Entries by Lise

We Are Living In The Lord Of The Flies

I was a sophomore in high school when I read William Golding’s novel “The Lord Of The Flies.” I hated it because it so accurately reflected the evil woven into human DNA. I was horrified and repulsed by the story. To me it wasn’t fiction because the author was revealing universal truths about humans’ propensity […]

I Am Not A Damn Smart Phone; I Am A Body!

Today, in an act of defiance, I left the house for a hike and purposely left my cell phone at home. I typically take it with me even though I have a no-talking-on-the-trail rule. I like to have it in case I want to photograph something and because the hills are remote, it’s not a […]

Quality Time Vs. Play Dates

Certain times in our lives are more flush with close connection. For me, elementary school, high school, and college were such periods. No one carried the adult responsibilities we do today, which made friendships easy to cultivate and maintain. Everyone was in close proximity, which made things convenient, particularly when living on the university campus. […]

Quality Time Vs. Play Dates

Certain times in our lives are more flush with close connection. For me, elementary school, high school, and college were such periods. No one carried the adult responsibilities we do today, which made friendships easy to cultivate and maintain. Everyone was in close proximity, which made things convenient, particularly when living on the university campus. […]

Are You Learning The Right Moves?

I’ve been taking an intermediate ballroom dance class this summer. Most of the class members are retirement age. Other than the teacher who is young and cute, I am the youngest person there. And I’m a “woman of a certain age” so that tells you something. But dancing is ageless. It’s the same people every […]

Are You Learning The Right Moves?

I’ve been taking an intermediate ballroom dance class this summer. Most of the class members are retirement age. Other than the teacher who is young and cute, I am the youngest person there. And I’m a “woman of a certain age” so that tells you something. But dancing is ageless. It’s the same people every […]

8 Essential Steps to Unblocking Creativity

by Lise Porter | An article I wrote in May for Raindance LA All of us have creative slumps. The question is what do we do with artistic impasses and how do we avoid eternal inertia? Is there any benefit to a slow period or is it indicative of self-sabotage and stagnation? How do we […]

It’s Not Always A Mental Illness!

I have worked in the mental health field for twenty-three years. I know the terrain extremely well. And although I am grateful that public knowledge of mental illness has increased, I grow weary when I frequently hear every societal problem attributed to mental illness. Not everything is a mental illness! Sometimes we’re distraught because we’re […]

Revolution From Within

I have been silent about politics for quite some time. Not out of privilege or apathy or laziness, as some would accuse. I stopped speaking out because in the same way trauma renders people without power or words, I had none. After years of advocating for external political change, the famous feminist Gloria Steinem wrote […]

Lise’s Book Is Available!

I’ve wanted to write a book from the time my mother first put one in my hands. What I didn’t realize is that just when you think you’ve written something brilliant, you discover it’s awful or needs serious revisions. So as with knitting, you rip out stitches and try again. And again and again. Well, […]