The British and Americans have been drowning women for centuries. Officially, the method for this punishment was the ducking stool, … Continue reading Aquaphobia in the Aftermath
One of the first things I learned in my study of trauma was that violence itself isn’t what traumatizes. It’s … Continue reading The Fifth Assault
Americans are weird about nudity. Maybe because we associate it exclusively with sex. To be a nudist in America is not … Continue reading On Dressing (and Undressing) at the Public Pool
So my regular swim instructor and I approach fear the same way. Soldier up. Power through it. Pick up the sledgehammer … Continue reading Put the Sledgehammer Down and Step Away from Your Fear
“You’re really fighting the water there,” a woman said to me after I finished my practice swim today. Yup. A … Continue reading How to Heal
I just started swimming lessons at the local public pool. The bleachers are dotted with parents thumbing through their phones, … Continue reading How Do You Find Your Courage?
Diana Nyad broke world records when she swam from Cuba to Florida–a feat no swimmer had achieved–at the age of … Continue reading Reblog Friday: Never Give Up