Why Kesha Matters to Me

I woke up with glitter in my bed. There was glitter on my pillow, in my sheets, and strewn about the carpet. I raised my arm to the morning light and it shimmered violently, the result of overindulgent makeup application to my face and body. My hair was blue and purple and red and in a state of impressive messiness, and my legs were sore from dancing. Kesha would be proud. 

Choose Yourself

I have a bad habit of asking for permission. Specifically, I tend to seek approval when I make important decisions about the direction of my life. I have no problem breaking rules and flouting authority in my activism, but when it comes to my personal life, I ask for so much advice that I may as well take a public poll.

National Suicide Prevention Week: My Experience

I have debated for many months about whether to write about this aspect of my mental health. Suicide is such a sensitive topic and requires so much nuance for us to be able to talk about it responsibly, in a way that helps rather than hurts others. That being said, I do not think that we talk about it nearly enough. So, in observance of National Suicide Prevention Week, I will write about my experience. 

Wings

As I write, legs folded into my claustrophobic seat, gazing out at the clouds below, I feel alive. I suppose that since the original purpose of fear is to keep us alive, it makes sense that fear activates a sense of gratitude in me. 

Healing is Not Linear

Healing is not linear. I have attempted to learn this lesson many times in my short life. Despite my best efforts, every so often I am still crushed under the weight of old wounds. I am still somehow always surprised. Recovery is like this. Mental health is like this. And, much as I wish it wasn't true, relationships are like this, too. 

Building Collective Liberation: Tools for White People

We cannot expect the world to change if we do not first change ourselves. So, I have created an extensive (but by no means comprehensive) list of articles, essays, and videos that have helped me face my own racism and work to destroy it. The process of delving into our internalized white supremacy is painful but necessary, and, when done right, ultimately fulfilling. 

Charlottesville Resources

I'm angry. I'm so, so angry. And I'm scared. Chances are you are, too.

So, instead of my usual weekly link roundup, I'm posting a list of Charlottesville resources. They range from educational resources to donation suggestions. Please do what you can, give what you can, and share widely. Do something, and then do another thing, and then keep going and do more. We need you.

Food for Thought: July 17-23

It was sooooo hot in DC this week. I couldn't complain much, though, because my friend Jim came to visit this weekend! Hosting friends is one of the best things in life, especially when they're as wonderful as he is. Our Friday night activity is the first item on the list - read on for everything I've been loving this week.

How to Keep Going

There is so much exhaustion and pain in the world right now, and last week a friend asked me how to stay engaged when every fresh crisis makes her want to crawl under a rock. That is a hard question, but I am going to attempt to answer it here.

Food for Thought: New Series

I'm starting a new series called "Food for Thought," which will be a weekly roundup of links I've been loving throughout the past seven days. I'll include articles, op-eds, YouTube videos, social media accounts, and anything else that strikes my fancy. The themes, of course, will be feminism and veganism, but I promise there will be something in there for everyone.