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MC Candy Foot

breakfast ingredients “You want a grackle for breakfast?” I asked Ming.  A grackle was vocalizing in the courtyard. “Yeah!” he said. “Oh, honey.  You don’t eat birds.  The only animals you eat are sea creatures.” “Well, that’s good because they both start with a c.” “Uh–grackle doesn’t start with a c.  It starts with a… Read More »

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needs

Ming and I were looking for a place to live that’s not in the desert.  That process helped me vision, long and hard.  I started thinking in a new way about what I need.  What are the basic needs, my minimum requirements? Long ago I made a list of what I would enjoy for my… Read More »

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schizophrenia dream

I woke up in the morning from a schizophrenia dream and wrote this six word poem. schizophrenia dream fresh asparagus closed tightly Then I photographed some asparagus in our colander before I broke off the woody stems and cooked the tender shoots in my wok.  Wow, it was delicious. Then I made the schizophrenia dream… Read More »

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what saved me

I was telling my good friend about an experience I had as a kid that was vital to my well-being.  It helped me understand there’s a bigger world than my home and the town I lived in.  At UC Santa Barbara I learned about queerness, race, freedom, music, writing, friendship.  It helped me understand that… Read More »

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happy birthday to Stacey Park Milbern

Happy birthday to Stacey Park Milbern, my disability justice hero.  She would have been 35 on May 19.  I didn’t know her, but I love her.  She’s my disabled ancestor. The morning of her birthday, Ming and I listened to her crip socks essay that I read aloud and posted on my soundcloud.  I hugged… Read More »

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what I value in people

Hello, how are you doing?  Ming and I had a cool conversation about what I value in people, and what he values too.  Thought I’d share with you what we came up with.  How do your values compare? humanity I was feeling sad about people: humanity, cultures, societies, communication, relationships.  Feeling like 85% of people… Read More »

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surprise of spring

“Surprise of spring?” I asked Ming.  He looked at me–we were at the cabin in Arizona we like to retreat to. “That horseradish stuff, mixed with beets!  I love it!” I said.  Ming seemed curious as he listened to me. “I tried it at Passover.  It’s not too hot at all,” I continued.  Horseradish has… Read More »

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feel your feelings

I ponder the damage done in the world by people who hate themselves.  Mostly because they don’t feel their feelings. “I think people hate themselves because they do bad behaviors.  And they do bad behaviors because they don’t let themselves feel their feelings,” I told Ming.  “And that makes them do more bad behaviors.” luxury… Read More »

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be my guest

Hello, I’m so excited–my second guest blog post Disabled Permaculture is out on my friend’s Awkward Botany blog.  Please take a look! I talk about how Ming and I are disabled, how disabled permaculture is a great way for us to garden and do community, and how it’s part of our interdependent family.  Gardening is… Read More »

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numbers

“First of all, he likes us.  Second of all, he needs us,” I told Ming.  “Fourth of all, why would he even want to do that?” In the bathroom, I realized I’d skipped item number three.  Oops.  In my dismay, I erred on my numbers. dreams Do you read in your dreams?  I often read… Read More »