Puffins have nothing to do with anything I write about in this post. Puffins are just awesome (despite the terrible puffin memes that floated about on Reddit a couple of years ago; if you don’t know, don’t google it). And this post is heavy. So, puffins. Whenever I write about misogyny, I worry about the […]Read more "Don’t Make that Right Turn into Creepdom"
Freedom’s a-Callin Me (2012) by Ntozake Shange (illustrated by Rod Brown) is an imagining of the lives and stories of men and women who participated in the Underground Railroad. Each page contains a different poem, which chronicles one potential portion of a slave’s journey northward. Shange and Brown don’t pull punches in this children’s book […]Read more "Freedom’s a-Callin Me by Ntozake Shange"
I’ve been thinking about mutual aid a lot lately — the way that it is a tool that is used to show compassion and build community. How it is a method of saying I care about you or We’re in this together or even I love you. How it allows us to be useful or […]Read more "Hyper-Independence Isn’t a Thing, Or Why Mutual Aid Matters"
About 8 months ago, I made the decision to start actively practicing gratitude. I started posting lists of things I was grateful for on social media — which got a range of responses, including people who loved it and thought it was inspiring all the way to people who thought I was presenting a very […]Read more "On Sadness and Gratitude"
Lately, I’ve seen a variation of the above image circulating on my Facebook feed. In one comment thread, someone asks if this is the awesome thing about Eeyore, or if it’s the great thing about his friends. Almost everyone who responded to that particular person said some variation of “both.” For a time, Eeyore was […]Read more "Emotional Labor & Eeyore"