I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Enriching Recovery, Spiritual, and Social Justice Events in Atlanta

Since this blog addresses spirituality, social justice through feminism, and mental illness, I've included all these events in Atlanta that have to do with these topics. The one I am really looking forward to are the ones about suicide prevention, as that is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I will probably attend the vigil on September 6.

"God calls us to some things we cannot do alone."

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

2. Tapestry of Faith: How Diverse Faith Traditions Inform Nonviolence, Thursday, September 1, 7 p.m., American Friends Service Committee, 60 Walton St Atlanta 30303 . In conjunction with Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, an interfaith panel of religious leaders will address the topic of peace and nonviolence from their faith traditions. Panelists include Rev. Timothy McDonald, Senior Pastor of First Iconium Baptist Church , Rev. Michael Ellison, Abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center , Rev. Marti Keller, minister, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, Dr. Rashid Naim, of the Islamic Speakers Bureau and professor at Georgia State University, moderated by Christina Repoley, Atlanta Friends Meeting. The American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization dedicated to peace and nonviolence, sponsors the free exhibit, Windows and Mirrors. For more information, see afsc.org.

4. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Metro Atlanta Chapter is hosting a vigil to remember those lost to suicide as a kick-off for activities for National Suicide Prevention Week. Speakers include GA Representative Stephanie Stuckey-Benfield, Pastoral Counselor Adam Garner, AJC Columnist Jim Osterman, and survivor of her mother and son's suicides, Sherre Yager, and more. Music by Lindsay Rakers. Tuesday, September 6, 8 - 9 p.m. No registration necessary. Take MARTA or park in SAGE parking facility. 50% off coupons for Willy's Mexicana Grill available Piedmont Park at 12th Street Entrance (inside the park) http://www.facebook.com

5. Want to learn why supportive housing is the solution to homelessness in Atlanta ? Want to learn why congregations need to talk with their state legislators about supportive housing? Want to find out more about the November 15 Conference on Supportive Housing sponsored by the Georgia Supportive Housing Association? Then attend the next meeting of the Regional Housing Forum on Wednesday, September 7. Read all about this morning of sought after speakers and important information at Forum. More on supportive housing at www.supportivehousingassociation.com

6. Registration is open for the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Georgia Conference, Together We Can: Looking Back, Moving Forward, September 8-10, at the Macon Conference Center in Macon . Online registration is open until September 1 and daily onsite registration will be available. There is no registration fee for conference participation. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) have been applied for through UGA’s School of Social Work and the Alcohol & Drug Addiction Certification Board of Georgia. Accommodation information is at www.marriott.com. Submit conference questions via email to RegistrationMHDDAD@dhr.state.ga.us

(Pearl Cleage)
8. All around the world change is happening. A one night only conversation at the Alliance Theatre will feature three women who are changing our world today. Featuring four-time Tony Award® nominee, Tovah Feldshuh, Lois Frank, community volunteer and advocate, and Elizabeth Omilami, Civil Rights activist. The panel discussion will be moderated by author, playwright, and Civil Rights activist, Pearl Cleage. Panel discussion is Monday, September 10, at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404-733-5000 or if you are bringing a group of 10 or more, contact Quidana Bosman at 404-733-4690

11. Put it on your calendar if you are in Cobb County . Cobb Faith Partnership General Meeting - Wednesday, September 28. Join Cobb Faith Partnership at Turner Chapel AME Church , 492 North Marietta Parkway , Marietta . Lunch will start at 11:45 a.m. Don’t miss the fall kickoff and be sure to bring a guest or two. For more information email info@cobbfaithpartnership.org or like CFP on Facebook

12. Author and priest Barbara Brown Taylor will lead a luncheon program on "Everyday Sacraments" Saturday, October 1, at Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church, Clarkesville. The program is sponsored by the parish's Episcopal Church Women, and the Grace-Calvary Cookbook Committee. The Cathedral Book Store will provide books, other publications, and gift items for sale. Tickets are $30. For information call 706-754-2451 .

