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I post publicly at my website http://www.runningnekkid.com/ which is LJ syndicated at runningnekkidfd. That's where I try to do more writing writing, with varying degrees of success. I would love it if you visited me there, too.

I hope you're doing well. And if you're not, I hope that you have good people around you who can help make it bearable until you are well. Thank you for coming by.

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I feel good about this month in writing. I haven't posted this much here since May 2013, and even then I was kind of cheating by posting old Livejournal posts here once a week. Calling it Throwback Thursday or The Great Livejournal Migration may have let me feel like I was doing thing, but really it was just a fancy way of regifting years-old writing. I wasn't even editing those bitches, just throwing them out into my new wild.

When I fell into #NaBloPoMo challenge, I was decided I wasn't going to revert to the LJ Migration. I can pick that up again later, but this is a challenge, so challenge accepted. New thing, every day. See what I did with that kind of momentum.

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This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a speech urging Australia to reveal its plans for cutting greenhouse emissions, warning that Climate change 'won't stop at the Pacific Islands'. And hey great, a world leader presenting us with the reminder that we do share the world. That climate change will soon become everybody's problem, everywhere.

But it already is, if we recognize that Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders are part of everybody. Part of Earth's everywhere. So when I first read Merkel's statement I was the opposite of impressed. And so, for today's Week In Surfing, I thought we'd take a moment to remember that Pacific Islanders are a vital, important part of our global landscape, and we aren't willing to drown in the sea of political idiocy.

- See more at: http://www.runningnekkid.com/content/week_surfing_nov_22_pacific_islander_edition#sthash.StF5yB1n.dpuf
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I may be just one person with one lifetime of experiences to which I can speak. But I will say this: a lack of diverse juvenile and young adult literature actively damaged my sense of self worth. Damaged the pride I had in my culture. I noticed all of the ways that my family was different from all of families represented in fiction. Remembered the way Scholastic said they had the best, and how nothing representing my experiences was anywhere on that list. I was not the best, and I understood that in a way that I am still, at forty, dismantling. - See more at: http://www.runningnekkid.com/content/weneeddiversebooks_readers_every_age#sthash.3Ch21aT4.dpuf

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This Right To Die

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A few months before my dad died, Dr. Kevorkian made headlines for assisting in Janet Adkins' death. It was all so shocking. So new. Euthanasia wasn't something that normal people talked about, except now it totally was. And I was transfixed.

Even more, I was disgusted by the 1990s hysteria, watching the debate over assisted suicide and "mercy machines" with equal parts fascination and revulsion. Who were all these people condemning patients like my father without knowing him? Without holding his hand and asking what he knew about his inability to either live or die.

I remember the twisted, painful guilt I felt upon wishing Kevorkian had hooked up Thanatron to the man eroding in my family's living room. I read articles about its gruesome elegance; medicine to induce a coma, and then medicine to stop a heart. It seemed so much gentler than all of the hopeless waiting my father did.

- See more at: http://www.runningnekkid.com/content/right_die#sthash.PUdjrMae.dpuf

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