Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Instead of thinking 

I'm shuffling my books on combat trauma instead of thinking. But thoughts are appearing anyway.

  • What's the difference between the half-dozen or so books I have that seek to be "how to" or self-help guides for troops returning from combat zones, in dealing with or preventing PTSD or other stress injuries?
  • Is there a significant difference between how the Israelis and the Americans understand stress injuries?
  • How reliable are the first-person narratives I have of soldiers, sailors, and marines recounting their personal struggles with combat stress injury? Particularly those accounts where the writer admits to perpetrating injury, especially killing an enemy soldier? How should I interpret the psychological data they give me?
  • Wow, John Keegan's written a lot.
  • Do men who write about civilians killing in self defense have anything valuable to add to the research on the psychology of a military environment?
  • I'm really impressed by the strength of these shelves. If they broke or ripped from the walls, all the books would pour down on me, or at least my printer and laptop. What does paper weigh? Assume one pound per book, on average, and let's say...150 books. That's a lot. I recommend these shelves: they're elfa, from the Container Store. I also recommend people like my dad and my husband to help you install them, and be SURE the screws are drilled into studs, not drywall.
  • I need to get back to work. First, though, caffeine.

    I also have a couple pictures of Molly comfortably nesting on a bookshelf. Those will be posted soon.

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