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Body positivity and creating a culture of consent

Photography by Shandra Massier Body positivity. In previous posts, I have written about a caregiver’s responsibility to raise our children in a culture of consent. Imparting these ideals on our children is the only way humanity has a hope of overcoming rape culture. When we talk about creating a culture of consent, we have to recognize a correlation between the …

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5 ways parents may be contributing to rape culture- and not even know it.

Please be aware that we are discussing some heavy material. Topics in this blog post may be triggering. Rape Culture If you look at any current news feed right now there are endless reports of sexual offenders on trial, victim shaming, victim blaming, and perpetrators victoriously grinning. A month ago, the American presidential elect got caught lewdly boasting about blatantly …

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Consent. How we use tickling to create a family culture of consent!

Warning: The following contains some disturbing content and may be triggering. photography by Shandra Massier Consent. We’ve heard that word a lot in the media recently. And I am glad some of us are talking about it. It’s about damn time. To the rational mind, the concept of consent doesn’t seem so hard to grasp: “Don’t do anything to another …

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Why having mental disorders doesn’t define me.

I have alluded to in previous posts (here and here) about personally suffering from mental disorders. Today I’m going to expand on that. It’s about to get personal and vulnerable.   Yup. I’m going there.   A while back, on Bell’s Let’s Talk day, I decided to share a picture I sketched 15 years ago; a picture and a caption regarding …

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Renaissance Revival We-Can-ifesto: Be a maker. Not a taker. 

I feel like humanity is on the cusp of a great revolutionary change. If you look back through history you can see that our evolutionary track has sped up with the advent of the industrial revolution. Humanity realized that machines could do most of our work for us. Consequently, artisans who used their hard-won skills to make a living, slowly …

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Why you need to grow a garden.

I have suffered from and have been diagnosed with several different types of mental disorders since my teen years. I am so blessed to say that with intensive therapy and at some points medication, I have been able to overcome a lot of those disorders. I’m not ‘cured’ by any means and still suffer from anxiety disorders as well as seasonal affective disorder, otherwise …

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Practicing creativity can make you happier and healthier.

Practicing creativity can make you happier and healthier. It’s true. Of course, you would expect that coming from the mouth of an artist. But it goes further than just the “art makes a person happy” trope. As far back as I can remember, I would feel this instinctually subconscious need to express myself creatively as a way of feeling better mentally and emotionally. I would start …

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How to be creative.(even if you don’t think you are)

As an artist, I hear on a pretty regular basis something that goes like this: “You’re so creative…I wish I could be creative.” I never know what to say.   To single me out as “creative”, as if it were a rare anomaly amongst humans, always shocks me because I believe that the desire to make and create is fundamentally human. It is intrinsic to …

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Naomi Pahl, Artist. An introduction.

I have been creative as long as I can remember. One of my first creative memories was when I was in grade one. I had to sculpt a person out of vegetables and toothpicks as a companion project for the children’s fable, ‘Stone Soup’. My vegetable sculpture was a success and I was called in front of the school assembly to show …