The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Dolphin-Assisted Childbirth

Dolphin-Assisted Birth: Heather & Adam Barrington Plan Cetacean-Filled Labor

I’m sure I saw these people down on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado once. Just hope thier precious moment doesn’t turn into shark-assisted childbirth. Click on the title above for the text version.

image by Javier Yaya Tur Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

image by Javier Yaya Tur
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

“Susie Strong” is the phrase for the day. My friend, superblogger Susie Lindau, is having a double mastectomy this morning. After much thought and consideration, she decided to share her journey through her fight against breast cancer at her blog, Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride. The Boob Report – Laughter is the Best Medicine  Many prayers for Susie Lindau. I’m confident that she will beat this.

Screenwriter, author, and bacon connoisseur Ryne Douglas Pearson has some great insights into the current publishing world. Peeps: Ryne Douglas Pearson

The latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as the DSM, is out. Some folks in the business are saying it looks more like a Psychiatrists Relief Act, since pretty much everything can now be classified as a Mental Disorder, right up to and including drinking too much coffee. Drinking Too Much Coffee is Now a Mental Disorder. I guess there’s more money in labeling it than in just saying it’s bad for you.

image by Hendrike wikimedia commons

image by Hendrike
wikimedia commons

Ellie Ann has another Bad Girl for us with her Bad Bible Stories. She certainly has a way of making theology come alive. Bad Bible Stories: The Woman Who Ended the Battle with a Rock

World War I Veteran: The Last of the Great War’s Soldiers Speak

Summer storms are worse than ever. EF-4 and EF-5 tornados, once freakishly rare, are becoming par for the course. Jenny Hansen gives us some great tips on surviving disasters. In the Wake of Tragedy: What’s the Most Important Survival Question You Can Ask?

Patrick Stewart, best known as Captain Picard or Professor Xavier, gives a passionate response to a question at Comicpalooza 2013, opening a window into his personal experience with domestic violence as a child and the connection to Shell Shock, a.k.a. PTSD.

I’m lucky enough to have an Advance Release Copy of Susan Spann’s CLAWS OF THE CAT. You could get one, too, by entering her contest over at Summer Publaw (& a contest): Conference Style. Set in 1500s Japan, CLAWS is the ultimate cozy mystery with a healthy dose of “Cool, I didn’t know that” on the side.

Fae Rowan has an outstanding series on attachment disorders and Why We (and Our Characters) Fall in Love over at Writers in the Storm. This link leads to part four in the excellent four part series. And as far as which ones we identify with, I’m taking a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell stand.

What do you remember about prom? Renee A. Shuls-Jacobson takes a fun look back. I Remember Prom

Which of your favorite shows survived the May Sweeps? Tiffany A. White keeps us informed on the TV Scene. Spring Cleaning – 2013 Edition

Aaron Patterson of Stonehouse Ink isn’t just an awesome publisher to work with, he’s also a #1 Amazon Best Seller and a YouTube sensation. This is his take on a Mentos commercial. Mentos Commercial Spoof 2

All the best to all of you for a week of good health care choices.

Piper Bayard

25 comments on “The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Dolphin-Assisted Childbirth

  1. Thanks for including me in your great mashup. The dolphin-assisted birth thing is definitely one way to take a trip to Hawaii. I would have bled-out and died. Bless them.

    And bless Susie. Lots of love for her today. All over cyberspace today! #SusieStrong!

    Have a great weekend, Piper.

  2. Piper Bayard says:

    Thanks, Renee. A great weekend to you, as well.

  3. This is a great collection of articles and videos–I was particularly moved by Patrick Stewart’s speech. Thanks!

    • Jay Holmes says:

      Hi Anna. To be clear I did my usual full 0% of the work for Piper’s Friday posting. But…a secret organization has since dispatched her to find these dolphin birth freaks and deliver them (breathing but not awake) to an undisclosed location for activities that I will deny in advance.

