Easing: out of my mind

These past couple weeks have been about adjustment. Adjusting to the change is season. Adjusting to returning to work. Adjusting to working in a school with no kids. Adjusting to things dying, and new things growing in the garden. Adjusting to the needs of my partner, despite my own. I’ve always thought of myself as…

The old familiar fall

My depression heightens around the same time every year. It’s a signal that fall is coming. My mother passed in the fall of 2014, and shits felt pretty bleak since then. This summer’s ending has felt more weighted, what with pandemics and racism. Racism isn’t new but folks are certainly leaning into it this year….

Into The Wild, And The Privilege Of Escaping

One of the books I’ve read recently, which I’ve referenced in previous blog posts, is “Into The Wild” by Jon Krakauer. I enjoyed it, for what it was. I have to say, I get the appeal. The idea of escaping the poison of society. The intention of getting lost in God’s woods with no map…

Wisconsin Exquisite Corpse

Functional depression leaves me with nothing much to say this week, if I’m being honest. But in the spirit of “functional” I’ll use this week’s blog post to tell you about my Writer In Residence project. I plan, with the help of some of Wisconsin’s amazing writing community, to create an exquisite corpse. An exquisite…

The Simplest Forms Of Alchemy

A man lay dying on your steps. You step over his body and call an ambulance. He dreams of the conquests of his lifetime and the missed opportunities. Phantom smells waft in of the foods he loved and places he’s been. You cover your nose, anxious for when he can become someone else’s problem. Life…

360 Degrees of Separation

Opinions are an infliction, or affliction, depending on how you look at it. More than wanting to be right, we have this pulsing urge to prove that everyone with an opposing idea is wrong. Insecurity plus validation equals overcompensation. The flawed equation of humanity. We could argue forming opinions has led to advances in technology,…

Edible weeds, and other things realized while pandemiced

I’ve recently learned that some weeds are edible, medicinal even. Dandelion is beneficial from the flower to the root. Purslane grows in abundance, and has the most Omega 3 fatty acids of all leafy greens. Lambsquarters, a type of wild spinach, is an excellent source of B vitamins.     I also know two nightshade…

Abandoning Comfort, For Freedom’s Sake

Today I thought about endurance, and how it relates to mindfulness. I find myself practicing this in small ways. I’ll have an itch but I won’t scratch it. I make myself feel it. When it seems too much to bear I assure myself, it likely won’t itch 10 minutes from now. Then I tell myself,…

Writer in residence during Covid19: An introduction

I’m literally a “writer in residence”. It’s certainly a challenge to write about or draw inspiration from the local art scene while distant from it, but I often find it challenging to be around people. So in a weird way, this works for me. Emily Dickinson managed to write almost 1800 poems as a recluse,…

Farewell for now and Thank you

By Jenny Maurer   When I  first thought about applying for this position last year, I was both a little intimated and at ease about having to put together a portfolio. I had put together  a sample of my work earlier in the year for my application to Shepherd’s Express, but at that time I…