“Not as many but as one!”

Sunday Rest day

Yesterday I shared some quotes from Dark Crystal, Age of Resistance. Here’s one

Rian: “The Skeksis have sown distrust amongst us for a thousand trine . Why? Because they fear what would happen if we were united. They were right to be afraid. Join me at Stone-in-the-Wood. Here we will make our stand. Not as many but as one!”

https://www.needsomefun.net/best-dark-crystal-age-of-resistance-quotes/

The Skeksis in this story are vile creatures inside and out. Rather than taking time to talk about the Skeksis, I’d like to focus on the “not as many but as one.” I like the idea of communities coming together to fight for what’s right. In the writing community we have writer lifts, writing workshops, beta and alpha readers all free and in the name of art. There’s so many ways humans come together in the form of communities with the intention to support those around them. I’m always proud to be part of it.

Quotes from Dark Crystal Age of Resistance

Rian: “The Skeksis have sown distrust amongst us for a thousand trine . Why? Because they fear what would happen if we were united. They were right to be afraid. Join me at Stone-in-the-Wood. Here we will make our stand. Not as many but as one!”

https://www.needsomefun.net/best-dark-crystal-age-of-resistance-quotes/

Dark Crystal age of resistance grew on me. I had to watch a couple times before I liked it. Now I do. The lesson here is give new things a chance, you think about writing em off.

Gratitude and Desire are Both Welcomed Here

The greatest thing I’ve learned so far this year, is that I can want more while I’m grateful for where I am. Those are two things I feel strongly about.

In the past I always focused on wanting more. On setting goals and striving for them was in the forefront of my life. I would often feel conflicted with the part of myself that was grateful for the life I have. But This year I’ve allowed both to work hand in hand so I can peacefully enjoy my growth.

I don’t want to only enjoy the gains for a moment. I want to enjoy all the moments. The chaos, the confusion, the scary moments, the falling into place, clarity, and joyful moments. They will all come whether I want them to or not.

Honestly, I do find I get distracted from taking time to appreciate my present. But I also love how my mindset flows with the seasons. I enjoy seeing my growth and I appreciate the discomfort as a sign that I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and remaining in my purpose.

Life will pass by leaving me with nothing but vague memories. So while here, I want live in a way that allows the value in my present moments to shine as well as in my hopes and dreams and I hope it shines light on the value in the present moments and hopes and dreams of those around me too.

Shame

You can’t live in shame from your mistakes. Forgive yourself, learn from your mistake, and do better next time.

Those words, no matter how true that are, don’t make the shame go away, don’t make you forgive yourself, and don’t make you do better next time.

What really does help though, is connecting with others who can help you rebuild and learn from your past. Write about it, talk about it, and try to help others make better choices.

Here’s a poem

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Retractions

   

Here I sit with not one fake mother fucker in my face.

I’ll humbly admit that there are some days I shift.

I’ll suggest something I don’t agree with

and when I become conscious of my falseness,

I retract it as quickly as I can.

It’s just much easier

to be elsewhere in my mind

and follow suit with my mouth.

Being aware of me at all times

is quite a bit of work.

I assume it is for most day dreamers.

-Saschia Johnson

My Cup of Tea

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The waters
The drip drop into endless cups of tea
Filled to brim
Because I will it ???
Worked to bone
My flesh melts off next to her
The girl who exchanges glances from the black mirror
Am I
really changed?
Have I embraced the woman
she’s always been
Tip tip tippity tap
She rises from the glass
Up up up ohh she’s…
She’s
The silence,
the scribbles before
the storm
She’s everything and nothing
Annnnnd she’s your cup of tea
-Saschia Johnson

Goliath

I’m having a lot of fun with this freedoms. I hope to keep things coming and moving forward. We’ve gone over freedom to grow, freedom to be heard, and the next thing we’re going to talk about is freedom to listen. This entire project has really inspired me to refocus on writing in a way that I love. I’m kind of intimidated by this one. It feels like a giant and I’m not really sure what angle to approach it, but I’m going to come with my sling and take my best shot.

There’s a bible story I was taught as a kid called Davd and Goliath. Here’s the story on YouTube.

Are you facing any giants in your life?

This story is encouraging but I wanna add that even when we don’t beat one giant, it prepares us to beat another. Sometimes you gotta lose the battle to win the war.

Ten Ways To Get Hold Of Academic Literature

Ten Ways To Get Hold Of Academic Literature
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdickert/2570185865One of the big barriers to doing academic work when you’re not a salaried academic is lack of access to academic literature. Books are one problem, though you can often get hold of them through inter-library loans, national libraries, or (if they’re not too new) cheap second-hand copies online. But academic journals are the major difficulty.

Helen Kara

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdickert/2570185865One of the big barriers to doing academic work when you’re not a salaried academic is lack of access to academic literature. Books are one problem, though you can often get hold of them through inter-library loans, national libraries, or (if they’re not too new) cheap second-hand copies online. But academic journals are the major difficulty.

People outside academia often don’t realise that even salaried academics won’t have access to everything. University libraries have budgets and have to decide which journals to subscribe to. Even professors sometimes need to use the techniques in this post. But those of us outside academia need to use them all the time. So, for those who don’t yet know, here are my top ten methods for getting hold of academic literature.

  1. Use openly accessible literature. Much of this can be found online. You may find relevant ‘grey’ (non-academic) literature through conventional search engines: anything…

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The American Scholar

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In self-trust all the virtues are comprehended. Free should the scholar be,—free and brave. Free even to the definition of freedom, “without any hindrance that does not arise out of his own constitution.”

The Project Gutenberg eBook of Essays, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Meal Planned

Sunday Rest Days

Every Sunday, I wake up nice and slow, watch church, and clean the house. Today worked out as planned. But this Sunday I added in meals for the week. It was so relaxing. The week flies by and I’m trying to get three well balanced meals a day in daily. I forget a lot. And then I’ll eat the stuff that doesn’t need to be cooked or prepared in any way. lol Which is junk food. I enjoy eating healthy foods. I just don’t always have fun preparing them. So if I have the energy, I’m going to try and get some meals planned for the week on Sundays.

I know there’s not going to be one set way that lasts forever. I enjoy shifting things around in my life to make it more enjoyable for me and my family. I like to think of ways I can make my home better that’s works for us all as a family. We’re all still learning so much. We’re all trying our best to work together as a team and think about how our choices could affect those around us. Well, when it comes to chores or the words we use. Maybe even our reactions.

Today I got to spend time grocery shopping with my oldest and I just love how she’s excited to try new things and make recipes she finds online. My youngest gets to go everywhere so it was nice to have time with my first born. She always has great stories to tell.

I enjoy having my girls while I build the life of my dreams. I enjoy this space we’ve shared where we all learn from our mistakes and grow into more accepting and understanding human beings. I’m excited to see what’s to come for us.