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Strong same on the photography as a grounding tool. I actually switched to film during the pandemic to slow the process down even more for myself. It’s a way of gaining some perspective when my feelings are too hot to touch.

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I definitely relate to making art as a tool for anxiety. Writing is a regular, and making anything with my hands (even dinner) really wins. My partner’s family is full of talented photographers and I’ve never considered myself an actual one, but my camera phone is another tool for helping me make sense of my life. I’m grateful for it (but the thought of learning enough to manage a real camera and then transfer the digital files is no bueno for me). I like your photos and the line about your all-purpose satchel :)

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Long walks are good medicine- or, climbing - the anxiety is focussed and valid and just intense enough to drive away all other concerns (bills, deadlines, getting old become irrelevant when the reptilian brain is worried about plummeting to one’s death). Love your B&W photos! In the poetry department, reading “Liminal,” by Jordan Mounteer. Happy to have found your Substack :)

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Making art and writing. And of course nature and being active!

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