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June 19, 2019

I recently did an interview with Gale Straub of She-Explores.com. The episode is called After the Wildfire and talks about my plans to thru-hike the Oregon Coast Trail in the summer of 2020. Survival Over Surrender is mentioned in the episode too! You can listen to the episode here. I highly encourage you to subscribe to the podcast on your listening platform of choice. It’s excellently produced and the content, wisdom, and inspiration contained in…

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1906 Earthquake Commemoration and Lyrics to “San Francisco”

April 17, 2019
1906 Earthquake Commemoration - 2018

Every year in the early morning hours of April 18th, a group of people gather at Lotta’s Fountain in San Francisco to commemorate the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fires. It’s not a large group – sometimes it seems like the press outnumber the attendees. Folks, many who have links to survivors of the quake, some dressed in period clothing, gather to remember the event and the devastating impact it had on the city. There is always a call to be prepared. The next “big one” could always be just around the corner.

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How to Recover from Trauma: Tip #4 Be Bold

April 5, 2019
Be Bold

When you’ve been through some really hard shit, it’s really really easy to want to put on some camouflage and fade into the background. And by all means, if you are still in survival mode, allow yourself that time. I needed it. A lot of it. I didn’t want to be in the spotlight anymore and I stopped interacting on social media. I stopped asking friends to come over and keep me company.

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How to Recover from Trauma: Tip #3 Make New Friends

March 14, 2019
Melissa and Emily

When you go through a trauma, it creates a rift in your life. For me anyway, there is the life I had before the fire and my son being born, and there is the life I have after.

It’s not even like two different chapters, it’s like two completely different books in the same series – some of the characters are the same, but it could very well exist independently.

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Raku: The Japanese Pottery Style that Speaks Volumes

March 10, 2019
Raku pottery

You don’t have to literally survive a fire or be a super deep thinker to get it. It’s not really a big stretch. Pottery is fragile until it’s been fired. Clay is carefully sculpted with an attentive touch and only holds its shape when it’s put in a kiln at over 1000 degrees Celsius and exposed to extreme temperatures.

We’re like that too. We’re more soft and susceptible to damage before we’ve seen hard times. After we’ve been through some shit, it hardens us and leaves us more likely to survive.

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Be Alive, Don’t Just Survive

March 7, 2019
Quiet Lightning

I recently attended Quiet Lightning’s event Sparkle & Blink 98, a curated submission-based reading of writers and poets in San Francisco. I haven’t been to a reading event in a while, so this was a really great event to attend. I got to meet other writers and get inspired on a whole other level.

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