Loki: The Life & Trials Of One Black Cat – Middle Ground

Welcome back, dedicated readers and silent lurkers just here for the cat pictures!  This is the second post re-telling the life of my cat, Loki.  For those of you who wandered over here, and have no idea what I’m talking about – here’s where I felt it necessary to explain the premise, and here’s the … Continue reading Loki: The Life & Trials Of One Black Cat – Middle Ground

Loki: The Life & Trials Of One Black Cat – Early Years

Loki was born around the first week in July in 2010.  When the vet gave that estimate at his first check-up, I picked July 4th for his unofficial birthday.  Because it was easy to remember.  I had wanted a cat of my own for a while.  When my ex-husband/boyfriend-at-the-time (long story – don’t drink around … Continue reading Loki: The Life & Trials Of One Black Cat – Early Years

Loki: The Life & Trials Of One Black Cat – Introduction

So, after sorting through almost 1,300 pictures and videos of Loki, I chucked all 12 pages of my original rough draft for this post.  Maybe the images made me realize the post sucked.  Maybe it just raised different feelings and memories. I choose to believe the latter. 😆 As I said in my recent post, … Continue reading Loki: The Life & Trials Of One Black Cat – Introduction

We Just Want to Walk Home in the Dark | ‘#NotAllMen’ & Harassment

rosie abigail

TRIGGER WARNING – sexual assault & harassment

It’s been a really tough week. I am angry and tired and just in a constant state of anxiety. Every time I open social media or turn on the news, there’s women discussing their sexual harassment and assault stories, sharing our shared trauma. If you’ve been online in the past week, you’ll know the clincher – that it’s our fault, the women’s fault, of course. Women do not take enough precautions to avoid being harassed, assaulted, or raped. At least, that’s a lot of the discourse that’s being shared in response to women’s stories…

For those of you not in the UK, our news has been centered around the missing person’s case of Sarah Everard. Sarah was walking home from a friend’s house at 9pm at night and vanished, despite doing all of the things women have been told to do to keep…

View original post 1,084 more words

Loki

I had to put my dear (brat) of a cat, Loki, to sleep the beginning of this month. I wanted to post on WordPress immediately, but I started writing about him the day (March 2) he died and haven't stopped yet. The impact that one little all-black cat had on my life is no short … Continue reading Loki

Talking… and Listening

Coalition of the Brave

I can’t help but wonder how much of modern conversations about topical subjects (whatever they may be) is less about developing a meaningful dialogue, and more about being right – more aboutwinning. As someone who’s moved in sci-fi debate circles and as someone who’s delved in various social debates, IknowI am guilty of pushing to be the ‘winner’, as opposed to actually convincing someone my point of view has fact-based merit.

Equally, I don’t necessarily absorb the information coming at me from my ‘sparring partner’. This isn’t always ‘bad’ – some of that ‘information’ is speculation and in some cases complete fabrication – but sometimes, I fear we are all so determined for our side, ourphilosophy, to be right, that we lose sight of other, perfectly valid perspectives. If a piece of information turns up that disrupts our narrative or our comfortable beliefs, it’s…

View original post 320 more words

I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself! – Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming, by Michelle Obama, deserves a post dedicated to profound quotations.  Maybe several posts.  This is gonna get long.  (Worth it.) I’m going to add some thoughts, if I have them, after the quotations.  My thoughts will be the text … not in quotation marks.  Oh, what the heck!  I’ll put them in italics too, … Continue reading I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself! – Becoming by Michelle Obama