Guest Post: 14 Free and Low-Cost Mental Health Resources   Leave a comment

Excellent list of resources.

Captain Awkward

[Hello everyone, Captain Awkward here. I saw the list of resources for people that can’t access therapy right now that Tiffany compiled on Twitter and hired her to write it up for us as a companion to the post on how to access low-cost counseling in the US and Canada.  If you have additional resources that have helped you please feel free to share them in comments. -CA]

2017 has been quite a year to say the least. But in the midst of all the global upheaval, I’ve also noticed a trend of more people willing to talk about mental illness, and also seek out solutions for mental health care. I’ve seen a lot of conversations surrounding this topic on social media. As someone who has dealt with clinical depression for most of her life, it makes me glad to see the stigma of mental illness falling away as…

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Posted October 3, 2017 by veggiewolf in Uncategorized

The Wind Telephone   Leave a comment

Salt spray on glass
Without a caretaker enough to cover this window to another world,
This life-line to beyond and back again.

Here at the edge
Each pane is kept carefully clear inside and out so they may listen closely,
Speaking of things kept hidden inside us.

Wind meets Earth here
Touching the waters with words and emotions locked deep inside without a key,
Stored in the case of a rotary phone.

Beloved One
Tell me the things I was longing to hear from you so long ago, before now,
And I will assure you that I am well, life goes on in the same endless way as
Before.

Inspired by the kaze no denwa in Otsuchi-cho, Japan.

Posted October 3, 2017 by veggiewolf in Poetry, Storytelling, Things They Don't Tell You

Kitten!   1 comment

For lack of other content, I present Trillian, erstwhile Navigator for the Heart of Gold, sometimes companion of Zaphod Beeblebrox, bitiest of all bitey things.

 

Posted July 17, 2017 by veggiewolf in Uncategorized

Boundary Basics: What do you Need to Feel Safe?   Leave a comment

Boundaries and consent: two things that make me super happy.

Kinkopedia

boundariesEveryone needs something to feel safe.  Whether or not you’re aware of that that things is depends a lot on the experience you’ve had in the past, especially if there have been times in your life that you sense of safety (or actual safety) have been compromised.

Part of navigating the kinkoverse, it’s spaces, it’s people – and also the relationships/interactions we have with its inhabitants means figuring out our thresholds of safety and security.  What do we need to know about a person, space or activity to feel comfortable being in that space, or sharing an activity with that person.

Which can be more challenging than it sounds, especially when  you’re new to a experience – it’s pretty hard to plan for the unexpected.  Think of it like trying to get a container for an unknown quality of an unknown substance – how do you plan for that?  How would…

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Posted April 24, 2016 by veggiewolf in Uncategorized

Coming back from hiatus…   Leave a comment

…and sharing this: A Story of a Fuck-Off Fund.

Do you have one?

30 Days of Scent – Day Twenty-Five – 34 boulevard Saint Germain by Diptyque   Leave a comment

Last Tuesday (12 Jan 2016), I wore 34 boulevard Saint Germain eau de toilette by Diptyque.  It is a decant I bought from The Perfumed Court.

Fragrantica.com lists the main accords of 34 boulevard Saint Germain as woody, warm spicy, aromatic, green, floral, and balsamic.  Their description of this scent states that it was “…launched 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the house, named after the street of the first Diptyque boutique. Innovative and complex, this fragrance features a chypre “backbone” and the base of woods and balms.

Top notes: blackcurrant, green leaves, fir leaf, citruses, pink pepper, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Heart: rose, geranium, tuberose, iris and violet. Base: woods, resins, balsams and eucalyptus.

34 boulevard Saint Germain is part of the “34 Collection” at Diptyque, along with l’Eau du Trente-Quatre, and Olivier Pescheux created both of them.  He’s also done a number of other fragrances for Diptyque and other houses, none of which I’ve worn…and my reaction to 34 boulevard Saint Germain is not likely to push me in the direction of seeking out his other scents even though I know two scents are not a majority.

I guess I could try Eau Mage…although it’s likely I’ll be eaten by the patchouli.  Okay, maybe Opôné with its tobacco and leather with rose…

I might need to stick to simpler Diptyque scents than these, because I get the same discomfort with 34 boulevard Saint Germain that I get with l’Eau du Trente-Quatre, and I so wanted both scents to work because the descriptions feel right.  If anything, the chypre “backbone” in 34 boulevard Saint Germain should make it more interesting and complicated, but all I get is a sharpness that overcomes any of the nuances meant to exist through such a combination of notes.  I suspect that this is another scent that will be genius on the right person, and I am not that person.

Thank goodness for decants, eh?

30 Days of Scent – Day Twenty-Four – Haiku by Avon   Leave a comment

Yesterday, I wore Haiku eau de parfum spray by Avon.  It’s a full-sized bottle that I purchased three years ago when a friend of mine was working as an Avon representative.

Fragrantica.com lists the main accords of Haiku as white floral, floral, citrus, woody, and fresh.  Their description of this scent says, “Haiku will revive all your senses, with its sparkling notes of Japanese citruses, pomegranate, lily, lily of the valley, sweet and pure jasmine, warm, milky sandalwood, musk and vanilla. It was presented in 2000 and belongs to floral-green compositions.”  Avon’s website lists the notes as follows:  “TOP NOTES: yuzu, pomegranate; MID NOTES: fig, lily, muguet, jasmine; BASE NOTES: tonka bean, sandalwood, musk.”

I bought Haiku before I started writing fragrance reviews on this blog, so I relied on what I knew I liked in a scent (white floral, typically with some greenness or aldehydes in the mix) and Haiku did not disappoint.  It felt fresh and light in a way that some of my other scents didn’t and the price point was perfect for me (Avon’s fragrances tend to be on the super-affordable side).  I wore it when I wanted a break from my typical fragrances but still wanted to stay “close-to-home” scent-wise.  And then, I started branching out and trying new scents that weren’t even close to what I was used to wearing and Haiku drifted off my radar.  In fact, when I picked it up Monday morning I realized that it’s been two full years since I’ve worn it at all.

Haiku is not what I remembered it to be, but it was still enjoyable: I got lilies and yuzu with enough jasmine to mellow things out, and as the day went on the sandalwood made a faint appearance.  It didn’t last as long as I’d expected, and I picked up a chemical note initially that I’d not noticed the last time I wore it (or didn’t remember from the last time I wore it).  All in all, though, I still think Haiku is lovely, and the price point makes it worth trying, especially for those who are just getting into fragrance that is a step up from body mist.