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THE LESSER LIGHTS

WALKING IN LIGHT, EMBRACING TRUTH, CONQUERING DARKNESS

Sexually Assaulted? Yeah, #MeToo

Alyssa Milano , Kesha, Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gabrielle Union, Barry Crimmins, Anna Paquin, Javier Munoz, Debra Messing, Rosario Dawson, Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Evan Rachel Wood, Ashley Judd and I all share something in common, and it wasn't our early 1990s love for New Kids on the Block (well, maybe... Continue Reading →

Quality Produce: The Good & Bitter Fruits of Life

Have you ever bought a beautiful red apple from the grocery store, thinking, from its appearance, it was going to be juicy and sweet? Then, gotten home, washed it, and bit into it dry bitterness instead of succulent sweet juices? Yeah, not all fruits are good...

Shattered: Fracturing Cultures of Acceptance, Not the Females in Them

As I write this post, more women are coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The story is gaining traction. We say it's about time! No more cultures of acceptance. No more silently compliant and... Continue Reading →

Art & Poetry: Ink Blot Cages

Black bleeds into white--ink blot distortions, diffused in shades of gray. So, right looks wrong, and wrong seems okay. The willingly blind pretend to look away. Click to read more . . .

Jailbreak: No More Fear

  On Fear How much control does fear have over your life? In the below post WordPress readers share their wisdom on fear. Readers share their insight and wisdom on handling failure and rejection when making art. via Overcoming Fear: Readers... Continue Reading →

Restoration: Resetting the Scales

When we lose autonomy over ourselves, we become internally unbalanced. When others silence our voice, we cannot directly communicate, set boundaries, or restore internal order. So, instead of dealing with the real conflict, we war within ourselves. Luckily, we don't have to live in an unbalanced state. We can achieve restoration, and we can be at peace with ourselves. But first we must understand the forces tipping the scale...

Pearl of Great Price: Insuring Your Self-Worth

Saltwater pearls are considered rare and precious gems. They grow in mollusk shells along beds formed from extinct, eroded volcanos. One single pearl grows for years, facing threatening predators, crabs, and parasites. The few that survive emerge as beautiful smooth, translucent round layers reflecting light ... you are a pearl. A pearl of great price.

“‘Only’ Touching”: A Woman’s Worth in a Culture of Acceptance

$1 per grope--that's how much a woman is worth. Too often, victims are questioned, humiliated, and further exposed only for their perpetrators to get off for less money than a cup of coffee ... it is unacceptable for sexual battery to cost less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks ... less than a fine for littering ... less than the penalty for spraying graffiti on the side of a building. Sentences like Judge Nauhaus' communicate females are worth less ... less than the dirt and grass beside our roadways ... less than chattel.

Rooted in Dignity, We Shall Not Be Moved: ‘When Great Trees Fall’

Rooted in dignity, we can act with integrity. Integrity is more than doing the "right" thing when no one is watching. Integrity is transparency, authenticity. It is owning our flaws. It is inspecting ourselves, our behaviors, our motives. Integrity is acting from a place of personal dignity, acting with respect to the dignity of others. Integrity is seeing others have worth simply because they ARE.

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