Author: The Tattooed Buddha

The 7 Levels of Technological Hell.

  By Heather Hunter Facebook. Twitter. SnapChat. Instagram. Tumblr. Text messaging. Cell phones. These are the many names of stress. The technology we have available to us every waking second of our lives is powerful stuff. In an instant, with few limitations regarding where I am, I can check my bank balance, review business documents, text my daughter, play a meaningless trivia game to pass the time and check in on how or where an old friend from high school is located. I can read the essays and poems of my partners in creative rebellion, view photographs of the countryside...

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I am Pissed Off About Having Mental Illness: Are You?

  By Gabe Howard   People living with mental illness share many common traits. In the advocacy world, we share many of them openly. We discuss the symptoms of the illness, the uncertainty, the fear and we share ways that people with mental illness can receive better treatment, better services, more understanding and have better outcomes. We have another common trait that is seldom shared. We all experience it, on some level, and most of us share it only with our trusted friends and family. When we sit alone with other mentally ill people, we swap stories. That is...

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Spiritual, Not Religious.

  By Ann Graham Nichols   As a teenager, I attended services for the High Holy Days with a Jewish friend, bought a Star of David, and decided to own my Jewish heritage. Then I dated a Catholic boy and spent Sundays mesmerized by incense and robes. Later, I joined a protestant church, became an elder, served communion and I was baptized. I loved the hymn singing, and the sense of belonging. Somewhere in there, I became viciously judgmental about the term “spiritual, not religious.” I viewed it as a copout—a way to stake a claim to being “good” without...

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Good Men with Guns.

    By Dejah Beauchamp     “Did you hear about the terrorist attack in Paris?” my mom asked as I stepped in the door. I’d just spent two hours in a waiting room with the TV channel turned to CNN, so yes, I’d heard of it. I’d seen the video of three men in a shootout at the offices of Charlie Hebdo (the French equivalent of Mad Magazine) playing over and over until I had to clench my fists to keep myself from running up to the TV and shutting it off. I was sick to death (and...

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Face of Love. {Poetry}

    By Tracie Nichols I feel, in my bones, that everything on this glorious planet has a soul—stones, trees, rivers, animals, people. So I struggle with what feels like my complicity in using parts of the green world as “resources.” I wonder about the sacred life we remove from it’s original home and consume in our everyday lives. This poem is a collision of two trains of thought: 1) I have long, heartfelt conversations with stones and trees and other beings in the green world, and often wonder how they feel when we remove them from where they...

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