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Your Questions About An Impaired Use Of Language Is Known As

November 22, 2012
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Thomas asks…

Can / will a doctor call cps because a child fell of their bike?

3 months ago my daughter fell off her bike and was in the waiting room to been seen by a doctor within 15 minutes of falling.
She was ok no broken bones, a few scratches, and spent a few minutes with the doctor looking at her x ray pics because she was fascinated with seeing pictures of her bones.She was begging to go and ride her bike some more.

About a week after that I find a cps card laying on my porch that I share with a neighbor , the card simply stated the workers name and that they work for cps with the words ‘call me please’ written on the back. Since the card was laying on the porch I wasn’t sure if it was for me or not so I called the number and dialed the extension. No answer, since I wasn’t sure if it was for me,I left no message.

Now over two months later I get a certified letter from the cps worker asking that I call her and that she had tried repeatedly to contact my by coming to my door. I have since called and left v. mails for her with no response.

My question is would a doctor call cps because a child falls of their bike? My daughter is hearing impaired and doesn’t speak clearly enough for most people to understand, and she uses sign language. When the doctor asked her what happened she signed and spoke as best she could so the doctor had to rely on me to translate. I dint know if this made the doctor think that I was trying to control what she was saying or if all doctors report every accident a child has. I also don’t know my next step in communicating with the cps worker, or my rights regarding the matter.

admin answers:

A doctor can most definitely call. In fact they are required by law to report anything that could be suspected abuse. It doesn’t mean they think you abused your child, but like others have said, there are too many cases of people’s children “falling down the stairs, off their bike, etc.” It’s nothing to worry about and as far as the case worker not returning your calls, try and call the main number and speak to a supervisor about the matter.

Helen asks…

depressed/down in the dumps pls help!?

i have alot of problems..in work (because there are some psycho colleagues that try to sabotage and backstab me and my colleague-***-friend) and at home.

but the ones thats troubling me most is the relationships with my family and relatives..my relationships with them have become very strained as i feel they do not listen to me whenever i try to explain myself, either to get myself out of trouble or just to let them know how i feel.

one thing thats causing the problem is that im hearing-impaired (both ears), i dont hear things well, and sometimes i dont even hear instructions given to me. for example my mum told me to buy two things for her, which i mistook as her saying she’ll buy them herself. when i didnt buy them, she blew up at me. i know its cos she is very stressed, having to handle all problems alone (she’s divorced) and having to handle my grand dad’s illness.

i have a short fuse as well, and then when she was shouting at me over this, i also kinda blew up, didnt shout, but my tone wasnt right. it didn’t help that my job is giving me stress as well, having to handle the psychos in my job, who make every day difficult for my friend and i.

i have been an irresponsible brat (even now, sometimes). this causes people (especially my relatives) to think that i intentionally defy them. sometimes i’m unknowingly irresponsible, like i lose track of time when i use the computer, for eg my bro wants to use it for studies, and i say ’5 mins’ but in fact i drag until 30 mins without realising it.

and then they think im inconsiderate. i know i havent been the model child, in fact i’v been the model rebel child.

im 21 this year. i’m working, so i dont take money from my mum (as expected). but i hvnt contributed to the household fees as im taking driving lessons and the lessons are draining out my funds. the driving fees in my country are no joke. im serious. i had told my mum before, that once i pass my test i’ll start contributing, as i do not have the cash to spare right now as im funding my own language course (taking up another language from scratch).

but whenever she’s angry she’ll start calling me names, stuff like im an unfilial kid since i didnt contribute money. but i have explained to her, many many times i cannot afford to now, and she still cant get it in her head.

all my relatives are like that.. im getting really tired of all of them, i find im withdrawing from everyone. even my relationships with friends have become strained. i have lost all confidence in people cos if i cant even sustain a trustful relationship with relatives.. what more of friends??

