Posts by Tessa


This blog post is in response to a friend’s remark about religions and atheism. Atheism is a tricky subject. For example, I am not, by any stretch of imagination, an atheist. God no. At the same time, it would be accurate to say that I do not greatly relate to any of the “world religions”, nor do I follow the “new age spirituality”. I am being vague on purpose because one’s beliefs and one’s...

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A black writer wrote a column about the tragic murder of Eric Garner in New York City . A Native American reader responded with something like, “Yeah man, it certainly sucks, but why are we talking about problems of black people here? Everybody always talks about black people’s problems but Native Americans have it worse and yet nobody talks about us!” My heart sank a little bit. Are we so stupidly divided? Are we so… You don’t...

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I was looking at comments on a Native American website. The conversation was about drinking (you know the stereotype… Indians drink their souls away… about that later). Somebody said, “But how can we teach our children to be sober if they turn on the TV and all the songs are about drinking and partying?” Ha. True, and there is no conspiracy theory. There could be one but who needs a bad guy when people from all walks of...

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A moment stuck in my head: A friendly, all-American belly dancer and a boring guy dropping five one-dollar bills on her shoulders as if he is covering her in furs and diamonds. Bestowing five one-dollar bills on her naked skin with royal confidence known only to testosterone that is completely unaware of own irrelevance. And she is dancing with more fervor. And my heart bleeding a little bit over the tragedy that took place over a...

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The more I think about this culture, the more I think that it is completely idiotic. What is this? You put crap in food and mask it with strong sugars. You put crap in processed sound and mask it with electric noise and tasty stereo width (that might actually make you nauseous if you train your senses). Holy fuck. Why isn’t everybody up in arms about this. Or that thing. “Nothing” by Abramović. I respect her as a human being and wish...

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