Personal Musings Filter
  1. The Radical Notion of Not Letting Work Define You

    “Just because something can’t be a career doesn’t have to mean that it can’t be part of your life and identity.” At Man Repeller, Molly Conway muses on imposter syndrome, work and identity, and being a playwright.

    Identity
  2. Because of the Clinic I am Alive to Tell You This

    “Here is not a choice we have made.
    Here is where our lives are saved.
    This is life.”

    At Poetry Breakfast, Ann Kestner shares an autobiographical poem about a morning at an abortion clinic more than 15 years ago.

    Personal Musings
  3. Respect the Intelligences of Kids with Intellectual Disabilities

    Thoughts from Heather Kirn Lanier, who is the mother of Fiona, a child with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome: “They are treated, in other words, like banks, where the teacher deposits information and then, at a later date, requests that the information be returned back.”

    Family
  4. If ‘leaving SF’ essays are mandatory, here is mine

    Jonathan Kauffman says goodbye to San Francisco: “Of the friends who packed my going-away party in 2006, less than 10 remain in town. More leave every year. The city whose culinary history and geography I know better than almost everyone has made it clear that I will never own any piece of it.”

    Essay
    Photo by Tae Fuller from Pexels
  5. “Everyone around you . . . they’re all experiencing the collateral damage of living. They are all grieving someone, missing someone, worried about someone.”

    Death
  6. Talking To My Kid About Disability

    “After a while, a boy not unkindly asks my daughter, ‘Why is your Mummy in a wheelchair?’ My heart squeezed.” Lorna at Gin & Lemonade writes about talking to her daughter, Isla, about disability.  

    Family
  7. “…when a piece of knitted or woven cloth…unravels, it separates into a single thread. Perhaps that’s an easier way to look at this process…not as a falling apart, but as a paring down, a reduction to a single, unbound thread, from which to weave again.”

    Personal Musings
  8. Possibilities

    Blogger Cate finds inspiration in Paul Kalanithi’s book, When Breath Becomes Air: “Kalanithi’s story had lifted me from my own, which has recently featured a kind of enervated fretfulness, circular and deadening, a not-quite-worry that breeds insomnia…I read this dead man’s book, and I slept.

    Personal Musings
  9. “…Larry grabbed me and asked if I would be writing about him. I told him I could if he wanted me to, but only if he wanted me to. Tears suddenly sprang to his eyes and he said, “As long as you make it beautiful. Because it was. The whole thing. Even the hard parts.”

    Death
  10. Art
    Comic by Ray Hecht
  11. What it means to become British

    From Nadia El-Awady: “I come from a culture that tends to glorify non-elected, autocratic, all-powerful leaders. They have to. The consequences of not doing so are not pretty. So I’ve grown up with a disdain for the glorification of single human beings; even those that don’t have much power.”

    Commentary
  12. Knowing When to Rest

    “I walked out of my Crossfit box the other day sobbing.” At Barbell Asana, Crossfitter and yoga teacher Erica Varlese writes about taking a break from Crossfit so her body can retrain and heal.

    Health
  13. Book sniffing note: Slanguage, by Bernard Share

    At Sesquiotica, James Harbeck revels in the memories of the scents of his books: “The way books smell matters.”

    Books
  14. Faith

    From Spikosauropod: “I have read the Bible from cover to cover, but it never really spoke to me…. I was also considering collecting some writings of my own and binding them together to be my bible…. Suddenly, I realized that this was all a mistake. There was no book of rules for me.”

    Exploration
  15. Wandling Free?

    Musings at Richly Evocative on the Wandle in London: “Walking next to a river, perhaps especially an urban survivor like the Wandle, is the chance to connect with something beyond ourselves. Where the river goes and how it turns, or loops back on itself, meanders and twists, is often nothing to do with us humans.”

    Environment