Responding artfully is a trauma informed care practice as it takes you out of your wordy brain and into other parts of your knowledge or knowing process. Often we privilege language over other ways of knowing. J Mase III, in his latest book, And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death, through the use of language, weaves together other responses such as emotion, imagination, and your felt senses. I know, it's hard to imagine how a book which is necessarily immersed in language can do that, but it does! And here is how: Mase shares his life authentically through prose and poetry. Poetry connects to imagination, one of the ways of knowing.Mase invites the reader to explore their own emotions. Emotion is a way of knowing
https://youtu.be/mBqoQJRNepo https://youtu.be/jpy3TDviiNY It’s not the colored eggs or the Easter dresses and bonnets or even a sermon and fellowship. I might be homebound on this early Easter morning, but I have the most important part of the day alongside me. That’s Jesus.