i am afraid of losing my friendships. but i really cannot handle it anymore. my heart is slowly but surely hardening to become uncaring. i dont know how to stop or reverse this. pls heellp!!

i am under alot of mental stress because i cannot make myself heard. even if i want to change my character for the better, i cannot, because i find all these strain so hard, so fruitless. i am already naturally soft and lisp due to my hearing problem (its severe)

im also an emotional eater and i find myself ballooning to blimp-like proportions day by day..i’v tried chugging down water but it doesnt deaden the pain it just makes me feel so bloated i could puke. my self-esteems gg down the drain as im too fat, and everyone’s making bad remarks about my size.

admin answers:

The first step to getting appropriate treatment, for depression or any other emotional problem, is a complete psychological evaluation to determine whether you have a depressive illness, and if so, what type of depression. Consultation with a psychologist will include a review of your physical health history. Some medications as well as some medical conditions can cause symptoms of depression, so your psychologist will ask your family physician to rule out these possibilities if other physical symptoms are evident.

Lastly, the psychological diagnostic evaluation will include a mental status examination to assess the full range of psychological symptoms and problems. This will help identify any other psychological problems that might be present, and will help determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

Treatment choice will depend on the outcome of the evaluation. Most people do well with psychotherapy, but some require treatment with antidepressants in addition to psychotherapy. Medication can allow you to to gain relatively quick symptom relief, if you are experiencing severe and disabling symptoms. However, medication does not “cure” the depression, it only treats the symptoms. If you are depressed, you need psychotherapy to help you to learn more effective ways to deal with life’s problems, and to change the negative thoughts and attitudes that have caused you to develop depression.

So make your first move.Dont wait too long before it get worse.You are not alone,there is help around the corner,never give up.
Take care as always and God bless you.

Sandy asks…

i really need alot of help..long ramble, pls help!?

i have alot of problems..in work (because there are some psycho colleagues that try to sabotage and backstab me and my colleague-cum-friend) and at home.

but the ones thats troubling me most is the relationships with my family and relatives..my relationships with them have become very strained as i feel they do not listen to me whenever i try to explain myself, either to get myself out of trouble or just to let them know how i feel.

one thing thats causing the problem is that im hearing-impaired (both ears), i dont hear things well, and sometimes i dont even hear instructions given to me. for example my mum told me to buy two things for her, which i mistook as her saying she’ll buy them herself. when i didnt buy them, she blew up at me. i know its cos she is very stressed, having to handle all problems alone (she’s divorced) and having to handle my grand dad’s illness.

i have a short fuse as well, and then when she was shouting at me over this, i also kinda blew up, didnt shout, but my tone wasnt right. it didn’t help that my job is giving me stress as well, having to handle the psychos in my job, who make every day difficult for my friend and i.

i have been an irresponsible brat (even now, sometimes). this causes people (especially my relatives) to think that i intentionally defy them. sometimes i’m unknowingly irresponsible, like i lose track of time when i use the computer, for eg my bro wants to use it for studies, and i say ’5 mins’ but in fact i drag until 30 mins without realising it.

and then they think im inconsiderate. i know i havent been the model child, in fact i’v been the model rebel child.

im 21 this year. i’m working, so i dont take money from my mum (as expected). but i hvnt contributed to the household fees as im taking driving lessons and the lessons are draining out my funds. the driving fees in my country are no joke. im serious. i had told my mum before, that once i pass my test i’ll start contributing, as i do not have the cash to spare right now as im funding my own language course (taking up another language from scratch).

but whenever she’s angry she’ll start calling me names, stuff like im an unfilial kid since i didnt contribute money. but i have explained to her, many many times i cannot afford to now, and she still cant get it in her head.

all my relatives are like that.. im getting really tired of all of them, i find im withdrawing from everyone. even my relationships with friends have become strained. i have lost all confidence in people cos if i cant even sustain a trustful relationship with relatives.. what more of friends??

