Tag Archives: identity

Where Are You From? An Invitation

By Karen C.L. Anderson I am from books, Barbie dolls, and obscurity. I am from rocks and driftwood, and exploring suburban woods as if I were there first; from raised ranches and colonials. I am from cinnamon-toast-and-hot-cocoa-for-Sunday-supper-while-watching-The-Wonderful-World-Of-Disney and I am from resistance. I am also from square dances and playing 20 Questions on long car …

The Safe Place That Saved My Life

TW: Sexual violence against children The physical aspect of child molestation eventually ends, but the emotional destruction does not lift off the tiny shoulders carrying the burden. Instead, it grows with you and casts a shadow of overwhelming darkness for years, decades; sometimes for life. I was molested for 8 years of my childhood and …

Many Identities

By Tricia Barker Walt Whitman said, “We contain multitudes…” and he might be right.  The older I get, the more identities I gather; but as I inhabit each one I try to hold on to the essence of kindness, even when that kindness need only be directed toward myself.   Survivor of Men’s Violence and …

Underwater Insight

  Drew Bromfield spends his days (and let’s be honest, nights) finishing his dissertation in cognitive neuroscience at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  A student of Shambhala Buddhism, he leads meditation regularly for the Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation group at Maxwell House Yoga.  He finds special richness in the interface among relationships, ongoing lived experience, …

You Need to Fly

Open your wings expand into a cloud flow glide clouds are cotton candy unicorns run wild mermaids fall from the sky tiny magical lifeforms raindrops that grow into the coral reef they are artist caretakers making the reef a sacred place beautiful blue Azul topaz Gold flickers. Pearls shimmer.

Mind, Body, Our

by Rodney Askins “Through turf nights with barriers of poverty, every day is a struggle. How and why is your answer-added question. This poem is a long life story song.” Sometimes I whistle to ignore the horrors of other depression that circles around my mind for what it’s worth the sound is close to the …

Life Is Non-Scents

by Debbie Jinks Who would have thought when I got up that Friday morning that my life would change in such a devastating and unusual way by the time I went to bed that night? That my whole world would be turned upside down by one small incident. Life was pretty good until that point; I’d succeeded …

Getting to Know You

It is fitting that the topic we are choosing to tackle on OTV in October is “Identity”, as we are going through an identity shift of our own.  I was thrilled when Shareen first extended an invitation to guest on the magazine late last year and more than flattered when she and Shawna welcomed me …