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One thousand and one tales to while away the bleak hours of the night.

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A is for Agoraphobia

(Please note that all links in this post are rated M because--youtube. Also, trigger warning: this post will be talking about anxiety, panic attacks, etc.)   I've been writing this blog post in my head for a while now and going back and forth about whether or not to actually put it up. As some of you may know, I have been dealing with PTSD for the last five years or so but, sometime in May, I realized/admitted/came-to-terms with the fact that I have agoraphobia as well (joy!). Agorapho
 

Self-image

Once in a while, like today, my five-year-old daughter, Battle Maiden, will come up to me and say that she wishes that she had light colored skin. I am white and my husband, Mr. Zingarella, is of mixed race, and so our children all look quite different from each other. Battle Maiden has by far the darkest complexion--in fact, she looks just like Mr. Zingarella would look, were he a beautiful woman.  I always tell Battle Maiden that her skin is perfect and beautiful just the way it is. And s
 

Mélodie

If I were forced to sing only one genre of music professionally for the rest of my life, it wouldn't be church music, it wouldn't even be opera--it would be mélodie (French art song). The composers working in the 19th and early 20th centuries were writing for my voice and my heart specifically or, at least, it feels that way to me. It's a beautiful day here, and finally not raining, so I thought I would start my series about mélodie with a song that is unapologetically beautiful, shamelessly lov
 

Of Bicycles and Freedom

It’s been a frustrating week at the Zingarella house. We’re all fine, but our van is in need of major, and expensive repairs, to the point that we’re looking for a new vehicle. We live in an area where having a car to get anywhere is essential, although we make do with one for the whole family. Since there are six of us, that means a van (a total mom-mobile, too). Hopefully we are nearing the end of the process of replacing the broken one, but it has not been fun. I think I find it particul
 

Egoriy the Brave

While we're on the topic of St. George and the dragon, I wanted to highlight a series of animation produced by the Pilot animation studio. Pilot is a privately held Russian animation studio, and their project, the Mountain of Gems is a series of thirteen minute long animated shorts telling fairytales from all over Russia. The styles of animation vary, some are stop motion, some are hand drawn, etc. The quality is a little uneven and some of the shorts are much better than others, but the sequenc
 

St. George and the Dragon

In the interest of #keepingitreal I'm going to come right out and say that I am frequently too exhausted to play with my children. Mr. Zingarella, fortunately, more than makes up for this, but I sometimes usually feel a bit guilty about it. I have found that reading aloud to the little Zingarellas--even and perhaps especially to the older ones--is an activity that I can do in lieu of physical play. All I have to do is sit on the couch and read the words off of a page and--like magic--we're all s
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