• I was working on this blog post but then we were retelling jokes and redrawing old drawings and talking about your flesh seashells aka your ears and old timey music and queerbaiting and the Titanic and who belongs […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, Gratitude for Gratitudes, on the site Mel 1 week, 5 days ago

    Today, I’m feeling really grateful for Gratitudes – my favorite part of our daily routine here. It’s an optional meeting, every afternoon, but I try to never miss one. It’s been an anxious few weeks for me, but I […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, On the Work of Love, on the site Mel 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    When we see love as a combination of trust, commitment, care, respect, knowledge, and responsibility, we can work on developing these qualities or, if they are already a part of who we are, we can learn to […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, A Paradox, on the site Mel 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.

    -Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness

  • The question is, what precisely makes something what it is; and what makes it the same thing with the passage of time?

    Phenomenal consciousness is about the temporal “depth” of the pre […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, On Time Travel, on the site Mel 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Since events of the future inevitably became events of the past, to engineer a new history actually was possible. One merely need to choose one’s actions carefully, and allow enough time to pass.
    -Laurie J. M […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, On Standing In Your Self, on the site Mel 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Choose how your nature shapes you. Embrace it. Find the strength in it. Or fight yourself and remain forever incomplete.

    -N.K. Jemisin, The Kingdom of Gods

  • Mel wrote a new post, On Joy, on the site Mel 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Without contrasts, how does one appreciate the different forms that joy can take?
    -N.K. Jemisin, How Long ’til Black Future Month?

  • Mel wrote a new post, What Is Magic?, on the site Mel 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    What is magic? There is the wizards’ explanation, which comes in two forms, depending on the age of the wizard. Older wizards talk about candles, circles, planets, stars, bananas, chants, runes, and t […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, An Unabridged Free Write, on the site Mel 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Wow we’re silly today. I usually feel a rush to get started in writing time but today I feel really spacy and all over the place and you know what that’s fine that’s what we’re doing I’m not wordsing great but […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, Mercury Retrograde: a Review, on the site Mel 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    It’s been a weird few weeks, y’all, and I’m blaming Mercury retrograde. You’ve probably heard of this astrological phenomenon, since it’s sucked up into pop culture in recent years. That may be because it happe […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, Describe Your Relationship to Work, on the site Mel 2 months ago

    I’m currently working on an application to go be facilitated at School of the Alternative, which is a really cool-sounding self directed program for adults. I’m feeling really inspired by one of the app […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, On Facilitating in Your Joy, on the site Mel 2 months ago

    Looking back through this blog, I see myself working through a lot of hard feelings around facilitation; while that’s a big part of this work, it’s definitely not all of it. I want this blog to be an accurate ref […]

  • “You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” -Mary Oliver
    I’m trying to be kind. It’s difficult, because the word is tied up in the abstracted character-building of my childho […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, Share Your Learning, on the site Mel 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    I have a confession: when I talk about the fourth Agile root, I often forget about sharing. “Growth happens in cycles of intention, action, reflection and sharing.” I’ve always had the hardest time with shari […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, What Is Writing Time?, on the site Mel 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Writing Time is a space that I hold. Writing Time is an hour a week (Wednesday mornings at 10 AM) where I am committed to writing. The most important part about Writing Time is that it’s low-stakes; this is an o […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, What Are You Up to Now?, on the site Mel 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    I wrote a post back in the beginning of October about my weekly schedule here at ALC-NYC; now, at the halfway point of the year, it feels like a good time to check back in and see what’s changed and what’s stayed […]

  • It’s the final focused blog of the semester and my brain is a puddle. Iphy has a santa hat on her face sticking out like a cone nose; Hugo is reading his own nonsensical date-making out loud next to me and m […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, Your Bones Are Wet, on the site Mel 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Think about it. All your bones are wet, right now. It’s kind of uncomfortable at first because WET is one of those squishy words, but if you push past that initial discomfort it’s kind of beautiful. The whole ins […]

  • I got into this work not quite by accident but certainly by intellect – I read my way into it. I haven’t posted in a few weeks and I know exactly why: I’ve been practicing instead. I’m trying to write this post, […]

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