Saturday, July 31

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Tuesday’s Thoughts: J Mase III’s Artful Response to Life

Tuesday’s Thoughts: J Mase III’s Artful Response to Life

Art, book review, spirit, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, spiritual practices, Spirituality
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...

Come to the Water…For Those Tears I Died

GLBT, Literature, movie and book reviews, Spirituality I'm going to share with you one of my favorite new books. The Jesus Movement was slightly before my time, but I sang "For Those Tears I Died" at Bible studies in the early 1980's. The song stuck in my mind for years until I rediscovered Marsha Stevens as a Christian lesbian musician at a concert in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, somewhere between 2002-2004. I've been following her on Facebook for several years, but very rarely does anything from her actually make it through to my news feed. That is until the night I saw that she had written a book that had been released on Kindle that day. I immediately went and bought it and started to read. I'm glad I read it on Kindle, because I could easily highlight meaningful passages that I probably woul...

The Poet As Witness: “War Surrounds Us,” an interview with American-Israeli Poet, Michael Dickel

Judaism, peace, peace and justice, poem, Poetry
"That some of those labelled as enemies have crossed the lines to offer condolences at the mourning tents; that the mourning families spoke to each other as parents and cried on each others' shoulders; that we cried for the children who died on both sides of the divide; that the war began anyway; that hope must still remain with those who cross borders, ignore false lines and divisions; that children should be allowed to live; that we must cry for all children who die" - Michael Dickel, (Mosquitos) War Surrounds Us Jerusalem, Summer 2014: Michael Dickel and his family including Moshe (3 years) and Naomi (1 year) hear the air raid sirens, find safety in shelters, and don't find relief during vacation travels.  In a country smaller than New Jersey, there is no escaping the grumbl...