A Ted Talk Says: Talk to Strangers

I watched this Ted Talk by Kio Stark entitled Why you should talk to strangers. Of course she’s not talking about how it’s ok for men to harass women. She’s proposing that we talk to each other for real and to form a connection with each other even in that fleeting moment. So why do I like this talk so much?

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Celebrating the first poem I have ever published

Although I studied Creative Writing in college, I never got to practice it after I graduated. I semi-purposefully stopped writing fiction because I began questioning why I was doing it (but now I’m Writing Fiction Again). I stopped writing poetry because I got so intimidated by how beautiful it was. Recently though, I started writing poetry again, and I’m doing it in the way that I can, even though it’s against what I studied in class. I wasn’t expecting anything when I sent my poem to Ani last October, so now it’s such a pleasant surprise that it got accepted.

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Ask because you need not go it alone

In my notebook I saw this phrase “ask because you need not go it alone”. I wish I could say that I follow this advice, but it’s really hard for me to ask for help. I’m such a lone wolf so used to licking my own wounds. There’s a lot of pride involved there and distrust of other people. Or maybe I don’t trust myself. I don’t trust myself to be valuable enough that people won’t leave me if they find out that I am broken.

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Wishing for free counseling for internet trolls

I don’t know why I read internet comments. I should stop because they are disgusting. But while I was reading some comments yesterday, I had a thought. What if these hateful people actually need help? What if there was an NGO that gave them free counseling? Here’s my proposal:

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Books that had a lasting impact on my life (Book 7: Natalie Goldberg)

Nowadays I get confused about Wild Mind and Writing Down the Bones, so I’m lumping them together in this post. Both written by Natalie Goldberg, they taught me about first thoughts. According to Writing Down the Bones, whenever we write, “the aim is to burn through to first thoughts, to the place where energy is unobstructed by social politeness or the internal censor, to the place where you are writing what your mind actually sees and feels not what it thinks it should see or feel.” After I read that, I was able to write more freely.

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