Fabricated Peace

TW/CW: Psychiatric setting, Security/Police, Medical Abuse/Ableism You walk through the two sets of automatic sliding double doors, into the mental health wing.  You leave the bitter cold air behind and enter the sterile hospital environment you have come to know so well after all these months.  When entering the front foyer, you are met with…

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Renewed

Do not turn off your feelings, forever. Those moments, cold, hard, immovable? Only temporary. You wander the curve of the land. See? Naturally, change occurs. You see that it is logical to Break down and Re-form. Feelings rise Hot and steamy Upwards Everywhere. Cool and settle. Look. You are the Same Person, yet…. Renewed. [Image:…

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How to Support Survivors of Crime – Centre Them, Not the Perpetrators

CW/TW: Discussion of suicide, discussion of hate crime against Greta Thunberg Recently in Rome a malicious act was committed, a hate crime, against Greta Thunberg. The intent of the perpetrators was to create pain and give further fuel to a narrative about the hate many in some establishments have against Greta Thunberg and all that…

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Boss Says Be Nice to the Man

TW/CW: human trafficking, sexual assault First, a note about Advocacy: Believe survivors. Centre survivors in their own narratives, because it is their voices that are most important. Be an ally through a willingness to set aside your own biases, and really listen to survivors themselves. Honour survivors when they say “No” to your ideas about…

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Today I Ate Breakfast

TW/CW: flashback of verbal and emotional abuse regarding food issues Today I ate breakfast. I don’t know how to do this. It’s been too long. I don’t want to eat in the morning. I hear your voice. “Chubs.” Followed by laughter. No one ever stands up to you. They let you hurt me. Sometimes they…

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Inclusion: A Bird’s Eye View (Part 3 of 3 – Down to Earth)

[Image: Viewpoint from the forest floor, looking upwards at the brown-eyed Susan flowers in the late afternoon sunlight, in early September] Welcome back! This is the third and final blog post about my use of sociometry to visualize class dynamics, with an eye to promoting inclusion. To recap, the question posed to students was, “Name…

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Inclusion: A Bird’s Eye View (Part 2 of 3 – The Visual)

Welcome back!! Now that you’ve gathered information about who everyone in the class would prefer to work with (and for some, who they would prefer not to work with), you can formally organize these reactions visually, to help create an inclusive working environment in your classroom. Organizing this formally can be time-consuming. You will need…

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Inclusion: A Bird’s Eye View (Part 1 of 3 – Getting Started)

I have always been fascinated by birds. They have the ability to be among us, here on the ground, but many also soar high above us, taking in a more global view. They can see the big picture, and then return to earth. I used to wonder how I could be like a bird, and…

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Silenced by Circumstance

Yesterday I posted a fragment of my life as a young woman, just starting out, in Japan. That was so last century (literally) but something still holds true. The concept of silence by circumstance. If you’ve ever read my Huffington Post profile, you know that I treasure my freedom of speech. My voice. And lifting…

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Memoir: Fruit

CW/TW: Sexual Violence Context I started a new life overseas in Japan. This was immediately following university graduation in 1998. I was a young 23 year old female teacher, living alone for the first time. I became a survivor of labour trafficking, as well as attempted sex trafficking, by both my Japanese boss and the…

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Dear Sesame Street

1978 Dear Sesame Street, I am 3. I am autistic. When I grow up, I will be an autistic adult. I wonder what you think of me. Do you like me just the way I am? People trust you, Sesame Street. Can I trust you? Your friend, Ingrid [Image: Young girl of preschool age with…

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Hello!

Thanks for dropping by! Grab a cup of coffee (or if you’re like me, maybe a pot of coffee), and take a glance at my site. I named this site “Ingrid Wonders” because that’s exactly what I do. All. The. Time. You may find my areas of interest mutually engaging; you may not. That’s the…

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In Remembrance of Andrea Koenig

Originally posted on LAST:
A sepia toned photograph of a candle. There are two additional blurry candles in the back ground. It is with much sadness that we at LAST acknowledge the sudden death of Andrea Koenig who passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to her…

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Autists’ Rage

[Main Image: art by Cyarin, depicting Greta Thunberg] We channel our anger Like a raging river Carving pathways Through once impenetrable rock “Change is coming , whether you like it or not.”

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