Annual Fireworks

USA firework image

Photo by nataliekeyssar During this strange, hard summer I’ve been thinking about places that show joy and resilience in the face of hard circumstances. I’m sharing images from a long-term project, Heaven’s Back Yard, about Robeson County, North Carolina, one of the poorest counties in the U.S.

It’s been hit hard by two hurricanes and subsequent flooding in the past few years, but when I spent the summer of 2018 photographing July 4th and the Lumbee Homecoming Celebration, Robeson also showed me a thing or two about community pride and having a great time.

In Saint Pauls, a town of less than 3,000, the volunteer fire department hosts the annual fireworks show in a parking lot behind a bank. I’m keeping Robeson in my thoughts these days, as the coronavirus spreads in the region and the hurricane season starts up again.

Follow me for more stories and images from Robeson and across the Americas.

How to heal

Your body is not small. The total surface area of the human lung could be spread to the height of a brachiosaurus. If you want to heal,you must firstfind every bruised place. Your body is not obvious.It sheds forty thousand cellsevery minute,and who knows how many of thosewere the last to rememberthe bruising? Just in […]

G2: how to heal

Your body is not small.

The total surface area of the human lung could be spread to the height of a brachiosaurus.

If you want to heal,
you must first
find every bruised place.

Your body is not obvious.
It sheds forty thousand cells
every minute,
and who knows how many of those
were the last to remember
the bruising?

Just in case,
count their ancestors
in your census
of pain.
Even a cell can inherit a wound.

you must tell somebody
where it hurts.

You have to be specific,
and this may take some time.

The human heart beats 100,000 times per day.

If you want to speak to someone about the beat that was broken,

they will want to see it. They will have to search for it.

They will sift through everything you keep in the pockets of those rhythms.

Together, you may find some old cuts.

Add those to your census, too.

Some days it will seem that you are getting more wounded for the searching,

but this is healing.

Step one, the tally.
Step two, the telling.
Step three, the treatment.

All steps happen at the same time, but you have enough elasticity for this.

Your body is not small.
Your body is not slow.
Your body is not helpless.

It will be healing itself
as you search for what needs healing.

A cut will become a scar, a bruise will become a perfectly healthy cell afraid of the dark.

The human body is made of ten trillion DNA cells. You could be stretched to the moon and back again,

1500 times.

In a lifetime, it will feel like this is exactly what has happened to you.

hundred trips to the moon and back,
and boy,
are your cells tired.

Tired, but not small.

You will have to lean into yourself. All of yourself. To the top of the dinosaur and back. To every expanse of you.

Take a close look.

This is a treatment.

You will have to step into a dark room,
give yourself roses and chocolates and promises you can keep.

The cells don’t need to forget the dark.

They just need to forgive it.

This is a treatment.

You will have to apologize for every time you kicked yourself.

A body deserves more than to be afraid of itself, ashamed of itself.

This is a treatment.

In the accounting,
make a note of the muscles
that wish they could cry.

Let them.
Stretch them.
When they sob so hard it feels like aching,
soothe them.

This is a treatment.

Tell someone that you hurt. Where you hurt. How you are healing. Where you beam with delight.

Let them bring more joy to you.
Accept it. There is room.

You have many more trips to the moon to make.

Your body is not small,
but you can only carry so much.

Let the telling empty you of bruises.
Hollow the pockets of your heart of everything except the memory of how you care for you.

Pack your cells with joy until it is what they know best, and what they trust most.

Be abundant.

Joy is light.
You can lift so much more of it than you can imagine.


This is healing.

Common Cognitive Errors in Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive therapy
Common cognitive errors

The cognitive perspective seeks to understand how dysfunctional and irrational thought patterns create emotional problems.
Clinicians who take the cognitive perspective analyse distress and maladaptive behavior in terms of what we tell ourselves about situations rather than the external situations.

I will see you in my dreams

I will see you
Fall asleep and I will see you then

Because, when I fall asleep you come to me and talk to me, but in this physical world you are not with me and I miss you papa, you don’t know each moment I feel like “hope you would be here” with me. It is really very tough papa, you were my best friend.. I always shared everything with you, during cared that you will be worrying about me too much. But you always try to understood me. Thanks dad. I love you .. and I want you to be in peace wherever you are. But when I fall asleep, you many times come and talk to me I m Happy in that, I don’t want to wake up ever, if you will come like this always in my dreams. I m going to sleep now, may I will never wake.. please come to me and hug me dad once. 😔

A short poem and a new review of Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings # micropoem #review #poetry collection

My Dear Readers, Below please find one of my new poems entitled Yellow, and a new review of my poetry collection Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings. The laudatory content and the language used by the reviewer – whom I do not know – made a big impression on me. Yellow A red sky sews […]

A short poem and a new review of Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings # micropoem #review #poetry collection

How to Deal with Premenstrual Mood Swings

Menstrual PMS
menstruation mood swings

Is it PMS?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of physical and emotional symptoms that start a week or so before your period. It makes some people feel moodier than usual and others bloated and achy.

For some people, PMS can also cause mood swings in the weeks leading up to their period. Mood swings involve a sudden, unexplained change in mood. You might wake up in a great mood but find yourself becoming angry and irritable an hour or two later for no reason.

Other emotional symptoms of PMS can include:

  • sadness
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • anger

Two related conditions can also make you feel moodier before your period:

  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). PMDD is very similar to PMS, but its symptoms are more severe and tend to involve emotions. For some, it causes intense mood swings that interfere with daily life. While recent research estimates about 75 percent of women have PMS during their reproductive years, only 3 to 8 percent have PMDD.
  • Premenstrual exacerbation. This refers to when symptoms of an existing condition, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, or depression, become worse in the weeks or days leading up to your period. About half of all women who receive treatment for PMS also have either depression or anxiety.

Read on to learn more about the relation between PMS and mood swings.

Why does it happen?

Experts aren’t sure about the actual cause of PMS, but it’s likely linked to hormonal changes that happen during the second half of the menstrual cycle.

Ovulation happens about halfway through your cycle. During this time, your body releases an egg, causing estrogen and progesterone levels to drop. A shift in these hormones can lead to both physical and emotional symptoms.

Changes in estrogen and progesterone levels also influence serotonin levels. This is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate your mood, sleep cycle, and appetite. Low levels of serotonin are linked to feelings of sadness and irritability, in addition to trouble sleeping and different food cravings — all common PMS symptoms.

Mood swings are one of the most common trusted sources and most severe PMS indications.

What are you planting today?

Mindfulness quotes

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You and your purpose

Living in this plane of earthly existence, we can often forget our true purpose. When you are not connected with your soul and not in alignment with the Universe, you could feel lost and not know what your mission in life is. Before we selected our journey on the planet as a soul, we already knew what our purpose was. However, it can easily get lost in the Maya or illusion of this existence. Hence it is important to shed the illusions of this existence by becoming aware of our true nature. Our true nature is that of utter joy and universal abundance. Lift up the veils and see for yourself. Your purpose is only one. To be yourself, realize your true nature. We love you: Sun and Sky!

Positive quotes
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