Posts by Tess


Great article exploring the different aspects of language used to talk about people with disabilities. Wonderful discussion and very educational for able bodied folks like myself that might wonder what is the “best way” to refer to others that have disabilities!

Cara Liebowitz
If that restaurant has a ramp, I am able to function perfectly within that situation. I am able to go in, sit at a table, order my food, eat it, and pay, just like everyone else. My wheelchair is not the problem. The inaccessibility of the restaurant is. Saying that I am disabled more accurately highlights the complex biosocial reality of disability.

Last weeks stroll in San Francisco. Feeling grateful for the vibrant spring plants 💚

I made some magical turmeric milk today with Macadamia milk and raw honey. I think I’m in love 💛

I’m really excited to see this!

@alyspereira
The film, which premiered at Sundance in January and will open in theaters this June, centers around Jimmie Fails (who is, actually, playing himself) and his friend Montgomery (Jonathan Majors). The two frequently visit a white Victorian house, wondering what it would be like to live there. But Fails seems to get carried away with the fantasy when the two find that the owner has vacated the house.

Shuffle Theme of the Week: Dark Humor

This week’s theme immediately made me think of Leonard Cohen. He has been one of my life long favorite artists. The humor in his song writing and poetry is self deprecatory, dark and deeply ironic at times, such as in Democracy. For me his song You Want it Darker, recorded just before death was a perfect example of his dark humor. An article in The Dartmouth put it well,"While the work is gloomy, it isn’t depressing or fatalistic. He meditates on God and death with a characteristic wry humor unique to someone who knew death was coming”

The last thing I will share about this is a clip of Cohen reading part of the foreword he wrote for one of his books of poems that was translated into Chinese. It’s called a note to The Chinese Reader. I think it also illustrates his beautiful dark humor.

Shuffle theme of the week: The Intangible

I have been thinking about this weeks theme in terms of how a lot of writing is about making the intangible tangible. That magic of taking something from your imagination and turning it into something that feels almost as real, or sometimes more real than the world or life we live in. I thought this article was a great take on that as Maps are one of the ways that writes make their worlds tangible. I remember as a child one of my favorite things about a book was the map that was in the front.

A new book collects fantastic literary geographies.

Here’s a follow up to the article I posted a little while back. It is so important to challenge the narrative of laziness and lack of will both for personal wellbeing but also how that story perpetuates many social issues such as inequality. If you can just call the poor lazy you don’t have to do anything about income inequality.

Corinne Purtill
A packed to-do list with no time for meaningful work can be a sign that something deeper is going on.

I made some magical turmeric milk today with Macadamia milk and raw honey. I think I’m in love 💛

I really loved this article. I think we tend to attribute many things to personal failure that are actually situational and societal. One line that stood out to me:“When you’re seeking to predict or explain a person’s actions, looking at the social norms, and the person’s context, is usually a pretty safe bet."

Devon Price
I've been a psychology professor since 2012. I've witnessed students of all ages procrastinate on papers, skip presentation days, and miss assignments. None of them were lazy. Ever.