“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” Emily Dickinson
I don’t know about you but I do think life is pretty startling right now and it’s hard to believe all the things I now do in a day that weren’t necessary BT (before Trump.) There have been days lately, when my patience feels non existent – when I want to throw up my hands, close my eyes, move to Canada, yell or shake someone because, I really and truly can not wrap my mind around what is happening in this beautiful, troublesome country of ours. And then, I exercise, spend time in my garden, cook a great meal, talk with friends, listen to music or – come across a great quote which is what happened yesterday. Though yesterday, it took a full day in the garden and the quote to put my mind and heart at rest.
We have a long, long way to go.
So let us hasten along the road –
the roads of human tenderness and generosity.
Groping, we may find
one another’s hands in the dark. – Emily Greene Balch
Whether it’s through art or activism or prayer, I hope we are finding our way towards each other. I refuse to become angry, judgemental and bitter along the way – I choose tenderness and generosity. While there are days or at least moments during the day, when I need to pretend that none of this is really happening – it doesn’t last long because I care way too much about changing the course. And, my guess is, so do you. So choose one thing and do it – then wash the dishes, harvest zucchini, read to your kids, pick up that guitar you’ve been meaning to play or get back to your office (which is what I need to do) and tomorrow, do it again!
Ideas • Information •Action
This is when I love technology…EveryElection (app) provides curated information for every single election you can vote in. It’s free and it’s easy to use. Check out their 2 minute video explaining how it works.
See Wall of Us for actions, scripts, information about opposing Trump’s “Election Integrity Commission” which has recently asked states to fork over personal information on every voter which includes names, addresses, birth dates, political affiliation, last four digits of Social Security numbers, and voting history. Many states (red and blue) are not complying but they all need to hear from us!
Healthcare – now is NOT the time to stop calling about this – it’s not dead yet. The 65 has great scripts, contact information and links. One Thing You Can Do also has an excellent set of actions on Healthcare.
Remember Ethel and Julius Rosenberg? Check out this terrific organization, Rosenberg Fund For Children – founded by their son – to support activist families by providing aid for children of the resistance.
The Resistance Calendar gives you a detailed listing of activities in your area if you would like to get away from the phone or your computer to interact with other humans who are speaking out!
Hope is Evident
At a folk festival this past weekend we had the pleasure of attending a Susan Werner concert. If you aren’t familiar with her work – check her out. She’s funny, political and spiritual with a style that’s folksy, jazzy and pop. Her voice is beautiful. She sang many wonderful songs but this one (written many years ago and updated in 2017) – My Strange Nation – is a good end note. Enjoy.