Welcome to my Revised, Rejuvenated, Retrofitted Website/Blog

It has been a journey. These revisions. This upgrade. What was I thinking? After all, at my age, I should be retiring. Not upleveling my website/blog. And there were so many bugs to work out with this complex a change. There still are. I am not even sure those of you who have subscribed will get this in your email. Or be able to comment. And, by the way, I am not a fan of bugs! You know this about me. It is why my last relationship ended. He loved bugs. Sure, there were other more complex reasons, but still.

(photo by P. Ziemer, Unsplash)

So, how are you liking it?

For those of you with control issues, like me, it may take time to adjust. It takes a bit of sleuthing to get past the home page to the blog. Unlike how it was before when the blog was just there, in your face, rarin’ to go. But, you are smart people. I know you can do it. It is supposed to be more groovy professional this way.

For me, this process was a nightmare stressful. But that is no one’s fault. I just did not realize the technological wizardry that was involved. The time it would take. This is a darned big blog, after all. Imagine the complexity. The influx of bugs.

I almost gave up, too. Let’s go back to the way it was, I cried. It was fine the way it was. Why could I not be satisfied with the way it was? I should leave well enough alone, right? It was good enough. And, hey, I should be retiring, doncha know.

But I have learned a few things from this.

First of all, let us get our stresses straight. A website/blog revision is not worthy of the stress-o-meter. Seriously. You and I both know there are so very many events on planet earth right now that are stress-worthy. This? Not one of them.

Second of all, I am not too old. I am not retiring. In fact, I just had a professional photo shoot completed and am waiting to see the final shots. I will post them here and on other social media sites for your admiring, appreciative eyes. You will see for yourselves. 70 is the new 50. This decade will be the best yet. And, for those of you wondering, I still have all of my unruly, free-range hair.

So, I hope you like the new look.

And, may we all let go of what is not stress-worthy and make it the best decade yet. Amen.


To my bloggEEs: Thank you for waiting. I know it has been longer than usual. Let me know what you think of the new look. And, if I don’t respond to your comments, blame it on the bugs. Hoping to be rid of them soon. Let me know if you find any. Much love to all of you.

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Author: Paula Prober

I’m a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice in Eugene, Oregon. I specialize in counseling gifted adults and consulting with parents of gifted children. The label “gifted” is often controversial and confusing. I use the metaphor of the rainforest to describe this population. Like the rainforest, these individuals are quite complex, highly sensitive, intense, multi-layered, and misunderstood. They’re also curious, idealistic, highly intelligent, creative, perfectionistic, and they love learning. I’ve been an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon and a guest presenter at Oregon State University and Pacific University. I’ve written articles on giftedness for the Eugene Register-Guard, the Psychotherapy Networker, and Advanced Development Journal. My first book, Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth, was released in June 2016 by GHF Press and is available on Amazon or at your independent bookstore. My second book, Journey Into Your Rainforest Mind: A Field Guide for Gifted Adults and Teens, Book Lovers, Overthinkers, Geeks, Sensitives, Brainiacs, Intuitives, Procrastinators, and Perfectionists, was released in June 2019.

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  1. pprober Avatar

    Hi everyone. Thank you for your patience. There are still more bugs being addressed. <3

  2. Pulp Fusion Avatar
    Pulp Fusion

    Congratulations on the new design of your blog/website! It has a cleaner, perhaps more sterile, look to it, and a more functional feel to it. My eyes have, like clignett’s, some difficulty adjusting to the brightness of its whiteness, but I don’t see it as a problem.
    Just an observation I found amusing:
    The radiant greenness of the scarab (which I’ve now learned is not a bug at all) has snuck itself (perhaps unconsciously) into the renewed ‘Your rainforest mind’ blog/website. I think it’s quite fitting, since the scarab is known to be a symbol of transformation.
    Btw, I read ‘why my last relationship ended’, and found it very interesting!

    1. pprober Avatar

      Thank you, Pulp Fusion. Ah…transformation. Of course.

  3. Neeraj Avatar

    Also found another book on the subject of becoming the elder ….she seems to be a Jungian author….And atleast for the sake of PUN I too wonder why these all Jung (Young)ian authors want everyone to become the elder!!! …
    The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul
    by Connie Zweig, Harry R. Moody

    1. pprober Avatar

      Oh, that book sounds good, Neeraj. Nice pun! 🙂

  4. itssue42 Avatar

    ok….. and here’s something unsettling. I did check the box that says to let me know when someone comments on the blog but……. between 2:17 a.m. and 9:24 a.m. this morning, I received over 100 (about 120) identical emails saying that ripeconceptselmerpretencio had left a comment. So …. something in the web site’s function seems a bit off today 😀 (Or if I’m the only one, then something in earthlink’s email system had a really serious stutter but unlikely as I only got 1 copy of all the other emails from various web sites during that time period.)

