Ashley Maier

Grieving for the death of dreams

We all have dreams. Some of us realize them, many of us don’t. And you know what? We who lose our dreams, we who never know the joy of achievement…we grieve. Over ten years ago, a clinical social worker told me I was grieving; grieving, she said, for the life I had hoped to live.…

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To dream, to grieve

Forgetting loved ones who have died is, in my experience, the most common fear of those left behind, unspoken, in times of whispers, tears, and vulnerability. I wonder, though, if I can help ease such fears and the pain that so easily comes with them – the dread, the paralysis. You see, I have dreams,…

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I’m back! A.K.A. Ashley Maier, MSW, MPA

After a long break, I’m pleased to be back as Ashley Maier, MSW, MPA. I took the break the finish my MPA capstone paper, a case study about women’s experiences working with men in the movement to end violence against women.  I’ll be sharing more about that paper in the future and over at PreventConnect …

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Neither Man Nor Beast: Patriarchy, Speciesism, & Deconstructing Oppressions

The increase in intersectional work lately has filled my connectionist heart with joy. Case-in-point: Neither Man Nor Beast: Patriarchy, Speciesism, & Deconstructing Oppressions, a web conference taking place on Sunday, February 23. Hosted by Animal Liberation Ontario and Vegan Feminist Network, the web conference promises to empower minds, bodies, and communities: Moving beyond the typical…

"You have value because you exist." - Mom

“You have value simply because you exist.”

A few days ago, my mother said something to me that was incredibly powerful in its simplicity: You have value simply because you exist.   At some point, most of us question ourselves, our decisions, our paths, and our progress.  Often, as was the case for me last week, comments and opinions from others lead us to…