Mental Health  Monday – Me, My Self-Care, And I

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This is a limited series from Crooked Media. The link below is to the first episode, which you can listen to on your favorite podcast provider. There are four shows in total.

This series is hosted by Maya Munoz and Diosa Femme. Each week they are joined by a guest that discusses a different aspect of self care. One thing that they brought up is the privilged aspect of self care. For many of us, we feel that we can’t take the needed time for ourselves. Especially as women, we feel selfish taking any time away from our jobs, which include so much more than our salaried job and self care is NOT selfish. It took me a long time to figure that out, and the lesson was worth it. There is also a lack of safe spaces for women of color, and this series addresses that.

In each episode, they repeat an Audre Lord quotation that sums up for them what this series is all about:

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence; it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

Find the first episode here:

Friday Food: Rekindle, Renew, Inspire

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Crackers from Cracker Barrel. (c)2019

I wanted something simple for this first Friday Food, and since I came down with a twenty-four hour bug, there is nothing simpler than crackers. These have been my sustenance all day and have ensured that I survive another day.

I used to love crackers in soup, but now I think I like them more on the side, with soup, and not in the soup. I also like them with a chunk of cheese or pepperoni, and last year I was introduced to a cracker candy recipe that was too good not to make again.

Supernatural Lists: Characters Who’ve Died and Come Back

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Supernatural Lists!

​This is an ongoing series in honor of the final season of Supernatural. They will appear throughout the season. This first one shows how much the show relies on the supernatural as well as the old soap opera trope that no one ever really dies on television. This list are the characters who died and then came back, sometimes more than once! If I’ve forgotten anyone, please remind me in the comments. Continue reading

Insta-Cosplay for Halloween

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For the last few years, with inspiration from the defunct app Polyvore, I have put together fashion collages for my Halloween costumes. Last year, I was a journalist, the year before I was Mary Winchester from Supernatural. This year, in honor of the fifteenth and final season of Supernatural and Wayward Mama Bear, Sheriff Jody Mills. I see so much of myself in her, and I was very comfortable “being” her for the entire day.

Fashion Collage: Sheriff Jody Mills. From the top, L-R: Anti-possession symbol, jeans and tall black boots, starburst earrings (not dangling so they can’t be pulled off), Mom Bear bracelet, wristwatch, layers: long sleeve t-shirt and plaid flannel with rolled up sleeves, sheriff’s badge. (c)2019

GET OUT THE VOTE!

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Today is Election Day, and as we’ve seen in the last three years, ALL elections are important ones. On Friday, I was at a Nanowrimo kick-off event and I saw signs for early voting, which is new in New York. I took the opportunity to give it a whirl. It all went well, and it gave me something to talk about with one of our local candidates who was going door-to-door this weekend. It was a good talk, and I felt very confident in my side of the conversation which is unusual for me. As it happened, I had voted for him.

Check your state’s polling hours, and make sure you go to your appropriate polling place.

Close you phone, tablet, and/or computer, and VOTE!

Rekindle. Renew. Inspire.

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With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

(c)2019


What direction am I traveling in?

I just finished an essay for my memoir workshop’s annual journal. Our theme was centered on the roads in our lives, and it struck me at how many of those roads converge throughout time. Roads are everywhere, and at this time of the year, as the leaves are covering them and darkness comes earlier, do we stay on the same track or wander off? As the year closes, and a new monthly series opens today, I am in constant wonderment of where I am heading and that makes the simple question of what direction am I traveling in that much less simple.

NEW SERIES ALERT! Rekindle, Renew, Inspire

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​Every fall, I spend some time on self-reflection. Part of that is my annual fall religious observances, part of that is the back to school mindset that I still have with kids in school, but also probably my slight obsession (I don’t have a problem, I can quit anytime) with school and office supplies. And in that self-reflection comes changes to my website. I let things go for months to see what works, what doesn’t, what I personally like regardless of response, and what evinces reader response.

Beginning later today, and running every month during the first full week will be two (so far) new posts as part of this year long series. One (probably posting on Mondays) will include a photograph that speaks to me, a quotation, and perhaps a personal goal. The personal goal is not necessarily to end at the conclusion of the month, and it’s not particularly a mantra, but it is something to think about in a meditative way, and I hope that others will join in and reflect on their own in relation to these personal prompts. The second post (on Fridays) will be about food. We all love food, and many of us have complicated relationships with several aspects of food. It may be a recipe, a memory, a recommendation. We’ll see how it evolves.

Join me on this new adventure, and please let me know what you think about the idea of this type of post as well as any of your own adventurous reflections.