• Personal,  Working with Stuff

    An Open Letter to Friends and Family

    An open letter to friends, family and other people who care about me:   I would first like to thank you for being in my life. And for caring about me. This means a lot, even if I can’t show it most of the time. I have a small favour to ask of you. You see, I’ve been working with my issues lately, trying to heal myself. And this process requires me to fully acknowledge and validate my pain. Here’s how you can help me, if you want: Please don’t question my feelings. Please don’t invalidate my reasons for being in pain. Telling me that “I’m being silly for worrying…

  • Personal,  Political,  Widdershins Essentials

    The Personal and the Political

    Widdershins is all about trying to do things differently from the way we are doing them now. And the Widdershins approach to politics, specifically, consists of separating between the “political stuff” and the “personal stuff”. And being very clear not to mix the two. I swear one day this approach will be a book. (If you’re a publisher and you’re interested, get in touch) For now, let’s see if I can explain the basics to you. What do I mean by political stuff? Oh, the usual: Feminist analysis, the Left, Marx, Environmentalism… all that jazz. And by personal stuff? I mean the stuff that’s all about *you*. You, as in,…

  • Personal,  Political

    “Who You Gonna Call?”

    So, here I was, publishing my workthrough on “Unemployment-ness” when Imo* asked me the question: “Perhaps it’s the “Unemployed” label … What would you choose to label yourself?” * That would be my imaginary friend I thought about it and replied: “Someone who is not yet capable of supporting herself but is trying to get something started?”. And he asked: “Could it be the fact that Widdershins is not supporting you yet that’s getting in the way? Could that be stopping you from loving Widdershins?” I remained silent. Or rather, I felt the urge to fight back his question, which I’ve learnt is a sure sign that he’s right. And…

  • Personal,  Widdershins Essentials

    About Us

    Hello, Hi! I’m Mary Tracy. I’m a political writer and the world’s first and only political activist life coach.   This is my Imaginary Monster, he lives under my bed. I call him Imo. I talk to him all the time. His words will appear in blue: “Ehm… Hi“. Wait, a political activist life coach? Yep. It means I coach political activists. Feminists, lefties, hippies, communists, socialists, environmentalists, etc. Because they are the people I love. I like to think of myself as a coach / counsellor / “spiritual guide” type person for political activists. At the moment I’m a wee baby coach, and because I’m the first and only…

  • Personal,  Widdershins Essentials

    Is This You?

    You are a Lefty, Feminist, Socialist, Anarchist, Communist, Environmentalist, Marxist… You love politics, and activism. You believe in changing the world. And in entirely unrelated news… you are a tad miserable. Depressed. Anxious. Your life is… how can we say it…? Falling short of your expectations. Perhaps you’re broke, unemployed, skint. Perhaps you are stuck in a miserable job. Perhaps you are disabled, depressed, a survivor of past trauma. You are permanently shaking your fist at the sky. Perhaps you are a journalist, or a political writer like me, and you’re tired of seeing the world ignore you. You are exhausted from writing political piece after political piece, truth after…