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u/nobody_you_know · 1 pointr/ask

Hello! I'm a southerner with active ties to Mississippi, I've lived there on and off over the years, but I've also lived lots of other places, including the PNW. Not BC, but Portland, as well as abroad. Currently in Vermont. When in MS, I've mostly lived in the northwestern corner -- basically Memphis, but I've spent some time in the delta as well.

Does Mississippi suck? Well... to some degree, obviously, that's going to depend on your definition of "suck." I'll give you some (of what I consider) positive points first, and then some negatives.

Positives: the culture is thick on the ground in the delta; less so to the eastern side of the state. The stretch running along the Mississippi river, you have to remember, was once effectively the west coast of the US, and the Miss. R. was the single most important transportation thoroughfare in the country. What does that have to do with anything now? Well... not that much. But historically, the Mississippi delta was once quite cosmopolitan, and you can still find vestiges of that in the culture. William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, Willie Morris, Mark Twain; Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, Jim Dickinson, W.C. Handy, some guy named Elvis... Miss. has turned out, per capita, a crazy number of writers and musicians. The food is good, in a heavy, southern kind of way. In spite of the state's reputation (which I wouldn't call undeserved, but perhaps a little simplistic), people are generally very nice and very friendly. If you're into a sort of uncomplicated, laid-back way of living, then I'd think Mississippi could be comfortable.

Having said that -- yeah, it's going to be completely different. Mississippi, in general, is poor, black, and rural. Even Jackson has a sort of rural feel, even while having a lot of issues with urban blight. It's small, it's insular, and it's not that interested in the outside world. And it's fucking hot and muggy -- in the summer it feels like being smothered in a hot, wet wool blanket. And I hope you're okay with ticks and mosquitos. And if you're near the coast, occasionally gators.

Obviously the norm is conservative christianity -- to the point that it doesn't even occur to people that anyone might be any different. The black population is nominally more liberal, but are still deeply religious and just as conservative in many respects. Race is visible in ways that it just isn't in other places -- I wouldn't say that people are in conflict over it any more than they are elsewhere, but it's a much more active social factor than elsewhere. This doesn't mean that (to use the regional parlance) white folks and black folks don't work together and socialize, but in most places in MS there is very much a "white folks part of town" and a "black folks part of town." There are white churches and black churches, white schools and black schools (holy shit, I could tell you a few things about that), there's an upper class and a lower class that run very much along racial lines. I don't know if society is really more segregated down there than it is elsewhere -- up north we talk about race like it doesn't matter or like everything is fine and everyone is happy, even while the divide is still obviously there -- but where it is segregated, everyone is much more open and even accepting of that fact.

In terms of day to day life, there are really only two models: Wal-Mart, and no Wal-Mart. In places where there's no Wal-Mart, you're in a tiny little town that hasn't visibly changed since the 60s, frozen in time. Where there is Wal-Mart, there is only Wal-Mart. It's Big Box stores, or nothing. There's no public sphere (except for Wal-Mart), there's no place to walk around really (except inside the Wal-Mart), when teenagers are bored they go hang out at the Wal-Mart... Wal-Mart is the hub of public life. If you're the fancy type you might do your shopping at Target instead, but even so, you'll feel the influence of Wal-Mart in everything you do.

Your money will go a long way; you'll be expected to keep your lawn in decent shape; people will invite you over for meals and gatherings, but half the time they'll also try to convert you to some form of evangelical, fundamentalist christianity (if you haven't been already.) They will not easily take "no" for an answer. Some of them will be defensive about your attitudes toward the south (even if you haven't actually displayed any), but others will be really interested in your background. If you look, you'll be able to find other people who understand where you're coming from. But you might have to look hard, and be patient.

Personally, I love Mississippi... but I love it most from a safe distance. I sometimes think that I really should move back, to the south if not to Mississippi specifically, because how can we expect things to change there if everyone who thinks outside the southern norm flees for more progressive places? But then I think about everything I'd have to deal with down there -- the religion, the politics, the grinding generational poverty all around me, the resistance to change, the cultural defensiveness, the self-destructive urge for southerners to fuck themselves over in the name of Jesus or Reagan or whatever, and I'm like, "fuck that bullshit."

Feel free to ask if you have specific questions. Also, I think the Bitter Southerner is a really good source for an intelligent, progressive, sometimes conflicted but generally affectionate take on modern southern culture. Other things to check out are Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus and Deer Hunting with Jesus

u/rebelliousrabbit · 1 pointr/ask

I had just emailed NAMI on a sort of similar issue the replied me with the following:

>Thank you for contacting NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We’re grateful you’ve reached out to us and hope that the information provided below will guide you to helpful resources and next steps.

>We’ll highlight a few options for you now, but please consider calling the HelpLine to speak with one of our volunteer Information & Resource Referral Specialists to talk through additional options if we have not been able to fully address your question. Our volunteers have “lived experience” – either living with or caring for a loved one with a mental health condition, so we’re passionate about helping to find the best options for you. 

>Firstly, you may wish to view our Want To Know How To Help A Friend Infographic to begin the conversation. 

>Secondly, often an individual living with a mental health diagnosis – particularly one that involves a serious mental health condition (or one complicated by substance use disorder) – may not actively participate in their own recovery. This is known as Anosognosia [Ah-no-zog-nosha], a co-occurring disorder that can accompany a serious mental health condition and render the individual unable to recognize that they have a mental health condition and/or that they need to seek help. 

