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.
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.
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.
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.