Well, now that Thanksgiving & the other Autumn festivals are over, it’s time to take down the fall decorations & pack them away for another year & get out the Yule decorations & start being all jolly & such.
Or maybe it’s time to take a nap on the holiday place mats, just unpacked!
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I can really identify with this
Really, like a urine but even more gold, I thought of that line and I felt it, even between two legs I felt it, the legs I wrote just now, a panic, a run-walk to the private room with a picture of a woman on the door, or else the line was long, too long, I barged into the men’s, and felt stares burning hard like reading or noon, felt them looking me up and over, felt them looking me over and down, and all the while just holding their pens, they do it different oh no they don’t, they do it standing up, they do it at the window, they do it so secret in a three-hour bath, they do it aloud to someone else, their wife is catching every word and every word is gold. What you eat is in it, blackberries for breakfast are in it, fat…
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It’s a shame how the concept of public schooling has been denigrated in the United States.
As we wade through the muck of a national effort to privatize public schools and replace them with “school choice,” via privately-run charters and vouchers, it’s important to recall why we have public schools. Education is not a consumer item. It is an integral part of a democratic society. Contrary to the propaganda from the right, our public schools do not indoctrinate children. They are tasked with transmitting the knowledge and skills to help young prople become productive citizens and to keep our democracy strong. At their best, they teach young people to question authority and to think for themselves. Thanks to Professor David Berliner for sharing this essay with me.
This article was written by a Canadian educator who was educated in the U.S.
Why public schools are public
Charles Ungerleider, Professor Emeritus, The University of British Columbia
Parents seeking programs that they believe are in the “best interests”…
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I found this blog via Andrea R. Huelsenbeck’s WordPress blog ARHtistic License. Every week she sends out a list of links & this was one of them. I think the author of the blog, “Audrey”, describes the creative process better than I have ever seen it done. Yes, it’s about quilting, but it could be about anything … writing, painting, sculpting, you-name-it … creativity is creativity.
I can totally identify with all of these. I often feel so very all alone in my recovery.
Abuse victims don’t have it easy. Contrary to what many people think, the abuse doesn’t end when the victim either leaves the relationship or their abuser dies. Far from it. There are many who live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or more commonly, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Both are horrible & potentially life ending disorders since many who suffer this way commit suicide. You would think this would be bad enough, but it gets even worse. Many people who have survived abuse are further abused when they have the courage to tell other people about it.
If you have told people of your experiences with an abuser, maybe you simply don’t realize how other people can abuse a victim who opens up about their story. In all fairness, it can be very hard to recognize at first! When subjected to narcissistic abuse, any other abuse can be hard to…
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Aunt Polly has something on her mind.
The banning of gender-critical feminism. Calling anything that isn’t pro-trans-ideology “hate speech” … because OMG if you hurt their precious feelings, it’s so HATEFUL!!!! It’s VIOLENCE!
If these people think that telling the truth is VIOLENCE, they obviously have never taken a beating. Which I have. More than once. At the hands of a man. & I will be in physical pain the rest of my life because of this. Don’t tell me that WORDS ARE VIOLENCE. Because they aren’t.
Take your precious hurt feelings & grow the fuck up already.
These are really dangerous times we women … BIOLOGICAL WOMEN … are living in.
One thing I like about the colder weather is that Radar sleeps with me at night. He gets underneath the blankets & puts his head next to mine on the pillow & purrs until he’s softly snoring. I hold his furry body & it’s the nicest thing in the world! It’s one of the reasons I love winter.
Of course, I don’t have a picture of this because I can’t take a picture of Radar & me while we’re in bed (I’ve tried) but I have this one of a sleepy Radar on my bed.
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It may sound like a cliché, but love begins at home. No amount of one-night stands will compensate for not feeling okay about yourself. Anyone who tells you that they are still looking for the ‘right’ partner so that they can practice sexual magic ‘properly’ still hasn’t cottoned on to the basic facts that so-called sex-magic ‘power’ does not reside in other people, techniques, or in occult ‘secret teachings.’ All magical ‘power’ comes from within, and cultivating Self-Love is a first step to unleashing this power. Which is not to say that it is easy — it often isn’t, and many people spend years struggling to like themselves. Self-Love requires that you accept yourself — warts and all, rather than trying to live up to a self-image which is unrealistic and unbalanced. Self-Love enables you to relax so that you are not continually flogging yourself with internal criticism, and, significantly…
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