Ah, finally liking this computer again.Â The past weeks, actually months, have been full of frustration for me as Iâ€™ve experienced computer glitches.Â Then a crash.Â A big one.Â Oops.Â So, for anyone who has e-mailed me in the past few months and hasnâ€™t heard back, please try again (my home e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org).Â My ISP is a small local company and could not give me access to my old e-mail from a remote computer.Â I had to wait and hope this computer could be fixed.
And it has been, so I am excited about being back in touch (in the next few days please look at the web site, as there will be new postings of prose and poetry, really wonderful stuff).Â Â I am not all that comfortable with computers or the internet as a whole.Â Some of my problem is that Iâ€™m intimidated about learning computer skills.Â Most of my problem is that, most often, Iâ€™d rather be cooking for friends, walking dogs, hiking in the woods, or even shoveling out my horseâ€™s stallâ€¦
Recently a friend challenged me to get more interested in the internet and explore what is out there regarding SIV.Â I havenâ€™t begun to do this whole-heartedly yet (my challenge is that I have dial-up access, which is very slow), but Iâ€™m interested in learning about what is out there.Â Iâ€™ve previously explored clinical sites that discussed â€œself-mutilationâ€ and didnâ€™t find much different than what I had seen in books or articles.Â But what my friend told me about was the existence of â€œpro-cuttingâ€ web sites.Â Have you found these?Â What are your experiences and thoughts about this?
Iâ€™m wondering if the misunderstanding and intense efforts to control those who feel the need to self-injure has brought about a protective reaction is some folks who live with SIV.Â I neither argue for nor against SIV, to me it â€œjust is.â€Â Therefore, SIV can be understood and we can create opportunities for people to heal from needing SIV, if they want to.Â Iâ€™ve certainly read a whole lot about how â€œhorridâ€ and â€œpathologicalâ€ SIV is and have written many times about how many coercive psychiatric practices, as well as bigotry and misinformation in the general public, have caused great harm.
But the idea of promoting SIV is a new concept to me and I am interested in what people are thinking and believing.Â Is this a celebration of SIV?Â Is this a way of finding comfort with people who understand?Â Where can I learn more?Â Anyone out there want to let me know what they think?Â Iâ€™d appreciate hearing from you!