16. The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and the Metropolitan Atlanta Violence Prevention Partnership have joined forces with local officials to launch a major initiative to combat violence in six metro Atlanta counties and eventually throughout the state of Georgia. The Peace Plan is aimed at coordinating great programs throughout metro Atlanta under one umbrella to educate and inspire residents. MAVPP and member organizations are soliciting 100,000 individual supporters of the 21st Century Nonviolence Movement Peace Plan by September 30, 2011. To sign up as a supporter, visit http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/thepeaceplan/ “Once again, Atlanta is at the vanguard by leading the nation in the 21st Century version of the nonviolence movement,” said Dr. James P. Griffin, Jr., Research Associate Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine Founder and Convener of the MAVPP.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

July Books (Or Book, Rather...)

I only read one book this July, but it was a great one. I was at my favorite used book store one day and I was at the counter when all of a sudden the thought occurred to me that I should look in the sci-fi section to see if they had any books by my favorite author, Octavia E. Butler and they actually did have a book that I hadn't previously read!
This is the sequel to her book, "Wild Seed," although this book was written first. The ending was really awesome and creative and left me feeling good. I really need to get the next book in the series, as I am dying to know what happens to Mary's community. Mary is a product of the awful Doro and she is the first person who is a successful threat to him. When she is going through her transition period into her psychic abilities, she forms a community of people by using mind control. The novel, besides bringing brilliant insights to race, also brings about questions about community. Can a people be a community if they are forced into it? Mary's connects telepathic people, who at first are incredibly angry that they can be controlled by her, but then they see that she can bring together a people that once could not stand to be near others like themselves. But Mary's people also enslave "mutes," or people without telepathic abilities. They justify it by saying they are not harming the mutes and so are not like the harmful Doro, but one has to wonder. It brings forth the question, is a person who feels enslaved and victimized doomed to enslave and victimize others in their quest for their own empowerment? Perhaps, if a person is under the influence of a false sense of empowerment, but true power comes from within, not from controlling others.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

National Relaxation Day!

According to Facebook, tomorrow is National Relaxation Day. Sounds good to me! Unfortunately, tomorrow will probably not be so relaxing for me, so I am relaxing today.

What do I listen to when I'm in my room and I want to relax? Usually classical music, like Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, or ancient chants. Here is some music for you to enjoy.

I hope this music relaxed you,as much as it did me! Light a candle, listen to this music, and send your dreams to Godde.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New Recovery Poetry

My depression has lifted for the most part. Yay! When my depression first presented itself, I started writing poetry, but I felt the poetry was too dark for me to share with my followers. Fortunately, now that I am feeling more hopeful and am transforming my life, so my poetry has been transformed too. Here is some recent recovery poetry I would like to share:

How Far

How far am I willing to go for recovery?
Will I continue to catastrophize;
Will I continue to lie;
Will I continue to spend days
Just wishing to die?

Or will I take control?
Not control over others,
People, places, and over others,
Not even so much control of my
Emotional ascent,
But of what I am to do-
And who I am to be.

Will I listen to my gut?
Will I take care of myself?
Will I listen to the voice inside?

I am worthy.
I am valuable.
I am myself-
With no one else to please.
I am enough.

(from the blog, redbubble. You can actually buy this picture on a tee shirt!)

Life's Song Dance

My soul is free!
Listen to my song-
I'll sing it all life long.

I would whisper,
But my soul wouldn't stand it-
My body trembles with excitement.

My song is in the wind.
My song is in the storm.
My song is in the crashing waves-
My song is life!

Depression will cover it up,
Schizophrenia will silence it also.
Paranoia will turn the beauty into terror.

Get help! Speak! Listen to you own song!
You are a part of life.
Your song is a part of The Song.
Do not diminish it.
Make it louder and stronger.
Join the SongDance of Life!