The MMR Vaccination Debate – a Parental Perspective

Linda G. Hill

As the mother of an Autistic child, I can’t help but put my two cents worth in on the recent uprising of controversy surrounding the outbreak of measles and the risk of administering the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination. I do believe I have a rather uncommon perspective on the matter. Unique? Maybe not. Nevertheless, here it is.

When my first son (who is completely “normal”) was one year old we went in for his MMR shot and the doctor suggested that I be immunized at the same time. Much to my regret, I did; I found out a few weeks later that I had been two weeks pregnant with my second son when I had the shot. When my second, Chris, was born everything seemed fine. He was developing according to his milestones and even beyond them. He spoke a few words and played normally. Then, at one year…

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Wow, perfectly expressed and I could feel your struggle. I can relate to your words and pain, as I have felt those things for many reasons and many years struggled to overcome abuse, submission and depression. All the while putting on the face for the world to see a calm brave woman trying desperately to get it all done on a daily basis.

Randoms by a Random


I’ve never been the kind of girl,
Who hid her face;
Always tried to show the world,
I got what it takes;
Didn’t realize the toll it took,
The stress I was going through;
Till it reached a breaking point,
I was getting loose…

All the knots, all the bolts;
Coming down, I’m losing control;
The stage that I- Considered home,
Left a dent, I didn’t know.
Down and down it spiraled on,
Still I smile to show the world;
They say the show must still go on,
A hidden face won’t do the work.

Most not all of the world is blind,
Some deciphered I wasn’t fine;
All the applause- which pushed me on,
Slowly faded with who I was;
I had to find the girl I knew ,
Before the stage, led to my doom.
The missing piece of the puzzle- me
It wasn’t easy rediscovering it…


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Just beneath the surface

Absolutely love this! Thank you for sharing with us.

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Just beneath the surface
Is where emotions lie
A knowing glance
Dooming tick-tock
The never ending sound
Of a mournful clock

Just beneath the surface
Of the covers where we lie
Spent from hours of private love
Moments just between you and I

Just beneath the surface
Of the dark and rolling waves
Feeling the loss of oxygen
And calling out your name

Just beneath the surface
Is a world for you and I
A matter of time and patience
Not possessed by this heart of mine

Just beneath the surface
But clear for all to see
A separation of a soul
That distance will now cleave

But just beneath that surface
Memories float and flurry
A begging of the clock
For time and fate to hurry

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I’m going to invite everyone to re-blog, tweet, and otherwise share this post today. We all wish our posts got that much love, but this one is important. If you are a man, love a man, or maybe both, this post is important.

I debated long and hard about sharing this at all. It involves personal information, and I like to keep a bit of privacy. I had to weigh the fact that my mother reads this blog, along with at least two co-workers, against the possibility of helping someone else. Someone else won.

Popular rumor holds that a man should have certain things checked medically once he turns 50. In typical male fashion, I waited until I was 53 and 8 months to schedule my colonoscopy. This is a degrading procedure that involves shoving a camera into places that aren’t visible by design. I thought it was degrading, but…

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There Will Be Blood! (Mine)

OMG so funny with a tinge of blood, haha. I can feel for you, as I too am a bit clumsy or uncoordinated. Good luck, and good for you trying your hand at being a house husband.


I need to get me a bubblewrap suit. I need to get me a bubblewrap suit.

My new house husband role is going quite well, I’m pleased to say. I like keeping things tidy and writing more often. I also like the fact that my efforts are decreasing Ellen’s workload. No longer does she have household chores to contend with. She can enjoy her new teaching job and take comfort in knowing that things around here are just fine.

Well, except for the injuries.

I’m a wee bit accident prone. No biggie; a lot of people are. My problem is that I only hurt myself when performing mundane housekeeping tasks.

I once tore a tendon in my index finger by tucking in a bed sheet. I wore a splint for six weeks because I needed hospital corners.

I have fallen down a stair, breaking my big toe. Not stairs, mind you. Stair. Just one stair.

I have fallen up stairs…

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Why Men Die First: Youtube link;

Maybe I am just not in a haha mood today, but here is my long winded opinion:

Interpretations like this of women’s reactions and attitudes, exist because men have been in contact or disrepected by women that don’t know how to be equal friends, co-workers or partners, Women that disrepect or take out their insecurities on men don’t know how to share and love a man for who he is, instead of who they wish him to be, to fill their needs. Women and Men need to take care of themselves first; emotionally, and become secure within themselves. Otherwise they will never be able to have good relationships in any area of their lives. Respect goes both ways and both sexes need to understand the history of why women feel frustrated and on the defensive, often for the wrong reasons. But truly as I saw in my Sociology studies, and research on gender equality and changing male roles, men have had to change their roles in society so much over the past 50-60 yrs that it is very hard for them to know what to do in work or relationships, and even within how they view themselves. Men raised by men that were raised to be unequal partners will make the problems worse. It is about choice and wanting to make it better. You can whine and complain or work to communicate and respect eachother, building a better world for both sexes. I absolutely believe and know that women have struggles too about gender roles and equality. Nothing gets better if women especially just complain about what men try to do to understand women. Just understand men are trying. Be respectful with communication as that has to be first for both sexes to find peace and joy together.

Interesting Facts about Pride and Prejudice

Just recently saw the movie, “Death comes to Pemberley” and really enjoyed it and seeing the characters evolved and yet still struggling to overcome difficult situations.

Interesting Literature

2013 marks the bicentenary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, surely Jane Austen’s most famous novel. Over 20 million copies are thought to have been sold worldwide. Here at Interesting Literature we thought we’d look around for some interesting facts concerning this Austen classic.

The opening line of Pride and Prejudice is arguably the most famous opening line of any novel: ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’ But what is less widely known is that the tone of this opening line is almost certainly ironic. Far from being Austen the detached, impartial narrator, this is actually Austen ventriloquising her characters’ thoughts – specifically, those of Mrs Bennet, whose views in the novel are often derided by Austen’s narrator. The clue is in the phrase ‘universally acknowledged’, since how many things in life…

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10 Short Medieval Poems Everyone Should Read

Interesting Literature

Looking for some great short medieval poems which are easy to read? Look no further than this, our latest post…

Medieval poetry can be a daunting field to dip into (to mix our metaphors terribly). Although Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Dante’s Divine Comedy are masterpieces and essential reading, perhaps the best route into medieval poetry – as with any poetry – is to start small. What follows is our pick of the best short medieval poems written in English.

They are all presented in the original Middle English, because here at Interesting Literature we believe that that’s the best way to read the poems. This does mean that several words/phrases need glossing, so we’ve done this briefly before each poem. All of these poems were written (or at least written down) some time during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries: our source for them is the excellent Penguin book of Medieval…

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