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“On Self-Advocation and Self-Love, Part 1”

If you live with the aftershocks of trauma, one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself and others is to self advocate.  Speak up about your triggers.  True, over time and with proactive work, you can desensitize or eliminate your triggers.  But in the mean time, learn to speak up for yourself.  This not only helps to stop the trigger from happening, but it communicates clearly with others that you have a boundary…

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“The Journey of the Emotions of Killing”

“Isn’t it hard to butcher an animal you raised yourself, especially if it had a name?” “It was at first” is about the simplest response to that common question. The act of destroying life comes with its own unique and complex emotional journey. For those of us who empathize with the life and suffering of other beings, killing is not a straight-forward affair. I really do think it’s an important conversation to have for those…

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“What Are You Even Doing?” 

“Wow! You guys are really doing it! You’re living the way people lived back in the pioneer days!” I’ve heard that, and similar sentiments, several times over the last few years. I never know how to react. What I want to say is “No, actually, we’re really not. We have comfy vehicles and snowmobiles with heated hand grips, we have a tele-handler, chainsaws, electricity and the internet. It’s nothing like ‘the pioneer days’”. But that…

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