The Power of Community

Posted on February 2, 2015February 2, 2015Format GalleryCategories Blogging, Life, WritingTags , , , 15 Comments on The Power of Community

Sometimes I think life would be so much easier if I could answer the question “what do you do” with one simple answer. “What do you do?” “I am a ________.” I can’t do that though, because there are so many different versions of me. Each one of them takes priority in different situations, and there isn’t really one that I can say I value the most. I value them all as facets of what makes my life rich, complicated, … Continue reading “The Power of Community”

Creating the Whole Picture, One Color at a Time

Posted on December 31, 2013Format GalleryCategories Creative Work, LifeTags , , 11 Comments on Creating the Whole Picture, One Color at a Time

During the holiday break I began a paint-by-number. I needed the distraction of something creative and challenging without thinking too much. I mean, I simply follow the directions, trying to pay attention to the numbers. Sometimes I make mistakes, but that’s okay because  I’m the only one who can tell, and the picture still looks like something recognizable. I fill in each spot, one color at a time. At first it’s hard to see what you are doing. Hard to … Continue reading “Creating the Whole Picture, One Color at a Time”

Feminist High-Five: Reclaiming the Words

Posted on May 30, 2013November 13, 2013Categories Life, Lisa's SoapboxTags , , , 19 Comments on Feminist High-Five: Reclaiming the Words

This morning, Victoria Nelson’s post “Why is Feminism Such a Scary Word?” had me thinking about how words define us, and how often we allow other’s to hijack those definitions. For example, how many of you out there have trouble saying this phrase out loud? “I am a writer.” It’s a simple phrase, right. But for many, myself included, it is full of implied meanings that make it more intimidating. While the definition of a writer can indeed include someone who … Continue reading “Feminist High-Five: Reclaiming the Words”