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SOLASTALGIA, a neologism of the words solacium ('comfort' in latin) + -algia ('pain' in greek): distress, including feelings of powerlessness or lack of control, caused by environmental change “the pain experienced when there is recognition that the place where one resides and that one loves is under immediate assault . . . a form of homesickness one gets when one is still at ‘home' (glenn albrecht)


a huge thanks to the good samaritans that so kindly took the time to help me today. i was walking home from the grocery store downtown in the pouring rain when my soaking wet paper bag finally broke. my stuff went everywhere and my glass container of olive oil broke and covered everything in oil. within seconds, i had two people there helping me to pick oily stuff out of puddles and a guy from the deli across the street ran out to give me some plastic bags--all in the pouring rain. it's nice to be reminded that people can be so kind and selfless!


i am thankful that i can think of several missing from this list, including: 8. the pleasure you get when you take the first bite of a real, healthy, delicious meal 9. the comfortable happiness you feel when cuddling in bed in the morning 10. the ecstatic happiness you feel when you're laughing so hard you're crying (amplified by a communal happiness when everyone is laughing this hard) etc.