“Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.” -Albert Camus

Hello.

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 is life. No calorie mom life.
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.)

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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.

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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.pngNPR. Need I say more? Didn’t think so.

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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.

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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.


12 thoughts on ““Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.” -Albert Camus

  1. It’s good to hear you’re doing well. Blog interactions can be quite tiresome. With everything going on in the world today, it’s a full-time job just trying to maintain peace and quiet.

    And I do remember Profess. I will continue looking forward to its debut. No matter how long it takes.

    Is Tormund named after anyone in particular?

  2. Hello MM!
    I think I subscribed to your blog just before you stopped writing. . . And now you’ve popped up again! Good! I recently unsubscribed from most of my favourites, as we are visiting our family in another country and I didn’t want to return to the laptop clogged with hundreds of messages. (I plan to re-subscribe after I get home in December).
    I’m still following what’s going on in the US on the news here and I see that not much has changed. 😦 I agree with you that speaking up is a valuable option – particularly intelligent, thoughtful opinions such as your own. I will look forward to your political commentary as well as anything else you have to offer.

  3. Great to see you around!

    And so happy to here you’re back into the book. There’s serious meat there, twisted and folded and gorgeous 🙂 If you need a beta reader, my hand is up.

  4. Hello MM.
    Good to hear you have been well and see you back here blogging.
    Have fun, do that which gives pleasure. Life is to be enjoyed and if that is not possible, then it can be endured.

  5. I am glad you are back. I agree with Mak: have fun. And if blogging becomes draining, you don’t have to engage, just leave the unpleasing comment unanswered- or even deleted. Safe spaces are a good thing.

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