Beyond the outrage and fear I've been experiencing since November 9th, one of the most disorienting aspects is trying to reconcile this horrifying new reality with the relative abundance, peace and beauty of my daily life. How can both be real? But then again, that's life in a nutshell, isn't it? I'll just have to keep qualifying my answer to the question, "How are you?" by saying, "I'm good. Well, aside from the fact that an insane person is going to become President."
In the meantime, I wanted to share a few things I've found noteworthy.
This NY Times profile on B.J. Miller - a triple amputee and palliative care doctor who helps people die well and fully in a non-medicalized, non-pathologized way. It made me cry and it made me think.
This short post by Kim Foster about the intense, heart-wrenching experience of working with her two foster children's biological parents to create an open adoption. Hats off to Kim and David and people like them. They are my heroes.
On the political activism front, here are some things you should check out:
The Indivisible Guide (now a web site) is a must-read. It was written by a bunch of former Congressional staffers and demystifies the process of taking back the country and explains how the Tea Party gained power. Hint, you have to actually get involved. If you're in my neck of the woods, please let me know if you'd like to join me in starting a citizen action group.
AdStrike is a new web site that makes it super easy for you to tweet at companies that are advertising on Breitbart.com in hopes of getting them to withdraw their ads, hitting Breitbart right in the bank account. You can also post on Facebook - they provide the screenshot, sample text and everything. It's a wonderfully satisfying way to spend a few minutes!
Flippable - a new site/org/list that aims to flip control of government. They send timely, easy actions you can take.
WallOfUs - another new site/org/list that provides simple, weekly acts of resistance.
Call your members of Congress, people. Every damn day!
And turn out for one of the many marches for women taking place in cities across the country on Saturday, January 21st.
Happy New Year to you all.