A Rose By Any Other Name Would Be A Dead Weight

A Rose By Any Other Name Would Be A Dead Weight

I’m in A Mood today. I was going to write, for no special reason, but that would be a lie. It all started yesterday, in a rose bed not far from my house. Roses are a Big Deal here. (They don’t call Portland the Rose City for nothing.) Roses grow like weeds, to the point you can feel rose-intoxicated by taking a breath as you walk […]

Read Me 2 Comments

Racism Goes to School

Racism Goes to School

Preface In the time since I began to write this post, racism has been visible in Portland in a number of ways, one horrific enough to make national news. But there have been local incidents too. For example, at the middle school a few blocks away, an 8th grader waiting at a bus stop was harassed with racial slurs. This poster appeared not too far […]

Read Me 7 Comments

#SOL17: Gobsmacked*

#SOL17: Gobsmacked*

I could have titled this post “Learning By Happenstance,” because I happened on an announcement about a town hall regarding education cuts in Oregon and decided to go. It was an eye-opener, to say the least, especially for someone trying to make sense of a completely new education system. What I learned: Two pieces of Oregon legislation dramatically changed the course of the public schools, beginning in […]

Read Me 2 Comments

Learn. Make. Watch. Why? A Response In Two Parts

Learn. Make. Watch. Why? A Response In Two Parts

I. I’m learning that when a glorious day comes in Portland OR,  you drop everything and head outside. Saturday was one of those days: azure sky, crisp spring air, new leaves bouncing in a light breeze. Me,  I headed indoors and spent my afternoon in a dark, windowless space, staring at a screen. I had snagged one of the 20 spots in a workshop at The Northwest Film Center […]

Read Me 4 Comments

#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 […]

Read Me 2 Comments

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 […]

Read Me 1 Comment

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 […]

Read Me 2 Comments

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 […]

Read Me Leave comment

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 […]

Read Me Leave comment