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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by Outdoor Girl on Today at 09:17:06 AM »
I just block every number as it comes in.  I don't recognize the number?  I don't answer the phone.  Landline or cell.  If they leave a message and it is legitimate, I program that number into my phone so it comes up the next time and I will answer it.  No message?  The number gets blocked.
62 general / Re: Stop talking to yourself
« Last post by MamaMootz on Today at 09:13:08 AM »
I'm sorry. This is me in my open cube environment. It's a result of spending a lot of time on my own at home, and I always talk to myself there.

I actually catch myself doing this at work (this morning I yelled out "STUFF" at my email and then said- whoops)- and put on my headphones because for some reason listening to the music shuts me up and I feel horrible every time I catch  myself doing this.

I agree with the others that say just bring it up to the employee, mention to him when he does it and hopefully he will make a conscious effort to stop.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by Redneck Gravy on Today at 09:04:40 AM »
I had hoped that, after cancelling our landline, we'd get fewer scam calls.  That was the case for a while, but they've picked up their game and are now calling my cell.  A lot.   I keep getting calls that are either dead air or pre-recorded messages, all from collections agencies.  Unfortunately for them, I owe money to no-one, and even if I did, I wouldn't blithely give out my personal info to a stranger.

I am also starting to get an increase in cell phone calls.  Many are dead air and a few are about being on Google's list/map whatever...

I suspect that we will all be receiving many more scam calls on our cell phones, I wish I knew a way to stop them.  Any eHell advice is appreciated. 
Yesterday, I started an exercise routine of taking a mile walk every morning.  Today, we have thunder snow and near gale-force winds.

Oh well, there's always tomorrow.
65 general / Re: Stop talking to yourself
« Last post by Margo on Today at 08:52:22 AM »
I agree with those saying just mention it to him when he does it.

It's quite likely that he doesnt realise that he is doing ti, or that he doesn't realise that his voice carries enough or yu to hear him.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: For a Friend: Stories About Children
« Last post by Lynnv on Today at 08:43:08 AM »
Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.

DH just reminded me (and I can't believe I didn't think of it).  The main character is in her young teens (I want to say 13-14 ish, but it has been a while since I read it).  It is not bleak by any means, but it is also not a chipper story full of fluffy clouds with dancing swans either.  :>
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: For a Friend: Stories About Children
« Last post by Margo on Today at 08:41:57 AM »
it depends on what age and what kind of bleak you are looking for, too.

I agree with the suggestions for Coraline and The Graveyard Book, both have fantasy elements but are pretty dark.
The Face on The milk Carton by Caroline Cooney (and its sequels) deals with a girl finding that she may have been abducted as a child, andhits pretty had about the emotional impacts and divided loyalties wthat inspirs.
Cynthia Voight's 'Izzy, Willy Nilly' is told by a girl who loses a leg in a car crash (it has a fairly upbeat ending, but is pretty bleak getting there)
Michelle Magorian's 'Goodnight Mr Tom' (WW2, evacuee, neglect, death)
Sandi Toksvig's 'Hitler's Canary' (child's eye view of the Nazi occupation of Denmark) and Judith Kerr's 'When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit' might also fit the bill.

Do you kno the ages of the children or what specifc type of issues he is looking for, to narrow it down?
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: For a Friend: Stories About Children
« Last post by knitwicca on Today at 08:41:25 AM »
I Never Saw Another Butterfly
Book by Celeste Raspanti and Hana Volavková

This is a collection of stories written by Jewish children who were in an internment camp during WWII.
Each time I read it, I cry.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: For a Friend: Stories About Children
« Last post by Gwywnnydd on Today at 08:33:05 AM »
One I have always enjoyed is "When the Siren Wailed", which is about Operation Pied Piper, from the kids' perspective. It is by Noel Streatfield (who also wrote the delightful "shoes" series of books, which aren't bleak but are definitely worth reading).

Operation Pied Piper, for those who aren't up on their WWII history, is the relocation of schoolchildren out of London, to safer homes in the countryside. It wasn't always a rousing success.
It doesn't particularly surprise me. There are, after all, lots of famous people who have/had interesting psyhological issues, (and as far as I know he isn't the base point for any specific condition or disorder) so I would not expect the professor to know abut him on that basis, and I don't think he is particualrly well known to the general public.
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