I love Tina Fey. And in some ways I love what she did on Thursday's Weekend Update summer edition. She tapped into a gut level of desperation that so many of us are feeling (and attempting to eat/drink/binge our way out of). And she called Trump and the Nazis funny names. And it felt good … Continue reading Fellow white ladies: Please do more than eat sheet cake
An important reminder popped up in my Facebook feed today: To fellow white people reading this: For concrete tips on what you can do, read White People: Here's How You Can Help After the Racist Attack in Virginia. As the author, Kristen Tea, states, "It’s not enough to tweet condolences or show up once for … Continue reading It’s time for all of us to lead
Good morning! Time to cozy up to social media with a mug of tea, and — what's this? Oh my god. He WON?? What country am I living in? Apparently one where we now just openly celebrate and reward violence. It's like living in Lord of the Flies. Of course, I realize, this is a … Continue reading Just another mo(u)rning in America
The other day, in the wake of the news of Comey's firing, I posted the following on Facebook: It sparked a fire storm of comments. Several fellow parents wrote in to say that since the election they'd gotten their children passports and renewed their own, to which I replied: What are we waiting for? I … Continue reading Is it immoral to move to another country right now?
After he won, I vowed I'd write more, would wield the keys of my laptop like a sword — but this sword has stayed in its sheath. Not because I'm a pacifist in this war, no, not at all, but because there are so many other battles I'm also fighting, every day, as the world burns. As the world burns, I'm unemployed. And I'm uncertain about what the next chapter holds — what I want it to hold. And sometimes, it feels like a farce, to be considering such things, as democracy is dismantled all around me. What does it matter, anyway? But then optimism takes the reins, and I tell myself, life must go on...
I'm uncomfortable with the false equivalency that the "let's all just share our feelings at a diner with Oprah" frame sets up. I want us to all understand each other better, I do. Do I love Trump supporters? I do. Do I wish them ill? I do not. But let's be clear: They are in the wrong. Period. Do they have very human reasons that may not consciously involve bigotry for voting for the man? I'm sure many of them do. But they are morally in the wrong and the onus is on them to wake up to what's happening and begin acting to protect their fellow Americans' freedoms and our safety. We need to be very, very clear about that.
It is time to align how we spend our daylight hours with creating the positive change we seek.
I want there to be an official record, beyond the ephemera of social media, that I wholeheartedly agree with and echo everything in writer John Pavlovitz's blog post/ moral protest, titled Let the record show.
"The experience of being alive right now feels like the disorientation stage of brainwashing. Not actually joking." - Erin Kissane
The dominant narrative among my friends these days is one of horror, anger, cynicism and despondency. Never one to accept the story that's handed to me, I want to offer a counter-narrative — not to put a falsely bright face on a horrible situation, but to identify a true opportunity that I see emerging from the darkness.