• Experience

    Leaning In

    When things get difficult, I have a tendency to bear down…to grit my teeth, tense my shoulders, and push my way through. Or…I shut down altogether. A lesson I could (and should) follow, instead, is to lean in. I read a story recently about a boy who was pass a set of Chinese handcuffs in school. He didn’t know what they were, but like any curious being, he stuck his fingers in the ends and found himself (as expected) trapped. It didn’t matter how hard he pulled, he was stuck. Suddenly, it dawned on him that he might need to change tactics, and so he did the opposite of pulling…

  • Experience

    A Smoother Shore

    Each weekday morning, I follow a particular routine. I get up, let the dogs out (and back in), I get coffee, I check my schedule for the day and figure out how best to prioritize my time, and then I get to the business of journaling. I don’t usually share this journaling, because it’s just my daily thoughts and life…nothing particularl interesting to an outside audience, but necessary to my inner peace and personal growth. I usually have some sort of meditative reading that I do to kick things off and get my mind going…because, let’s face it, in the morning, my mind isn’t really ready to think on its…

  • My EJC Responses

    Drowning My Way Back to the Surface

    You know how when things get bad, they sometimes need to hit rock bottom before you can make any progress? I know not everyone deals with things that way, but for me, that’s often the way it goes. It’s like I’m sinking, and kicking, and just making things worse as I drown myself, and then suddenly I stop fighting and begin floating back to the surface. Mr. D and I have a rather tumultuous marriage at times…to the point that I’m sure some would tell us it would be healthier to go our separate ways. I’ve said that here before, and I’ve also explained that this simply isn’t the way…

  • My EPC Responses,  Poetry

    My life in haiku

    As you’ve likely noticed, I’ve basically been MIA for most of August and September; and while it isn’t unheard of for me to sort of disappear the first weeks of a school year as my priorities shift and wriggle and find their way into a new balance (or imbalance, as the case may be), I feel a bit guilty for sort of dropping my baby project in the water and letting it learn to swim on its own. Thankfully, it’s clumsily treading water. I’m just barely starting to feel a sense of calm, but I’m still struggling with the technological aspects of my new situation. Since I’m now working remotely,…

  • My EJC Responses

    I’m still here…

    It’s been awhile. Things have been weird…and hard…and stressful…and well, a whole host of other adjectives. But I’m hanging on, and hanging in there. And now that my year is getting back to whatever type of normal it promises to be for awhile, I’m settling in, reaffirming my priorities (or finding new ones in some cases), and creating new routines to fit this busy season of our life – Back to School. I’m a teacher, so this year, things are definitely different. Last Spring, crisis learning was the name of the game, but this year, we are definitely in a situation to provide a much better online experience (for everyone…

  • Erotic Poetry Challenge

    September’s Erotic Poetry Challenge: Haiku

    September’s optional theme is “Haiku” Haiku are fairly easy to write, since they are short and do not need to rhyme. They follow a syllable pattern for each line: 5 syllables on line 1, 7 syllables on line 2, and 5 syllables on line 3. They were traditionally about nature, but now days people write them about pretty much anything…so why not sex, eh? Here are the basics: The Erotic Poetry Challenge is a MONTHLY CHALLENGE with an optional THEME and optional weekly prompts (just to give you ideas). But keep in mind: –you can link-up when you want (one time or many) –you can ignore the theme and prompts altogether and…

  • Erotic Journal Challenge

    September’s Erotic Journal Challenge: “Prioritized”

    September’s Theme is “Prioritized” Oh my goodness, I’ve been a terrible blogger this past month! But honestly, I’ve got plenty of good excuses: an injured husband, going back to work, deciding to go back to school myself…it’s been sort of a whirlwind, trying to figure out how I’m going to schedule it all in during this new, busy season. It happens every year, of course, so it’s no surprise (aside from my husband’s injury and going back to university). This is always a busy time of year, as I go back to work and my son goes back to school. My anxiety rises, our sex life plummets, and the leaves…

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