Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ask Baba Yaga: I Feel Tired and Ill and Powerless When I Spend Time With My Family

Siergiej Panasenko – Baba Jaga
In the time period after the holidays, following many intense family activities, there are more than a few of us who could use an answer to this problem.

This week's question and answer (via poet and oracle Taisia Kitaiskaia* of The Hairpin):
(Originally posted at The Hairpin HERE)

So.. clearly family stuff ain't easy but Baba Yaga believes it's worth keeping on trying at it since "the stew of all yr bones together is better & truer" than each "mutely orbiting" planet, er, person. Maybe the clue in how to handle it is in that "pacing & tearing.. open" of the stars. Perhaps being ourselves in our passions, sharing our most alive selves with each other is the way through that awkward alienness to the good family stuff since, at least in part, the bones of this do lie within our families... (!!!) 

*sits down with a thud*

Clearly the Yaga does not believe in quick fixes or comfort zones but she's certainly straight to the meat of things! Or is it bones? Yes, I think it's the bones of a thing she's so good at.

(Do I hear rattling?)

What do you think of Baba Yaga's advice?

To encourage Baba Yaga to continue imparting her no-bones-about-it wisdom (ok, there may be some gristle in there... bones too), I suggest we not to leave her question box empty... 

(Don't be shy - she doesn't bite. OK that's a lie, but a Yaga bite via email is highly unlikely... especially if you make your request anonymously.)
There's now an email address where you can send your questions
directly to Baba Yaga herself.
AskBabaYaga AT gmail DOT com 
Email her today!
And thank you Baba Yaga (& Taisia).

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. Born in Russia and raised in America, she's had her poems and translations published in Narrative Magazine, Poetry International, and others.

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