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Liberation


I have been absent from my blogs for over two years, the weight of the last presidency was too much for me to continue to complain about. I marched, I protested, I cried, I had PTSD. His mere voice made me so angry I had to retreat from hearing it anywhere. I know it was cowardly, I tried to escape an abusive relationship again.

The pandemic added to my isolation and also led to my reflection on some of the reasons why I was so affected by this atmosphere of divisiveness in our country. I grew up with very strict parents who really didn’t place any other code of ethics on me except the golden rule and that was to treat others as I would want to be treated. My parents were not the most loving, but they also were not narrow minded. I know they were Democrats and liberal thinkers. I do know they were political and often took part in political activities. They were an example whether I realized it at the time and now as an adult know that is why I pay attention to the politics of my nation. It is part of who I am.

I also look back on my childhood and remember that I was and still am a “Trekkie” , yes, a nerd. But Star Trek inspired us to some very essential sociological ideals. Earth in the future had no war, no bias, no discrimination, no racism. Every country in the world united. Men and women were captains of starships, black, white, blue and green humans and even non-humans co-existed peacefully. If the science of Star Trek could become reality, computers and cell phones, for example, why couldn’t these sociological ideals become a reality. Ok, so I was naïve, but I hoped and actually still hope that someday our world will see this reality for our children.

The last four years scared me, I actually was seeing the repeat of history, of Hitler’s history and I was afraid, very afraid for our country, for our Democracy. Every day it spiraled deeper into darkness and hatred. The cruelty began the first day and only got worse. This last week had me on the verge of tears every day waiting for election results, not that I doubted Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, I knew in my heart they were good for our nation and true to our Democratic Constitution, but seeing so many still willing to follow someone so poisonous and hateful. It broke my heart. It still does to see them so lost on someone that doesn’t care two cents about them.

However, JOY filled my heart yesterday to see the streets of our country and hear the congratulations of the world on the election of our President-Elect Biden and Vice-President Elect Harris. For me, personally, I feel as if a huge weight has been lifted and I can breath fresh air. I watch the streets fill on tv, despite the pandemic, of celebrants and was reminded of seeing footage of when World War II ended and liberation . I feel liberated from the oppression of worry about our Democracy being threatened at every turn every single day.

I know this is only the beginning of a new term and I know it will be a very difficult time ahead, a lot of damage has been done. A lot of work needs to be done and President Biden will need all the support and prayers he can get. He has mine. I am only one small voice, but I know today I am one of over 74 million that spoke up.

Standing for the flag or Acting on what it Stands For

Standing for the flag or Acting on what it Stands For
All this controversy whether kneeling or standing with arms locked is disrespecting our country’s  flag has many people upset, some confused.  “For liberty and justice for ALL”.  I believe it would be disrespectful if we did not honor what our flag stood for and STAND UP for our rights to insure that we are indeed the country that our armed forces through the life of our country spilled blood over to give us. – the liberty and the freedom for justice for ALL.  Those who only see the kneeling during a song are missing the big picture and are not understanding the injustices that are going on. Respect is earned, Defending our democracy is respecting our country and given by partcipating and not quietly allowing it to be taken away. Democracy is not something fought for just on foreign soils but here in our own home. we cannot allow racism, bigotry and hatred destroy us.

Activism for Introverts and Highly Sensitive People

A Thousand Shades of Gray

As you might already know, kind and gentle reader, I am an introvert and a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). Because of this I prefer dialogue over debate, connection over confrontation, individuals or small groups over large crowds, quiet over noise, calm over chaos. To be completely honest, most of the time I prefer to be alone.

I used to say, “I’m not a very political person.” I’d joke that if people were on opposite corners of the street carrying signs and chanting about the various ways they opposed each other, I’d be more likely to show up with sandwiches for everyone than to grab a sign and join a group on a corner. I had strong opinions, voted, donated money to various causes, used my social media and blog to share information and marginalized voices, but I wasn’t what’s traditionally considered “active.”

Now I understand that perspectiveas a manifestation…

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