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

WHAT’S IN MY BAG: Protest Edition

This saturday, March 24, I went to the March for our lives. I had been back and forth about going, because quite honestly, I don’t like crowds, I was worried about violence, I worried about restrooms… Then, I pushed myself, and I am glad I went. I can assure you that standing outside in Portland in March is fun, but I was in great company- my neighbor and her sweet, sweet daughter came too.  Also, it was the first timeRead 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

My 17 in 17 challenge

I have been going back to exercise classes after Thanksgiving. During my childhood and youth and well into my twenties, I hated any form of exercise with passion. One, I was shit at it, and very often just too sick to do anything. Second, German PE teachers are assholes. #notallgermanpeteachers you want to say? No, all of them. One of my favorite writers, Arnold Stadler once wrote that there were two types of PE teachers at his High school. ThoseRead 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

Progressives, you have ableist privilege.

I would consider myself a progressive liberal, by all means and definitions. I have written about how the election has upset me and left me reeling. And of course, instead of showing a unified front, the left has nothing better to do than tearing into each other. While the orange man silently worked to foster his business interests and dismantle freedom of the press, we discussed whether wearing safety pins is the way to go or not. We discussed whoRead more

Word Warrior Wednesday, post election blues

Yesterday began with a lot of hope, and ended in tears. Lots of them. And lots of vodka. To me, it would have meant a lot to have both of my home countries led by women. Moreover, not have one of my home countries make the same mistake that my other home country made eighty years ago. Last night, I was afraid for my future and others’. I am an immigrant, and I am female. Just like any woman, IRead more

Friday Fun: a commentary 

Today’s post is from my brilliant friend B. He has cerebral palsy, and his humor is a constant inspiration. Post-Event Cerebral Palsy Adaptation Report #8748373-6D Scenario: overcrowded department party. Human density: 3 elbow-endowed humans in wool suits per square foot. Problem: greater than zero chance of cataclysmic spillage of staining liquid and/or sauce due to jostling or critical loss of balance and/or maxillofacial injury at the hands of gravity. Solution: ordered white wine instead of red to minimize staining potentialRead more

World IBD Day: In celebration of community

Throughout the day, I have posted about IBD, and IBD awareness- there are many blogs and foundations that provide support, education and connection among the IBD community. They give me ideas for blog posts, they give me feedback on blog posts, and while I am all about educating people about symptoms and treatments (and warn them of quacks), I think another aspect of the disease that often is underestimated is the loneliness that many people feel with it. And IRead more

Word Warrior Wednesday: Whatif (Shel Silverstein)

It’s been a while since I posted one of these- mea culpa! Life has been super busy. Today is a poem by the amazing Shel Silverstein. I first got introduced to this poet when I was an exchange student at Concordia College in Minnesota. I was working the late shifts at the library (one of the best jobs I have ever had by the way), and I was shelving education books. “oh, this is one of my favorites!” cried oneRead more