Archive | January 2013

Recovery, recovering.


Just Pictures


These trees continue to fascinate!  They remain unchanged,  yet they hold the viewers focus.


Constantly changing sky, showing the progression of winter. Where winter leaves its cover, softening and sculpting the landscape.



In the last photograph,  there was a thaw, with the morning sun rising through a haze.


GYA today



Photo credit: SolarShine

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Heads up!



The Blog

As Story Wranglers here at, we love getting to spend time every day in the Reader exploring the incredible breadth of topics you’re writing about. Here are three Freshly Pressed posts from this past week that we think are must-reads:

Wiggle Wiggle Pinky Toe!

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I do it again, this time to confirm that what I thought I had been seeing could actually be real. “Wiggle little toe, wiggle.” Wiggle wiggle it says, as it dances back and forth, proving to me that for the first time in almost six months, I have regained motor control of a part of my lower body.

Arash started his blog, Arash Recovery, to chronicle his fight to walk again after a fall from a third-floor balcony left him paralyzed from the chest down. In Wiggle Wiggle Pinky Toe!, he experiences a physical breakthrough six months in the making. We were on…

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Must see, the photography is spectacular!

Canada Alive!


The Yukon is Canada’s most north-western possession. As a semi-autonomous territory it is partly administered directly from Ottawa (unlike provinces which have their own governments) and partly from its own legislature. Founded in 1898 as a separate entity from the Hudson Bay Company’s Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory was given quasi-provincehood in 2002 following a Royal Decree in the federal Parliament of Canada.

The Yukon borders British Columbia in the south, the Northwest Territories in the east and Alaska in the west. It is mostly mountainous in the west but the north and east open up to brilliant tundra, which is home to thousands of species of rare plants, animals and birds that are only found in the Yukon’s unique environment. The Yukon’s total population is just over 30,000 inhabitants, meaning that the stunning nature of this land has remained virtually untouched by human development.


The Yukon is most famous for…

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ACEs Too High

laurabookI am writing a book manuscript, Trauma Nation, which looks at how the United States is organized around the propagation of traumatic defenses. My work as a psychotherapist informs the project. I wonder what it would take to heal centuries of violence, oppression, complicated grief, and emotional neglect—much the way I am concerned for my clients. And yet this impulse to heal, social engineer, reform, etc., is symptomatic of what is often traumatizing about the US and the West in general–the continual need to address the impact of modernization and living in seemingly unnatural circumstances.

But what counts as natural? My personal gold standard has been our earliest ancestors. At times I look to the first hominids over five million years ago, when social emotions first developed. Other times I study the Upper Paleolithic some 40,000 years ago when protocultures began to flourish (and likely mirror neurons and

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