Hello, world.

(This is the first entry from the "alternatives" blog, which has since been combined with my wild adventure & poetry blog here on elyriarose.com.)

Welcome to alternatives.

This blog is for everyone who makes choices -- so, it's for everyone.

If you think you don't make choices, it's for you especially.

Too often, our choices don't seem to matter. The gap between the wealthy & powerful and most people in the world is vast. The rules of the game are constantly being redesigned to keep things that way. Surely the choices we make every day won't really change things. Not enough. Not in any meaningful way.

I believe that our choices do matter -- not all of them, and not all the time -- but some of the things we do without thinking matter immensely. And some of the things we think matter even more.

I'm starting this blog in order to look more systematically at the ways our choices spiral out to impact the world around us, and how our approach to making choices can spiral back in to change the way we feel about ourselves, the world, and our place in it.

No topics are off limits. I know I'll delve into the things I'm passionate about: how we interact with our environment, home spaces, polyamory, poetry, art, relationships, family, kink, intention, contemplation, gender, philosophy, and probably religion and politics too, at some point. I insist on respectful dialogue, and I won't spend a lot time to moderate comments, which is shorthand for me saying that I reserve the right to block you. But I sincerely hope I won't have to.

The thing is, I believe in the power of people. Especially people who don't always believe in themselves. In a sense, this blog is about empowerment; mostly empowerment by understanding where we are already powerful.

So take a look around. Think about the choices you make every day, once a month, once a lifetime. If you have a question, ask it. And as you go back from alternatives into your everyday life, take this question with you:

"What can I do differently, and what would it change?"