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In the UK, when Princess Diana died, I remember being deeply disturbed by the mass hysteria that followed. I didn’t recognise the people I thought I knew. It was scary how easily the media succeeded in prescribing a very specific emotional response to the event. People who didn’t know her were literally wailing and sobbing as the funeral procession passed. British people. A normally polite bunch not known for public and open displays of emotion. It was as if we were being instructed to grieve, and everyone over acted, whilst the soundtrack by Elton John reminded us “your candle burned out long before, your legend ever did” over and over and over again.

I remember my flat mates and I had planned a party that fell on the day she died, and we thought about cancelling, but none of us really liked her or cared, so we just went ahead with it. A good number of people turned up. I recall having a very intense conversation with someone honestly asking why they cared so much. She ...

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Hello new followers, I hope I don’t disappoint you. I want this place to feel like home, where we can escape the Thunderdome and process the world. Where we can post dog pics and recipes and book recommendations. Where we support each other as we get sober, lose weight, embark on new business opportunities, creative endeavors, relationships and travels. I want this to be your oasis of sanity and laughter in an increasingly mad world. A creative outlet where you can share your spirit with us.

We might not have any control over the news cycle—but we can control our habits and attitude. It all starts with us. And hopefully a little piece of that will start here.

My therapist ended our session today by saying, "Stay safe and pray for America" and I felt that was a pretty ominous way to leave things tbh.

Thank you Phetasy Pham for the #DropInsWelcome zoom call. I learn so much every single week from all of you.

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