    If I’m being truly transparently honest about the like / reply section, I don’t like the new version. Instead of a simple click to like a post a screen pops up now every time asking you to verify your name, email, gravatar link and two boxes asking you to check whether you want notifications of new comments and of new posts.
    Don’t know if they intend you to check that every time or whether checking those boxes once in a lifetime will mean I always get notified when a new blog topic is posted? I’m assuming that “new posts” mean a new blog topic.

    But all in all, yes it’s a great new look. And great to be able to access all of the previous content. Definitely green colors work for me 🙂

    1. pprober Avatar

      Thank you for this detailed feedback, Sue. This should NOT be happening. I passed it on to the tech folks. These things need to be fixed!!!

  5. Neeraj Avatar

    My bad…I did not know the difference between the definition of true bugs and insects…https://rainforestmind.com/tag/the-school-of-life/ I can see five posts tagged with the school of life …it is indeed another good blog. About Scarab and the rain forest mind…that needs to be thought after.

  6. Neeraj Avatar

    I rarely might have commented on this blogposts, but I have read a few blogposts on this website over the course of the last 7 years, and that was helpful. I liked this new look specifically so as this does not focus directly on the very recent blog but on everything together.

    Now about the very recent post few thoughts that come to mind based on this post , I somehow felt I need to share those.

    about being elderly person: I feel in contemporary times we do tend to be healthier if compared to previous generations at respective ages…but then at certain other level I feel we do also need to accept our respective age as well. Be it coming of age, midlife or being elderly. Our ancestors have thought about “passages/ transitions ” for all these three stages of the life it seems, be it coming of age journeys, midlife passages, or elderly transitions. Although I am not some AUTHOIRY but still I take liberty to recommend one book here…”in the ever after” by Allan b Chinen…this book tries to distill wisdom from folktals/ fairytales…where the protagonists are elderly persons ( men/ women) …and from a Jungian perspective tries to understand the important task that are at hand being an elderly person…what did the whole humanity across the millenia have thought over this issue?
    I also like another blog to some extent ” the school of life” probably you and many who read this blog and comments here are familiar with the work of this particular thinker/ speaker…. He combines philosophy and depth psychology …..and present his views based on this in very accessible format…
    Again I am not some “authority person” …but I want to take liberty and bring this particular blog/ website to the notice.
    Scarab : nobody noticed here…but Scarab and Jung…there is this deep seated connection about this BUG.
    In general bugs as a symbol…I just reminded of so many of those….Kafka and the cockroach, Eric Carle and the Caterpillar, E. O. Wilson and Ants, …there is also this Sufi/ Hindu/ Indian metaphor-symbol for the soul…fireflies/ jugni…..there are so many soulful songs about Jugni…..and then offcourse Jung-Egypt and Scarab….

    1. pprober Avatar

      Lots to think about here, Neeraj. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. I did notice that the scarab (once hksounds pointed out the error) has significance in Jungian writing and wondered how it might apply to rainforest minds. And I have mentioned The School of Life on other posts. About elderhood, well, I don’t know…

  7. pprober Avatar

    Only a few bugs remain as far as I can tell, Deborah. 🙂

  8. Deborah Avatar

    Hi Paula. I like the new website. Looks great and sounds like no bugs are present.

  9. Clignett Avatar

    Hi Paula,

    It’s a rejuvenation, this blog! Looking good!
    And looking forward to the new pics as well.

    What I encounter as “child diseases” as we call them in Dutch (instead of bugs – and the blog ís still a baby, so many more to come 🙈😵‍💫) is that for some people I can reply to their post, and some I can’t.
    The likes on reactions are sometimes just not accepted, whatever I try, and I can’t see who else like it.
    To leave a comment I have to scroll all the way up again, instead of “the old way to read the blog and reactions and then leave my musings.
    And lastly, I got your email, but normally I get all the nails from the responses as well. So now I’m a bit worried that the following respondes will just fly over my head and I’ll never read them..
    I’ve re-applied to the website/blog, maybe that’ll help?