i am afraid of losing my friendships. but i really cannot handle it anymore. my heart is slowly but surely hardening to become uncaring. i dont know how to stop or reverse this. pls heellp!!

i am under alot of mental stress because i cannot make myself heard. even if i want to change my character for the better, i cannot, because i find all these strain so hard, so fruitless. i am already naturally soft and lisp due to my hearing problem (its severe)
im also an emotional eater and i find myself ballooning to blimp-like proportions day by day..i’v tried chugging down water but it doesnt deaden the pain it just makes me feel so bloated i could puke. my self-esteems gg down the drain as im too fat, and everyone’s making bad remarks about my size.

admin answers:

I reckon write your mum a letter…

Secondly, go to the Human Resources Manager of your job, or whatever manager is responsible for workplace conflict and raise the issue there. If you come from a country where there are trade unions which support employees of your particular industry then seek advice from them on how to resolve it, or what to do if this fails. But i would speak to a manager. I would be extremely objective, and not be overcome by emotion.

I would start with “well… I have noticed that xx & yy have been doing things such as xxx and yyy and i am feeling uncomfortable in the workplace. I would like to be able to come to work and perform tasks to the best of my ability and i feel that this kind of behaviour affects my ability to do so”… Or check out online to see what other ways you could express yourself..

Family is a harder one… It is extremely difficult to be in control of your own life if you are sensitive about certain things and your family is not supporting you… It can make you turn to emotional eating or other things…

Is there any way for you to stay somewhere else?

Otherwise write a letter to her. Be objective… What you have written is pretty good… Acknowledging that she has things on her plate that are bothing her, but these xxxxxxxxx are the things that have been going on in your life and you would like her support… Also in future if she can write what she needs down for you, if its important… So you can see it…

Also… Rework your finances… If your mother needs financial support, then perhaps the language course can be put on hold… Or finish the semester and put it on hold… Driving lessons i guess you can justify because they will allow you to be mobile, but it depends on how many you are taking, and if you keep failing the driving test… This might sound unfair, but if your mother is struggling, you are technically an adult and should probably contribute something because she has no legal liability to keep you in the house anymore… Draw up a budget and see if there is a way you can contribute something… Of some amount, include it in the letter (whatever conclusion you arrive at)…

The emotional eating is a bigger issue… Start exercising, you will feel a lot better… Maybe a friend can start coming on walks with you and you can both support each other… The exercise will release endorphins which make you feel good, so the more intensive the training is the better you feel, but i dont suggest going hard out straight away… You need to work up to that point…

Also try relaxing music, meditation techniques and online resources to try help you through the tendency to be an emotional eater… But you have to decide that you are not going to let other people destroy your self esteem and you will not allow yourself to abuse your body with overeating… That you are a worthy person, misunderstood, but worthy… Resilient… Strong and you will get stronger with each day that you stick to it… You wont let yourself spiral downwards any further from today on… You are going to reinvent yourself, read… Find new ways of handling situations at work, with family, with yourself…

We all have bad days, but u have to tell yourself in your head ‘i am worth it, i am a fantastic person, everyone else can get f***ed, they are not going to get to me’

and when you start achieving what you want… Improve… It will be easier and easier to believe those words, cause u will be making them come true…

All the best (make sure u read up on stuff online to help yourself out, or see someone who can help you with these things)… It’s worth it and you are worth it!!

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Your Questions About An Impaired Use Of Language Is Known As

November 22, 2012
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Mandy asks…

Can / will a doctor call cps because a child fell of their bike?

3 months ago my daughter fell off her bike and was in the waiting room to been seen by a doctor within 15 minutes of falling.
She was ok no broken bones, a few scratches, and spent a few minutes with the doctor looking at her x ray pics because she was fascinated with seeing pictures of her bones.She was begging to go and ride her bike some more.

About a week after that I find a cps card laying on my porch that I share with a neighbor , the card simply stated the workers name and that they work for cps with the words ‘call me please’ written on the back. Since the card was laying on the porch I wasn’t sure if it was for me or not so I called the number and dialed the extension. No answer, since I wasn’t sure if it was for me,I left no message.

