Seeking Joy

Remember to seek out joy.

It’s an easy thing to forget. Whether there have been too many days of oppressive heat or gray skies, or the news is full of politicians and their nuclear arms, or your heart is heavy with worry about a loved one, remember to seek out joy. There are a million reasons we forget. We’re busy, life full of appointments and obligations. We have that dentist appointment, and who could be joyful about that? We’re tired. The baby cried all night, or we had a nightmare or a bout of insomnia. There are other things we should be feeling instead: angry, afraid, resigned. Joy isn’t an appropriate response right now.

There’s only one reason to remember joy. Continue reading

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The Edges of Compassion

Maybe I can’t manage compassion all the time. Maybe sometimes the best I can muster is pity.

And maybe that’s okay. Continue reading

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The Nature of Adventure

I want to be real with you: we never know what’s coming next. That’s true on a personal level. We might get hit by a car, or find out we’re pregnant, or get diagnosed with a fatal disease, or fall in love. Anything could happen at any time.

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Inspired by the Future

I like to think about possibilities. When asked, I say I’m an optimist, an idealist, and a realist. I see what’s there, what could be, and believe we can work toward that better future. If you’ve been reading my blog long, you probably already knew that.

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Beauty in the Struggle

We are not the first to struggle, and we will not be the last. Here’s some images I’ve taken heart from. I hope you do, too. Continue reading

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The Revolution Will Not Be Rushed

In a world full of hurry and busyness, we are supposed to buy that doing a lot and doing it quickly will get us the results we want. But quantity and quality are not the same. I would gladly trade a dozen plastic knives for one good knife with a sharp edge. And if I’m trying to bake bread, there is no amount of kneading or turning the oven up that will create a better result. Faster won’t really get the job done. In fact, trying to cook anything at a higher temperature than it’s meant to go almost always results in burned food.

If I accept this to be true of everyday tasks, why should it be any different for big ones? Continue reading

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Body Temple/Body Dysphoria

I decided early that the social messages we receive about our bodies are bullshit. At eleven, I was furious at the world that sent my best friend on a series of diets urged on by her mother. At thirteen, I was heartsick watching another friend disappear, shrinking down between nibbling at the cracker she insisted would be her entire lunch. At fourteen, I declared fiercely that bodies- my body, my friends’ bodies, the bodies of everyone, everywhere- were sacred. Continue reading

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The Sustaining Power of Gratitude

First, an announcement. After several years of blogging 2-4 times a month, I am shifting my writing practice. I will be moving away from short, frequent posts into a rhythm of longer monthly posts. This will allow me to dig deeper and to balance this blog with the many other writing projects I am engaged in. I hope you enjoy! And now, onto the meat of this post: gratitude.

I understand. It’s hard to be grateful right now. Disasters, whether they are environmental, political, or violent, abound. There is a lot to be afraid of. A lot to be angry about. I, too, am both fearful and enraged in turn.

But I also know that those emotional states are not sustainable. Continue reading

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Home Questions 2017

  1. Who do you consider your family?
  2. How is your relationship with your family?
  3. What are your core needs around your home? Do the people you live with respect them?
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Practical Skills to Reduce Police Presence

In the wake of rising awareness about police violence, particularly toward communities of color, I’ve been thinking a lot about ways to counteract police violence. While its a radical solution (because I am in fact a radical) I believe the best way to reduce police violence is to reduce the overall presence of police. Continue reading

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