Category: Politics and Current Events

43 Days

I’ve clutched enough pearls to sink a ship. I’ve also gone so high when others have gone low that I’ve floated on the air stream with the birdies. We created a murmuration, which, for those of you unaware, is a spectacular sight in nature,… Continue Reading “43 Days”

Today in Kenosha

The President of the United States is in Kenosha today, the place where, several days ago, a white police officer grabbed the edge of a Black man’s t-shirt with one hand and shot him in the back seven times with the other. Before leaving… Continue Reading “Today in Kenosha”

Bear Story

Several years ago, we sped home from a camping trip to be on time for dinner at a neighbor’s. We’d stopped on the way to buy a box of fudge as a hostess gift and had just enough time to strip off our camp… Continue Reading “Bear Story”

76 Days

This is how I am feeling about the election. Like my tail is going to be lit on fire any minute. 76 days. That’s how long we’ve got. When my ballot comes in the mail, I’m going to put it in the safe. When… Continue Reading “76 Days”

Hope

I feel like the nightmare of Trump is soon to be over. I feel like the ship that is listing so badly that the staterooms are filling with water will suddenly right itself and the water will pour out of the windows back into… Continue Reading “Hope”

Honoring John Lewis

I was impressed today with how many of the people I know had met John Lewis and gotten their picture taken with him. All of these people are hardcore activists, political folks, union leaders, so it’s no surprise they might have crossed paths with… Continue Reading “Honoring John Lewis”

4th of July 2020

Nothing changes if nothing changes. It’s quiet and sweet on the front porch. Mike, across the street, is setting up his sprinkler. The birds are singing like it’s morning instead of late afternoon. The neighbor’s air conditioner hums but has stopped making the cranking… Continue Reading “4th of July 2020”

Hitchhiking

I cut short my career in political commentary when I realized that all my nouns and verbs were expletives and deleting them all would leave nothing but air. Not even hot air. Tepid air, the heat having been sapped from me over the past… Continue Reading “Hitchhiking”

This is Where We Are

We are back in the city. Across town, two teen girls went missing yesterday. From there, the story becomes complicated, hard to sort out unless you piece together TV news reports with social media posts from people on the scene. Here is what I… Continue Reading “This is Where We Are”

What To Do? Read

It’s not a sin to be ignorant. Nobody can be informed and knowledgeable about everything. But it is wrong to be ignorant and to act on that ignorance and to assume that your opinions, resting on a solid foundation of ignorance, are as valid… Continue Reading “What To Do? Read”

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