Entry 82316 – Overexposure

It rings in my ears, the words “why are you showing me this?” Already insecure that my past  The dimly-lit corners of my self would be an obstacle to being loved, “Why are you showing me this?” made me want to hide away, Good God, hide away and forget I ever let the light shine…

Entry 72616- Now is the Time of Monsters

As I sit sipping black, sweet coffee, The sun pouring into my room A weight is on my shoulders, though I am not called to duty My heavy heart echoes upward to my mind, though no one is asking anything of me. The gravel in my throat and fire dimmed in my belly are much…

[Life Without Facebook] Things I did this week. 

Good day, gentle beings. I am still away from Facebook. Distancing myself from that realm of communication and sharing has had a pleasant effect on my life, so far as I can tell. It’s left me thinking of ways to share ideas, random notes, and feelings, but it’s also caused me to consider why I…

Weathering a Storm of the Heart

   Heartache is a creature discomfort unlike any other known to us humans. Unlike the usual sadness or despair we experience over things like a lost job, lack of parental support, or not having as many social opportunities as we’d like, matters of lost or damaged loves are particularly and broadly wrenching and tend to…

The Soul Journey of ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’

What are we to do when something nags us inside and won’t let our attention go? What are we, soft humans, to think when we are caught being so very different from the crowd and feel no remorse- feel nothing but the irrepressible urge to follow the thing that calls our name? Obsessed, possessed, crazy-…

This One Goes Out to ‘The One I Love’

He said and she said: their love was tanking. The romance was a struggle. Could they ever move forward together with the baggage they carried unpacked? Or was this the time to part ways- while things were still relatively amicable? He said and she said they should go by what their therapist said, and so…

The Quiet Lineage of Class War: ‘Little Accidents’

America, “the land of the free”, is a vast space with two borders that bleed drinkable prosperity and a center that struggles to keep the so-called American Dream alive. I hesitate not to explore the ways in which America is impoverished educationally, intellectually, morally, and spiritually. As an American woman, I cannot afford to withhold…

‘Appropriate Behavior’: The Importance of Unromantic Comedy

In an awards season teeming with adorable, quirky romantic comedies, Desiree Akhavan’s decidedly unromantic comedy is a nice departure from average depictions of relationship woes. In ‘Appropriate Behavior’ protagonist Shirin (played by writer/director Akhavan) struggles with finding her way in the world, stuck between her traditional Iranian family’s expectations and her own desires after a…

Conservation as Documentary: ‘Virunga’

When I told three different friends that I’d seen Orlando van Einsiedel’s documentary, ‘Virunga’, their reactions were similar. They knew the film was about a park where gorillas live, but they didn’t know where in Africa the film was made or what the situation was in that country. I was with them before I saw…

‘Still Alice’ and the Empathetic Eye

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. There are currently 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and a new patient is diagnosed every 67 seconds. Given the striking number of families this disease affects, the discussion about a cure and preventative methods is…

History’s Mistakes: The Story of Alan Turing

Above all the other reasons I have for appreciating this biographical film, the first and foremost is that it arrived at a time in which people are beginning to awaken to the possibilities of losing personal freedoms. Alan Turing, the man responsible for building the world’s first modern computer, took his own life two weeks…