Dear Reader, 2020. What a year. And it's only July. I'm expecting another Biblical event happening any day now. I mean, it IS hurricane season and what's to stop this crazy year from unleashing something we didn't expect? Like the Bubonic Plague. Yes, this year has been a dumpster fire for just about everyone, me … Continue reading Build: How is my word of the year going so far?
Author: Icess Fernandez Rojas
What’s so magical about magical realism?
Dear Reader, I am so excited about the summer. With all my academic work done until August, I have some time to work on some projects I've been neglecting for awhile. Of course that means my writing projects. Oh, my writing projects. How I have missed them! So, here's my latest project that I hope … Continue reading What’s so magical about magical realism?
It’s tougher this year than last
Dear Reader, I woke up today, July 4, conflicted. This year's celebration of independence is more difficult today than it was last year. I returned to last year's post and, indeed, it's worse. However, conventional thought and theory says I should hate this holiday at or more than the level of my rancor for Columbus … Continue reading It’s tougher this year than last
The death of a giant
But the death of Macario Ramirez is a reminder that despite the fight, life continues and that we are, despite how we treat each other, human. And humans don't last forever.
Finding spots of joy
Dear Reader, It's been a rough couple of weeks. The pandemic seems like child's play compared to the continuous killing of black men and women. The burden of that. The action of that. The broadcasting of that. All of it wears on me like a stone. Between that and other things I finally broke down … Continue reading Finding spots of joy
Hope and grace can change the world
I am learning to live on purpose.I take time to sit and journal, no matter what time I wake up. I am intentional with my to do list and when it’s time to clock out, I clock out, opting for time with family, reading, watching something or even just sitting and staring into space.
I guess I am one of those productive people
It's for this reason people consider me productive. Quarantine and global pandemics aside, I am often asked how do I stay so productive.
I tell them this: I really am not productive. Really. I'm not.
Art in the time of global pandemic
This is a time for art.
From the front Lines of Quarantine from a Person with Anxiety
I just noticed that I've been in some kind of quarantine since AWP, more than 25 days ago. That's almost a full month.
That explains why anxiety is working hard against me.
I've had a couple of bouts with shortness of breath. So much so I was worried.
Then, of course, it goes away. My body reacting to stress.
How’s your social isolation going?
Dear Reader, How's it going with your social isolation? Let me say this about me... I was made for this and this is both exciting and worrisome to someone with depression and anxiety. The exciting part is that I am so productive. I actually am re-learning thing this thing about myself. I like having several … Continue reading How’s your social isolation going?