As part of my time at Joshua Tree, I am doing some genealogical research, specifically looking into Native American and African American traditions and how they overlap. My first stop was Wind Walkers Medicine Wheel, which offers several options for engaging with Indigenous spiritual traditions, including the medicine wheel (obviously, hence the name), guided meditation, and a full moon ceremony among others. For my first visit to the wheel on August 30, I participated in the full moon ceremony and then the following week, I participated in a guided meditation to meet my spirit animal and animal guide. In this post, I’m going to talk about my experience with at the full moon ceremony.Continue reading “JTHAR Day 8: Meeting the Moon”
To be fair, my doctor didn’t call it prediabetes, but I’m calling it prediabetes. What else is it considered when you’re told your blood sugar is elevated and that you need to limit sweets and simple carbs–oh yeah, and also possibly consider going on a medication to slow the progression to diabetes?
If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it might be a prediabetic duck.
So, of course, because diabetes (Type 1 and 2) runs in my family, I promptly freaked out and then I had to do some deep soul searching to decide if I was going to take him up on the medication offer or not. The answer, of course, was no. But that does mean, of course, that I have had to make changes to my diet and increase my exercise.
The real question of course is “How does this qualify for the pandemic alphabet?”
I fell asleep then talked to one friend and then another friend and then my mother and then another friend. And that was all after going to a #BlackLivesMatter memorial protest and Target. So what I’m saying is yesterday (okay, technically, it’s still today since I’m still awake from after my nap) was a lot. But it was, all in all, a good day. Just exhausting.
I wrote some posts this past week:
“On Sunday, the Dallas Police Department asked people to send in “video of illegal activity” from the Black Lives Matter protests in the city through the iWatch Dallas app, where people can submit photo, video, or text tips about possible crimes. Instead, it received a flood of pictures and videos of K-pop artists.
In response to the tweeted request from Dallas Police, hundreds of K-pop fans replied with photos and videos of their favorite artists. Many people also claimed to have submitted videos of the police harming protesters, as well as fan edits of K-pop artists, to the iWatch Dallas app.” — Dallas Police Asked People To Call Out Protesters. People Flooded Their App With K-Pop Instead.
1. I went to a panel with the Jane the Virgin showrunner as well as several members of the writing staff. They played the clip of Jane’s reaction to the major spoiler that happened at the end of last season and then answered questions from the moderator (who was the show’s narrator!!!) about the process.
Two fun facts: (1) The whole season is planned in detail from the beginning. (2) They always reveal secrets instead of having characters keep them.
These have been hanging out in my Evernote for a while, so it’s time I posted them. Also, there’s at least one of these I don’t necessarily agree with but just found an interesting read because it made me think.
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These were my goals for 2018:
- deal with my mail as it comes in ❌
- eat the frog when it comes to grading 🤷🏾♀️
- enter at least one writing contest ✅
- work on my creative writing every day ❌
- see Hamilton ✅
- eat more vegetables ✅
✅ means done, obviously.
I was going to try to keep this light, but more than one woman I know left work early today because they were so upset by the Kavanaugh hearing, and more and more of my friends and people I love have posted their stories of surviving sexual abuse.
Everything I have tried to type here seems insufficient, so I will just say to anyone reading who has survived a sexual assault: I see you. I hear you. I believe you.
If you can, consider donating to RAINN.
Don’t read the comments. Take care of yourselves. ❤️