Orchids: Not As Tricky As You Think

The majority of orchids we keep as houseplants are epiphytous, which means they grow not on the ground but in trees. In this post, when I speak of “orchids”, this is the kind of orchid I will be talking about. There is one notable exception which I will bring up at the end.

First of all, let’s talk about how “orchid” is not synonymous with “Phalaenopsis”. Pictured above are an Oncidium, Cattleya and Dendrobium, all of which sit in my window and flower regularly. Continue reading Orchids: Not As Tricky As You Think

6 Things NOT to Do When Supporting Victims of Harassment

With an abuser recently elected to become one of the most powerful people in the world, I felt it was high time to adress a problem that is perhaps tangential to abuse, but still important. And that is how to support the victims.

Any number of things could have inspired me to write this post – the sad fact is that bullies, abusers and harassers are everywhere, and I see people talking about them every day. Unfortunately, this means I also see a whole lot of unhelpful responses. Since I hope it’s usually done out of misguided kindness, I decided to write this list of what not to do when you want to support a friend who has been subjected to some sort of harassment, abuse, or threats. Continue reading 6 Things NOT to Do When Supporting Victims of Harassment

Morning Pages – Self-Help for Self-Help Skeptics

I don’t know where I first encountered the concept of morning pages, but it was probably Pinterest. It’s something that crops up in conjunction with bullet journalling and other planner and organization-related topics. Continue reading Morning Pages – Self-Help for Self-Help Skeptics