It’s been a while.
It’s been over 15 months since my last post. After a series of draining blogging interactions, I couldn’t bring myself to continue posting. It felt like work instead of kinship, and that was not something I wanted. Still, I missed it. Still, I have so much to say. So, I begin again. These days, carrying on truly does feel as though it takes superhuman effort.
My family is in a wonderful place. Still homeschooling. Now, there’s also theatre and karate and football and freedom. We’ve all grown so much and love is flourishing.
I’m working consistently now. It’s going well and helping the household income, which is a big help.
If you remember ‘Profess’, I recently finished a new draft, but have put it in a drawer for a while to work on something new. Still dystopian and speculative fiction, but different nonetheless. Really, can you blame me? After all…
This is the age of Trump. The election almost brought me back here, but I resisted the lure. I wasn’t ready. Instead, I’ve stuck to Facebook, to my (mostly) safe circle. To carry on, I know I must speak up. Louder. So, I shall.
It won’t be all politics all the time. I can’t handle that. My atheism is not on the forefront of my consciousness either, though it certainly still stands. I’m not sure what this blog will be besides authentically me and hopefully consistent.
Without further ado, I present some things that stick out to me about the last year (personally):
La Croix. Seriously. Where were you all my life? Apparently, next to the spring water I use for tea, but I foolishly ignored you. (Though you did fake me out with that disgusting coconut the first time around.)
What is your current obsession level with ‘Hamilton: An American Musical’? (Hint: The correct answer is always fanatical.) I was honored to get tickets and a friend trip to Chicago last year to see it in person. Let me say, as a person who was raised to be decidedly unpatriotic (which is easy in this current period of American politics), it’s easy to feel patriotic listening to this groundbreaking musical. Then, I remember the slaves. Oy.
Similarly, ‘The West Wing’, one of my all-time favorite shows, is now painful to watch. However, ‘The West Wing Weekly’ podcast has given me space to enjoy the optimism and dose of escapism. Plus, plenty of Trump-aye-yai-yai moments. It’s also led to me following many of the cast members on Twitter. Richard Schiff is precious. Click the photo below to check out the podcast.
NPR. Need I say more? Didn’t think so.
A lot was problematic about the Women’s March, but it was a moment I wanted, needed, to be a part of. Resistance is not futile.
We got a tortoise! Meet Tormund.
Okay, that’s it for now. I’ll be back.
Hey, wait! This is Sunday. How about a Blooming Society Sunday? Let’s keep it simple and honest.
Carry on, everyone. It’s the only way to get through. It’s what brought me back here to you.