What's in the gallery?

We dissolve stuck and rewrite patterns. We apply radical playfulness to life (when we feel like it!), embarking on internal adventures (credo of Safety First). We have a fake band called Solved By Cake. We build invisible sanctuaries, invent words and worlds, breathe awe and wonder.

We are not impressed by monsters. Except when we are. We explore the connections between internal territories and surrounding environment to learn what marvelously supportive delicious space feels like, and how to take exquisite care of ourselves. We transform things.* We glow wild.**

* For example: Desire, fear, worry, pain-and-trauma, boundaries, that problematic word which rhymes with flaweductivity.

** Fair warning: Self-fluency has been known to lead to extremely subversive behavior, including treasuring yourself unconditionally, unapologetically taking up space, experiencing outrageously improbable levels of self-acceptance, and general rejoicing in aliveness.


Item! #5! Papa’s got a brand new bag!

Fluent Self Item!A somewhat goofy mini-collection of stuff I’ve been reading, stuff I’ve been thinking about and oh, some completely random crap.

Basically the stuff that never gets mentioned here because I’m not the kind of person who can just make some teeny little point. Not into the whole brevity thing, as the Dude would say.

Actually, I’m under the strict compulsion to write ten pages about anything on my mind. So this is me. Practicing brevity.

I have a cold. It is impeding my ability to be even slightly interesting or entertaining.

Luckily it’s Wednesday. Which means, for some reason, that I get to let other people be interesting or entertaining. Or try to.

Here’s what I’ve got.

Item! My duck has got a brand new acronym!

(To be sung to the tune of Papa’s got a brand new bag)

Last week we learned that certain people who are not me think that Selma is not so much a duck as my Social Enabling Little Market-based Attractor (SELMA).

But this week I found out that the delightful Douglas Buchanan (who signed his latest missive Blessings and Quackeroos) has been secretly calling her my Socially Eccentric Lovable Marketing Assistant.

We are most amused. Well, Selma isn’t. But I am.

Item! I’m making you read this post!

So the lovely Amy Derby and I were twittering it up (why are you not on Twitter?!) about shoulds and why they suck. And about things that get on our nerves.

Go read her wonderful post. But first just admire the title: Let’s talk about cloning. Or how to lose weight while flipping real estate.

It’s hilarious. And full of great advice. Required reading for this week!

Item! You are about to yawn!

I did a Procrastination Dissolve-o-Matic VIP session the other week for the sweetest guy in the entire world. And at the end he confessed that he’d been terrified that I was going to make him yawn.

I rather like yawning. Anyway, that cracked me up.

And then Marissa sent me this note:

Saw this and thought of you since yawning now always makes me think of you.

Thought this was interesting because, in a way, yawning may literally help us keep a cool head.

And since “keeping a cool head” is used figuratively to describe calming down, getting refocused and recentered, and your UberYawns seem to kind of help do the same thing, I thought, well, how awesome that you were there before the scientists were. (It’s a pretty brief article.)



Item! I am obsessed with awkward communication!

Also with the Basic Instructions comic.

His How To Have a Horrifying Conversation piece works well with my own post on the topic from last week. Well, it doesn’t. But it kind of does.

Item! This is a GREAT About page!

Sit up and take notice.

Next time you write an About page, scrap it and reread this one.

I love it. Especially the “10 Reasons Not To Read This Blog”. Especially that there are only five of them.

Though Johnny Truant’s FAQ page is also pretty entertaining. It almost makes me want to dig up one of my old FAQs and totally rewrite it.

Item! The Periodic Table of Awesoments!

It’s kind of what it sounds like. Only what does it sound like? And it’s awesome. It says so right in the name.

Including such important things as: Dwarves, Lasers, Holograms, Cheese and Zombies, this is clearly an important scientific breakthrough.

Item! I am appreciated! Also, I get to say “midwifery”!

These lovely words come straight from the beautiful and smiley Grace Judson:

I want to say that I’ve always (from an absurdly early age) considered myself a writer. And your twittering and blogging have taught me a TON about not just marketing (you’re brilliant), but also about owning an authentic, real, honest voice. Thank you for that.

And just for the record, you’re a blogging midwife, not a blogging mommy. I speak as someone for whom you seem to be midwifing a blog.

See? I am all about the blogging (wait for it) midwifery. How cool is that?


That’s the end our our exclamation-point-centric Items! for the day.

For the week, actually.

Tomorrow there should be some insights again. I certainly hope so.

Especially once I can return to breathing through my nose, which seems to be the only way I can think properly. *smiles weakly and goes to make a cup of tea*

9 Responses to Item! #5! Papa’s got a brand new bag!

  1. Whoa, thanks for the awesome compliment regarding my About page… I greatly appreciate that and the link! Happy Hanukkah (or other seasonal holiday of choice) to you and Selma.

    Aylad MacOdyss last blog post..Communication Tips for Mondays

  2. Joely Black says:

    I had a dream about Selma last night! This is the Power of the Duck!

    Joely Blacks last blog post..A day of unscheduled awesomeness

  3. JoVE says:

    Sorry to hear about the cold. The little person in this house had one last week and ONE pyjama day (with copious quantities of blackcurrant tea) knocked it out. Hope yours goes fast.

    JoVEs last blog post..Update on goings on around here

  4. Grace
    Twitter: GraceJudson

    Wow. I’ve never been called “beautiful and smiley” before. Certainly not online. :blushing: Thank you!

  5. @TheGirlPie
    Twitter: TheGirlPie

    What a great collection of disparate but somehow unified bits and bites ~ I always link through and learn more, and love the brevity and whimsy. And Grace’s description of you as a Blog Midwife is spot on — !

  6. Amy says:

    Hey Havi! I think this is officially the first time anyone has put me on a required reading list. So… thanks for that. I’ll mark this date on my calendar and we can have a duckiversary or something. :-)

    Amys last blog post..More Shit You Don’t Want To Know About Me (Or, How Many Times Can The Same Meme Circulate Blogland? Seriously.)

  7. Pace says:

    Shoulder-Ensconced Little Meddling Anas? (:

    Also, when you said, “Haaaaaaaaaarlaworraworraghrurglehmmmmmmmmaaaaaaaaagh,” it totally made me yawn. That may be the first occurrence of text-based yawn contagion. Call the internet!

    Paces last blog post..Our blog now has speech bubbles!

  8. Havi Brooks
    Twitter: havi


    @Pace, I’ll have you know that when I wrote “Haaaaaaaaaarlaworraworraghrurglehmmmmmmmmaaaaaaaaagh”, it also made me yawn. I’m doing it again.

    Nice acronyming by the way. Is it acronymicry if you’re imitating someone else’s acronym?

    @Amy – Duck! I just threw something at you.

    Big smiles to everyone from sniffly Pyjama-Day-me.

  9. Pace says:

    @Havi: I think it is. If we keep on going with the acronymicry, we’ll be able to compile The Acronomicon! (:

    Paces last blog post..10 Ways to Improve Your Happiness by Changing Your Vocabulary

Leave a reply

CommentLuv badge