This picture is of my back yard about 3 months ago. The English ivy at the fore is invasive. The wisteria vines are ages old and have taken over my yard and trees with great, ropy Tarzan-tempters. There are so many scraggly vine-covered trees that there is only shade, and only more vines that thrive in … Continue reading There’s a Metaphor in Here Somewhere
Is healthcare a human right? Is it the government's responsibility?
It is really easy to feel sorry for myself right now. I'm still in the middle of the trial-and-error phase of getting a treatment that works for psoriatic arthritis. My joints still hurt, though the pain is mostly managed. I'm exhausted. (I have to take an hour nap after showering, and can sleep 20 out … Continue reading Letting My Body Teach Me
What are you fighting FOR. What are you moving toward? Tell me.
Physician, Heal Thyself - If I want to try to present ways to heal the cultural shadow, then I need to attend my own, too. It occurs to me that doing this here - in the public eye, so to speak - is a good way to show the process.
I want to cover some of the ways slavery persists in the modern cultural shadow. I'm probably going to have to break this down into separate posts about the civil war, Jim Crow, and racial stereotypes, because there's a lot to say here. Before I get started, I'm going to wholly admit I'm likely going … Continue reading My Own Whiteness
All of the other posts I've written about the legacy we've inherited from the Puritans have been more about sexual codes of conduct, gender equality, and the shadow of the witch trials. While all of those are important parts of our colonial shadow, eclipsed only by the genocide of Native Americans, there's one more structure … Continue reading The Living Tension of the Ordained Hierarchy
I'm doing a lot of reading and research into the Cultural Shadow, and I'm not the only one seeing this connection. I've mentioned before that we've inherited a lot of old, unexamined beliefs from the Puritans. I didn't realize, until I started digging into it, just how deep our inheritance went. Puri-- Wha? History lesson time … Continue reading A Puritanical Legacy
How would you describe the witch trials to a teenage foreign exchange student?
In the Puritan mind, sex was: 1 For the conception of sons 2 Conceived within the marriage 3 SPECIFICALLY for the purpose of orderly inheritance proceedings