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    • Tue, Apr 21, 2020 - 03:38pm

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      Preparedness pays off – gave my GP some N95 masks

    I got to do the same. I prepped for this one accidentally, though. I already regularly use a set of washable filtered masks here in the summer because of the wildfire smoke. So I forgot about my box of N95 in the basement I bought months ago for a home remodel project. Home repair and prep stuff live in different places in my basement. Today, I was able to give 14 N95 masks to my friend, an ER nurse – along with a bag of Hershey’s kisses. I had given money to the food bank and to the local YMCA for first responder child care, but this one felt personal.

    • Sat, Apr 08, 2017 - 08:06pm

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      Responsibility for your loved ones isn’t sexist

    Macro,

    Feeling responsible for your loved ones' happiness and health isn't a sexist motivation. While we are all ultimately responsible for our own outlook, attitudes and responses, a sense of being responsible to the mental health and emotional happiness of your family is a good thing. You are interdependent and work as a team. Being responsible by ensuring wealth, to the extent feasible and desirable, in all forms of capital is part of holding up your end of the agreement.

    The other important thing I find, generally on PP, not related to you or any one of us specifically, is that we lose the forest for the trees. The long term outlook is challenging. Some things short and long term are totally out of our control. But, what we can do is hold each day and each of our loved ones precious right now. Climate change scientists still take their kids to soccer practice (and have enough hope to have kids at all). Even under the most horrendous circumstances, we can still find a way to shine and to love and to appreciate each day for the good it made. Don't let the weight of knowledge grind you down and steal your hope. Be prepared, but be grateful and rejoice in the blessings you have – suffer less yourself and it will translate across all your relationships.

    Emily

    • Wed, Apr 05, 2017 - 06:48am

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      Congratulations, DAD!

    Macro, congratulations on the new baby. Worry less about the TEOTWAWKI right now or even the relationship issues and be excited about the new life. The sun still shines (I think, it's not been true in Seattle much), the birds still sing. Whatever may come is not likely to come right now. Enjoy the baby. Steal sleep. Wonder how long you've been wearing that shirt. 

    • Sat, Apr 01, 2017 - 11:55pm

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      Thank you, Susan

    Thank you for saying that, Susan. I’ve been biting my tongue this whole time and wondering if perhaps PP isn’t a place for me after all. It’s the reason I spend no time on Zerohedge. I admire your much braver and forthright approach.
    Emily

    PS My husband and I have been together nearly 30 years, since we were teens. We are equal, interdependent communicators who are making our decisions on resilience together.

    Perhaps PP’s next focus area should be emotional capital because any future worth inheriting, even one made by hand, will be populated with strong, resilient, cooperative people of every gender, class and background. That isn’t identity politics, it’s just what’s necessary.

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