would you be at all interested in talking a bit about misophonia?
it’s an extreme sensitivity to a specific set of sounds
for me it’s eating/chewing sounds, sniffling, coughing, breathing, etc. Even just the sound of someone’s voice when there’s food or mucus in their throat bothers me. I’m very very sensitive to these sounds, but it usually only affects me if the sounds are continuous and I can’t remove myself from them, or if I’m tired and already at a higher anxiety level.
I also have misokinesia, which is the visual version of this. I can’t even have someone chewing gum or twirling their hair in my peripheral vision without getting major anxiety. I usually have to just turn my head or block it out with my hands.
Basically what’s going on is my brain processes these sounds and movement as something dangerous, which elicits a fight or flight response in my body. This is why I like comparing it to an allergy; it’s your body reacting to something harmless as if it weren’t.
The male Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) watches as its mate selects a raisin from the feeder tray. The recent cold weather has reduced the available insect food supply for the bluebirds, so these birds have had to resort to finding food where they can. A fruit and nut mix is a good food choice for a number of different birds at times like this.
Ontogenic sequence of eastern bluebirds, Sialia sialis, from hatching to fledging. These beautiful songbirds nest in my yard every spring, and this year I wanted to record the process by taking a photograph every day as they grew. Bluebirds are very tolerant of humans, but even so I was careful to not disturb them, and since we have a slotted box (rather than a circular opening box), it was easy to slip my phone in and check up on them unobtrusively.
It is truly fascinating to watch, on a daily basis, the ability of nature to convert insects and worms so elegantly into feathers, bone and flesh.
Was the A originally for Ally, or Asexual? Somebody's having a bot of a heated argument with me on this and I'm very confused. They say the A in LGBTQIA has always been for Allies, and that Aces stole it???
There’s debate about why the A was originally put there, but there’s a very simple reason why, no matter who it was for originally, it’s for asexuals/aromantics/agender folks:
Allies are not oppressed.
Allies are cishet. They are privileged. They are helpful, but they are not oppressed. They are not part of the group.
Saying that the A is for allies is like saying that when your favorite sports team wins, you (the fans) should get the trophy too.
Fans are not part of the team. Their support is invaluable, but they are not actually players.
Found across the eastern half of the United States and in parts of Mexico, the Eastern Bluebird is a small member of the thrush family. They eat fruits and insects, dropping down on their prey from low branches. Females build nests in tree cavities or nest boxes, sometimes building at multiple sites, but only using one. Eastern Bluebird populations have been rising in the past four decades, after introduced species such as House Sparrows and European Starlings outcompeted them for nesting sites in the early twentieth century. Nest boxes have been an important part of this recovery. They are the state bird of New York and Missouri.