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#SOL17: W&GOT, an Alt-LOL Exploration

#SOL17: W&GOT, an Alt-LOL Exploration

What is W&GOT? In this newly alt-world, it’s my alt-LOL; it stands for Wailing and Gnashing Of Teeth. Because in a stunning frenzy of whatever-the-f$%k-you-want-to-call-it, Betsy DeVos has made it out of committee and is headed to a confirmation vote by the full Senate. It was, by all accounts, procedural insanity at its finest. Here’s how NPR education reporter Cory Turner summed it up– apologies […]

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Action Report #5: Self-Care for the Resistance

Action Report #5: Self-Care for the Resistance

It’s been a tough week for action. My husband and I flew to our new city for an inspection on our (we hope) new house the Sunday after the Women’s March on NYC. While we were there, I learned, among other things, that it is hard to call east coast legislators from a west coast time zone– by the time I was ready to call, offices had been […]

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#SOL17: “In a house of this age….”

#SOL17: “In a house of this age….”

My husband and I spent about five hours yesterday in the inspection of a 90 year-old house, the house we are hoping to buy to begin the next part of our life adventure. If we heard it once, we heard it a dozen times: “In house of this age…”; “In a house this old….”; “It’s what you would expect in a house…” etc. The house is yellow […]

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#SOL17: Talk Less

#SOL17: Talk Less

“Talk less. Smile more….” For those of you not as obsessed with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Alexander Hamilton as I’ve been, this is the advice Aaron Burr gives Hamilton early in the play. I’m not giving anything away if I say this advice doesn’t work out so well for Burr in the end. But it is good advice for me, in this hour, on this day. Silence is a way […]

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Action Report #4: Facts Don’t Matter. Shift the Frame!

Action Report #4: Facts Don’t Matter. Shift the Frame!

The Personal, the Political The most important personal-political action I’ve taken in the past two weeks is to read George Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate. Lakoff, a cognitive scientist and linguist, has spent a lifetime studying how our brains construct meaning. Lakoff argues that progressive folks keep turning to facts to argue against the swelling conservative movement and facts don’t matter. What […]

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TAKE ACTION: Hearings Begin for Cabinet Positions

TAKE ACTION: Hearings Begin for Cabinet Positions

The most important action we can take right now is to speak out against Mr. Trump’s dangerous nominees for cabinet positions. I urge, no, I beg you to make two calls. The first is to oppose Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. Basically, DeVos advocates an education system that fosters two kinds of freedom: freedom for people like her, who have inherited wealth, built a tax structure that makes that […]

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#SOL17: Can You Hear Me Now?

#SOL17: Can You Hear Me Now?

Every gym has its own culture. Here, in this northwest city where my husband and I will soon resettle, we signed up for a trial two-week gym membership near our Airbnb. My view of the gym’s culture came into focus from the seat of my stationary bike. Sometimes it seems like a young city. Portland, I mean. Maybe it’s that our daughter lives here and we’ve come […]

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#SOL16: Dogs in the TSA Line

#SOL16: Dogs in the TSA Line

I love when little dogs and their people stand behind me in the TSA line. Especially when their person is holding them. This morning it was Hudson, a sweet mix of poodle and Australian something-or-other. Her little nose was light pink and freckled and she wriggled all over when I rubbed behind her ears. It’s simpler to think about little dogs before this flight. Not […]

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Post-election Action Report #3 : Got Hope?

Post-election Action Report #3 : Got Hope?

As January 20 looms, I feel increasingly grim. I believe, I know individual action makes change possible. I just don’t have much hope that there’s going to be an outcome I feel good about. But when the pall of grimness sets in, it’s important to wade in, get to know exactly what’s generating the bleak fog. This week, I know part of the grimness is due […]

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