Monday, December 9, 2019

Where do we belong?

Feel like you don’t belong? You’re not alone.The world has never been more connected, yet people are lonelier than ever. Whether we feel unworthy, alienated, or anxious about our place in the world — the absence of belonging is the great silent wound of our times.

Most people think of belonging as a mythical place, and they spend a lifetime searching for it in vain. But what if belonging isn’t a place at all? What if it’s a skill that has been lost or forgotten?

With her signature depth and eloquence, Toko-pa maps a path to Belonging from the inside out. Drawing on myth, stories and dreams, she takes us into the origins of our estrangement, reframing exile as a necessary initiation into authenticity.

Then she shares the competencies of belonging: a set of ancestral practices to heal our wounds and restore true belonging to our lives and to the world.

2017 Nautilus Award Gold Winner
2018 Readers' Favorite Gold Winner
2018 Whistler Independent Book Award Finalist

Friday, November 29, 2019

unplugging this Thanksgiving weekend

"The Mushroom Hunters" by Neil Gaiman - read by Amanda Palmer with music by Jherek Bischoff -  is a feminist poem about the dawn of science.

Amanda Palmer with her reading as the audience packs into Pioneer Works (Photograph by Amanda Palmer)

Making it the perfect choice here at wonder | wander | world this quiet Thanksgiving weekend.

Enjoy this sweet little gem and let it nourish our outlook and approach this coming holidays.

Friday, November 22, 2019

near & dear

The NYTimes Op-Docs piece "From Here to Home" highlights five films on immigration and belonging. 

Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, herself an immigrant, introduces the works with these heart piercing words: 

[T]hings happened not necessarily because we were refugees or Southeast Asian, but because we were human and did some of the same things that other Americans did. Our failures — and our successes — were due to our complicated humanity, not because of our ethnic or national origins.

To love, to laugh, to live, to work, to fail, to despair, to parent, to cry, to die, to mourn, to hope: These attributes exist whether we are Vietnamese or Mexican or American or any other form of classification. We share much more in common with one another than we have in difference.

And yet these differences — of color, religion, language, origin and so on — matter because we make them matter, or because others persuade or coerce us into believing in they matter.

Five short documentaries about the immigrant experience in America appearing in The Times’s Op-Docs series testify to both the depth of our shared humanity and the height of the walls separating us.

[O]ur entire American generation, which has the unique experience of watching the American empire peak and decline is running out of time. Our national midlife crisis, our sense of our slipping global power, can drive us to act out or to examine ourselves.

We act out by longing for enemies to conquer in the vain hope that this will restore our greatness, and we mistake immigrants and refugees for those enemies. But if we are mature enough to examine ourselves, we can both celebrate the accomplishments of American culture and also acknowledge — and maybe even atone for — its terrible deeds.

We can help to make up for these tragedies by doing two things that foes of immigration argue are incompatible: renewing our commitment to the most marginalized Americans who are already here, and welcoming the immigrants and refugees who regenerate us. But we don’t have a lot of time.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

ending 2019 with a bang

November meteor showers include the Andromedids, which occurs from September 25 to December 6 and generally peak around November 9–14.

The Leonids occurs from November 15–20 and the Alpha Monocerotids occurs from November 15–25 with the peak on November 21–22.

The Northern Taurids occurs from October 20 to December 10 and the Southern Taurids occurs from September 10 – November 20.

The Phoenicids occur from November 29 to December 9 with the peak occurring on December 5–6.

The Orionids occurs in late October and sometimes lasts into November.

Olivia Lopez | Filipina Fashionista

The life of Olivia Lopez is filled with luxuries most only fantasize about - transatlantic adventures, five-star accommodations, and chic designer duds. 

But before she came a blogger to watch and now a formidable brand in her own right, she was a young Filipina immigrant adjusting to life in a new country.

Just the kind of blazing wonder | wander | woman we choose to highlight here at wonder | wonder | world. Not so much as influencer but by what has influenced her.

Refinery29 caught up with Lopez to discuss her upbringing, the moment she knew she was a creative at heart, and how she cultivates appreciation for her culture.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

our ancestral lineage

Growing up in the Orient, we learn to incorporate the dead among the living. Beliefs of reincarnation and ancestral spirit guidance are all part and parcel of growing up Asian.

Moving west we find shared traditions among indigenous tribes and their practices as well. It brings us comfort and brings us comfort as we make our home here now.

Honoring our Spirits
 YES! comic and illustration by Jen Luxton

As immigrants we rest easy among the diverse traditions - local and imp[a/o]rted - that keep our ancestors and dead loved ones close and remembered fondly.

We can expand our ancestral connections to include realms beyond our bloodlines - to strengthen lineages by including all of life - on this plane and in the spirit world.

Past, current, and future - are all connected. We are all in this together - interwoven.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Grist & Fix | solutions-oriented info & action

Need help to make sense of this crazy maddening times?

Try this site out - Grist. As their mantra enthuses: Don’t freak out. Figure it out. 

Take action and join Grist's solution lab, FIX

Sleep better at night - knowing there are folks like these who care about us and our world.