The Bliss I find in Solo Hikes.

African American Explorations

1493361_10202810260993578_37607114_oAs a woman I’m often asked  if I’m afraid to hike alone and  why I like to solo hike, the answer is both simple and complex. I hike alone for the serenity and quiet of the journey, and being afraid doesn’t come into play because I’m a woman. Being out in nature allows me the time to contemplate my next move. When I hike with others, I’m too focused on being in the conversation and keeping up with the group, and it doesn’t allow me the time to slow down and focus on my thoughts.

Nature offers something that being indoors simply can’t. It is motivating to walk among the trees and tramp along the trails, focusing on nothing more than the path ahead. You notice the shape of broken tree branches, how a blade of grass reacts to the wind flowing through it, and how clouds form into shapes…

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A Friendly Reminder That You Don’t Know Me

Ella Dawson

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An odd thing happened this weekend: an idiot on Twitter really wanted my attention. I say idiot because this young gentleman truly seemed to be stupid rather than malicious in his persistent need to speak to me despite my obvious disinterest. This young gentleman joined Twitter just to communicate with me, a suggestion he denied despite the fact that he followed only myself and Ellen Degeneres. You see, in his eyes I was beautiful. I was attractive. He did not care that I had herpes, and he wanted me to know this. When I told him that his tweets were making me uncomfortable, he sent me many more of them. When I told him I would block him if he sent me one more message, he sent me a video of himself singing as an apology. I was unimpressed, so he continued to tweet at me, calling me fake and…

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Feminist Frequency’s 2015 Annual Report

Feminist Frequency

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The Feminist Frequency team is pleased to present our annual report for 2015. The report features a list of our accomplishments throughout the year, highlights from media coverage, our financial information, some fun data about who watches our videos and how, and our plans for the new year, which we’re very excited about.

We hope you’ll take a moment to join us in looking back at 2015 and looking ahead to 2016; we think you’re gonna love some of what we have in the works.

Download the Feminist Frequency 2015 Annual Report [PDF].

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Trauma and Christmas

Heathers Helpers

I posted this last year but I have about 1,000 new readers since then and I’ve been getting a lot of mail regarding the stress people are feeling regarding Christmas. I decided to post this again and I just rewrote a few things. Merry Christmas is almost here to you all.BallsWhile Christmas and other holidays can be hard for many people, I believe that those with trauma have some extra challenges. That said, I’ve always believed that when you understand something, that issue gets easier to deal with. It rarely takes it away but for me, knowing that something I am experiencing is common amongst trauma survivors helps take much of the pressure off of myself. I feel as though I am one sufferer amongst many and that we all coped the same way rather than it is just a “Heather thing”.

Here are a few things that you…

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Github to WordPress.org deploy script

Mike Jolley :: WordPress Developer

Today I polished, documented, and open sourced a bash script I’ve been using to do plugin deployments from Github to WordPress.org (plus I wanted an excuse to use the new WordPress.com desktop app which is awesome by the way). It’s based on code Barry Kooij sent me a while back. You can find it here:

https://github.com/mikejolley/github-to-wordpress-deploy-script

It handles Github tagging, removing junk files, and SVN tagging with minimal effort. It also has a quick checklist to stop you forgetting to set things in the readme.txt like the stable version (I’ve been guilty of forgetting this in the past).

Once downloaded to your machine, the script requires a Github access token, and a few edits to tell it which plugin you’re deploying.

After you’ve added the details specific to your project, you simply need to open it’s parent directory in terminal, and run the command:

sh release.sh

It then prompts you for a version, branch, and handles…

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The Flow – Programming in Ecstasy

Psygrammer

I once worked in an office with a timed motion sensor light switch.  If it didn’t detect motion in the office for 20 minutes or so it would turn off the lights.

When I was programming “In The Zone” the lights would switch off repeatedly and often over hours of work.  Each time I’d flail my arms briefly to get the lights back and return to the task at hand, back into the zone.  Eventually I would get the hint, switch my mind off, stretch and go home to wife and kids.

I enjoyed being in the zone… greatly.  I lost track of time.  I lost awareness of my surrounds.  I was detached from everything around me and was immersed in my task.  It felt great but strangely I wasn’t really aware of that feeling when in the zone.

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