About that semi-colon tattoo…

This year, Mental Health Awareness month is May. And for a few years now, I have seen articles and blog posts about semi-colon tattoos pop up in my timeline. People get them to raise awareness for mental health and suicide awareness, because a semi-colon continues a sentence that would have ended otherwise. Usually the words “powerful” are somewhere to be found in the article. In my corner of the internet, that is IBD groups and Instagram, every year, people getRead more

Focus on Art: Yayoi Kusama

When I was in New Zealand last month, I went to the Auckland Art Gallery. I love art for several reasons- it triggers an emotional response, that I, who reads and writes for a living often cannot express in words right away, it pushes me to explore my feelings, thoughts and reactions, and ultimately teaches me about myself. For my academic self, I am always interested in the how and the what. How does the curator use the space available,Read more

Spoonie Essentials Box 1: My Review

I already told you about the Spoonie Essentials Box, and lo and behold, my first box arrived yesterday!   Check out the color combo and the fonts! Uplifting and dynamic, looking like handwriting, yet professional! (that was the geek in me speaking!) I got the Small box, and here’s what was in it: A super sweet note on the importance of self- care  a heart shaped bath bomb a spoonie necklace a pair of xo socks bag of candy aRead more

Word Warrior Wednesday: Cheryl Strayed

Today’s words of Wisdom are from Local Treasure and poet Cheryl Stray. You may know her marvelous memoir “Wild” or have seen the movie (also great!). She has also written “Tiny Beautiful Things”- a compilation of her advice columns on “Dear Sugar”. Her Newest is called “Brave Enough” and it’s a collection of little words of wisdom, quotes to “guide, motivate, validate, challenge and comfort us in our own lives”. here it is:Read more

Kate Keen Photography- an Interview

Today, I have the honor of featuring an interview with photographer Kate Keen. She is a Bournemouth-based photographer, who also suffers from Crohn’s. I came across her work through the #getyourbellyout group (check them out on facebook). On her website she is featuring a series of pictures of  Crohn’s and Colitis patients, proudly and defiantly showing their scars. As she is in England and I am in Portland, I sent her my questions. Here are her answers: A general questionRead more