How To Save Democracy

“The function all expressions of contempt have in common is the defence against unwanted feelings.” - Alice Miller I read something the other day that got the alarm bells ringing. It was a book called The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller. In a nut shell Miller argues that our childhood experience -... Continue Reading →

a note on trauma

trauma is a still-unhealed wound, still carried within oneself traumatic event, or traumatizing event, is the thing that caused the trauma often 'trauma' is used to mean traumatizing event. this seems fine to me, so long as the meaning is understood. However, The distinction between trauma and traumatizing event is perhaps not widely understood or... Continue Reading →

HEALING THE WOUNDED CHILD

IMAGE: CIFEJ.com I spend considerable amounts of time around my nieces and nephew. Partly because they are home with my folks. Partly because COVID-19 has restricted my movements. Partly because they are the most adorable beings I have come across. They are nine (eldest niece) and twenty months (twins) respectively.  Bar sickness, once they are... Continue Reading →

Question of the Day: No. 516

Proposed by SnapDragon X. Trees Such As These, 2021. West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved. What about your community makes you most proud? . . . Go ahead, leave a comment! You know you want to. . . . SnapDragon is a writer who rather enjoys old cartoons. Follow... Continue Reading →

Side Benefits of Friendship

This is me and my three close friends:) Hi everyone, I thought maybe talking about human connection is a good topic for today because why not. We might at times feel like connecting with people is a waste of time. ‘Oh, if we meet, we will talk for an hour. I’d rather do this work’... Continue Reading →

Kissed For The Very First Time

Ten years ago, on April 8th, 2011, I met my wife for the first time at a dive bar in Hong Kong called Al’s diner. We immediately hit it off. The evening ended with us dancing to a number of 80’s classics. Despite several jello shots it took me a while to work up the... Continue Reading →

WISDOM FROM THE MOTHERLAND

IMAGE: DREAMSTIME. COM I love literature! I am deliberate about being diverse in my reading. I try to read as much literature from as wide a geographical pool as I can. One of the things I have discovered is that literature from different parts of the world have certain distinguishing features. For African literature, the... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On The Same Side.

Popsicle Breath, 2021. Pennsylvania. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved, yo. I fondly remember the days of grammar-school playgrounds; of brown-bagged lunches; of field trips to museums, caverns, and coal mines. I remember the sense of belonging within those classroom walls. There was a constance amongst us kids: a comradery that strengthened with... Continue Reading →

The “What If?” Game

By Troy Headrick I was lucky to have been reared by interesting and intelligent people who taught me much about life during my earliest years. My maternal grandfather, a man I called “Pawpaw” when I was just a wee thing, was a rancher, and because I spent years living with my grandparents, I acquired much... Continue Reading →

Question of the Day – No. 514

In the spirit of Easter, let’s talk about forgiveness—forgiveness with the most important relationship you can have. How difficult do you find it to forgive yourself? . . E. L. Jayne’s blog can be found here.

Learning by Experience

Hi all, I have been MIA for most of the recent months but I missed you all! How is everyone doing? I hope every one of you is feeling great and is enjoying this beautiful day! The reason I was absent was due to some major problems in my personal life. I probably had some... Continue Reading →

ON WRITING

Billy Osogo The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly changed life as we knew it heretofore. With severe restrictions on movement imposed by most governments, there's only so much one can do. Part of what I have had more time to do during this pandemic is to read widely. There's something exclusively inimitable about the written word.... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On Herself.

-Previously posted on Snippets of SnapDragon- Always There, 2021. Digital Art by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved, yo. So I sat down with amateur blogger SnapDragon X., to ask her a thing or two about life. She wore an over-sized teal dress/shirt thing, which she said seems to have become her unofficial uniform as of... Continue Reading →

Question of the Day – No. 513

By Troy Headrick I believe that we get from others what we give to them.  In other words, if you show others kindness, you’re apt to get kindness in return.  On the other hand, if you treat others disrespectfully, you’re likely to be disrespected quite frequently. What is one thing you believe?  I look forward... Continue Reading →

Question of the Day – No. 512

"If you ask a thousand people if they want to be rich, every one except the poet and the mystic will say yes." -BR If someone asked you if you wanted to be rich, with all the conveniences and consequences considered, would you say yes or no? . . As a self-proclaimed poet, I'd also... Continue Reading →

The Only Thing The World Needs From You

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”– HOWARD THURMAN (SOURCE: THE LIVING WISDOM OF HOWARD THURMAN: A VISIONARY FOR OUR TIME) I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘what do you mean the ONLY THING the world needs... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On Knowing.

Beauty in Three, 2017. Original Painting by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved, yo. There are many things I do not know. Like what it takes to make a light switch work; or how many species of bird reside in my home state. I do not know advanced mathematic formulas; I do not know why the... Continue Reading →

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