The only way to beat, outfox, trounce and silence borderline personality disorder once and for all is to completely abdicate your likes, dislikes, friends, hobbies, dreams, goals, and desires – that is to say your entire personality – and begin again.

So there are always a lot of articles around about how to genuinely apologize for fucking up. The one I saw today was this one but I’ve seen many that say essentially the same thing.

So as I was reading it, I thought, “Yes, but, what if I’m NOT sorry? What if I stand by what I said?

So, you’ve offended someone, hurt their feelings, etc., but don’t feel as though you did anything wrong. Is it necessary to apologize anyway, or is it disingenuous to do so when you don’t actually feel sorry at…

Cure for Misanthropy and Melancholy
Henry David Thoreau, Walden, chapter 5 (Solitude):

Yet I experienced sometimes that the most sweet and tender, the most innocent and encouraging society may be found in any natural object, even for the poor misanthrope and most melancholy man. There can be no very black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of Nature and has his senses still. There was never yet such a storm but it was Aeolian music to a healthy and innocent ear. Nothing can rightly…

On [info]too_much_info someone was asking for a remedy for a canker sore. I gave my old tried and true answer of powdered alum. I don’t know why it works, just that it does, and it’s something that the family has just always used. You can find it in the spice section of your grocery store – it’s commonly used for pickling.

Another family secret is Raleigh Ointment, for all manny of chapped things – hands, lips, that area around your nose from blowing it too much. Also good on…