• 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…

  • Stories of my life

    What do I know about poverty?

    It all begun with this question. “What do you know about poverty, Mary?” You know how people in business sites and self-help sites (which should be one and the same) are always telling you that “people will be attracted to your flaws”? Yeah, I don’t believe it either. I mean, here I am exposing my flaws regularly on this here blog, and… where are all those people who are supposed to be attracted to me again? This is probably my stuff talking. It definitely sounds like my stuff. The whole “people will be attracted to your flaws” feels true. It may not “seem” true, according to my stuff. But it…

  • 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…

  • Working with Stuff

    How to find your way in the Self Help World

    Argh! So sorry guys for not posting in nearly a month! I had a brilliant excuse, though. I was in Portugal teaching yoga :D. With no internet access. This whole “being offline for 2 weeks” thing? I cannot recommend it enough. But more about this some other time. Right now I want to answer a question posed by my friend today. Here it is: with all these self help people on the internet, how do you know which one to follow? This is my reply.   There are, roughly speaking, 39 billion self-help people on the internet, at the time of last counting. How on EARTH do you choose which…