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My Own Ramblings

(TW/CW for marital rape, psychosis, suicidal ideation) You are going to think, “wtf, Bonnie? why this bitch?” And my answer is this: for the past few months, I have been in the darkest place in my life. I have spent weeks crying, unable to stop at all. Driving to and from my kids’ schools and [...]

Categories: Badass Bitches From History, My Own Ramblings

Haha, what was I thinking with restarting this right now when literally the only news is gonna be COVID-19-related? Well, perhaps I’ll begin seeking out some uplifting stories, too, to get us through this tough time. Today, though, I think I’m going to share a few thoughts that have been going through my head this [...]

Categories: Feminist Fridays, My Own Ramblings

Last night at midnight California Governor Newsom issued an order that we must all stay home. I am freaked out. We all are. This is, legitimately, freaky. We have never, in all of human history, faces this sort of global lockdown. I believe the professional phrase for this is, “what the actual fuck?” As I [...]

Categories: Feminist Fridays, My Own Ramblings

It’s official- I’m back!

Ugh. Life is messy. There’s this idea that we are supposed to grow up, get a degree and a career, find a husband, make some babies, and live happily ever after. I did it wrong. No- differently. I dropped out of college, married as an escape from an abusive childhood, had beautiful babies, grew up [...]

Categories: My Own Ramblings, News

I’m back kinda! Long story very short (more later), I’m disabled enough right now that I cannot work full time so I’m currently planning to bring life back to SOAM both in its historic form of honoring the mama body, but also in new ways. One of my favorite things is history so here is [...]

Categories: Badass Bitches From History, My Own Ramblings

A Sad Announcement

As many of you know, these last few years have been a challenge for my family. As a single mom of two kids with special needs, I have been worn thin for a long time. Managing health care in the US, particularly for those who are low-income such as myself, and especially managing mental health [...]

Categories: My Own Ramblings, News

A Brand New Profession

Hello from the other side of my first official tabling event! THANK YOU to those of you who donated to help get me here! Hello to all my new readers from BabyFest! It was a fun day, connecting with other local birth workers. Everyone who stopped by the table was supportive of the concept and [...]

Categories: My Own Ramblings, News

A primer on Fat Phobia

A few years ago when I was enrolling my oldest child in middle school, I had to drop off some forms at the school nurse and I saw this poster. It made my blood boil because the very first thing listed for harmful effects due to overeating and overweight was “Psychological problems.” I want to [...]

Categories: Activism, My Own Ramblings, News

Mothers/Parents and Mental Health

This is a really important article from NPR that I shared on our Facebook page a few days ago. It talks about postpartum psychosis, which is when a new mother has a break from reality. This illness is rare, but not as uncommon as you would think, because most women are too afraid to talk [...]

Categories: Activism, Depression and/or Mental Illness (Unrelated to Pregnancy), My Own Ramblings, News, Postpartum Psychosis, PPD – Postpartum Depression

The Poetry of Our Bodies

Inspired by a project I had in my digital humanities class this past semester, I created this word cloud from your entries here. For this particular cloud, I pulled the top 10 posts under the category of “Positive Body Image/Words of Encouragement” and fed them (anonymously, of course!) into the processor at Voyant. It gave [...]

Categories: My Own Ramblings, News, Poetry, Positive Body Image/Words of Enouragement