Recently, my family had an experience. It was my wedding day, and I had gone to use the communal shower I share with our neighbors. My family lives on a boat, so there are some things we share with our neighbors, such as the shower. My brother and mom and some friends were in town … More Mutual Aid Solutions in Mental Health
I am an illustrator of children’s books, and I enjoy other artists work. My partner got me an excellent little book called “Lost in Translation” by Ella Frances Sanders with illustrations of words from other languages that have no English counterpart. I was flipping through it again recently, and I came across a few that … More Word of the Day: Struisvogelpolitiek
I’ve heard the idea a lot lately, that people who are parents can’t also be actively engaged in making positive changes in what is happening in our country. I understand that; being a parent is a big job. You are helping guide another human being on their journey to discover themselves, and discover their own … More Have Kids, Will Democratize.
A dear friend of mine posted this to Facebook recently: Thoughts from the wise, please? I feel like a little kitty cat that Trump is leading around with a laser pen. I’m scrambling around like crazy as he leads me here, there, and everywhere–trying to keep up with both the things he does and doesn’t … More Be Still as the Mountain
I’m on the phone with my mother, the day after the Women’s March, two day’s after the Inauguration of Trump. “I was worried about you!” she says, “What if there had been tear gas!”. “I didn’t think there would be, because kids were supposed to be there” I reply, “but I prepared in case there … More Fear is the Mind Killer
As we near the Inauguration, that panic and fear many of us felt near the election, or around the recount, or around the Electoral College vote may start to resurface. Heck, for a lot of people, it never went under the surface. We’ve had a rough time. There has been ugliness and pain. We’ve been … More New Years Resolutions: Caring for Ourselves, Too
How do we keep going each day, when we work so hard to make a difference in our communities, in our country, and in the world, but we struggle to see measurable difference? Something that has helped me is remembering that we do as much as we can, and we are capable of. Some days, … More We Are Strong Enough