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Writing Alchemy Episode 8 Summary

This episode is a workshop-style collaboration that explores self-love practices with a focus on the experiences and art of people living at the intersections of oppression. In this episode Jessica Littenburg reads her poem “Healing Is” which is about finding tools for dealing with chronic illness, Ryannah Quigley shares her inspirational experiences as a plus-sized trans woman of color working on the film project hashtag body beautiful, and the band Bicycle Face shares two children’s songs which combine fun and silliness with some important messages about self-love. Discussion also delves into using art to push back against oppression, giving ourselves permission, valuing what we are doing, self-compassion, and using ritual as a tool for change.

Poem: “Healing Is” by Jessica Littenberg
Description of #BodyBeautiful: Ryannah Quigley 
Songs: “Bearded Lady” and “The Otter Song” by Bicycle Face
Collaborator: Coach and consultant Liz Cruz

Photograph of the top portion of an abstract charcoal drawing in swooping curves with feathery edges that together are suggestive of a heart shape.

Photograph of the top portion of an abstract charcoal drawing in swooping curves with feathery edges that together are suggestive of a heart shape.


Show Notes:

The exercises for today’s story can be found at: http://www.lizcruzconsulting.com/downloads.html

Fay’s Links
You can become my patron on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/WritingAlchemy
The RSS feed of this podcast is: http://writingalchemy.net/feed/podcast
Video on empathy vs sympathy and not silver-lining difficult things (this powerful video makes me cry every time I watch it): https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/partnering-in-mental-health/201408/bren-brown-empathy-vs-sympathy-0

Liz’s Links
Liz Cruz Consulting: http://www.lizcruzconsulting.com/
Dissolving paper (8 ½ x11 in that can go through a printer): http://www.sciencebobstore.com/water-dissolving-paper/
Other sources of dissolving paper: Searches for “spy paper” “dissolving paper” yield multiple results

Jessica’s Links
Find out more about Jessica and her poetry: https://www.facebook.com/jessica.littenberg
Gender Justice League: https://www.facebook.com/GenderJusticeLeague

Ryannah’s Links
Support Ryannah doing her activist work: https://www.crowdrise.com/help-me-continue-my-work-with-gjl
#BodyBeautiful photos: https://www.facebook.com/ryan.quigley.1804/posts/998317853582296
The video will be released on June 24th at Trans Pride Seattle : http://www.transprideseattle.org/schedule-route/

Bicycle Face’s Links
Find out more about Bicycle Face: http://bicycleface.bandcamp.com/
Friends Ugandan Safe Transport: http://friendsugandansafetransport.org/

Music Credits:
Intro: Kickin’ in the Turbo (Alasdair Cooper) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Bearded Lady: Shared with permission from Bicycle Face
The Otter Song: Shared with permission from Bicycle Face
Podcast announcements: The Place Where I’ll Return To (Alasdair Cooper) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Outro: Everybody’s Got Problems That Aren’t Mine (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0

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