There are always flowers

Henri Matisse once said, “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” This is true even in the darkest of times and this week was a test for me.  After the House passed #TrumpDon’tCare, I found myself stunned in much the same way I felt the day after the election.  The continual analysis, pleas for money, chock full email inbox and rising worry made me double down on two things.  First, I spent a bunch of time being quiet and still.  The silence calmed me, slowed the growing upset and in the end, reminded me to look for the hopeful, which is the second thing I did.

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Ruth Krauss & Maurice Sendak

And then, quite by surprise, I came across these words by Amy Krouse Rosenthal in her book Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life.  They gave me just the jolt I needed to regroup and find a few good things to do this week.

RETURNING TO LIFE AFTER BEING DEAD

“When I am feeling dreary, annoyed, and generally unimpressed by life, I imagine what it would be like to come back to this world for just a day after having been dead. I imagine how sentimental I would feel about the very things I once found stupid, hateful, or mundane. Oh, there’s a light switch! I haven’t seen a light switch in so long! I didn’t realize how much I missed light switches! Oh! Oh! And look — the stairs up to our front porch are still completely cracked! Hello cracks! Let me get a good look at you. And there’s my neighbor, standing there, fantastically alive, just the same, still punctuating her sentences with you know what I’m saying? Why did that bother me? It’s so… endearing.”

I am still fantastically alive and if you are reading this, so are you…huzzah!

Ideas Information Action

Information, contacts and scripts from The65 on many issues (TrumpCare, Border Wall, Overtime Pay, Russia) They make it easy to take action.

Climate Change and The Paris Agreement – here are 10 things you should know from The Nature Conservancy.

Pledge of Liberation – final action from The Women’s March with three ways to participate. “In solidarity with our families, friends, neighbors, coworkers and communities, we collectively stand for dignity, justice and freedom in the face of attacks on our health care, our identities and our lives. When one community is harmed, all of our communities are harmed. We are all part of one movement, and we pledge allegiance to the survival and liberation of all people.”

Revisit the Action Page from the ACLU – which is filled with information and actions (Trans rights, Presidential Transparency, Planned Parenthood, No $ for anti-immigrant agenda).

And, for some different actions (Smoke Out Your Friends Who Didn’t Vote Last Year, and Cultivate Them) check out the suggestions from One Thing You Can Do.

Hope is Evident

Here are a handful of slides from various marches on May 1st.

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Check out this great article from the HuffPost about some moms who are looking to normalize the headscarf by making them for dolls…Hello Hijab.

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And finally,

Yesterday I got to hold a brand new baby.  It’s been a long time since I’ve cradled a newborn in my arms and it undid me in all the ways that only a tiny, solid, soft bundle of life can.  The moments that will become the stories that will be her life are just beginning and I hope that the joy surrounding her arrival becomes a blessing for all of our children.  We all belong to each other.  To celebrate the children for whom we will turn the tide, here’s a parade – brought to you from Improv EverywhereIf you need an infusion of joy and laughter spend some time on their website…it’s one of my favorites!

Here’s to you, here’s to us – all in it together.