Stop. Stop trying to make yourself smaller and and flatter. JUST STOP. When you laugh you need your whole body, and the flatter you try to make yourself the sadder the world becomes. Don’t do that.
How does one climb out of rock bottom?Lists, a life coach will tell you.Retracing steps.Visualising success. Doing what you love. So I made a list and the first thing on it was retracing my steps to the place I first fell in love.
Purim, stubbornly and bombastically reminds us, even when things are impossible and sad and the wound is always opening and that loneliness and fear looms, we are alive. We are ALIVE. And we belong. Here, in Jerusalem.
And unlike Devorah and Sarah, and even Rachel and Leah (I have a soft spot for Leah), she’s destined for greatness. She’s not meant to be a victim. She is the descendent of King Saul. She has the blood of royalty in her. But also the blood of failure. She has Saul’s demon to fight and she knows it.
Maybe we slide into cliches like a love of a cat mugs and memes and unicorn onesies and maybe we talk insincerely about that hike we should take and that traveling we should do but we really only half mean it and hope that the adventure actually happens in a book.
My grandmother was really beautiful. The kind of beauty that shines through someone's eyes and which, at the end, made her oxygen mask and the aura of confusion emulsify into the shadows. My grandmother was the blue part of the flame, coming in contact with her made you glow. The kind of light that thrives … Continue reading Remembrance in the face of Denial
Soldiers are not fair game. Not here. They aren't nameless, they aren't headlines, they aren't one in 200,000,000 people. They're yours. Your child. Your sister, brother, boyfriend, girlfriend...friend. They go home on weekends and dream of lazy days and careers and beers and beaches and mama's cooking, of their dogs and their dog eared books, of the rave they might go to or the class they might excel in... of freedom and the life yet to be lived. You can throw any of the political science books you want at me. They are not fair game.