Wednesday Tweet Digest, Vol. 9

2 years ago with 2 comments in Uncategorized
The best (according to me) tweets I have twitted over the course of the previous week or so, as a momentary stay against the essential evanescence of twitter. Being smart won’t get you into heaven. But neither will being stupid. — Joseph Prever (@stevegershom) September 5, 2014 I like it when things happen that I hate, if I knew they were going to happen. This is because I am a human ...

Seek Ye First

3 years ago with 8 comments in Uncategorized
I’ve been reading Gabriel Blanchard’s stuff over at Mudblood Catholic, a site of which I’m newly and extremely fond. I don’t agree (I don’t think) with Gabriel on all points, but I love his clarity of thought, his humor, and his honesty. Given the whole Exodus thing, orientation change has been the obsession du jour in the Gershom headspace. It’s a subject ...

Maintenance

4 years ago with 17 comments in Uncategorized
On my 17th visit to my therapist, marking nearly a year with her, she asks me, What do you think has changed? I could truthfully answer: No longer frantic and empty Like a cat Tied to a stick That’s driven into Frozen winter sh★t1 But I don’t listen to Radiohead very often anymore, and that’s part of the point. The question doesn’t really have to do with the ways ...

Seven Quick Takes, Vol. 5: Elation Edition

4 years ago with 12 comments in Uncategorized
1: My boss is annoyed with me because I just put in a request to go part-time, so I can spend a full day every work week doing Gershom-type things. It’s okay that he’s annoyed: I know he’d rather I invested more and more of myself in helping him keep the place running smoothly. But I’m okay with not pleasing him. Writing is my first love and maybe my first duty ...

Delight

4 years ago with 5 comments in Uncategorized
It’s 2003, and I am afloat emotionally and spiritually and socially and nearly every other way a 20-year-old can be afloat. The administration keeps talking about community, like it has for the last three years: building it, taking part in it, respecting it, supporting it; but I don’t know what community is, don’t even know that I don’t know what it is. I feel like ...

Nearly Anything

4 years ago with 17 comments in Uncategorized
My friend B. is a body psychotherapist. She’s explained what this means more than once, but I never quite get a handle on it.1 I gather that, where traditional psychotherapy is focused on talking, body psychotherapy treats us as the soul-body composite we are. One of the tenets of the discipline is that past trauma can manifest itself, not only in our thought patterns, but in our ...

Interlude: On Hope

4 years ago with 14 comments in Uncategorized
I’m sitting in the parking lot of the shrink’s office. This is why I got a laptop: I am so often in transit that if I waited until I was settled at my desk, I’d never get any writing done. I think the woman two spaces away is in the same boat. She’s parked in her car, running the AC and eating something with a plastic fork. Poor thing, poor both of us. I’ll write ...