Monday Musings

Sylvia also laments feeling like a piece of meat with men. Is it impossible to have the star-crossed connection when someone loves your thoughts, feelings, soul, and then by proxy loves your body? No, not impossible, but I get the discouragement and disillusionment that comes with efforts thwarted and then settling for love with the [...]

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Relational Trauma: Soft Exterior Masks Silent Rage

With this short break between summer classes and the fall semester, I have had a lot of time to reflect. That can be good and bad. Nature has always been a safe haven for me. I remember running to the large garden in my backyard and hiding among the blossoms as a child to get [...]

Morning Musings

  I'm reading the diaries of Sylvia Plath on a lake, quiet, with history and tension at my back. But for whatever reason this morning it is not stealing my peace. A flesh reminder of one of my mortal wounds does not intimidate, when previously just thoughts would torment me. I may owe this grace [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Your Love Style

This isn't the love languages, but I recently started reading How We Love and have found it enormously helpful thus far. It has helped me figure out my patterns of relating to people (formed in childhood) and how they have caused havoc in some of my friendships/relationships, some more than others. To anyone who has dated me, [...]

The Shack – William P. Young

5/5 Stars. Though I found the book to be a bit cliche and corny at certain points, I will say that a book hasn't moved me like this one has in a long time. It actually made me feel something aside from just interest in seeing what happens next. The work tackles some very deep [...]

The Fault in our Stars – John Green

  3/5 Stars. Overall, I found this to be a fast and entertaining read. I liked how John Green captured the essence of teenage angst and attitude. This comes through despite Hazel and Gus being sick and made the characters more realistic to me, but in some other ways they seemed sort of unrealistic and [...]

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

4/5, my grievances with this book were minor, and I read through it quickly, completely engrossed. I have some uncanny ability to select books to read at a time when they will help me in some way. Books call to me at "right" or "relevant" times in my life...  For example, I am usually about [...]