When I Can’t Find Words

When I can’t find my words,—when Chase can’t find his words—it’s not so much that I think we suffer from selective mutism, as it makes me think about other disorders that may or may not share neurological processes with the mysteries I’m trying to solve about our brains… and that puts selective mutism on my … Read moreWhen I Can’t Find Words

Trip to AWP LA 2016, Part II

Yesterday, I revised an old post from my trip to AWP LA ’16, a time capsule from graduate school. 💊 Today and tomorrow, I’ll continue that narrative… I was a good student. I took a lot of notes back then! 😉 Quote Response 💜 Embracing a Poetics of Joy The moderator, Lisa Dordal, had simply … Read moreTrip to AWP LA 2016, Part II

Explore 🔬 Values of Heroes

I’ve been thinking about geniuses lately, about the advice our great ones give us, about how we choose celebrities based upon value systems that might not be in our best interest, and some of the quotes that have popped out during my search are below… Reframing 💟 A Poetry Project on Genius Perhaps I could make … Read moreExplore 🔬 Values of Heroes

Explore ❓ Resources

Talking about money makes me uncomfortable. 🤢 Listing 🤮 Why Does Money Scare Me? My mom threatens me with taking away financial support if she’s mad, but offers financial support if she’s happy; Since childhood, my mom and aunt have persistently reminded me to be grateful for all the money my mom spends on me, … Read moreExplore ❓ Resources

I 💘 YouTube, Part II

In the interest of further exploring my experience with Fresno Unified, as well as add another dimension to my definition of quitting, I decided to analyze two of my favorite YouTube artists: Quote Response 👫 Prince Ea 🧠 Please note, these are my takeaways; your takeaways will likely be different.But our takeaways have equal value, and I’d love … Read moreI 💘 YouTube, Part II

A Humanizing Step, Part II ✌

Last time, I wrote about how my therapist encouraged me to treat my career like a relationship. My therapist has another fantastic strategy for challenging my fear of failure and abuse, too: Is it failure to leave an unhealthy relationship? Is it quitting, or is it figuring out what suits your interests? Just question the … Read moreA Humanizing Step, Part II ✌

I 💞 5W’s ❓❔❓❔❓

As English-teacher-cliche as it sounds, I’ve always thought the words who, what, why, when, where, and how can change the world. Prewriting 💙 Who, What, When, Where, Why, How 💜 When I’m prewriting, I ask the 5W questionsWho, what, when, where, why, and (even though it isn’t a W) how. repetitiously, until I finally peel away the answer, like stripping … Read moreI 💞 5W’s ❓❔❓❔❓

A Humanizing Step, Part I ☝

I often write about how this life design project is my attempt to mend my relationship with anxiety and depression. But I don’t talk much about my relationship with anxiety and depression. In My Life Today 🤒 Prototyping Anxiety 😖 Since it’s anxiety that just stirred meIn fairness, daylight savings just happened—so 5:35 a.m. was 4:35 … Read moreA Humanizing Step, Part I ☝