Now over two months later I get a certified letter from the cps worker asking that I call her and that she had tried repeatedly to contact my by coming to my door. I have since called and left v. mails for her with no response.

My question is would a doctor call cps because a child falls of their bike? My daughter is hearing impaired and doesn’t speak clearly enough for most people to understand, and she uses sign language. When the doctor asked her what happened she signed and spoke as best she could so the doctor had to rely on me to translate. I dint know if this made the doctor think that I was trying to control what she was saying or if all doctors report every accident a child has. I also don’t know my next step in communicating with the cps worker, or my rights regarding the matter.

admin answers:

A doctor can most definitely call. In fact they are required by law to report anything that could be suspected abuse. It doesn’t mean they think you abused your child, but like others have said, there are too many cases of people’s children “falling down the stairs, off their bike, etc.” It’s nothing to worry about and as far as the case worker not returning your calls, try and call the main number and speak to a supervisor about the matter.

Helen asks…

depressed/down in the dumps pls help!?

i have alot of problems..in work (because there are some psycho colleagues that try to sabotage and backstab me and my colleague-***-friend) and at home.

but the ones thats troubling me most is the relationships with my family and relatives..my relationships with them have become very strained as i feel they do not listen to me whenever i try to explain myself, either to get myself out of trouble or just to let them know how i feel.

one thing thats causing the problem is that im hearing-impaired (both ears), i dont hear things well, and sometimes i dont even hear instructions given to me. for example my mum told me to buy two things for her, which i mistook as her saying she’ll buy them herself. when i didnt buy them, she blew up at me. i know its cos she is very stressed, having to handle all problems alone (she’s divorced) and having to handle my grand dad’s illness.

i have a short fuse as well, and then when she was shouting at me over this, i also kinda blew up, didnt shout, but my tone wasnt right. it didn’t help that my job is giving me stress as well, having to handle the psychos in my job, who make every day difficult for my friend and i.

i have been an irresponsible brat (even now, sometimes). this causes people (especially my relatives) to think that i intentionally defy them. sometimes i’m unknowingly irresponsible, like i lose track of time when i use the computer, for eg my bro wants to use it for studies, and i say ’5 mins’ but in fact i drag until 30 mins without realising it.

and then they think im inconsiderate. i know i havent been the model child, in fact i’v been the model rebel child.

im 21 this year. i’m working, so i dont take money from my mum (as expected). but i hvnt contributed to the household fees as im taking driving lessons and the lessons are draining out my funds. the driving fees in my country are no joke. im serious. i had told my mum before, that once i pass my test i’ll start contributing, as i do not have the cash to spare right now as im funding my own language course (taking up another language from scratch).

but whenever she’s angry she’ll start calling me names, stuff like im an unfilial kid since i didnt contribute money. but i have explained to her, many many times i cannot afford to now, and she still cant get it in her head.

all my relatives are like that.. im getting really tired of all of them, i find im withdrawing from everyone. even my relationships with friends have become strained. i have lost all confidence in people cos if i cant even sustain a trustful relationship with relatives.. what more of friends??

i am afraid of losing my friendships. but i really cannot handle it anymore. my heart is slowly but surely hardening to become uncaring. i dont know how to stop or reverse this. pls heellp!!

i am under alot of mental stress because i cannot make myself heard. even if i want to change my character for the better, i cannot, because i find all these strain so hard, so fruitless. i am already naturally soft and lisp due to my hearing problem (its severe)

im also an emotional eater and i find myself ballooning to blimp-like proportions day by day..i’v tried chugging down water but it doesnt deaden the pain it just makes me feel so bloated i could puke. my self-esteems gg down the drain as im too fat, and everyone’s making bad remarks about my size.

admin answers:

The first step to getting appropriate treatment, for depression or any other emotional problem, is a complete psychological evaluation to determine whether you have a depressive illness, and if so, what type of depression. Consultation with a psychologist will include a review of your physical health history. Some medications as well as some medical conditions can cause symptoms of depression, so your psychologist will ask your family physician to rule out these possibilities if other physical symptoms are evident.

