I’m reading good sh*t: the dweller, what is gaslighting, #60sScoop

good sh*t : parenting, French parenting, attachment theory, Jon Ronson on Ariel Leve, One Story blog, gaslighting, Joyce Carol Oates, scars, memoirs...   By Lara Trace (who loved thinking about parents and parenting) This is my excuse for a post this week.  I'm on the road most of the month... read 'em and leave me …

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The Power of John Trudell #BlueIndians

  By Lara Trace (former editor of the Pequot Times 1999-2004) It happened years ago... but I can still feel myself outside the Pequot Museum on a bench and the wind is really blowing and John is speaking about his album, and latest tour. I knew I'd have to read what he said a few …

Adoption: Until Something Better Comes Along

Elle's post is very important and truth to me. Thank you to “Is Adoption Trauma?” on Facebook for quoting me. I have written before on feeling I was a substitute. On a trial basis. Apparently, a lot of adoptees feel this way. Source: Adoption: Until Something Better Comes Along

Reviews: Colonial Intimacies, Indian Marriage in Early New England

The following reviews are on Amazon. "Viewing the inhabitants of early New England -natives as well as newcomers -through the lens of marriage, this extraordinary book opens up new vistas onto a time and place we thought we knew, and knew well. Ann Marie Plane's imaginative use of intractable sources gives colonization a human face; …

British Slavery Bailout

Read it all here:   http://abww.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/the-british-slavery-bailout T Since I have ancestry from Jamaica and Grenada, was born in England  and lived in Canada and America, I have a tendency to think of the black experience as global. The English are known for their obsessive record keeping and lately they have been using these resources to examine the scope of the empires involvement in …

DRIVE THE RICH RIGHT OFF THEIR FISCAL CLIFF and more…

An Open Letter to President Obama …from Michael Moore Monday, November 19th, 2012, Dear President Obama: Good luck on your journeys overseas this week, and congratulations on decisively winning your second term as our president! The first time you won four years ago, most of us couldn't contain our joy and found ourselves literally in tears …

“It’s your life” Eleanor Roosevelt

  Eleanor Roosevelt votes in Hyde Park, New York, November 3, 1936 Public domain image courtesy Franklin D. Roosevelt Library via Flickr Commons In the following chapter, titled “The Right to Be an Individual,” Roosevelt considers the moral responsibility of living what you believe and fully inhabiting your inner life as the foundation of integrity …

Solnit on Climate Change

That is, expensive for us, for human beings, for life on Earth, if not for the carbon profiteers, the ones who are, in a way, tied to all four of these apocalyptic visitors. A reasonable estimate I heard of the cost of this disaster was $30 billion, just a tiny bit more than Chevron’s profits …

Ted Hughes on the Universal Inner Child, in a Moving Letter to His Son

by Maria Popova [brainpickings.org] “The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated.” “The analogy between the artist and the child is that both live in a world of their own making,” wrote Anaïs Nin in her diary in 1945. …

5 steps to handling loss

Help Yourself & Others - By Sharon L. Mikrut http://www.selfgrowth.com/ People often tell me that they don't know what to say when someone experiences a loss. I explain that often times the person experiencing the loss simply needs to talk. You don't need to say anything; just be there to listen and support the individual. …

“If”

"IF.." by Rudyard Kipling: IF.. If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't …

Quotes: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream, 1963. I have a dream that my four little children will one day …

Ray Bradbury on Doing What You Love and Reading as a Prerequisite of Democracy

by Maria Popova [brainpickings.org] What the the love of libraries has to do with going home to Mars and the foundation of democracy. “That’s the great secret of creativity,” Ray Bradbury famously proclaimed. “You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.” In 2008, The National Endowment for the Arts sat down with Bradbury to …

sontag journals

Susan Sontag on Love: Illustrated Diary Excerpts "Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love." The recently released volume of Susan Sontag's diaries, As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 (public library), is a treasure trove of insight – on writing, oncensorship, on aphorisms – from the deepest corners of one of the greatest minds in modern …