• note: this is part of an ongoing series that I’m writing about the meetings we have at ALC. Check back for more, and I’ll link to them here when they’re written.
    Intentions for the Meeting
    Check-in and Change-up […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, The End of Year 3, on the site The Melicorn 1 month, 1 week ago

    The whole time I’ve been ALFing, there’s been something about the end of year 3. An aura, or a promise: threes are magical. When I was uncertain, blindsided by a question for the first time, moving through a sit […]

  • Mel wrote a new post, Tag! Tag! Tag!, on the site The Melicorn 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    This is a list of tag games that I like! We play a lot of tag, and these varieties keep it interesting. The descriptions under each are as close to word-for-word how I explain them to new players. [Notes in […]

  • Mel‘s profile was updated 2 months ago

  • Mel wrote a new post, Post-SotA Reentry Feels, on the site The Melicorn 2 months ago

    A couple months ago I posted about School of the Alternative – a self-directed art camp for grownups that I applied to go play at. This week, I went and came back again. I’m still processing, and there’s a post […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 The Melicorn 3 months, 2 weeks 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 The Melicorn 3 months, 2 weeks 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 […]

  • 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 The Melicorn 3 months, 2 weeks 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 The Melicorn 3 months, 2 weeks 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 The Melicorn 5 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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