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Currently interested in indigenous perspectives, queer perspectives, sci-fi (who would have known?), economics and gardening (forest gardens particularly), sprinkled with comics [he/him]

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My Friend Took Me To A Feline Therapy Place For My Anxiety And I’m Starting To Wonder Where The Cats Are? (2018, Alex Zandra van Chestein)

My Friend Took Me To A Feline Therapy Place For My Anxiety And I’m Starting To Wonder Where The Cats Are? by 

Relaxing with a purring cat can make people feel better… …but did you know purring makes the cat feel better …

This Is Your Brain on Depression (2018, Microcosm Publishing) No rating

When we are at our healthiest, we have a larger experience of life. Like the top of the funnel, you can pour in these stressors and have room for them to exist without spillover. Then depressive symptoms kick in (sleep problems, decreased energy, etc.), and this is where the funnel starts to narrow, because we start letting go of the things that seem the most optional. You know. The self-care stuff, like getting enough good quality sleep, eating the foods that are healthiest for our bodies, moving those same-said bodies around a little bit, etc. The problem is, the optional things are the things that most nourish us. So, we funnel into a narrower and narrower way of living as we are depleted more and more. Eventually the only things left are the stressful things we should attend to, rather than the things that give us joy. Trying to manage depression leads us to do the exact things that reinforce the depression instead.

This Is Your Brain on Depression by  (11%)

The concept of depression funnel / exhaustion funnel put words on what has been my main problem since the first lockdown (it actually goes back quite a bit, but the pandemic exacerbated it): I had more time for myself and filled it with too many productive activities, with things I thought I should do, and not enough things that I just like to do, things that bring me joy.

Looking back at 2021, I'm happy I read so many books-that-weren't-comics (last time it happened, I was a child... probably?), but maybe I should slow down a bit on Very Serious Non-Fiction Books About Important Topics™ and make more space for silly stuff and fiction.

Non-Player Character (2021, Witch Key Fiction) 5 stars

32-year old Tar feels like a Non-Player Character in their own life. They’ve been utterly …

My to-read pile mostly has serious books that I bought some time ago and that look like homework (The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Agile Testing Condensed...). And after The Body Keeps The Score I'm really in need of some cosy reading @_@

The Body Keeps the Score (Hardcover, 2014, Viking) 5 stars

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath …

Effectively dealing with stress depends upon achieving a balance between the smoke detector and the watchtower. If you want to manage your emotions better, your brain gives you two options: You can learn to regulate them from the top down or from the bottom up. Knowing the difference between top down and bottom up regulation is central for understanding and treating traumatic stress. Top-down regulation involves strengthening the capacity of the watchtower to monitor your body’s sensations. Mindfulness meditation and yoga can help with this. Bottom-up regulation involves recalibrating the autonomic nervous system, (which, as we have seen, originates in the brain stem). We can access the ANS through breath, movement, or touch. Breathing is one of the few body functions under both conscious and autonomic control.

The Body Keeps the Score by  (Page 63)

Major lightbulb moment ("SO THAT'S WHY BREATHING WORKS, AAAAAH")

The Body Keeps the Score (Hardcover, 2014, Viking) 5 stars

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath …

In 1922 the British government issued the Southborough Report, whose goal was to prevent the diagnosis of shell shock in any future wars and to undermine any more claims for compensation. It suggested the elimination of shell shock from all official nomenclature and insisted that these cases should no more be classified “as a battle casualty than sickness or disease is so regarded.” The official view was that well-trained troops, properly led, would not suffer from shell shock and that the servicemen who had succumbed to the disorder were undisciplined and unwilling soldiers. While the political storm about the legitimacy of shell shock continued to rage for several more years, reports on how to best treat these cases disappeared from the scientific literature.

The Body Keeps the Score by  (40%)

I was expecting heavy stuff when I began reading this book, and while there definitely are descriptions of traumatic events for instance, I think the heaviest stuff is in bits like this one.

Trailer Park Trickster (Paperback, 2021, Blackstone Publishing) 4 stars

They are my harvest, and I will reap them all.

Returning to Guthrie, Oklahoma, Adam …

volume 3 when?

4 stars

I liked it better than the first volume! Most of the things that didn't really work for me in White Trash Warlock as a single book got expanded on and became more satisfying:

  • What was a subplot about Adam's father felt more central and we learn more about Adam's familiy, even though it's not over and vol. 3 is likely to bring the answers we still need.
  • Sara's role was underwhelming in vol. 1 but now that she's already been introduced, it's easier to buy into her importance in the story.
  • In my review of the previous volume I complained that Vic's attraction to Adam wasn't explained, I couldn't see what Vic saw in him but it became clearer in Trailer Park Trickster.

I also thought that the alternation between Adam's and Vic's point of view was better done this time: several chapters ended on small cliffhangers that kept …