(Over the last four years, we have been made to feel acutely vulnerable as women, individually and collectively-for our gender, our choices, our bodies, our love and our beliefs. Yet, individually and collectively, we have been empowered to find our own voices and to raise them up for the sake of change. What is the power in a voice that allows itself to be vulnerable?)
I will never forget the feeling of the world as we shuffled about on the morning of November 5th, 2016.
Donald Trump had been elected president and I remember the first thought that ran across my mind. The same thought that ran across the minds of many women that day: what will happen to our rights? …
Inauguration Writing Advent Day 17-Prompt Provided (Unknowingly) By a Strong 13-year old who fears for her future.
“My 13 year old ‘joked’ at the dinner table that she’s pretty sure the future is going to be a “big bag of shit” due to the current political crisis. There was some gasping and yelling and loud indignation about privilege. When things calmed down we came up with a list of reasons why the future might be okay.”
The above prompt was posted on social media to garner positive responses and hope to give my friend’s young one during these times of chaos. …
I have been coping with mental health personally and professionally for my entire life. I would have to say my biggest struggle regarding obtaining care for my own personal mental health is care being available. I run into this same roadblock when trying to help clients obtain mental health care as well.
I always ran into months-long waiting lists to see a counselor and, with no insurance most of my life, I could rarely afford the medications these could-care-less psychiatrists prescribed me.
So, for most of my adult life, I just stopped searching for therapy and other community-based programs, like peer support, as I became discouraged with the costs. This led to many years of self-destructive behavior and, while also battling a substance abuse addiction, a point of complete bottoming out. …
Inauguration Writing Advent Day 12-Prompt Provided By Nikki Tyree
“What stands out for me is the incredibly scary increase in false information being spread and preached. Even as someone who studies and practices in the mental health field, I struggle sitting with how others can so blatantly disregard facts and live in denial.”
Do you know what post-truth politics are? If you do, I commend you as I had no clue what this meant when I stumbled across the word in a New York Times article today.
Once I read the definition, it couldn’t have been more fitting to use this term to describe Donald Trump’s approach to his great border wall. …
January 9th is a special day for me, it is my birthday. I have not turned another year older but I have turned a year wiser. On this day I celebrate a rebirth of sorts as opposed to my original birth. This day is my sobriety birthday.
Eight years ago on this day, I sat on my best friend's bed, having finally had enough. I had just arrived on a Greyhound bus from Atlanta escaping an abusive relationship and my belongings consisted of what I carried in my suitcase. …
Trump Administration’s environmental ignorance led to a climate movement.
Inauguration Writing Advent Day 9-Prompt provided by Amber Cadenas
“When I think of the havoc Trump has wreaked on the natural world, I think of the voiceless ones who aren’t human. He doesn’t value human life highly unless it benefits him, why would he see non-humans as any different.”
I find it alarming that we are still having the argument surrounding the environment and climate change. …
Inauguration Writing Advent Day 6- Prompt provided by Ms. (Soon to be Mrs.!) Tyree
(Is there a correlation between previous abuse and support for Trump?)
The last couple of days have seen me with the most impressive writer's block. I am more of a publish a few times a month kind of gal and, with this advent, I have challenged myself to write almost daily.
But, I was provided little inspiration. Until a massive crowd of Trump supporters took control of the Capitol in Washington D.C. …
The pandemic began for me on a cool spring morning in upstate New York. It was just a couple of weeks before my 30th birthday.
My partner and I had just canceled all of our vacation plans for said birthday. We were watching the news as our state began issuing stay at home orders. In a matter of days, March 13th descended and New York state was in a total lockdown.
All non-essential businesses were closed and restaurants were reduced to take out. My partner’s career in massage therapy disappeared overnight. …
And how the Trump Administration overlooked them all.
Inauguration Day Advent-Day 4 Prompt Provided by Tina Winchester
(There is an erosion of trust in our democracy. We don’t trust democracy or each other anymore.)
I am not a political gal. I have never kept up with politics or policy, never followed legislation, or known who held what office aside from the presidency.
Then, Donald Trump became our president. I realized that the reason I didn’t follow the government is that I didn’t trust our government. …
An LGBTQIA+ Proud Poem
(The same year Trump ran for election in 2016, North Carolina passed House Bill 2. Now, while Trump spoke out against HB 2 in 2016, he also stripped transgender service members of their titles in 2017 by banning all transgender individuals from serving in any part of the military. I will leave it to you to decide where our president stands on truly caring about and protecting our transgender community.
I am a lesbian woman who has short hair and wears masculine clothing. Due to my aesthetic, I dealt with a lot of harassment in public restrooms once HB 2 was passed. I was told I was entering the wrong bathroom, told to get out of bathrooms when in them, and was called a slew of various insults. …