Open fields

When you feel confined and restricted Step outside The world holds space for you When you find it difficult To hold space for yourself. You are a part of everything. Lately I have been trying to open myself up again and get back in touch with my authentic self that I have repressed so much [...]

Seascape Saturday

Life finds a way Never be ashamed to seek What heals you No matter how small Incomprehensible Or insignificant it may seem to others.   I love every little detail about the sea. Every little being that resides there, even the ones that scare me have something to teach. As my would-have-been trip to Belize [...]

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self [Review]

This book has a wealth of helpful information for therapists and for people learning to gain self-insight, independently. Awesome. 5/5 stars for sure. If you grew up in stressful circumstances, this may not be a light read for you. I certainly found that to be the case. Though having a lot of things laid bare [...]

Quarantine Day …32?

My dissertation defense date is set. I was agonizing over whether it would happen or not... and it will happen over Zoom. I can't help but be cynical about the timing, like, OF COURSE that would happen to me... such an anticlimactic finish to my PhD program... I won't get to stand at a podium [...]

Quarantine Day 21

I had such an eerie experience on my walk today. There were no cars, no breeze, and the birds fell silent for a bit. It felt as though time had stopped ... and this sensation of being alone enveloped me briefly. It was like, beyond fear, it was more like this visceral knowing of isolation. [...]

Quarantine Day 6 (for me)

What's up everyone? As is typical with western PA, it is now 36 degrees instead of 70... so I don't think I'll be going for a walk today lol.  I did manage to work out though and I'm going to try to get a lot of work done today so I can focus on more [...]

The Smell of Breath Review

I follow Conor and his partner(s) on Instagram and Youtube, so it's always a treat to read something written by someone I feel like I ... sort of know? I'll start with saying that I absolutely loved what Conor prefaced this work with: This is not fiction. But I'm also not sure if it happened [...]

Secret Garden Book Review and Words of Hope

One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting [...]

If I’m not in a space where I can be happy for you

Then I don't want to be around you. Because that's generally not me... usually I'm able to share joy with people, but it's snowing outside and even though I started off my day well-rested and I was super productive in terms of writing today... I'm just off and not feeling it. Hopefully swimming laps will [...]