Disability / Emotionally Dissociated / Lived Experience/Memoir / Time-specific

Dissociative Identity Disorder, Crisis Management, & Emotional Triage

Recently in my life away from writing this blog, a conflict erupted. It was a big one, with consequences reaching much further than my antagonist realises. I don’t call her my antagonist as if to imply that I am a do-no-wrong protagonist. I make a lot of mistakes. But what is clear is that we … Continue reading

Decolonization / Race/Ethnicity / Time-specific

How White People Can Begin To Comprehend Cultural Appropriation Without Stepping Knee-Deep In Racism

Pharrell Williams is wearing a cheaply made feather headdress on the cover of Elle magazine this month. The headdress is constructed from what appears to be dyed turkey feathers, giving the appearance to the untrained eye of eagle feathers, and a lot of people are upset. As they damn well should be. I don’t know … Continue reading

Lived Experience/Memoir / Time-specific

Here We Go Again: Leaving Another Abusive Atmosphere

Over the past couple of years, I have experienced a persistent and turbulent series of events that either threatened my housing security or effectively eliminated it. The past few months in my most recently terminated living arrangement are no exception—having not only threatened my housing security over the most superficially trivial of issues, but also … Continue reading

Lived Experience/Memoir / Personal Is Political / Time-specific

Why I’m Not Anti-Theist Revisited: One Year Later

Last April, I wrote this entry about why I’m not anti-theist. In that piece of writing, I essentially argue that anti-theism is a dogmatic view of the world that denies its own nature as dogma, denies itself doubt, and promotes cultural imperialism. These are three damning strikes against my core principles as a human being … Continue reading

Personal Is Political / Time-specific

PeaceFail Protest: March Against Monsanto Vancouver

This morning, a few dozen white people gathered in the occupied territories of the Coast Salish peoples (without Coast Salish peoples present, of course), to peacefully protest a problem they don’t even understand. Something inside me was pushing me to be there. This blog post is about why I think that was, compared to the … Continue reading

Emotionally Present / Lived Experience/Memoir / Personal Is Political / Race/Ethnicity / Time-specific

Hair Revisited: One Year Later

A little more than a year ago, I published this post about how my and everyone else’s relationships with my hair, my race (which isn’t nearly so simple as “I’m a white person!”), and my apparent social gender radically shifted overnight when I started shaving my hair clean off for a full year and a … Continue reading

Personal Is Political / Race/Ethnicity / Time-specific

White Guilt Revisited: One Year Later

I wrote a year ago about how I feel about white people claiming to feel overwhelmed with guilt about winning the birth race lottery—spoiler: I thought “what a useless exercise” then—and I still find the subject matter resurfacing over and over again, with increasing frequency since the beginning of the indigenous nationhood movement. I will … Continue reading

Decolonization / Personal Is Political / Time-specific / Uncategorized

Idle No More, Copyrights, Trademarks, & Internalized Colonialism

Today, the rumour that the “Idle No More Four” (which used to be five women, back in December) were planning on copyrighting and/or trademarking the phrase “Idle No More” was confirmed. It’s done now, thus marking a definitive moment in indigenous resistance that all the real grassroots saw coming months ahead of time: indigenous people … Continue reading