    The blog itself looks great! I’ve needed to adjust the contrast, too much bright white fit me as a background, and no option for night mode..Maybe that’s an option you can (easily 😵‍💫🤣) put in?

    And eh.. the new 50-something is definitely not the new 30-something 😅😅

    1. pprober Avatar

      Thank you for the feedback, clignett. I will pass it on to the tech folks.

    2. itssue42 Avatar

      And do agree with a couple people who have mentioned the bright white is eye-taxing. It feels like an unusually bright true white for a website instead of a muted off-white. Also this morning I can’t reply to others and can’t ‘like’ other posts but maybe that’s just me?

      I really like the overall organization of the site, logical and easy to peruse.

  10. Clignett Avatar

    Hksounds, that’s exactly why I call all of them “creepy crawleys” 🤣! Beetles are not on my list of scary creepy crawleys, normally. But some beetles… nope!! For example the longhorn beetle.. or the kissing bug.. also nope! Or just a simple tick… yegh!! 🙇‍♀️🙈🙈

  11. itssue42 Avatar

    Definitely like the new site a lot! 🙂
    Couple things that feel like bugs though: #1: When I leave a comment in reply to someone else’s comment it shows up at the very bottom of the page, instead of being associated with the specific person/thread I’m replying to. #2: When I leave aforementioned comment, it pops me back to the top of the blog page, so I have to then page all the way back down to where I was to keep on reading. Two pretty big negatives for me but I’m hoping those are just temporary bugs.

    1. pprober Avatar

      Sending this to the admin team. Thanks, Sue.

  12. itssue42 Avatar

    If I remember correctly, neither ladybugs nor lovebugs are bugs either. I think maybe humans like the sound of the word ‘bug’ so it has snuck in. 😀

    1. pprober Avatar

      Ha! 🙂

  13. Georgia Patrick Avatar
    Georgia Patrick

    It’s terrific and engaging, Paula. I’ve been slogging through the same WordPress jungle for the past year with that same voice in my head, which I still ignore: “When you get to 70, you don’t have to revamp your website further.” Here’s the reason why I’m doing it and I’ll bet you heard a similar call: Your work is not done and there are many people discovering you who don’t know your age and don’t focus on you. They love it that you have wisdom for them.”

    1. pprober Avatar

      Yup, Georgia. We have so much more to give.

  14. artyplantsman Avatar

    Not sure RFMs can ever really retire. Our minds need too much stimulation.

    1. pprober Avatar

      I’m thinking that some RFMs who are unhappy in their jobs/careers might retire from them and then find their stimulation post-career. But I know what you are saying, artyplantsman. We need to think deeply, to create, to find meaning and purpose, well, all the time!! And rest, of course, when we can. 🙂

      1. artyplantsman Avatar

        Indeed. I am actually in that position now. Only two more years to go. I’ve always seen my job as being a highly inconvenient distraction😂

  15. Sheep’s Wool Avatar
    Sheep’s Wool

    Congratulations on getting the new website up and running, Paula! Hurray! I love the green colour. It’s so vibrant and makes me think of depth.
    To echo other posters above, I am so happy to have you in my world. What you have brought to me already through your blog has been invaluable and a delight. I can hardly find the words – you have changed things for me and pointed the way to advancement through your reading recommendations too.
    Thanks to my fellow blogEEs for your comments.
    Paula, what you have said about creating and doing as we get older has been inspirational. I didn’t know the strength of the limiting belief or nudge I was harbouring about this. Your post brings rejuvenation (echoing the lovely comment by Patricia Koch above who talks about feeling the acceptance, appreciation and love of herself again now that she had at 4 years of age).
    Love to you all.

    1. pprober Avatar

      I was hoping that my talking about my age would give you all some inspiration. So, yay! Thank you for being here, Sheep’s Wool.

  16. Robin Schapiro Avatar
    Robin Schapiro

    Right on time! Last night the too-old demon tried to get me! I’m 53 and starting a new degree program. I’m tired, I feel overwhelmed, and I’m the only one responsible for it, heheh! Also, I’m super excited about doing this. So, thank you, for reiterating what I know is true and especially true for me. I’m not too old and, in fact, couldn’t stop following new paths if I tried. Which I wouldn’t. Because that’s death or dumb, and I don’t know which is worse! xo

    1. pprober Avatar

      Ah, Robin, you are so young! 🙂

  17. hksounds Avatar

    I am sure I will get used to the new look, so if it is working for you, go for(ward with) it! It seems to have less contrast and that makes it harder and less comfortable to read.
    However, I would like to make sure all are aware that the photo you have put up and called a ‘bug’ is not a bug, ‘Hemiptera’ but rather a beetle, a scarab most likely. All bugs are insects, but most insects are not bugs. (As you know by now, I have this thing about accuracy.) https://askabiologist.asu.edu/explore/true-bugs

    1. pprober Avatar

      I so appreciate this, hksounds. Such a gifted/2e person thing to do!

