a handful of noteworthy (or at least amusing) links, part 1 (of 2)

my broken palace is a great (new) ministry site for people (from the looks of it, teenagers and young adults) in pain. it’s just getting going, and i’m expecting it will be more robust in the months to come. from their “about us” page:

Our shared desire is that no one should ever have to deal with the crushing weight of loneliness, depression, anxiety, stress, abuse, addictions, or thoughts of suicide alone. Become part of the movement. Whether you are the one in need or someone who desires to encourage others in theirs, My Broken Palace embraces your participation.

it’s a good resource for youth workers also, either to point hurting teens to, or as a reference (see the “get help” page) for online links and referral stuff.

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truly, one of the strangest interactive webthings i’ve seen in a while: nails. not a game, just a very strange mouse click interaction featuring a few dozen dudes exhibiting odd behavior. weird. but not in a bad way.

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now that i’m thinking more about the problem of extended adolescence, i’m also noticing our cultural endorsement of it more often. for instance, this cnn.com article on homeless ‘youth’ (focused on denver), uses the terms ‘youth’, ‘teen’ and ‘young adult’, but never ‘young adult’ or anything else remotely adult. every ‘youth’ they refer to in the article, or in photo captions in the gallery, is between 18 and 26. fascinating to me, and frustrating also.

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here’s a lovely little time-waster: pulsate. not a game, really. just a visual and aural treat. click your mouse and start expanding circles, which chime and retract when they bump into each other. i had fun trying different patterns to see how they’d play out. and — crazy — it was relaxing.

5 thoughts on “a handful of noteworthy (or at least amusing) links, part 1 (of 2)”

  1. Marko! dude, I was just bowling with those teens in Denver not 10 days ago! After our evening together I even introduced our high school students to the term “Extended Adolescence.” And if there ever was a label for that group…man, that is it.

    Really, 16 year old kids to a guy my age (34). And while they may not exactly be homeless, they were EXACTLY extending thier youth. It was heart breaking.

    And yet, it brings up a whole other issue of ICP and the Juggalo’s. ICP (of which at least half of the teens/adults were sporting clothes, swag, ink, etc) has created this culture that anyone is welcome. That no matter what you look like, whether you’re fat or skinny, ugly or hot, nerdy or smart, no matter what, you have a place as a Juggalo. SO INTERESTING.

    Sorry, man. I saw your post and couldn’t help commenting after having had our experience with them in Denver.

  2. extended adolescence seems to be running right into midlife crisis and some people are just never taking REAL responsibility….. (IE Tiger Woods, David Letterman…) there is an attitude of selfishness that permeates the best of circumstances and leads to failures no matter what age they are

  3. Kay, I think you are right on. It really is an issue of deciding not to take responsibility. For addicts, regardless of age, this is a huge deal. and while we can’t say that “All homeless are addicts” it is fair to say that the results of chronic drug usage among homeless teens/young adults is a failue or innability to take responsibility.

  4. Thanks for these links. The “My Broken Palace” looks really interesting.

    I totally agree on extended adolescence. Perhaps the article deserves a little slack, though. In the first half to middle of this century, “youth” often meant high school and older (including returning GIs from war). But yes, in general, the media, news outlets, and entertainment industry all feed the myth of extended adolescence. But it’s not like they benefit from that myth at all, do they? ;-)

  5. The My Broken Palace gang is a really good bunch with pretty big dreams to help hurting teenagers. In the near future it should be a fantastic place for kids to find some encouragement.

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