"I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks." --Sarah Grimké, women's suffrage advocate and abolitionist (as quoted by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) This has been a rough week. The massive injustice carried out today (and throughout this disgustingly incomplete … Continue reading Your Foot is Still on My Neck
What happens to women if the Supreme Court swings to the far right?
Otherness. Long have I railed against the plague of Otherness pervading my country. If you are without food, I won't ask you who you voted for before sharing my sandwich. If you wreck your car outside my house, I'm not going to grill you on your religion or your legal status; I'm going to provide … Continue reading These Dark-Bright Days in America
An unhinged train conductor increases speed well past safety...
Dear 2017, As tempting as it was to leave this at, "Bye, bitch!"...I feel there is more that needs to be said, in fairness. Thank you, 2017, for showing me that what I thought were mortal wounds -- though they be grievous and still-unhealed -- weren't. Thank you for arranging it, somehow, such that even … Continue reading Dear 2017
I was going to write about this topic even before the despicable events of Charlottesville, VA. Now it feels even more timely and relevant. I freak out about spiders and jellyfish, but my greatest fear has nothing to do with creepy-crawlies or stinging sea critters. I call it "Born-raised-lived-died." Born-raised-lived-died is the unfortunate tendency, easily … Continue reading Born-Raised-Lived-Died: My Greatest Fear
"Your voice, your hopes, your dreams will define our American destiny..." --45 Our American destiny. This phrase, echoed by the RNC, explains a lot about the GOP and its actions -- as well as inaction -- of late. The Republican Party is the only force right now that could actually apply the brakes to some … Continue reading Mandate of Where?
(A family member was hospitalized tonight, so this post is later than I'd planned.) January 20th, 2017, is unfurling. In mere hours, our 45th president will be sworn in. I love my country, and so (not "but," for it is because I love America that) I am afraid. I am disappointed, I am angry, and … Continue reading Raise Your Voice
I don't make friends easily. It takes a while for me to open up. Only time and experience together can draw you in. (I think most people are probably this way.) Once you're my friend, though, I will move heaven and earth to help you and to be a good friend, to be there for … Continue reading I Lost a Friend Today (a sort-of letter)