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What I Read Last Week – On Writing, Suicide Awareness, and Knitting

April 3, 2016 | Comments Off on What I Read Last Week – On Writing, Suicide Awareness, and Knitting

Blizzard Finches in Apple Tree by Steve Keenan Photography

House Finches congregate in a snow-flocked apple tree. Photo by Steve Keenan.

I woke last Monday to a blizzard, and today I sit in sunshine, windows wide open. I relate to Colorado springtimes. There are mornings I feel depressed, and evenings when I dance in the kitchen. At times I feel connected to people, like I fit in a community, then there are moments I bob in the belief of being unworthy of love and belonging. When isolated and despondent, I turn to the internet, where authentic voices can be found- voices that need nothing from me. There’s freedom in reading the thoughts of others, knowing I can absorb their ideas without engaging in conversation. There’s also healing in sharing voices, and that’s what I’m doing today.

In Why You Should Use Relief Projects and Objects (and what they are), Shawna Ayoub Ainslie of The Honeyed Quill lists some helpful tips for those who write about triggering subjects. If you’re one such writer, how do you keep yourself grounded and feeling safe as you tell your stories?

{TW: Suicide} In The Truth About Transgender Suicide, Brynn Tannehill discusses society’s role in perpetuating stigma, which is deadly. This is an important read for us all. We need to examine our hearts and behaviors, and work to create a safe world for our trans friends and family.

{TW: Infant Death} This post- In a knitting club, I found a cure for selfishness and cynicism, by Kim Harris, hit me in my core. I’m a novice knitter, just learning to look up for a moment without stitches falling off my needles. It touched me deeply to read how powerful knitting can be, how healing, how packed with love and intention.

On that note, do you want to learn to knit? In How to Knit Mug Rugs, Heidi Gustad shares helpful how-to videos.

How’s your Spring going? Or is it Autumn where you are? Whatever your weather, I’m wishing for your needs to be met. Thank you for reading today. Let’s all take care. <3

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