Lastly, the psychological diagnostic evaluation will include a mental status examination to assess the full range of psychological symptoms and problems. This will help identify any other psychological problems that might be present, and will help determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

Treatment choice will depend on the outcome of the evaluation. Most people do well with psychotherapy, but some require treatment with antidepressants in addition to psychotherapy. Medication can allow you to to gain relatively quick symptom relief, if you are experiencing severe and disabling symptoms. However, medication does not “cure” the depression, it only treats the symptoms. If you are depressed, you need psychotherapy to help you to learn more effective ways to deal with life’s problems, and to change the negative thoughts and attitudes that have caused you to develop depression.

So make your first move.Dont wait too long before it get worse.You are not alone,there is help around the corner,never give up.
Take care as always and God bless you.

Maria asks…

i really need alot of help..long ramble, pls help!?

i have alot of problems..in work (because there are some psycho colleagues that try to sabotage and backstab me and my colleague-cum-friend) and at home.

but the ones thats troubling me most is the relationships with my family and relatives..my relationships with them have become very strained as i feel they do not listen to me whenever i try to explain myself, either to get myself out of trouble or just to let them know how i feel.

one thing thats causing the problem is that im hearing-impaired (both ears), i dont hear things well, and sometimes i dont even hear instructions given to me. for example my mum told me to buy two things for her, which i mistook as her saying she’ll buy them herself. when i didnt buy them, she blew up at me. i know its cos she is very stressed, having to handle all problems alone (she’s divorced) and having to handle my grand dad’s illness.

i have a short fuse as well, and then when she was shouting at me over this, i also kinda blew up, didnt shout, but my tone wasnt right. it didn’t help that my job is giving me stress as well, having to handle the psychos in my job, who make every day difficult for my friend and i.

i have been an irresponsible brat (even now, sometimes). this causes people (especially my relatives) to think that i intentionally defy them. sometimes i’m unknowingly irresponsible, like i lose track of time when i use the computer, for eg my bro wants to use it for studies, and i say ’5 mins’ but in fact i drag until 30 mins without realising it.

and then they think im inconsiderate. i know i havent been the model child, in fact i’v been the model rebel child.

im 21 this year. i’m working, so i dont take money from my mum (as expected). but i hvnt contributed to the household fees as im taking driving lessons and the lessons are draining out my funds. the driving fees in my country are no joke. im serious. i had told my mum before, that once i pass my test i’ll start contributing, as i do not have the cash to spare right now as im funding my own language course (taking up another language from scratch).

but whenever she’s angry she’ll start calling me names, stuff like im an unfilial kid since i didnt contribute money. but i have explained to her, many many times i cannot afford to now, and she still cant get it in her head.

all my relatives are like that.. im getting really tired of all of them, i find im withdrawing from everyone. even my relationships with friends have become strained. i have lost all confidence in people cos if i cant even sustain a trustful relationship with relatives.. what more of friends??

i am afraid of losing my friendships. but i really cannot handle it anymore. my heart is slowly but surely hardening to become uncaring. i dont know how to stop or reverse this. pls heellp!!

i am under alot of mental stress because i cannot make myself heard. even if i want to change my character for the better, i cannot, because i find all these strain so hard, so fruitless. i am already naturally soft and lisp due to my hearing problem (its severe)
im also an emotional eater and i find myself ballooning to blimp-like proportions day by day..i’v tried chugging down water but it doesnt deaden the pain it just makes me feel so bloated i could puke. my self-esteems gg down the drain as im too fat, and everyone’s making bad remarks about my size.

admin answers:

I reckon write your mum a letter…

Secondly, go to the Human Resources Manager of your job, or whatever manager is responsible for workplace conflict and raise the issue there. If you come from a country where there are trade unions which support employees of your particular industry then seek advice from them on how to resolve it, or what to do if this fails. But i would speak to a manager. I would be extremely objective, and not be overcome by emotion.

