Woebegone Workforce

To address the recent lull on this blog, I’ve been stewing on this post for a while. It needed some time to develop. When we speak of bullying these days we typically frame it around the experiences of children. Kids getting bullied at school, kids getting bullied online, kids getting bullied in social groups; these…

Merciful Methods

Okay, so October is not better. October is worse. I don’t have a plane, or a boat, or a peace-keeping force, or enough money to make lawmakers listen to me or care about my interests. I don’t have aid/relief funds or supplies. I am not a celebrity. I don’t have a gun. What the hell…

Clearing The Posture

When I used to teach public yoga classes I would coach my students not to carry anxiety from a difficult posture into the next one. I didn’t teach flow. I taught occupation of individual poses held for a length of time. When a difficult posture was concluded, we ended it and cleared any struggle with…

Blood On The Page

Sometimes I miss the diary days. They were therapeutic in their way(s). The blog posts crafted themselves from whatever happened to be inside me. Instead of following my intentions for them, each post unfolded unpredictably. Hemingway described it thus, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”…

When Death Has Caller ID

It’s been a quiet week here on the blog because it’s been a noisy week in my head. Sometimes it takes a while for the words to align. The subject of death has been on the table. Relying upon predictions, my father did not evacuate Florida. By the time the predictions changed it was too…

The Nope Files–Don’t Be

Here’s another one for the Nope Files, found on Pinterest: Sounds good, doesn’t it? Sounds reasonable, right? Sounds inspirational, no? It’s not. It’s pressure to change into someone else. It’s a subtle way of telling you to be someone other than This Girl. Don’t be you; be That Girl. The language is important here, because…

Inquisition Disquisition

I am finished with my anti-Mother’s Day posts for the week. I might be finished for the year; we’ll see. It could come up again. There are no doubt some lingering blog posts out there that I haven’t yet read which hold within their magic the ability to trigger the things I’ve left unsaid this year….

Wellness Today–Emotional Wellness

I got into a discussion earlier today regarding the helpfulness of bloggers who write publicly about their own struggles. It could be a struggle with anything. The relevant aspect was writing about it for the benefit of helping others who share the same problems. There was some disagreement over whether or not this is truly helpful for…

The Wrong Kind of Feminist

It happened again. I didn’t keep my mouth shut. I have been kicked out of one of my previous girl clubs for suggesting that high heels are a form of social slavery. I also suggested that women should stop submitting to this slavery. I assumed the fresh application of ire circling the globe over the “dress…

Our Lady of Sovereign Simplicity

Religion and politics. How will we ever convert them into something other than dirty words?  Tinas are not going to be integral to that effort, I’m sure. I’m not going to lie and say it didn’t feel a smidge irreverent to be taking Tinas this week while the maelstrom of dirty politics and dirty religion was/is…

The Angry One

Let’s talk about anger. Resentment. Indignation. The flash-fire slap in the face. The whip-lash fed-up anger. You know it; not the garden variety but the I’m so sick of this shit anger. The I will not be treated this way anger. The I don’t want to hear any more excuses anger. Beyond pissed off. The anger…

Closer Still

If weight loss is the aspect of wellness that is most socially popular (with fitness being a close second), the most socially unpopular aspect has got to be emotional wellness. This is the crap no one wants to talk about despite the fact that it is the crap we all have in common. Emotional wellness…