      In Piper’s absence I Thank You for visiting today.

  4. Thanks for including me in your The End is Near Mashup, Piper!! 🙂

  5. tomwisk says:

    I heard about this dolphin assisted birth on Chelsey Lately. I got 3 min into the video before going against everything I believe that the couple should be institutionalized and after childbirth the child taken away and put in a home with sane parents. As for the couple after the birth the should be sterilized to prevent this from happening again. Oh yeah, go Susie,

    • Jay Holmes says:

      Hi tomwisk. Piper is impersonating me for a couple of hours today by not working. In her absence I thank you for your visit.

  6. Jay Holmes says:

    Best wishes to Susie for sure.

    Dolphin birthing? hmm…After the Baby is rescued from these sleazy con artists, knock out both parents for a lowest bidder sterilization and tattoo a dolphin on their foreheads while they’re out.

  7. Great advice on the disaster. I had but never thought I’d need – and then the Japan earthquake hit. I also learned two important tips- be ready to walk to the airport in order to get out and put money in small denominations in your bag. And finally- the most important and shocking thing of all-

    You are on your own. The government won’t be able to provide immediate assistance. Be ready.

    • Jay Holmes says:

      Wow Emily. The impacts of that tsunami are still hard to fathom. As far as “you are on your own” I think on the best of days it’s at least 80% true. Modern corporatocracies provide great marketing campaigns and little product.

  8. amyshojai says:

    Holy crappiocca…that disrespects dolphins and doctors. Yikes. But on balance, Patrick Stewart is marvelous. Terrific blog as always (even if I don’t say so often enough!)

    • Jay Holmes says:

      Hi Amy, the dolphins will survive and the doctors will grunt and quickly turn to the next patient in that long line. But will those two morons be able to parent that poor child? I doubt it.

      “He’s going to be my best buddy.” That fool of an accidental sperm donor has no understanding of what he is confessing. The child is simply their current source of entertainment. The child will be a toy in their “expanded consciousness” life. Some folks like to misidentify delusion with wisdom. In their tiny little minds the rest of us simply aren’t yet conscious enough to understand their higher consciousness.

      The poor kid is not even born yet and his idiot parents are already reduced to begging.

  9. Shantnu says:

    Great. I look forward to 5 years on my psychiatrists couch, discussing how I’m addicted to coffee because daddy didn’t love me…

    • Jay Holmes says:

      Hi Shantu. % years with the psych is so costly and agonizing. Consider using our Bayard and Holmes “Deluxe Personality Adjustment Services”. For a fraction of the cost we can quickly cure you of that nasty coffee addiction.

      We love helping people. Remember, at Bayard and Holmes, Your Horrible Problem is OUR Great Opportunity.

  10. Jenny Hansen says:

    Oh, mama I love your Friday mashups! Thank for including me, and for making me laugh my guts out. 🙂

    • Jay Holmes says:

      Hi Jenny. Mama is overworked with the “mama” aspect of her life at the moment so on her behalf I thank you for your visit.

  11. I’m sure they’ll have a whale of a time with their cetacean midwife adventure. (I really must get out of the habit of making really bad puns).

  12. Julie Glover says:

    I have a neuropsych friend who has talked to me some about the changes coming to the DSM. I’m not confident that the results won’t be overly influenced by politics, pharmaceutical companies, and the desire to label every addiction that can possibly labeled (because those can actually be treated and thus treatment reimbursed by insurance). Personally, if I feel a breakdown coming, I just plan to go see Bob Newhart and have him tell me “STOP IT!”

    Great mashup as always! I’m clicking, clicking.

  13. susielindau says:

    Thank you so much for the boob support linkage! I really believe that my prognosis turned out so well because of you and others that lit up the internet with Susie Strong posts! I really felt the love and will never forget it!
    Miracles do happen!
    Thanks also for checking in with me before and after the surgery. It meant a lot!


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