I would start with “well… I have noticed that xx & yy have been doing things such as xxx and yyy and i am feeling uncomfortable in the workplace. I would like to be able to come to work and perform tasks to the best of my ability and i feel that this kind of behaviour affects my ability to do so”… Or check out online to see what other ways you could express yourself..

Family is a harder one… It is extremely difficult to be in control of your own life if you are sensitive about certain things and your family is not supporting you… It can make you turn to emotional eating or other things…

Is there any way for you to stay somewhere else?

Otherwise write a letter to her. Be objective… What you have written is pretty good… Acknowledging that she has things on her plate that are bothing her, but these xxxxxxxxx are the things that have been going on in your life and you would like her support… Also in future if she can write what she needs down for you, if its important… So you can see it…

Also… Rework your finances… If your mother needs financial support, then perhaps the language course can be put on hold… Or finish the semester and put it on hold… Driving lessons i guess you can justify because they will allow you to be mobile, but it depends on how many you are taking, and if you keep failing the driving test… This might sound unfair, but if your mother is struggling, you are technically an adult and should probably contribute something because she has no legal liability to keep you in the house anymore… Draw up a budget and see if there is a way you can contribute something… Of some amount, include it in the letter (whatever conclusion you arrive at)…

The emotional eating is a bigger issue… Start exercising, you will feel a lot better… Maybe a friend can start coming on walks with you and you can both support each other… The exercise will release endorphins which make you feel good, so the more intensive the training is the better you feel, but i dont suggest going hard out straight away… You need to work up to that point…

Also try relaxing music, meditation techniques and online resources to try help you through the tendency to be an emotional eater… But you have to decide that you are not going to let other people destroy your self esteem and you will not allow yourself to abuse your body with overeating… That you are a worthy person, misunderstood, but worthy… Resilient… Strong and you will get stronger with each day that you stick to it… You wont let yourself spiral downwards any further from today on… You are going to reinvent yourself, read… Find new ways of handling situations at work, with family, with yourself…

We all have bad days, but u have to tell yourself in your head ‘i am worth it, i am a fantastic person, everyone else can get f***ed, they are not going to get to me’

and when you start achieving what you want… Improve… It will be easier and easier to believe those words, cause u will be making them come true…

All the best (make sure u read up on stuff online to help yourself out, or see someone who can help you with these things)… It’s worth it and you are worth it!!

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Your Questions About Google Chrome

November 21, 2012
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Lizzie asks…

How do you get Google Chrome to remember what you have typed but without the auto complete option?

Hi

I would like Google Chrome to remember what I have typed so that I can select each fields individually but not have the auto complete option. Is this possible? Thanks

admin answers:

No it’s not possible – if autocomplete is off chrome will not be able to autocomplete anything, so it doesn’t remember anything because you’ve told it not to by turning autocomplete off

Jenny asks…

How do i prevent google chrome from being blocked by my firewall?

I am not sure how, but i stopped google chrome from being used. I have looked around on my computer, but i can’t come up with anything.

admin answers:

Go into the firewall program and add it as an exception

William asks…

How do I transfer my bookmarks from google chrome to another computer?

Hi, I would like to know how I would go about transferring the bookmarks at my Google chrome browser, to another computer,( Where I also use Google chrome). I am really confused. Please do help me. If could please lay out a step by step guide, as I am not very astute at these matters. Thank you :-)

admin answers:

Go to the “wrench menu” in chrome and select “set up sync”
log in into your google account (you need agoogle account for this) and that’s really all you need to do, because with this your bookmarks, browser themes and settings will be transferred to your google account.
If you want to use the settings transferred to your google account just do the set up sync again on each computer you’re using

here they explain it with more details
http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=165139

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Your Questions About If You Choose To Pull The Trigger

November 20, 2012
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Ruth asks…

Is this analogy on “free will” offered by Christianity accurate?