>To learn techniques for communicating with your loved one, and to help them agree to partner in their recovery, we would recommend reading I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!, a book by Dr. Xavier Amador - a psychologist whose experiences with his own family demonstrated how challenging this phenomenon could be. In his book, Dr. Amador discusses the condition of Anosognosia and outlines strategies for communicating with a loved one to help them work toward recovery. The first half of the book is accessible to the public on our website here; the book is available in English and Spanish for purchase at online booksellers. 

>A broader discussion of the strategies of Dr. Amador’s LEAP method, including videos on how to apply the LEAP method, are available for free here.

>Additionally, an alternative option to consider: Mobile Crisis (MCU) or Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team is an emergency mental health service offered by many counties to provide on-scene evaluation, treatment and crisis interventions in the community. The teams specialize in providing these services to individuals who are experiencing a mental health emergency and who need, but are unwilling or unable to seek, mental health treatment. 

>While the goal of the MCU is to enlist the individual’s cooperation and develop the least restrictive treatment options, the MCU is authorized to recommend and facilitate involuntary hospitalization and treatment when necessary.

>The criteria for requesting an MCU varies depending upon the county or city mental health agency. However, a person experiencing a crisis that presents a danger of harm to self or others and is unwilling or unable to accept emergency services would qualify for mobile crisis services. If about you are unsure about the availability of mobile crisis services in your area or when it’s appropriate to call, contact the emergency mental health services in your county for more information by dialing 211.

>A final note - we would urge you to reach out to the NAMI Affiliate serving your area. Our Affiliates can provide additional information and referrals to local resources in your community. They also offer free support groups, classes and other programs where you can learn more about mental health, how to support recovery, and most importantly - where you can be among peers in your community who face similar challenges living with or caring for a loved one with a mental health condition.

>Membership is not required to participate. Your local NAMI Affiliate or NAMI State Organization can help you register for NAMI courses and programs. To find your nearest NAMI Affiliate, click on your state through the Find Your Local NAMI menu. 

>We hope this has been helpful. To speak with one of our volunteer Information & Resource Referral Specialists, please call the NAMI Information HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (6264), available Monday through Friday, between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm EST. Visit our website for more information at


This is very resourceful and if you live in US then you could even contact the numbers they mention. If you have any more questions then you can just email them.

u/way2funni · 1 pointr/ask

In sales we call it the 3 steps.

Set the goals, plan the work, work the plan.

It really is that simple.

I'm just saying, figure out where in the sky you want to BE in 10 years, figure out what you had to do starting NOW to get there which gives you a bearing and a plot to your personal 'North Star'

Set the goal, plan the work, work the plan.

There's a lot psych to it like writing positive statements and leaving notes all over the place and forcing yourself to think positive YES I CAN!

Crap like that.

Check out Og Mandino's 'The Greatest Salesman in the World' , while based on faith and 'churchy' sounding (it was written in another Era), it is actually a primer on life. Oprah recently made a lot of noise about 'THE SECRET' which is a very similar rhetoric and how to psych yourself out to achieve your dreams.

u/Corund · 1 pointr/ask

As Used On the Famous Nelson Mandela

Edit: Oops, just saw you wanted great literature. In that case, try The Master and Margerita A story about love and power set in Moscow, featuring a writer, his lover, some Communist party stooges, Satan, his minions, and a demonic cat named Behemoth.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/ask

I read one about a year ago. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton. It was a good collection of a bunch of Greek myths and a comprehensive read. It is arranged nicely, covering most major gods and goddesses and a few minor ones. Overall a very sensible and very readable collection of myths. Hope this helped!

u/ac2009100400 · 1 pointr/ask

Check out this book. I bought a copy a while ago and read it cover to cover. It has a lot of good info, breaks down the popular expat countries into basic info and includes expat testimonials. I'm still here because I haven't entirely given up in a positive change for America.

u/Baeocystin · 3 pointsr/ask

Read American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction.

It's exactly what it says on the tin. It is readily available in libraries if you don't want a copy, and does, IMO, an excellent job of explaining the basics.

u/frotoe08 · 1 pointr/ask

This book is great for understanding more about yourself. Basically, it is about the ego. There is part describing the workings of the ego and part pointing to the remedy. Essentially it says that everybody's purpose in life is to live in the present moment as much as they can.

u/brodies · 2 pointsr/ask

Lately, Bruce Bartlett's The Benefit and the Burden and Lawrence Lessig's Republic Lost. Mostly issue politics and future of country type of stuff. That said, I have a bachelor's in poli sci and went to grad school for political theory (ad then went to law school), so my choice materials may be a bit different than most. But you should still read both of those (especially Republic Lost).

u/jacobsimon818 · 2 pointsr/ask

In fact, judging by the summaries of those two books I would recommend to you, Winner Take All Politics and Oligarchy

u/woodsbookswater · 2 pointsr/ask

There's a book you both should read from an expert on the subject --

It is THE book on dealing with a stalker and other security issues. Bottom line is Abolutely. No. Contact. with the stalker.

u/PoglaTheGrate · 1 pointr/ask



Hiking socks

(Amazon links to give you ideas, not shilling for Amazon)

Multi-tool pen

Novelty socks

Beanie with built in torch (you can get baseball caps with a torch in the visor as well)

Pyjama Pants

Also, try /r/GiftIdeas

u/whostolemycat · 2 pointsr/ask

Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a worthy read. You can find it here. The actual text is short,you can spend as much time as you want with the interpretations.

u/le_dom · 2 pointsr/ask

I can't stand to watch this stay uncommented, so here I go:

As I recall from reading the 'DC Comics Guide to Inking', there's a certain kind of brush hair that works better than others. Human? Elven? I don't know. Bottom line is: Don't just buy the chepeast brush around, as you lose precision because the brush hair on the tip is all fucked up. I guess that's as important for water colour as it is for ink.