  18. Lexie Avatar

    Hi Paula,
    I love your website/blog! So pleased to hear about your updates. You’ve helped me so much in understanding, accepting and loving myself. So pleased to hear you are not retiring!

    1. pprober Avatar

      Thank you, Lexie. 🙂

  19. Lucinda Leo Avatar
    Lucinda Leo

    Yay! I love everything about this, Paula. Thank you both for everything you do to make this wonderful blog happen and for being such an inspiration. I had a photoshoot recently too – out in nature feeling so much more myself than when I had the last one done a few years ago. Seeing the photos has been just what I needed to breathe new life into my own website (coming soon…!). Looking forward to seeing yours! Sending loads of love and appreciation for all you do. 🙂

    1. pprober Avatar

      Ooooh. I would love to see your new pics, Lucinda! Thank you for being here.

  20. Maureen Helen Avatar
    Maureen Helen

    Congratulations on your new look blog, which looks very good. Of course you are not too old! What nonsense! And what would you do if you retired, whatever that means? Some of us do what we love, which means we can never retire from what we love because it isn’t work in any conventional sense. Looking forward to seeing your new photos.

    1. pprober Avatar

      Exactly, Maureen. I am doing what I love. Why stop now??

  21. mkbeautiful Avatar

    Hi Paula! I also love this post! I don’t mind most bugs except for a few. I hope your website bugs are gone soon!

    1. pprober Avatar

      Thank you, mkbeautiful. Good to have you here.

  22. Patricia Koch Avatar
    Patricia Koch

    Looking good.
    So glad you’re not retiring! Yes, 70 can be the new 50. Keep on keeping on. Groovy, man, groovy. Looking forward to reading more as you keep growing too.
    I just turned 70 myself and feel the decade expanding before me. May it be the same for you. I am diving deep into my painting practice again. And I have a book to finish. And more healing work to do ….and spiritual practice to expand and deepen …and more books to read…and..and…and.
    I am continually grateful for you, for your presence in the world, for your work, for your books and your blog. As I work with the material therein, I become ever more comfortable in my own skin and expand to more fully occupy that skin. The way I felt at age 4, before all the bad things started happening.
    Because of you and the books you recommended, I discovered that the parts of me that my family, my culture and even some in my spiritual community told me were wrong or needed fixing aren’t wrong after all. First I felt relief, then acceptance, of self and others. We simply experience the world differently. If they don’t get me, and many folks won’t, I can now give a mental shrug and move on to people who do get me, instead of worrying about what I did wrong, or what’s wrong with me, what’s wrong with how I communicated, etc. I can appreciate them for who they are too.
    Now, I cherish the people who do get me, remembering the others and how we cherished each other long before I knew how rare that was.
    Thank you for making all this inner growth possible. I am so glad to discover I am not alone.
    And cheers to you and all the other Rainforest Minds out there. As we children of the sixties used to say “Keep on truckin’.”

    1. pprober Avatar

      Oh, thank you for this, Patricia. So much. <3

  23. Jade Rivera Avatar
    Jade Rivera

    Hell yeah, Paula! Looking good! Can’t wait to see those pictures. <3

    1. pprober Avatar

      Photos coming soon. 🙂

  24. Leona Rechsteiner Avatar
    Leona Rechsteiner

    I hate bugs, but took the chance and checked out your new site, haha. It all looks great and I’m loving the green color.

    1. pprober Avatar

      Thanks, Leona. Just avoid the bugs. There are only a few left.

  25. Laurena Rehbein Avatar
    Laurena Rehbein

    Hello Paula! I, for one, am a HUGE fan of this post. You are quite amazing and I am thrilled to have met you on this journey. Let’s hope this comment gets past any remaining bugs, and any remaining ones that pop up are quickly squished!

    1. pprober Avatar

      I think I figured out how I can reply to comments. If I do it on the comments page within the admin section of the blog, it works. I will check to see now.

  26. pprober Avatar

    Just testing this comment section for bugs!

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