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Healing old pain through a new disordered relationship

My throat, arms, and legs felt swollen. Not for the first time, the thought occurred: “Death would be an instant relief.” I could hardly walk. Heavy with grief, a searing acidic ache in my stomach, I arrived at the weekend retreat held by a support group for those affected by the addictions of a loved one. Assigned to a tiny room the size of a storage cupboard in the small community college, I...

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Mothers of Massive Resistance by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae
"When we speak of women being erased from history, it's usually a long list of women's accomplishments that have been ignored or stolen by men (fuck you, Watson and Crick). But women's history is as complicated and messy as any other history, and w..." Read more of this review »
The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller
"So much of what I read seems connected....this, The World Behind the World, Dream Work, Genius Myth, Active Hope... it's getting cool! and a little hard to keep separate...so why bother??! It's all from the same source anyway :)

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A moving story of the Ukranian Canadian internment at Castle Mountain in Alberta, Canada.

Some say cries can still be heard from the present-day location of Alberta’s former internment camp at the base of Castle Mountain, even though it’s long gone no
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Plutocrats by Chrystia Freeland
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Shortly after Quebec women were finally permitted to vote in 1940, young mothers were still forced to surrender their ‘illegitimate’ babies to orphanages run by those in charge.

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Lailah Gifty Akita
“Stand up for yourself.
Never give any one permission to abuse you.”
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Richard Dawkins
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins
“We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?”
Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

Brené Brown
“Talk to ourselves in the same way we'd talk to someone we'd love. Yes, you made a mistake. You're human. You don't have to do it like anyone else does. Fixing it and making amends will help. Self-loathing will not. Reach out to someone we trust--a person who has earned the right to hear our story and who has the capacity to respond with empathy.”
Brené Brown, Rising Strong




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