Desert in 1995.
In 1997 the Air Force released a follow-up report titled The Roswell Report: Case Closed. Both reports are available in the series Moving Images Relating to “The Roswell Reports” Source Data Research Files, 1946 – 1996(Local Identifier: 341-ROSWELL / National Archives Identifier: 566658). The Air Force also produced the video Roswell Reports in support of the textual report. This video provides great background information on the Roswell incident and subsequent investigation.
More, including others interviews with USAF personnel and alleged witnesses to a UFO crash at: Media Matters » The Roswell Reports: What crashed in the desert?