The 9th Soul

Book Review: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Posted in entertainment, life by Fated Blue on April 23, 2011

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This is the first Murakami book I’ve ever read. The reason I spiked an interest in reading this book was because of the hype that surrounds it. The fact that there was a recent Japanese movie adaptation of this particular book (that I officially have a copy of, with English subs of course, trailer 1 and trailer 2) was also something I had used as a reason to buy this book (as with my recent book choices i.e. Never Let Me Go).

When I first read the few pages of this book, I thought to myself “Well, I like reading tragedies. I just hope it won’t be too sad that it’ll bore me” but it wasn’t just a tragedy. It was a tragic recalling of a life that’s gone past but it wasn’t all about the sadness of remembering the vivid details that would occasionally resurface.

No. It was about how those memories shaped us to be what we are now. It was about reminiscing the good even in the worst moments of our life.

In a nutshell, this book is about making the right decisions in the hardest of times and how to be righteous in your own way. This book is a must read for those fans of literatures with a coming-of-age theme to it.

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The Power of Kindness

Posted in life by Fated Blue on January 28, 2010

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College Admissions Essay – The Power of Kindness

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, “Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.” I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, “Those guys are jerks. They really should get a life.” He looked at me and said, “Hey thanks!” There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before.

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R.I.P. Charles Abrena. I’m sorry to just hear about your recent departure.

Posted in life, youtube shows by Fated Blue on December 5, 2009

I was on my way home last night when an HS friend of mine saw me and we decided to go home together. We talked and reminisced about a lot of things, namely HS life. I ended up asking “How’s Charles? I miss that dude. It’s been 6 years!” and then my friend, surprised, said “You didn’t know?! Charles’ dead.”

I was like “WTF?! HOW?!”

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Study: U.S. suicides rising; risk high in middle age

Posted in health, security by Fated Blue on October 22, 2008

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After a decade-long decrease, U.S. suicide rates have started to rise, largely because of an increase in suicides among middle-aged white men and women.

 

If the economy continues to decline, suicides could go up, researchers say.

If the economy continues to decline, suicides could go up, researchers say.

White people age 40 to 64 have “recently emerged as a new high-risk group for suicide,” according to the study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Suicides increased between 1999 and 2005 by about 3 percent annually in white men and 4 percent in white women age 40 to 64, according to Susan Baker, M.P.H., of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, and her colleagues. Suicide rates remained the same in Asians and Native Americans, and declined in blacks.

Overall, the suicide rate rose in the early 1980s, then dropped each year from 1986 to 1999. From 1999 to 2005, however, the rates have increased 0.7 percent annually.

In all, 32,637 people killed themselves in the United States in 2005, a rate of 11 per 100,000 people.

Guns are the most common method of suicide, but their use has declined over time. Suicide by hanging or suffocation has increased among both men and women.

The reason for the increase is unknown. But if economic conditions continue to decline, suicides could go up. “This is a concern, especially when one looks at the high rates during the Great Depression,” says Baker. Health.com: How exercise can improve your mood

Seetal Dodd, Ph.D., a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia, has found that suicide rates tend to fluctuate with the economic trends — at least in men.

The study is cause for concern, Dodd says, because it identifies middle-aged white men as the new high-risk group for suicide — the same section of the population at risk for suicide during an economic downturn.

“There is a considerable risk that the current economic situation may result in a further spike in the suicide rate for men of working age, especially if we start to see an increase in unemployment and a decrease in housing affordability and consumer sentiment,” Dodd says.

Robert Bossarte, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester in New York, says that people have traditionally focused on suicide prevention in the very young and the old, but not necessarily the middle-aged. Historically, people over 65 have had the highest suicide rates, but this study suggests that trend is changing. Health.com: The risk of suicide for bipolar patients

“The most important take-home message is try to understand what’s unique about the [middle-aged] population and what message would be most effective at preventing this,” he says.

A number of factors could be affecting the middle-aged, including taking care of aging baby-boomer parents, or coping with substance abuse or unemployment.

Bossarte also notes that while rates are rising in women, men are at greater risk overall. Health.com: Bipolar disorder is different for women

“There’s something unique about the life circumstances of white, middle-aged males that is contributing to this risk,” he says. “The key is getting people into treatment and getting people to use the resources that are available to them.” Health.com: Expert advice on paying for talk therapy 

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