swarm projects


resources include social and political and personal interests


Recent political/social/economic mayhem has motivated me to focus my resources on political action and information via news and art. I regularly check in on these sources for news and face palms.

As far as the parenting stuff below, I derived much of my content from my nerdy amazing friends who are/have been PsyD students and who have shared articles with me along the way. I find that having an understanding of the brain, particularly in respect to relational constructs, very helpful as I grow and develop as a person. And that understanding of myself (and all my complex dimensions) has been emotionally and practically useful in the process of raising a little human. Here, in this seat as a parent, I have begun to realize that being a bow for that arrow is a gargantuan and beautiful task, perhaps the most important of my life. Sometimes my arms don't feel big enough to embrace it, but I try.


stay informed

Your daily digest on ... well, the url says is all: https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com

One of the more genius things I've seen on the nets - another daily dump on SCOTUS actions - Trump Tracker - also an app!

Shaun King, writer and social activist, is ON FIRE! His Twitter feed @ShaunKing covers his actions, and if you subscribe for his emails, he'll send you time-sensitive actions in simple, highlighted action-item format.

The esteemed newsman, Dan Rather, isn't retiring. He has a website called News & Guts which features his writing and various projects focusing on critical moments of these critical times. He's a master of story with goodness at the gut. Also check out his Facebook feed, where he marks stories with his reasonable and historically informed perspective.

Truthout is an excellent source endorsed by the venerable Bernie Sanders. The news outlet "works to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis."


arts + activism

Interested in art as a venture for social change? Check out this fantastic initiative by uniquely modeled art business AKArt - Collect for Change. Amy Kisch is an independent curator and consultant at the helm and totally knows her stuff! Support it if you can.

Embodiment Project (EP) is a street dance theater company that awakens humanity and healing by illuminating the unseen narratives silenced by structural inequities and trauma. Founded by Nicole Klaymoon in 2007. MUST SEE!

The Amplifier Foundation launched this Kickstarter campaign and made crowdfunding history by raising over $1.3M. You can still pledge money to the project and receive signed artist prints. Artists: Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal, and Ernesto Yerena.

Check out the blog of artist Christine Wong Yap, titled R+D. It's a generous resource for art lovers and community-minded activists, with plenty of newsy graphics and socially sharp narrative. 

The Bay Area Society for Art & Activism is a diverse and intergenerational community celebrating the way artists and activists engage with issues of social justice, hope, freedom, history, democracy, love, labor, class, the environment and more.

100 Days Action is a counternarrative to Trump’s one hundred day plan. A calendar of activist and artistic strategy, 100 Days Action is a call to thinkers, artists, and writers to propose gestures that can be carried out either at home or in the world.

Wall of Us offers us weekly acts of resistance in this step-by-step current guide to stay involved and stay focused.

Boycott Trump is a stripped-down app created by the Democratic Coalition that lists every single business that supports Trump. Stop supporting these businesses, stop supporting Trump (search for it in the App Store or from the DC website).

Oakland Stock, the brain-child of artist Lexa Walsh, is a micro-granting dinner series that supports artists projects. 


parenting / mostly articles

Artists who are also mothers, or the other way around, must check out An Artist Residency in Motherhood. It is both a project and an inspiration-resource about working with what you have, staying creative, and making time.

"Becoming Attached" by Robert Karen
The struggle to understand the mother-infant bond ranks as one of the great quests of modern psychology--one that touches us deeply, because it holds so many clues to how we become who we are..." Read

"Helplessness in the Helpers" by Gerald Adler
his paper focuses on problems analysts/therapists and their clients face when confronted with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that both feel with conviction  during the course of psychoanalysis. This is a pretty easy translation from analyst/client to mother/child. Read

"Angels in the Nursery: The Intergenerational Transmission of Benevolent Parental Influences" by Alicia F. Lieberman, Elena Padrón, Patricia Van Horn, and William W. Harris

"Ghosts in the Nursery: A Psychoanalytic Approach to the Problems of Impaired Infant-Mother Relationships" by Selma Fraiberg, Edna Adelson, and Vivian Shapiro