It’s a confusing time because it is (and has been) essential to elect as many open-minded and ethical Democrats/Independents to local, state, and national office as possible, yet it is understandable that people want to yell at anyone they can. Yelling at the main perpetrators (right-wing Republicans, Libertarians, and similar) is not as satisfying becauseContinue reading “Yes, And…”
Category Archives: values
Choose pride. Choose love.
In honor of pride month, I am going to attend a pride march for the first time ever. Thanks to the wise teachings of my father, gained both from his academic research and love for his gay brother, I have succeeded in being straight but not narrow most of my life, though I continue toContinue reading “Choose pride. Choose love.”
What I accept/What I abjure
I accept—and respect!— that people have strongly held values and religious beliefs that motivate them. I abjure any attempt to force such beliefs upon others. I abjure it on principle… but also in practical terms, I am yet to observe that any religious person fully agrees with another religious person on all issues, even thoseContinue reading “What I accept/What I abjure”
I am saving time on Thursdays to work on blog posts, and I find myself sorting through topics both light and heavy. A lot is going on, and there never seems to be a right time to post anything, no matter what it is. Yet what I’ve landed on today is the concept of hope.Continue reading “Hope helps.”
Ask again another time.
You asked me to tell you what I believe, and I thought I knew exactly what I would say. I believe in kindness, or some might call it empathy/compassion. Not necessarily the so-called random acts of kindness, which feel like a fad diet or a New Year’s resolution, too brief to hold meaning, too spuriousContinue reading “Ask again another time.”
What’s so funny about peace, love, and academic theories?
While I should know better than to be surprised by anything anymore, I admit to being befuddled by the attacks on critical race theory. Wait, before you explain to me about white supremacy or people who stand for nothing making things up to fight over, yes, I get that. It’s just that from a socialContinue reading “What’s so funny about peace, love, and academic theories?”
Holding space for emergent occasions
I’ve been itching to write posts on light topics, to immerse myself in the inconsequential, but I have a few thoughts gnawing at me, like a splinter that needs to be removed.I just need to take a breath and be present, acknowledging losses as well as the grief and trauma felt by those left behind.Continue reading “Holding space for emergent occasions”
Fast Forward to February
So I haven’t posted on my blog since the start of November, and in my defense, November was a head trip, not to mention December and January. I had hoped to breathe a sigh of a relief after the election ended, but I was afraid to post even that much because there were so manyContinue reading “Fast Forward to February”
Day One: Nanowrimo
It’s November, and some of us know what that means. No, not the election, but if that’s on your mind, this is the video that is giving me a burst of hope and determination despite some desperate acts of repression this weekend. And visit votesaveamerica.com to explore how you might help. November is *also* NationalContinue reading “Day One: Nanowrimo”
So other than everything, how is it going?
Even before the pandemic, I wouldn’t always treat the question, “How are you?” as an empty exercise in good manners. If the right person asks and there is something to complain about, my answer was almost never “Fine.” Still, I also sometimes answer “Great,” in a hearty voice, mostly to show how happy I amContinue reading “So other than everything, how is it going?”