#BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #JUSTICEFORGEORGEFLOYD Black lives matter. The job of the police force is -- or should be -- to protect and serve the citizenry, the banner of which absolutely always must include every citizen of color. Good police officers de-escalate confrontation. They are willing to put their own lives on the line rather than cross … Continue reading Mel’s Monday Musings: June 1, 2020
Hiiii, August! 🙂 I love August (and Lughnasadh; hope everyone who celebrates had a lovely one!) because it really starts to feel like the year is on the wane, even if not weather-wise just yet. July is still so "high summer" in my head that it doesn't feel real yet. I've always been a fan … Continue reading Mel’s Monday Musings: August 5, 2019
"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
The first thing I saw on Facebook this morning, September 11th, 2017, was a photo of the Twin Towers on a corporate page with the caption, "Never Forget." The first comment, which was apparently a troll attempt (given other factors), was along the lines of, "Hmph. Grief porn. Get over it." My knee-jerk reaction was … Continue reading Sixteen Years On: Never Forget?
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)
I'm sorry I haven't posted any cute anecdotes and stories from Germany yet. I've been so thought-jumbled, so clogged up word-wise with all of the current events that it's been easier to be silent. It is easier to stay quiet than to speak out about things that need to change, to push back against the … Continue reading Dragging Voices