Why We Can’t Wait, by Martin Luther King, Jr.

My Copy: 9780807001127 (image from bn.com) This one's a far different book than Stride Toward Freedom. That book was an autobiography and history of the bus boycott. This one's partly an autobiography with the Birmingham, AL protests and how they impact the struggle to a free and equal society. Why We Can't Wait was a … Continue reading Why We Can’t Wait, by Martin Luther King, Jr.

I had my hair shorn as a reminder, & it was the smallest thing that happened today…

Okay, that requires some explanation. I've had difficulty with my long, double-cowlick, curlyish hair most of my life. I'd been threatening to just have the stylist shave it all off for weeks. After some reading up on the state of the world, and really thinking about things I could do for myself and others, I … Continue reading I had my hair shorn as a reminder, & it was the smallest thing that happened today…

Q #130: If quarantine protesters are all about THEIR state’s rights, why wave Trump 2020 or Confederate battle flags?

(image from michiganadvance.com, Anna Liz Nichols) I hope these protests against lock-down go away quickly, and then the people can go home and stop prolonging the quarantine. You can't do what you're doing and expect things to clear up quicker, especially when you're blocking access to the institutions that need to keep working to do … Continue reading Q #130: If quarantine protesters are all about THEIR state’s rights, why wave Trump 2020 or Confederate battle flags?

This Michigan craziness reminds me why I am shutting down work while I’m ahead…

image from citizentruth.org Granted, the situation in Texas is VERY different than the one in Michigan. Michigan has more stringent measures put into place regarding business closures (which might make sense, considering the numbers dying up there right now). Of course, since state governments are trying to do the best they can--or at least some … Continue reading This Michigan craziness reminds me why I am shutting down work while I’m ahead…

Barefoot Gen, vol 9: Breaking Down Borders, by Keiji Nakazawa

My Copy: 9780867196009 (image from bn.com) This volume is a mix of juvenile hijinks done in the name of protest and Gen's knowledge that he's going to have to grow up and figure out what to do with his life. His family is scattered and Natsue is getting worse in her health, ready to die. … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 9: Breaking Down Borders, by Keiji Nakazawa

From Brain Pickings: “The Great Czech Playwright Turned Dissident Turned President Václav Havel on Hope”

I think I read this article four times today and just kept thinking about it, and about this man and the interesting life he led even though imprisonment and a regime that couldn't allow for change... until he did it himself. At least, I haven't read the book he published yet (sigh--another book to put … Continue reading From Brain Pickings: “The Great Czech Playwright Turned Dissident Turned President Václav Havel on Hope”

One of those open-letter thingies…for the anti-Trump protesters, because I’m confused…

I wrote this yesterday, then saw such a wild outpouring of rage--on all sides--on the internet that I had to leave it on the hard drive and think about it. I guess I just couldn't figure out what to say anymore, what I could say. I've gone numb and very uncertain, but I decided that since … Continue reading One of those open-letter thingies…for the anti-Trump protesters, because I’m confused…

#002: Beyond the over-hyped election, what else can we do to make positive changes & policies in the U.S.?

My inner social studies teacher is kicking me right now, telling me "of course the vote is important, it's your civic duty, it's how our voices are heard, etc." I don't believe that as much as when I was a wide-eyed, newly-registered political innocent, certain that my scrap of paper in the box meant a lot to somebody out there. Then again, that's about all I was taught regarding political participation.