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I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina. But, I have traveled, a lot.

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Great News!!

... of great importance for our understanding of the roots of modern human behaviour itself...
Thank you!
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 27, 2012, 07:57 PM (0 replies)

I am leaning toward less emphasis on the spoken word geography notion.

I lean more toward a gestural system which possibly paralleled or was a precursor to spoken language. I make this speculation based on my knowledge of neuroanatomy and the proximity of the areas for the arms and hands to those for the lips, tongue and larynx. I think the more we gestured, made faces and even drew pictures to communicate the more the adjacent areas of the brain became engaged. I also suspect the first words were in response to pain and/or basic body actions like thoracic fixation for poopin' and having babies and could have been almost reflexive. Like when you slam a finger in a door and curse. I also believe the laugh played a part in the development of spoken words and perception of humor is regarded as a function of the frontal lobe and as a higher cognitive function. Then when these sounds began to emerge there were communication break downs that occurred this leading not only to more laughter but to attempts to correct miscommunication which lead to changes in facial expression and vocalizations which emerged as "words" from pairing sounds and actions. I believe this was not a cause effect determination but as the result of a continuous feedback loop.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Sep 26, 2012, 10:28 PM (0 replies)

I had an uncle named Napoleon, a former head of the NCDPS...

a beloved hero in our family.
When I found out I couldn't have children, and my doctor told me to "get a dog" then my husband gave me "dog money" ...I stuffed it in a special place in my purse, in case of a getadog emergency. Then I found a Pomeranian. This little fuzz ball with a head the size of an orange started off on the attack. He would run across the yard just up to the road barking like crazy. He established his reputation quickly when he became known for trying to go after the Angus bull next door on my cousin's farm. I knew what I had to do. I asked the family if anyone would be insulted if I named the dog Napoleon and they laughed at me. I really wish I had a video of that "attack" and I am grateful he lived to be fifteen years old. I miss him every day. He was my child, my student and my teacher. Fall is the time of year we visited the elementary school for fall festival. Then twenty five cents would buy you a ticket to see "The Amazing Napoleon" sing and dance. Our place was on the stage behind the pulled curtain. No shows for free, though many children peeked and that just made him more special. He had a clown costume I made for him to wear during our routine. It was made of white fabric splashed with multicolored polka dots. It had a hood with a pompom on top that I had wired so it would stay straight up like a party hat. I dressed as a fairy godmother and carried a magic wand. There was always a line of children holding their tickets, jumping up and down. Some of the same children came back again and again to see him. Napoleon might be too nice of a name for that guy. Admittedly I feel a huge divide between Little Napoleon and my Amazing Napoleon. And in this situation, I think the grownups should have to tell the children we are sorry we couldn't get them better help.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:31 PM (0 replies)

Is this the creative spec or the science group or

has the dementia finally got me in a stranglehold cut off my air supply and dragged me off some where....and left me where only "they" can find me?
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Sep 24, 2012, 01:55 AM (0 replies)

Where are you coming from with that, dood?

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat Sep 22, 2012, 11:03 AM (1 replies)


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