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Tina L Porter

Wanting More for Their Advent Calendars (and world)

Family, Gender, Grace, Joy, Love, Parenting No Comment

it made me think of those little advent stockings and the treats we stuffed into them. It made me think of all the intangibles I would rather put in my daughters’ lives, not just for a day, but forever. So here is my advent list for my daughters:

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Tina L Porter

Ain’t Gonna F*ck Around No More

Gender, Grace, Race, Sexual Assault No Comment

Fair Warning on language and on the habit of chaning song lyrics. And just about everything else–if you aren’t offended by parts of or the entirety of this post, I’ll feel I have missed the mark. You have been warned. This morning, the tune of a song was rattling around in my head. But the words […]

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Tina L Porter

82. Trespassing

100 days of poetry, Gender No Comment

Wherever they are they inhabit the space fully with their shoulders, legs, egos, words, even their hot breath and the smell of their cologne that comes in like whispers or blunt objects striking us blindly taking us back to the day of the first or second or maybe tenth assault on our being Signaling through scent […]

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Tina L Porter

51. Aiming

100 days of poetry, Gender, Grace, Justice No Comment
51. Aiming

“Aim for the target you wish to destroy,” said the voice in my head that sometimes wakes me up both figuratively AND literally. But I don’t shoot. And I don’t think I’m the kind who likes to destroy. So I “unpack” the phrase that clunked around in my brain and breast for a couple of days. […]

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Tina L Porter

Til It Happens to You

Gender, Justice, Sexual Assault No Comment

Yes. All. Women. You define rape as you will, but there are no women who escape the sexual aggression of men. We try to live bravely in a world that still wants to tell us that our clothes incite rape. Or to just go ahead and smile at the creep who says “smile little lady,” so he won’t chase you down the road yelling vulgarities at you (if you’re lucky, that’s all he’ll do).

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Tina L Porter

Be polite

Gender, Grace No Comment

Okay, y’all, it’s pretty simple, so we’re going to spell it out: If you feel you cannot be politically correct, then be polite. If you feel uncomfortable calling someone by the name they ask you to call them because you have always called them something else (as if you have been in some uber-intimate relationship […]

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Tina L Porter

Frida’s Eyebrows

Gender, Grace, Poetry No Comment

Yesterday I had my head in the lavendar bushes pulling at the thistles that had grown up and through but not taken over. This is a yearly task since the City replaced our old foliage and dumped dirt loaded with thistles all along the lavender and hydrangeas. The thistles found the hole in my jeans […]

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Tina L Porter
Tina L Porter

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