You have a burglar in your house. You can either give him the combination to your safe, or refuse and get shot. If you give him the combination, he won’t kill you. If you refuse, he kills you. You didn’t choose do get shot, because you didn’t pull the trigger. It was the burglar who took your free will away from you.

Similarly, you have Christianity. You have an ultimatum given by a deity(Yahweh). You can either not believe, or believe. Not believing will result in eternal torment and pain. believing will result in paradise. If you choose to believe, you are fine and don’t get tortured. If you choose not to believe, you face eternal punishment. But you aren’t choosing the punishment. You are choosing not to believe in the same way you are not choosing to get shot by the burglar.

Does anyone else agree with this analogy?
KalleyD: The point was to decide on whether the theology of Chrisitanity was actually free will.

admin answers:

Duress isn’t what makes Christianity incompatible with free will. The concept of an omnipotent, omniscient creator god is what’s incompatible with free will. If such a being made everything, then it set people up to behave exactly as they behave for every moment ever.

Steven asks…

I need strong opinions on this…?

I landed hard on my knees after being shoved forcibly through a wide steel door. It slammed shut behind me, the sound reverberating loudly down the long hall I had just come from. The room was dimly lit by an unshaded halogen bulb, its fixture swaying to and fro. Under the light stood a worn table set with two chairs. One empty and other occupied by a young man with short cropped black hair. Perspiration beaded and pooled on his forehead, then trickling down the length of his face. He did not look at me, his eyes downcast, fixed on an object placed in front of him. He did not have look up for me to know who he was.1

Panicked, yet slightly relieved to see a face I knew, I clamored to my feet. “Bran…? You‘re here? How? Why?” 2

“Take a seat,” commanded an overhead voice. “You‘re a gambling man, aren’t you Brandon? Let’s see how this game of chance plays out for you? I’m quite sure you‘ll find you‘re companion pleasing.” Although I could not see the speaker, the contempt he had for Bran was obvious in his voice. “The rules are simple,” began the voice again. “One bullet, six chambers, spin the housing, pull the trigger, take a chance, roll the dice. If you do not I will.”3

Through clenched teeth I look at Bran. “What’s going on here?”4

“Not now!” He whispered and motioned for me to take a seat.5

Without a further word, I sat at the slate gray table, wringing my hands. Bran cocked his head as he reached for the gun then gave the chamber a spin with a familiar grace. The light refracted off the spinning metal and glinted in his sapphire eyes. He had done this before.6

“Take a deep breath, try and calm yourself.” He laid the revolver on the table with a soft thud. “If you play, its for keeps, there is no coming back. Take the gun and count to three.”7

I reached for the gun, my hand scooting slowly across the surface of the table. Sweat plastered my shirt to my back, but not because I was warm. My hands trembled as my jugular pulsed hard in my neck while my heart worked overtime. I licked my dry lips, my muscles tense.8

To pass the test you must play the game.” He closed his eyes and shook his head, his brow knotted. “It’s not my idea, but it must be done. Say a prayer and close your eyes, it helps sometimes.”9

I picked up the revolver and brought the barrel to my head, its weight heavy in my hands. My eyes darted to the heavy closed door I had passed through just seconds before. For a fleeting moment I wanted to drop the gun and sprint out the door. But I’m not leaving, I have to stay and past this test. Swallowing hard, I placed my finger on the trigger, my fear turning to stone in the pit of my stomach. 10

