Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Uncategorized, Wonder and Whimsy

Three Awesome Gifts I Have Given Myself in the Last Decade

I believe in the power of self-love, but I also believe that self-love is quite different from how many people think of it. People often think that self-love is going on shopping trips, getting manis and pedis, and treating one's self to chocolate and other delectable delights. And certainly these things can play a role… Continue reading Three Awesome Gifts I Have Given Myself in the Last Decade

Exercise, Exercising with a disability, Paraplegics and exercise, Play, Playful Exercise, Playfulness, Resilience, Wonder and Whimsy

Playful Lessons I Learned from My Mom: Paraplegia, Pandemics, and Play

If you have been following my blog for a while, you might remember a post I wrote about my mom that was about paraplegia and swimming. You can read that post here. My mom is a paraplegic and has been in a wheelchair for over fifty years as a result of injuries she sustained in… Continue reading Playful Lessons I Learned from My Mom: Paraplegia, Pandemics, and Play

Politics and Love

Five Reasons I Wear a Face Mask that Might Surprise You

Since the Coronavirus took over the world, there has been a lot of debate over whether people should wear face masks to help prevent the spread of the virus. Increasingly, medical experts and government officials encourage people to wear masks when they are in indoor public spaces, like grocery stores, or when they are in… Continue reading Five Reasons I Wear a Face Mask that Might Surprise You

Politics and Love

Should White People Feel Ashamed of White Privilege?

I am going to describe three different scenarios to you, and I would ask you to use your imagination to put yourself fully into each of them. Scenario #1: The Kentucky-Tennessee 10K Race.  Imagine that you are a runner and that you live in Kentucky. You have entered a 10K race in which all participants… Continue reading Should White People Feel Ashamed of White Privilege?

Wonder and Whimsy

About Two Summer Online Classes I am Teaching on Writing and Play

Are you a little bored this summer? Do you need something interesting to learn about for the next month? Would you like to improve your basic essay writing ability or your ability to have a resilient and playful approach to life? (Eutrapelia is the virtue of play). Or would you like your children or teens… Continue reading About Two Summer Online Classes I am Teaching on Writing and Play

Feminism and Love, Philosophy and Love, Relationships and Love

The Greatest Gift My Dad Gave Me

I have been wanting to write this post for a long time, and having just celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday, I realized that now is the time. I want to write about the greatest gift my dad has given me. To tell you about this, I need to tell you a little bit about my… Continue reading The Greatest Gift My Dad Gave Me

Politics and Love, Uncategorized

About the Candace Owens Video Going Around. And Also Some Thoughts about Systemic Racism

If you have been watching the news and following the discourse on the recent protests, you may have run across a recent video made by a woman named Candace Owens. Candace Owens is a conservative black woman who has recently gained press and social media coverage for her support of President Trump, her criticism of… Continue reading About the Candace Owens Video Going Around. And Also Some Thoughts about Systemic Racism

Healing Difficult Emotions, Relationships and Love

Dealing with Our Dark Side

Several posts ago, I wrote about cultivating Flourish-Friendly Relationships instead of Control Relationships. You can read more about this here. Flourish-Friendly Relationships are ones in which the people involved create a space together for both them to grow and develop all their human capacities. Control Relationships, on the other hand, are relationships in which the… Continue reading Dealing with Our Dark Side

Politics and Love

The Pickle the President Finds Himself In

What do you do when you are a President who ran on a political platform that capitalized on fomenting racial tension? And then several years later after you win, you find yourself smack dab in the midst of global uprising, perhaps a second civil rights movement, protesting police brutality against black people?   Well, if… Continue reading The Pickle the President Finds Himself In

Relationships and Love

Flourish-Friendly Relationships vs. Control Relationships: What are They, and Why Is it Important to Understand Them?

Here’s something interesting about people. Adult humans could live a pretty secluded existence all by themselves, away from other people, if they wanted to do so. And, indeed, given the pain that relationships and interactions with other people can cause, we might be tempted to avoid such interactions as much as possible. And perhaps some… Continue reading Flourish-Friendly Relationships vs. Control Relationships: What are They, and Why Is it Important to Understand Them?