Harsh Language For A Harsh Reality

Every time you discuss my appearance you violate me. The fact that you can see my body doesn’t make my body public domain. Has no one ever told you this? I used to believe the opposite; that I had to submit to public criticism and public feedback about my body simply because it was visible…

Love Without Asterisks

Today I am struggling with the version of self-love in which a woman posts a photo of herself in a bikini with a long caption claiming fierce love for her image IN SPITE of x, y, z. And x, y, z, is always provided. These are the reasons her body looks this way: pregnancies, surgeries,…

Buzz Lightyear Burgers

I grew up eating free or reduced cafeteria lunches in public schools. Twelve years. It was embarrassing to be the poor kid using a lunch ticket instead of money to pay for my lunch. It was humiliating to have to march up to a teacher’s desk in front of the entire class to receive my…

Solar Cell Romance

Let me love you by planting mint behind the rosemary, where it will be protected and continue hardy green production well into December and January. And I will put lights in the garden so I can find it when you want tea anytime, even after the sun goes down. I will romance you in the…

Yield Is Actually Seven Syllables

Sometimes I feel like I need to hammer out a post in a certain category just because I haven’t written actively in that category for a while. Yoga, for example. But one of the coolest things about yoga is that all wellness-related living is yoga. You’ve surely heard or read by now there are eight…

Dirty Tricks In A Sterile Environment

I have pain today. All the way to the bone. This a photo of my pain, localized in one place in my body but deep below the surface, under tissue and structure. Radiant pain. Not really. I mean, the pain is real but I took this photo a few days ago, before I knew how…

A Square Deal in Seven Scenes

Setting:  Exam room of fancy medical office in fancy city. Patient Mercy has just been examined, diagnosed, and received a treatment recommendation from Doctor. Patient  Mercy has agreed to receive the treatment. Mercy sits in chair staring at X-rays. Scene One:  Doctor exits exam room, Admin Lady comes in.  Admin Lady:  We checked your insurance….

Full Frontal Wellness

I’ve written before about how the different aspects of our wellness are interconnected and interdependent. Each aspect of wellness affects all the others. When one aspect suffers, all are affected. When one thrives, all are affected. The most obvious example is the way physical wellness affects emotional wellness. Physical wellness also affects all the other…

Running In The River Not Running

I just remembered I did not post a Work Release post for June. I’ll just have to let it go. Not that I haven’t been working, of course. I’ll give you instead some things I’ve been working on this week. This is part of a mural near the farmer’s market in Mercyburg. I remember when…

More Migrant Wellness

I’m traveling again. The year is only halfway done and I’m already on my fourth trip. I’m sitting in a coffee house now with a few hours before my next event. These are the frags I have neglected over the past couple of weeks: I forgot to flip Blazing for the second image. Or perhaps…

Making It Up To Me

May is the month I make the switch from evening runs to early morning runs. Mercyburg bakes, steams, and fries all my tender tissues from June to October. Running in the morning is my primary method of management. Last week I made my only self-portraits attempts immediately after my morning runs, while my light-up armbands…

This Frag Has Been Offered Severance

I’m very close to the end of the surplus frags, y’all. I’ve got one more after this and then you’ll be lucky to see more than one per week. It required perseverance to get through them all. No, that feels like a lie. I like the word by definition but my brain hears the severe…