“…it was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials.”
― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
Every single person I have met or spoken to, in person or on the phone, has asked me to comment on election. In pitch meetings, in coffee shops, random markerters. It’s been surreal. Lots of conversations with lots of inspiring female friends have been good to process initial anger, writing has helped organize thoughts, and work has been good to keep things feeling normal. But the great takeaway for me this week is that voting isn’t enough and anger needs to be harnessed. I’m going to be speaking up more and more importantly looking for ways to act more for causes I care about and learn to be a better ally.
In the meantime, we’ll return you to mostly regularly scheduled topical content next week, pending any other major socio political shocks. But I’m sort of begging 2016 to give us a bit of a break for the holidays. This has been a rough year, universe!
Roxanne Gay says much of what I feel.
In a relatively recent conversation with a family member I opined that, for all I am strongly left leaning, I do not dismiss conservatism. I think there are intelligent and compelling cases to be made on a number of issues–none of which seemed present in this election cycle. I opined that the “elder statesmen” of the party seemed to have vanished and with them a range of skills and experience in politics, negotiation, and compromise necessary for the sake of more broadly accepted policy and collective governing (by which I mean republican democracy). I may be a liberal, but I do not cheer this: I find it dangerous. Hence I found this piece from just before the election worth reading. Curious to your opinions in the comments, kittens.
There were some cracks put in the ceiling, never fear.
Sharing one more time for good measure, because yikes.
Things are going to have to get awkward for a bit, kids. Buckle up and get to work.
You also a bleeding heart liberal? Find some causes and donate. If you can’t give money, give time.
And finally, I’m willing to wait and work for it.
I would watch the heck out of “The Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean.”
So, this is apparently where the professional promised land is.
Planet Earth II has started here in the UK and this clip from the first episode is the stuff of inspiration/nightmares.
Ha! (h/t Savvy)
Finding some optimism in this medical story.