Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poems, comics, sketches, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.
Objects Blended with Simple Sketches. I love this kind of art. Be sure to click on the link to part one of this series at the bottom of this link. It’s just as fascinating!
The Other Side of the Story. The author of this piece was abused by her eighth grade History teacher when she was 14 and he was 23. In the essay she talks about what happened during and after that time in her life. Fair warning: certain details may be disturbing to some readers.
It was my crutch. It was my refuge. Ultimately, it was my executioner. I find myself railing against these circumstances that robbed me of perhaps another thirty years to put out my message. I could have accomplished so much more. It was my weakness that overpowered my strength.
It’s Sunday, Will I Be Seeing You at Church Today? Whether prayer bothers me depends on the circumstances. If they’re being used to push someone else’s religious beliefs on me or in ways that would not be accepted if the tables were turned it’s an issue. If they’re used as a substitute for sentiments like “I’m thinking of you,” or “I hope it all turns out well” I’m 100% fine with it. With that being said, this comic strip is seriously hilarious.
From Turning the Leaves:
We count our birds. We read their wings. We script
stories in the scrim of puddled ice, tell tales
to ease the winter in. We sing
I am no stranger to holding my breath. I’ve ghosted through these family gatherings most of my life, at moments performing good daughterhood so well that I almost forget how much I have to hide and swallow in order to belong. But good daughterhood is a performance that must be continually enacted, reinforced, and that is where I fail.
My reading list has grown thin. What are you reading?