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Monday, September 24, 2007

Manic Monday

Today's Manic Monday asks the following three questions - here they are, along with my answers.

1. You’ve won $100,000 – but have to give it all away. To which charity or institution would you donate it?

I would most likely donate it to Autism Speaks. My brother has a number of profound learning disabilities, as well as autism, a condition which seems to be increasing in the UK. Although many theories have been put forward as to the causes of autism, no-one truly seems to know what causes it, or how best to help those affected by the condition.

2. What do you think is the most soothing sound?

A cat purring. Unless it's purring because it's just stolen my cream cake. There's something very relaxing, homely and comforting about a cat's purr.

3. Does time heal all wounds?

No, I don't believe it does. It can make some wounds easier to cope with, I guess. But there are many kinds of trauma that stay with a person forever more.


Aileni said...

You know from S' blog that he is severely dyslexic - heis also somewhere on the autistic spectrum, probably low end Asperger's.
He probably got it from me as we have realised that I too, am AS.
Explains a lot about me!

Kwizgiver said...

Cat purring is similar to my soothing sound...


And I agree that time does not heal all wounds.


Laura said...

I never thought of a cat's purr as being soothing. The picture your words paint makes me want to run and get one now. LOL! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my MM! Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

I may have AS, too.
Favourite sounds for me include the rustle of trees in the wind - so I`m off out for a walk now along Swansea beach on this windy day. I love these days of autumn gales and wild skies.
I suppose in theory a cat`s purring is soothing. However, I used to feed a neighbour`s cat which had the loudest `purr` in catdom. `Daniel` used to wake me up with his `gentle purring`, so I had to stop allowing him in at night. Which was a pity, because I`m quite fond of stroking a nice pussy at night.

Pewari Naan said...

On a recent radio podcast I listened to (I'm struggling to remember which one, unfortunately) they had an interview with a soundscape artist - someone who had hired a church because of the acoustics and had set up sounds in there that transported you to a rain forest (for example).

It was fascinating stuff, particularly as he pointed out that, unlike with a camera, there are no telephoto lens equivalents for sound - if you want to hear sounds further away, you have to MOVE the microphone closer and he is considered one of the sound experts at getting very very close to some very difficult subjects.

Anyway, the point I'm getting to is that one of the example sounds that he's captured was of a leopard purring. Imagine your purring cat, but magnify it to a much richer, deeper sound - you can *hear* how big that animal's ribcage is, I swear. It is the most GORGEOUS sound and your soothing sound comment reminded me of it instantly :)

Gledwood said...

How strange... did you know the sound of a cat purring is supposed to heal wounds? They say it is like feline ultrasound or ... well I cannot remember the name of the therapy but it heals you with vibrational noises... like a cat purring... bc cats purr not only when happy but distressed also... it is supposed to heal the cat

just thought I'd tell you that

but I bet you heard it before anyway!!

Janet said...

I love your blog design!!! What's a cream cake?

The Gal Herself said...

I think it's wonderful that your brother has your support. Thanks for stopping by my first-ever Manic Monday earlier today.