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Mutiny! A Book Review

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I read a lot of books this month!  I'll do my monthly book review soon, but I am going to go ahead and post a review of the book "Mutiny! Why We Love Pirates and How They Can Save Us," by Kester Brewin , because I agreed to post the review in thirty days and I'm almost out of time! This is the first book from Speakeasy that I have really enjoyed in a long time!  Brewin gives us a history lesson on all the forms of piracy from the past to the present time and I came to realize that I really didn't know a whole lot about the subject previously.  Brewin describes pirates as people who unblock society from the injustices of capitalism.  Pirates are outlaws, because they go against the government to provide access to "the commons" or that is, information, land, or privileges that should be available to everybody.  Pirates are champions of fairer systems of government and money, where information and wages are shared, instead of one person becoming wealthy

Abigail-Her Biblical Story Through Feminist Eyes

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I think the name, Abigail, is a beautiful name. It comes from the Bible, but few people know Abigail's story, or at least I never heard of it coming from the church I was raised in. I didn't know it until a few days ago when I was reading my Bible. According to The Inclusive Bible, unfortunately it is a story that is often told by anti-feminists. The story of Abigail is especially remarkable because of its frequent misuse by anti-feminists.  They see a woman who firsts submits herself to a drunken and abusive husband, and whom once God frees her from the husband's control because of her kindness to David, is willing to subject herself to the lowliest form of servitude and become David's new wife; they applaud her submissiveness.  Feminists, however, see a fiercely independent woman who calls her husband a fool, overrules her husband's insulting rudeness, and honors the sacred code of hospitality; and who, when offered marriage to David, first stands, then perf

Winner of Giveaway Announced!

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I had eighteen entries, with each entry assigned a number.  Number three won and that is Shebangshebang from She bang on tumblr.  Besides getting coloring books, markers, tea, a tea infuser, body wash, sponge, a variety puzzles book, a feminist book, and an HRC bumper sticker, you'll also get an... hahaha  Just kidding. I couldn't resist!  Everybody have a great weekend.  I'll do a regular post later today most likely.

Being Calm in the Midst of Bacon!

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Here is another picture from my Color Me Calm coloring book: Mmmmm.....Soothing tea!  I like what it says too: On the surface, calm may seem weak.  It is anything but. It's true-it takes a lot of strength to use my coping skills and remain calm when I am triggered.  There have been a few times lately when I have been triggered and I have managed to remain at least somewhat calm and to not act out.  That is a great accomplishment for me. I am also a lot more calm around food than I used to be.  It used to be that I only felt secure eating salads and boring salads with no dressing or cheese or anything else tasty, at that!  Ugh!  I'm so glad that those days are behind me.  So here is a salad that is anything but boring, as it is based on a sandwich that features two of my old fear foods: bacon and mayo! BLT Salad with Basil Mayo Ingredients 1/2 pound bacon 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil 4 slices French bread,

Broaden Horizons for Peace and Self-Love

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Peace is not ignoring the reality of the world, rather, it prevents us from from seeing the world as narrowly we otherwise might.  (69, Monica A. Coleman ) Today was a hard day for me body image wise.  I went out to eat with some friends, but I wasn't very hungry, so I didn't really want to order anything to eat.  I'm a little embarrassed to say that I had trouble concentrating on the conversation, because I was so focused on my food and weight.  I'm having trouble accepting some recent weight gain.  Right now, I'm keeping a food log and together my therapist, doctor, and I are going to try to determine if the weight gain is from my food or the medication. I realized, though, when reading this quote from my friend, that I had not had peace today, because my view of the world was way too narrow.  Only believing that thin people are beautiful, healthy, or deserving of positive attention is wrong.  I am beautiful, fairly healthy, and loved and I am fat.  Not only

Steeple Envy - A Book Review

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I am reviewing the book, Steeple Envy, by Victor Cuccia before next month, because I got it from The Speakeasy and they require that I write the review within thirty days.  Soon, I'll review the other book I got from them recently. To be honest, I'm not sure what to say about this book...it has a good message, but it's written very poorly-I really wouldn't recommend spending money on it.  It's a very short and easy read, with so many humorous parenthetical expressions that I sometimes had a hard time taking it seriously.  This is not a scholarly work, but more of a witnessing to how Godde has worked in Cuccia's life. Cuccia describes how many people are becoming disenchanted with big churches and with always putting on appearances.  He makes a good point that the American Dream of striving for success is not what Christianity should be about, but that we should really be more focused on being and showing others Godde's Love. Victor Cuccia tells his

My Favorite DBT Skills Super Giveaway!

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I have been doing this blog for several years now and I have decided that it is finally time for a giveaway!  Aren't you excited?  I am!  Nothing in the giveaway has been used before, but they are all items that I already had that I felt needed a new home. The giveaway is dedicated to the fact that I finished my DBT class just a few weeks ago.  All of the items reflect my blog.  They are divided into three categories: two categories represent my two favorite DBT skills and the last category represents my commitment to feminism and equality.  All of the items represent my most favorite skill-the ability to create a positive experience. DBT Skill #1 - Distraction Both of the DBT skills are crisis survival skills, probably because my feelings used to be so intense that I felt like I was in crisis mode most of the time.  I say "used to be," because lately my emotions have been a lot more balanced-keep your fingers crossed that the balance continues! Distraction used t

August 2012 Book Review

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A Twist of Faith: An American Christian’s Quest to Help Orphans in Africa by John Donnelly – I already reviewed this book here ! The Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks – Great book!  Oliver Sacks is a famous neurologist, who wins points for me, because he supports music therapy.  He has written a number of books about strange cases of neurology and I have been wanting to read one of his works for a long time.  He is probably most famous for his early book, Awakenings, which was made into a movie with Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams.  (The movie is excellent, by the way.)  The book is a series of case studies about people who have developed neurological disorders that somehow affect their vision and yet all of the people’s stories are inspirational, as they learn how to adapt and live well, even with a debilitating disability.  My favorite story was the story of the woman who lost the ability to speak and to use language (meaning she could not utilize most kinds of language, incl

Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes

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 I have a lot to write about! I just spent three glorious days at Dragon Con  and it's time to post about last month's books, but first I am going to gush about the cinnamon bun cupcakes I made for my dad's birthday! I need to write about my dad's cupcakes now, so I can concentrate on making my mom philly blackforest stuffed cupcakes for her birthday this Thursday.   First, I am going to present you with two pictures of myself.  I have been struggling with some body image issues after gaining a little weight recently.  Just a week ago I was being melodramatic, because the weight gain was making me feel out of control and I started to glamorize my eating disorder, when I sometimes felt that my obsessive calorie counting kept my life in control.  I say "sometimes," because as my eating disorder got worse, I knew that my life was actually spinning out of control. So what do I do to combat my feelings of insecurity?  I continue to take pictures of mys