A Memory

A memory popped up on my facebook today from 2016. I took a selfie in a bathroom mirror at a university after presenting at a conference. I drove from Pittsburgh to southern Illinois to present on my thesis by myself. It's been interesting reflecting on just how close I was to dropping out of undergrad [...]

My relationship with nature

I find it odd how some people feel entitled to land. How can you claim to own something like that? The more I think about it the more absurd it seems. Owning land. Like owning a living thing, a soul, a being, owning something that sustains you no less. What a western human concept, reminiscent [...]

Injured vs Being Broken

When I hear the term "broken" referring a person's mental state or functionality ... I just... cringe. I totally acknowledge that sometimes people break things. Like bones, it happens. I understand that something can be literally fractured and not work how it used to. But referring to the person themselves, their psyche, or spirit as [...]

Do you really, 100%, trust others?

Is it possible to completely trust another person? Maybe with some things but not others? People disappoint each other, unintentionally and on purpose, that is just part of being in relationships with others. I've been struggling lately with the extent of my trust in people (and it isn't a whole lot to begin with, mind [...]

How to know when it’s time to let someone go.

This is so important, and I've been working on it for a while. And no, I'm not speaking romantically, but I suppose these tips could fit with that situation as well. You know that feeling you get when there's just tension surrounding your connection with someone and you don't know why? Maybe it's lingering history, [...]

Adult Children of Emotionally Unavailable Parents — Review

This, honestly, was probably one of the most personally and professionally useful books I have read in a very long time. It is a quick read with so many useful vignettes as well as checklists that are easy to digest. It makes the material so much easier to apply to yourself. I have not read [...]