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1.  Arachnophobia – fear of spiders. Got this one?  Then you’re in good company.  Fifty percent of women and 10 percent of men share your fears.

2.  Social Phobia – fear of being evaluated negatively in social situations. This is when shyness or low self-esteem crosses over to controlling one’s life and actions.  For instance, I tend not to speak up in larger groups of people.   But sometimes I do it anyway.  And before the kids were born, I did a LOT of acting in theatrical productions.

3.  Aerophobia – fear of flying. This usually occurs after watching movies or newscasts with plane crashes, or losing someone close to them in a crash.

4.  Agoraphobia – fear of open places or crowded public places. I get this one sometimes.  Maybe that’s why I like living in a small town or the country as opposed to a big city. 🙂

5.  Claustrophobia – fear of closed in spaces. The example that first came to mind with this phobia is from the tv show M*A*S*H, when Hawkeye could not go into the cave during a bug out, because he felt like he couldn’t breathe and the walls of the cave were closing in on him.

6.  Acrophobia – fear of heights. Fear of heights and vertigo are not the same thing.  I don’t have a problem being up in a skyscraper or looking down from an airplane window.  I did have a problem being on the beam in gym in junior high school…it was only 4″ wide.

7.  Emetophobia – fear of vomit. I’m pretty much ok with this one, although I don’t like it getting on me.  Of course, sometimes having to clean it up at work will make me gag – my own children’s emesis does not seem to affect me that way, though.

8.  Carcinophobia – fear of cancer. People with this phobia are so afraid of developing cancer that they imagine every ache or pain in their body to be a sign of cancer.  After coming in contact with a cancer patient, they will themselves “catch” cancer and thus feel the need to wash themselves repeatedly.

9.  Brontophobia – fear of thunderstorms. Think the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music when they all run into Maria’s bedroom on her first night with the family and they all wind up singing “My Favorite Things”.

10.  Necrophobia – fear of death/dead things. When my father died at home I was there.  When they came to take him away, I was not.  Later that night, I had to have my mother walk with me back the hallway to my bedroom, as I could not make myself walk back that hallway alone.  There was a smudge on my door where the stretcher or gurney on which they carried my father out bumped into my door.

11.  Cynophobia – fear of dogs.  The fear of being bit and/or developing rabies.  Both my younger children have been nipped by dogs.  Ben has been hesitant ever since it happened to him, but he’s getting better.  He even carried one of the puppies our dog had two weeks ago to me this morning…which surprised me.   An older dog belonging to my FIL bit T-girl (then 3, now 5) on the nose and cheek.  There was some scratching and a smallish puncture wound…all of which healed up with no physical, and apparently no emotional scars.  The first thing T does in the morning is run to check on the puppies. *lol*

12. Glossophobia – fear of public speaking. This affects more people than necrophobia.  According to Jerry Seinfeld “most people at a funeral would rather be in the coffin than giving the eulogy”

13.  Triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number 13. This fear is believed to have developed from the presence of 13 people at the Last Supper in Christian theology, and then 13 being thought of as unlucky.  There are many examples today…many hotels to not have a floor “13”, or room numbers would go from, say, “212” to “214”.  I remember years ago reading where even the Queen of England, if there were to be 13 people at a dinner table, would have it split into two tables to avoid having 13 people at one table.  At first, I wasn’t going to put triskaidekaphobia at #13…but then I couldn’t resist! *LOL*

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I participated in Blog Action Day 08 yesterday on my other blog, Back Porchervations.  The subject was poverty.

So I thought a great topic for my Thursday Thirteen today would be:


1.  Donate a can of food.

When you go to the store, buy an extra can of tuna, or vegetables, or a jar of peanut butter.  At most it will cost $3.00 (for the pb, the other choices are less than $1).  What’s $1 or $3 to most of us … a soda pop or cup of coffee?  To someone with nothing to feed their children, it can be a meal.

2.  Donate a lightbulb.

If you are “green” or “crunchy”, you probably use the CFL (compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs), or are switching from the less energy-efficient bulbs of years past.  These are great because they last longer and use less electricity than incandescents.  Again, and investment of a mere couple of dollars on our part can help a family or a senior who might not otherwise have a bulb, or who needs desperately to save any way they can on a utility bill.

3.  Check that little $1 donation box on your utility bills.

If you’ve never had your lights, your gas, your water turned off for non-payment…it may be hard to understand this.  After all, people with jobs are struggling in today’s economy, and no one likes the idea of paying the bills of an able-bodied person who just doesn’t want to work.  But consider for a moment someone like my husband’s paternal grandmother.  She worked most of her life.  She took nursing care of her husband for decades as he declined in health.  She is now 86 and lives on Social Security of about $600 per month.  Luckily, two of her 3 surviving sons live within 5 minutes of her.  Many homes in this area heat by fuel oil, which the last time our tank was filled cost over $700.  If that were  your grandmother, would you want her to be cold in the winter because she couldn’t spend a month’s income on filling her heating oil tank?  Me neither.

4.  Donate some time.

Maybe money is tight for you too.  I know it is for me and my family.  We are above the poverty level of income for our area, but well below the “low income” benchmark set by the government.  I’m not complaining or asking for a handout.  We are blessed to have what we do.  But there are like a gazillion ways one can donate time to people in need, or to charitable organizations.  (So many, I bet I could do a “list of 100” ways to donate your time/volunteer…*hmmm*…does anyone else sense a future blog post brewing? *lol*)  Just to throw one out, you could volunteer at a food pantry and stack boxes, file papers, etc etc etc…

5.  Take supper to a neighbor/family who has been laid off.

This is a great “community-building” action, even if the person/people haven’t experienced economic reversal.