As my life flashes before my eyes, standing on the brink, I wonder will I ever see another sunrise? Who are we to question our lives, to so boldly take the reins from whence we sprang? Are we meant to bend to his will; be molded like clay or be the tide that breaks upon him? We are but candles, just a small flame, a flicker of light lost in the gulf of time. Our existence here is short, a blink of an eye, forgotten by eternity. My being, a hairbreadth away, hangs in the balance; one side a deep chasm, the other flooded with light. Naked and alone in the dark with my thoughts, I walk the razor’s edge between life and death, crossing the void on the wings of a prayer. My heart beating like a trip hammer, the power to choose life over death anchored in my hand, I pull the trigger. 11

Click. The sound of the hammer hitting an empty chamber resonated down the muzzle pressed against my skin. I could barely hear it over the blood seething in my veins. Shuddering, I exhale and place the revolver back on the table, not removing my hand.12

Bran, slow to move, met my gaze. It was not hard to discern the fear etched on his haggard face, hard lines drawn across it, dispelling his youth. Reaching across the table and stretching his arm, his eyes did not leave mine. I watched, stock still, as he placed his hand on mine and squeezed gently, his mouth twitching in an effort to smile. Pulling my hand back from the weapon, I managed a half-hearted smile as he drug the revolver towards him. Swallowing the lump in my throat, I mouth, ‘I love you‘. Now the muzzle is pressed against his temple, his finger wrapped around the trigger.13

BAM! There was a metallic clinking as the bullet casing hit the concrete floor.14
Dang, couldn’t get rid of the paragraph number. I know it has tense problems, among other things. But you know how it is when you stare at something too long… This needs a fresh pair of eyes to look it over. This is a short story.
Also for got to add the word min. is 500 and the max. is 1000. Currenlty it is 700 words. I am doing this only to challenge myself, normally I write longer pieces with more devlopement.
In the 6th paragraph, the sentence… Bran c*ocked his head… This is not a bad word, not sure why it was blocked. It means to turn to the side. Of course I am aware of the slang meaning.

admin answers:

I’d say you have that ability to find synonyms off the top of your head for words fast enough to apply them. I personally think that is a strong feature in literature, inconstancy. Unpredictability.

Grammatically, you need a bit more punctuation.

(I’ll be honest, I didn’t read it all, but I looked at the basic context, etc.)

Sandra asks…

Should I make this fantasy football trade?

Ok I was just offered Darren Sproles and either Larry Fitzgerald or Roddy White for Jason Witten and Steven Jackson so should I pull the trigger and if so which WR would you choose? This is a standard scoring league

This is my team as is:

QB: Matt Stafford
RB: Fred Jackson
RB: Steven Jackson
RB/WR: Victor Cruz
WR: Mike Wallace
WR: Jeremy Maclin
TE: Jason Witten
DST: 49ers D
K: Dan Bailey

I have Dallas Clark as my backup TE and have other guys like Jackie Battle and Derrius Heywerd bey to plug in so what do you think??

admin answers:

For your team I wouldn’t recommend it. You have the monsters of St Louis and Buffalo, which should be good enough, and Darren Sproles is gonna decrease its carries once Mark Ingram comes back. As for your WR, your okay, Cruz has on and off games, Wallace, great, and Maclin, he’s gonna be a consistant fantasy income. So I would not do it if I had your team.

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Your Questions About For Those I Love I Will Sacrifice

November 19, 2012
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James asks…

Can you translate the phrase; For those i love i will sacrifice , into any different language please?

It’s for a tattoo, something like latin or russian would be great. thanks

admin answers:

French= Pour ceux que j’aime je sacriferai
creole=Pou sa m’ renmen yo m’ ap sacrife

Carol asks…

for those i love i will sacrifice in sanskrit ?

i want this as a tattoo down my neck, please help.

admin answers:

स्नेहार्थे आहुति समर्पयामि

Richard asks…

Hi! I need help in translating this 2 latin: “for those i love i will sacrifice”.Can somebody help me pls? tnx

im planning to get it tattooed on my back and that phrase means a lot to me..help me please please please?

admin answers:

Pro illis quos amo jacturam faciam.

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