via The New Inquiry: The Writing Cure
"A narrative of redemption is often one of emancipation, recovery, self-fulfillment, and upward social mobility, what Dan McAdams calls “the actualization of a good inner self.” For me, this has meant at once taking responsibility for my choices and surrendering responsibility for circumstances and situations beyond my control. Yet readers are rightly wary of redemption narratives that exaggerate the scope of the redemption."
Until The Stars Fall From The Sky: Horoscopes For The Week Of November 4th
Virgo and Virgo Rising
“The act of writing is the act of making soul, alchemy.” Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Say it with me, every morning: “Every dream I hold dear to my heart is the divine spark of the cosmos dreaming its way through me. I serve these dreams and they feed me in unexpected and beautiful ways. These dreams are sacred whispers of my potential and mere starting points for the kind of life I am meant to experience. My Universe is a compassionate one that manifests its Love through my actions, so today my actions will reflect this and there is no greater verity than the beauty that works through me. I halt for truth and I praise it. I celebrate the small victories, because success is just a million little triumphs appearing as one event. The small events that will lead me to success are happening now, success is happening now. Divinity moves through me here and now and nowhere else. This moment is my life and I show up for it with my entire being. I purify as a ritual act, my beauty shines forth because I am willing to clean out the old. I do not hold onto resentments or fears, I have too much to do and I need a clean machine in order to do it. I have no time for my clutter or anyone else’s. I Must. Move.” And then every night write about how all of this occurred during the course of your day.
Making Herself Indispensable, Condemned for Surviving: Doña Marina (Part 1)
Pointedly reading about Malinche on this Indigenous Resistance Day. This article is pretty good, and the Wikipedia article about her is also surprisingly thorough. It reflects what I learned about her during a truly glorious graduate seminar class that focused on colonization, imperialism, the Atlantic slave trade, and resistance and survival methods employed by indigenous and African peoples in the ‘new world’.
It might be a sort of dubious distinction, but if we’re being real: Columbus cannot even begin to compete with Malinche in terms of importance to the conquering and creation of ‘The New World’. She facilitated the conquest and is arguably the mother of mestizaje. The world would probably look very different if she hadn’t decided to work as Cortéz’s translator.
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Another CRUCIAL THING that came up at dinner in PHL. I have been totally WRONG about the Saturn return starting at 27. According to this calculator, my return started right after I turned 29 and lasted…for a month.
What’s weird is that looking back, it was a really crucial month with lots of ‘growth’ or at least serious realizations, and those realizations literally took years to develop. And now it’s a year later, and even if my return is technically over, those realizations are still affecting me (I wanna say mostly in a good way?).
*shooting star* the more you know
Musings of the mind: UGH.
They now probably think we’re all about being identity politics police, we’re probably not about having fun and we’re mean, instead of real or something. Pun? haha.
Well, see the thing is, one of the main reasons why I wanted to tell folks RVIVR’s decision to peace out because of their…
File under: important talks/stuff that came up during Philadelphia hangs.
I’ve enjoyed RVIVR in the past and have felt like they’ve done meaningful things, I really have. But I can’t help but be skeptical of them or anyone who is all about calling shit out as long as it’s on their terms or in a context where they feel empowered, but gets ‘uncomfortable’ when they get asked to address other things. And really, that goes for everyone — anyone who has privilege that they’ve tried to address knows that recognizing it and checking it and apologizing are not comfortable. But it’s not supposed to be. Being real, not being mean, and not saying that to be cute either; saying it because I actually like that song a lot and genuinely hope that they are, in fact, old enough to know the difference.
TLC's "No Scrubs" Helped Make Me a Feminist | Bitch Media
The inspiring band is the subject of a new biopic—anyone else excited?
I was unable to appreciate TLC for a long time for many reasons, but now I do, and I’m really excited about this. Fingers crossed that it’s really about their story, their success, and their positive impact.
Sunday Rumpus Essay: Shadows And Ghosts: Batman, Thomas Cromwell, And The Corporation Of Yaddo - The Rumpus.net
I’ve posted this before, but I read it again and re-posted it because I got around to thinking about Bruce Wayne today, and about grieving for years on end, and feeling like your life is over because the only people who ever really loved you are dead.
At the end the author writes that if you’re grieving, you should “Show that you are broken. Let them see you sweat and scream. Own your disaster; make it into a lake, build for it a shrine — not to show your strength but to show your weakness, which is a way of showing that you are yet human, that you are not yet lost.” I’ve been trying to do this and right now, it feels like no one is really into it, and sometimes I worry about being/feeling unloved. But I’m sticking with it and trying to keep busy while I hold out for people who want to be in my life and don’t think it’s too scary or too exhausting.