Ten Ways to Help Yourself During a Flashback

RAPHAELA ANGELOU

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Many people in my circle would probably be surprised to know that I have PTSD. They would be surprised at its ferocity and how hard I have had to work to have a semblance of normality. It hasn’t been easy! There was years of involuntary shaking when the telephone rang or someone knocked at the door. I would have to talk myself into venturing to the letterbox. I rarely went out alone. I can suffer flashbacks pretty easily, especially in social settings. You are out of your comfort zone and when a “red zone” topic comes up in conversation, I can literally feel my body tense and my brain react. I will sometimes feel welded to the seat, unable to move and get away. Sometimes I look placid and I smile. I have covered up my terror with gulps of wine, but when I get home, the horror hits. It…

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Prepare for ‘Flood the System’ – Fall 2015

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Rising Tide North America has unveiled the coming mass action: #FloodTheSystem. Coordinated within the international climate justice network, #FloodTheSystem will create a massive wave of climate action events in the months preceding the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that begins on November 30, 2015 in Paris.

#FloodTheSystem

Not a mere protest, #FloodTheSystem is calling for a massive collective intervention to uproot the political and economic systems that have caused the climate crisis.

Starting this September, Rising Tide North America is calling for mass actions to shut down the economic and political systems threatening our survival.

Already, hundreds of thousands are streaming into the streets to fight back against climate chaos, capitalism and white supremacy.

This wave of resistance couldn’t be more urgent. To stop climate chaos we need a phenomenal escalation in organizing, participation and tactical courage. We need…

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Love/Hate Challenge

I was nominated for the Love/Hate Challenge by Wil at Wil.

Thank you for the nomination Wil!

For reasons I can’t fathom, the page lost all of it’s formatting when I first published it–So I trashed the first post. This post isn’t looking much better but I’m sick of tweaking it.

Here are the instructions:

List 10 things I love and 10 things I hate – then nominate 10 fellow bloggers to do the same

Here are 10 things I love:

Surrealism

Poetry

Music of all kinds

Hope

Photography (including VR Photography)

My family.

Fresh air

Martial Arts film (Bruce Lee still rules)

Invader Zim (You’ve got head pigeons!)

San Francisco

 

10 Things I hate:

Black and White thinking. (Ideologies are the lies we tell ourselves when we don’t want to know we are wrong.)

Fake Christians 

Gamers who cheat. Cheating isn’t winning. It’s stealing.

Virtual Sex (I think it’s creepy, and yes, I’ve tried it.)

Sex freaks that stalk me with usernames like “bigdixx”, “hugedixx” and “dixxeydixx”.  I did get a laugh out of “ClutchingLips Resident” — (BTW Men with bragging rights about don’t advertise; they get testimonials.)

Haters who think getting called out on it is a form of discrimination. This nonsensical response to being held accountable apparently predates 1822.  (It is not “discrimination” to expect you to fully take part in modern democracy and to ask you to treat the freedoms granted you by the First Amendment with respect.)

Behavioral Psychiatry. An evidence based study shows that you leave the mentally ill out of your evidence based studies.

The Benghazi Bullshit. (Take the take the log of Iraq out of your own eye before you accuse anyone else of treason.

Wealthy, childless, unmarried, career women that trash feminism. (Ann Coulter is the only argument Ann Coulter needs against liberalism.)

I hate that Jason over at Opinionated Man isn’t blogging. May the God’s of Blogging and the Internets send flocks of ravens to peck out the keyboards of the troll responsible.

And may hairs grow out of their ears. (That curse always comes true)

My Nominees are for the Love/Hate Award are:

Everyone that reads this.

Really!

It’s fun.