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636th Friday Blog Roundup

Allison told me about the Yayoi Kusama’s exhibit at the Hirshhorn, and now I’m trying to get tickets.  The timed tickets are free, but I read that they’re snatched up in seconds whenever they go up for grabs.  Aren’t the rooms gorgeous?  NPR posted a video for the exhibit this week:

It reminds me of the mirrored room children’s memorial at Yad Vashem.  That space makes me feel so tiny; like I’m floating in space.


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

Great minds think alike.  Kmina’s Blog also posted about dealing with the world when it feels out of control.  She writes: “Seriously, can you blame me for wanting to retreat in my own bubble and not.leave.it.until.it.gets.better? Yet, I can’t. Now more than ever, normal people need to be heard. So I read the news, and comment, and disseminate information and articles that are SANE and point out to the TRUTH.”  It is a wonderful post, and I love the dream at the end.

Ms. Infertile has a great post about an art exhibit that bubbles up questions about infertility.  She explains, “I decided, after a couple glasses of wine, to sit and take part of a performance piece called ‘Negative Data: Questions’  – you ask a question via writing and the artist answers back with another questions, the dialogue as a series of questions until we run out of paper.”  She has a picture up of the back and forth.

Infertile Phoenix recounts a frustrating exchange with her mother.  Her mother points out that she still spends time with people who have parents despite her own mother being gone and asks why her daughter can’t build a relationship with her cousins now that they have children.  This post is so important because it highlights the depth of misunderstanding in the general public about the absence inherent to infertility.

Lastly, Res Cogitatae has a post that asks an important question: Is it always good to delve back into memories?  As she reflects on old entries in a journal, she writes, “The entries are nothing special. I didn’t know, of course, that those visits would turn out to be the last visits. I thought we had years left.”  It is painful for her to read them now, knowing what she knows.  Go over and participate in the discussion about returning to memories.

The roundup to the Roundup: Seeing Yayoi Kusama’s exhibit (maybe?).  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between February 24th and March 3rd) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Turia { 03.03.17 at 9:42 am }

Thanks for the shout out, Mel! I hope you are able to get tickets!

2 Mina { 03.04.17 at 1:59 am }

Thanks for the shout-out as well, Mel!
Have I ever told you how much it means to me to have you guys here, my bubble of candy and wine where I can talk and read without fear of being misunderstood or crushed by doubt and guilt? Well, it means the world to me! Which only points out how very few IRL interactions if this sort I have. But you make up for it. And it’s fine. ?❤️?

3 Infertile Phoenix { 03.04.17 at 12:40 pm }

Thank you very much for the mention! I am honored to be included in your 636th Blog Roundup. I am sad that so many people can relate to what I wrote, but I am happy that others can know that they are not alone in their feelings. I felt so alone for so long, but now I know I am part of an incredibly strong (and funny!) community.

4 Persnickety { 03.05.17 at 2:07 am }

Oh, go to the exhibit if you can get the tickets! Or, you could just visit Brisbane. A few of her pieces were in an Asia-Pacific Triennial (APT) a few years back and a special collection was set up to buy the mirrored room for the gallery. The queues during the APT were long, and it took me a couple of months to get in.

5 dubliner in deutschland { 03.06.17 at 7:40 am }

some others that stood out for me this week were; “Emotional labour” and childless women; http://theroadlesstravelledlb.blogspot.de/2017/02/emotional-labour-and-childless-women.html
and Competitiveness in Fertility and Adoption;

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