6.  Offer to babysit for someone needing to look for a job.

It’s tough enough looking for a job without having to worry about one’s children.  How great would it be to have a trusted neighbor (you) offer to watch children while the parent/s is/are out on interviews?

7.  Hold a fund-raising dinner.

The community did something like this within the last year for our Chief of Police and his family.  He was broadsided in his cruiser by someone who didn’t see the stop sign; his car flipped and he was care-flighted to the UK hospital in Lexington.  He’s back on the job, but not until after months of therapy and uncertainty for his family.  I still get a “warm glow” feeling when I think back to this dinner. 🙂

8.  Organize a food (or whatever) drive at your place of employment.

They do this every once in a while where I work.  They get fairly good results, I believe, but with a little “creative marketing and execution”, I believe the donations could double.  There could be competitions between different departments.  The administration could add an hour (or whatever time unit) to a person’s leave bank for a certain level of donation…and the list goes on.

9.  Knit or crochet blankets or make quilts.

This happens already in certain circumstances … like knitted caps for new babies in hospital nurseries.  When my daughter was born and in NICU for 3 weeks, each infant was provided with a quilt of their own, made by a local church group.  We still have that quilt, and my daughter is 5.

10.  Contact your local government(s)/legislator(s).

A lot of donations for food banks come in during the holidays, but what about other times of year?  You could get with some friends and circulate a petition in your neighborhood or at your job (etc) to have a day (or week, or whatever) designated as “Donation Day”.  Then the food bank could get ink in the local press and every bit of exposure helps.

Our local food bank used to be on the downtown square.  Within the last few years, it was decided to renovate buildings in the square and change them for government use.  So the local food bank lost its lease and had to move.  That wasn’t the problem, because they are in a much better, stand-alone building.  But they were having trouble moving out by the designated date.  The food bank has a lot of community advocates. 🙂

11.  Set up a donation bucket in local stores/restaurants.

We see these for all kinds of causes:  for someone who needs an operation, for a child who has leukemia, etc.  Why not toss the coin change from a purchase at a local store or restaurant into a bucket for the less-advantaged members of your community.

12.  Use your gift of gab … get the word out!

Thousands of bloggers talked about the problem of poverty yesterday.  You can talk to people at your church or place of business.  You get together with friends and go around the neighborhood or suggest a donation box to the local supermarket.  You can write a letter to the editor of the local paper.

One member of a moms’ marketing group I belong to online was recently abandoned with her child/ren by her husband.  A group member wrote a note to the group, letting us know of the situation and giving us the opportunity to provide support (physical or emotional).  I took a small action and felt good about it.

13.  Use your organizational skills and set up a babysitting co-op for low-income families in your area.

You can do this whether or not you are a member of the co-op.  Members might need babysitters for looking for work, as mentioned above.  What about a single parent or a couple that just could use an afternoon away from the house…but just can’t afford a babysitter and doesn’t have family nearby?


There are so many ideas to improve the situation of poverty.  Most actions will not be on the world stage, but in communities and homes.  It is the collection of thousands or millions of individual actions that create change.  I urge you to make a commitment to yourself that you will do at least one action this week to make things a little better for one of our sisters/families that are experiencing some bad times.


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Ok, so it’s not really my 1st Thursday 13, but it’s the first one on this, my “meme blog”.

On to the list:


1.  Snatch myself bald-headed.

2.  Drink more raw eggs than Sylvester Stallone did in Rocky.

3.  Never act on stage again.

4.  Listen to Rush Limbaugh.

5.  Trim my toenails with a chainsaw.

6.  Have a dentist’s chair for my bed with an alarm clock sound of the drill.

7.  Eat something that’s still moving.

8.  Follow the advice in the 1950’s era child-rearing book that my mother gave me when DS1 was born.

9.  See my mother and my husband alone in a room. (another story altogether)

10.  Have DS and the kids go on another vacation w/o me (because of my work schedule).

11.  Have DS and the kids go on another vacation w/o me (for any other reason).

12.  Count the grains in a 50 lb bag of rice – in Russian.

13.  Participate in the Fear Factor show.

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1.  I am a MEME addict.

2.  I needed something to do with this blog.

3.  There are a LOT of MEMEs out there.

4.  I adore alliteration (THursday THirteen, Wordless Wednesday, etc)

5.  Brevity is not my strong suit.

6.  MEMEs are a great way to find new blogs to read.  (Yeah, like we all don’t have enough already!) 🙂

7.  Me-Me is what my 5 year old daughter calls me sometime and it’s spelled the same as MEME.  (Yeah, I’m reaching…but I’ll call it creativity!)

8.  My other main blog, Back Porchervations, is more about random thoughts.

9.  I love making lists and Thursday 13 is a great little list meme!

10.  All this typing keeps my fingers nimble!

11.  More MEMEs gives me a reason to keep my kids off the comuter! *ROFL*

12.  Helps keep those brain cells firing and ward off senility another day.

13.  MEME-ing helps keep me off the streets and out of trouble … for the most part!

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