• Live under the New Rules,  My Thoughts on the World

    There must be more than “getting by”

    Allow me to say a few things. Actually, this is my blog, and my computer, so I can say whatever I want. Ha! I forgot. I want to believe there is more than “getting by”. I want to believe it is possible to live life to make our dreams come true. Listen, I am very, very poor. I know that. How poor? Well. I’ve been living my whole adult life in between half of the “poverty line” and a third. Yes, a third of the “poverty line”. Which is to say, I’ve been very, very poor. AND I want to believe there is more than “getting by” It’s easy to…

  • My Thoughts on the World,  Working with Stuff

    Bullshit, a partial definition

    We are designed to align with Truth. To seek it, to connect to it, to remember it. That’s what most spiritual and religious practices are based on: rituals to remind us to keep connecting to Truth. Why? Because we forget… We forget about what is True. And so we become obsessed with things that aren’t “Truth”. And in this obsessing, these things become “Bullshit”. Bullshit: things that aren’t Truth, elevated to the place of Truth We become obsessed with status, and whether other people like us or not. We obsess about following the correct “procedures” and “systems”. We want bigger wages, fancier “titles”, more followers… And we forget about Truth……

  • Help in a crisis,  My Thoughts on the World,  Working with Stuff

    Jumbled Thoughts on Depression and Suicide: How to help

    The topic of depression and suicide has been in my mind since the death of Robin Williams’ two days ago. These are my thoughts. They are slightly jumbled, because this is an extremely triggering topic for me. All in all, I think I did quite well. Caveats! * I will be writing about depression and suicide, and what people can do to help those with depression. That’s the angle. If you are triggered by these topics, proceed with caution. * As always, all my knowledge is derived from personal experience. Especially on the topics of depression and suicide. I don’t claim to know what works for everyone, forever, but this…

  • My Thoughts on the World,  Working with Stuff

    On being single and learning to “be OK on your own first”

    Argh. ARGH, I say! I feel like I want to blow up through this bullsh!t. Let’s get a few things straight. This whole “you have to be OK on your own first” is part of what we shall call… “The Single Story” that the world of woo seems particularly keen on. The Single Story goes like this. “First you are single. Then you acquire the magical superpower of self-love and you learn to feel happy being on your own. You learn to love your single life. And then poof! You find someone. Like magic.” The world of woo… Bless it. It’s made up of humans, and humans always find a…

  • My Thoughts on the World

    #YesAllWomen, Own Your Anger

    I wasn’t going to publish this post, but Imo (my imaginary monster friend) said I should. So here it is. My take on the “#YesAllWomen” phenomenon. As some of you know, I was a “Feminist Writer” for many, many years. Eventually, I gave up Feminism due to reasons. Too much neurosis, too much pain. And I decided to plunge into the world of yoga, mindfulness and general self-help, because that is what heals my neurosis and my pain. And, I hope, is what will help other people heal their neurosis and their pain. Feminism meets Self-Help Last week, or the week before, something in the Feminist World grew so big…