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My Comfort Zone is Really a Cage

As a woman, particularly as a white woman, I have been socialized to get along with others. I learned this from my parents, from my teachers, from friends and family, and from the media. Women are supposed to be supportive caregivers. The idea that we must go along to get along is the first bar […]

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Weekend Chats: Mary Silwance

“She was born with the gift of being able to see sharply into the belly of the earth, and with that ability comes the responsibility to speak of what she sees, no matter the difficult truth of it. Her voice is startling in its resonance and depth. She loves the complexity of language and will

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Your Story Matters

An interviewee for a future “Weekend Chats” asked me a question before we began. She asked: What do you hope to achieve by doing these interviews? My response was, “Well, you clearly didn’t read my blog,” and I laughed, but I responded with: I want to help lift others up. I want to tell the

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4 Reasons to Write Morning Pages

The Morning Pages are one two basic tools introduced in the book The Artist’s Way. The author, Julia Cameron, describes them as “an apparently pointless process.” Cameron claims this “pointless” process is so important that she suggests purchasing a new notebook for the sole purpose of this exercise as a way of commemorating the beginning

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