A Crying Shame

There’s a big difference between shame and guilt. Guilt is the feeling you get when you did something wrong, or perceived you did something wrong, whereas shame is a feeling that your whole self is wrong - a belief that you’re a bad person, or unworthy as an individual.  Now, guilt isn’t necessarily a bad... Continue Reading →

Self-Appreciation

Hello! How is everyone this week? I hope it was a week worth remembering, or at least a week not to hate. Today, I want to talk about something I started doing recently. I was surprised that I was actually not doing it. It is ‘telling myself good things about myself/appreciating myself explicitly’. In other... Continue Reading →

Question of the Day: No. 519

How would you describe your true calling? Do you even believe there is such a thing? I don't necessarily believe that one has a true calling, however, I believe if we can find something to do that we love - in the service of something greater than ourselves - we can find balance. I look... Continue Reading →

The People Mirror Effect

“Your perception of me, is a reflection of you. My reaction to you is an awareness of me.” – Unknown. What do you do when you look at yourself in the mirror? Maybe you comb your hair or have a shave. Maybe you brush and floss your teeth. Maybe you correct your posture. Maybe you examine the... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

How To Make Love To Hate

“We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.”- Martin Luther King, Jr. I’ve been thinking about hate recently. Not only because we’ve see so much of it this past year, but because I’ve felt some as well. Truthfully it got to a point preceding the US election where it broke me... Continue Reading →

The Meaning Of Your Life

A life is infinitesimal in the grand scheme of things. When you zoom the lens out, when you consider the enormity of existence. A life is but a speck in the vastness of time and space. A life is nothing. It matters not a jot. But when you zoom the lens in, past all of... Continue Reading →

The Things That I Will Miss

“The great gift of such periods is that they invite us to question our certitudes, our givens, these seemingly sure foundations that have lulled us into complacency — for it is only by being jolted out of our complacencies, cultural or personal, that we ever reach beyond the horizon, toward new territories of truth, beauty,... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On The Used.

Raw, 2017. Acrylic on Canvas. Original Painting by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved. I have a real thing about utility. When I lived in the city, and spent all my time at my boyfriend's apartment, it bothered me that my own four walls just sat there, waiting. No one home. Cups and cookbooks, sweaters and... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On The Space Between.

Realize, 2020. Riverhead, New York. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved, yo. I think there is great beauty in the space between: The space between sleep. The space between our brown-bagged lunches. The space between radio commercials. Life. It clicks by: In the flashes of headlights. The clanking of spoons. The aching of... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On The Unwritten Page.

Silent Shrug, 2015. Belgium. Original Photo by SnapDragon X.All rights reserved. What is with us humans? Why do we have a tendency to trivialize other people's problems, but when they happen to us, it's the end of the effing world? We compartmentalize for our friends: Hey, at least you don't have to worry about: the... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On The Mirror.

Gentle Spirit, 2019. Marker on Paper. Original Doodle by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved. Like an elusive vapor, my reflection floats, then gently fades before my eyes. Like a favorite novel, its binding and its pages warp with the inevitable passing of time. Yet its story--its spirit--stays the same. . . . When I look... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On Being Vulnerable.

(sighs) Life. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. But there is beauty in the struggle, my friend. Turn it Up, 2020. Pennsylvania. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved. My greatest fear in life is to be misunderstood. I know, I know. Kiiind of wishful thinking on my part. Because really: who hasn't... Continue Reading →

Love

Hi everyone, I have been thinking about emotions lately. Their depth, their intricacies, their flow. How they are much more powerful than logic, whether we admit to this or not. Then, I started thinking about the emotions that are especially more powerful than others, at least for me. Love is one of them. Love is... Continue Reading →

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