The Alexandria Papers Newsletter #88

The Alexandria Papers Newsletter #88 | Dr. Alexandria Szeman 10 December 2023


Mindfulness

How to Be Kind to Your Inner Critic | Mindful
On World Kindness Day, remember to give yourself kindness, too. Here are three practices to connect with self-compassion and soothe your inner critic.
5 Good Reasons to Try Breathwork | Psychology Today
The surprisingly powerful healing modality that’s right under your nose.

Migraine

11 Signs Your Headache Is Actually a Migraine | Women’s Health
Once you know the symptoms you can properly treat your pain.
Vitamin B1 may decrease the chances of migraine | Medical News Today
Researchers say that vitamin B1 (thiamine) may reduce the chances of someone developing a migraine, but more study is needed

Trauma and Sexual Abuse

Manifestations of Childhood Trauma in Adults | Seattle Anxiety Specialists, PLLC
Understanding Trauma More than 70% of adults have experienced a traumatic event at some point in their lives. [1] Trauma exposure is classified as any event that threatens or causes death, injury, or personal integrity. [2] Such experiences can include: emotional, psychological, physical and/or
Nearly 35 million U.S. children have experienced one or more types of childhood trauma | Aces Too High
Almost half the nation’s children have experienced at least one or more types of serious childhood trauma, according to a new survey on adverse childhood experiences by the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). This translates into an estimated 34,825,978 children nationwide, say the…

Mental Health

How Journaling Can Help You Cope With Life Changes | Everyday Health
Use these expert-approved journaling exercises and prompts to navigate life’s tougher moments and bolster your emotional health.
4 Ways to Protect Yourself From Gaslighting | Psychology Today
Ask for details, and put it in writing.

Books

Spark Hope & Healing This Holiday with These 15 Reads | Healthline
Find hope, joy, and resilience with these top gift picks.
Get Some Perspective: How Crime Novels Use POV to Reveal Their True Mysteries | Crime Reads
Imagine crime fiction without the freedom to explore different perspectives to change point of view. Think of the omniscient voice of the author giving us a distant third-person account of events. …

Cooking and Baking

Can Cooking My Own Food Help My Mental Health? | Very Well Mind
We hear a lot about the physical benefits of cooking your own food, but there are plenty of mental health benefits too. Read on to learn more!
When the Universe Hands Us Uncertainty, We Bake | Everyday Health
Baking is a form of mindfulness meditation that can calm the nerves and carry over into day-to-day life.

My Books

As powerfully written, darkly humorous, surprising, and accessible as Szeman’s prose works, these poems let you glimpse into the hearts, lives, and minds of ordinary people — whether they be mythological, biblical, literary, or contemporary — as they struggle to make sense of relationships, family, marriage, divorce, children, spirituality, faith, and the existence of God. As they struggle to comprehend the very things each of us experiences every day.

Szeman’s themes are universal, encompassing the perspectives of men and women, adults and children, equally honestly. All of the poems in the collection have been previously published in literary and university journals; several were part of her dissertation, Survivor: One Who Survives. Elliston Poetry Prize (’83, 84, ’85) and the Isabel & Mary Neff Creative Writing Fellowship (’84-85). Along with her Holocaust poetry collection, Where Lightning Strikes, this collection, Love in the Time of Dinosaurs, was unanimously accepted for publication by all outside readers of UKA Press in 2004.

• Grand Prize Winner, Elliston Poetry Prize
• Isabel & Mary Neff Creative Writing Fellowship
• First Place, Elliston Poetry Prize
• Second Place, Elliston Poetry Prize
• Centennial Review Prize for Poetry
• Honorable Mention, Non-Rhyming Poetry,
Writer’s Digest Creative Writing Contest

 

 


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