The New Normal

The stories aren’t new. Not new anymore. Don’t shock like they did. Don’t shock anymore. Drawn out of the past. Dusty books on shelves. Somewhere, yes; not here. Never close. Never real. Not anymore. How? We buried the dark, The monsters. Turns out it’s stubborn. Iron. Civilized, we thought. And better, we thought. But now…

Opinionating

I have thought a lot recently about facts, opinions, and being opinionated. Being open-minded is important to me. One of my pet peeves is when people do not think for themselves and ask questions. This is one reason I have always felt uncomfortable with calling myself a member of a particular political party. (To this…

Never Again

For those of you following the news, you will have seen that the situation in Syria has┬árapidly deteriorated. (You can find an excellent summary of what is happening here, from the ever-wonderful BBC.) As I am writing this, some reports are emerging of a deal that has been reached which could end the summary killings…

The Aftermath

We are entering the wee hours of Wednesday morning as I write this. I am stunned. I am appalled. I am heartbroken. I feel this way for many reasons, but the most important are these: We have just sent a message that racism, misogyny, and bullying is acceptable behavior. We have told every woman and…

An Open Letter to Donald Trump

Donald: I can put up with a lot. It takes a lot to get me upset or bothered. I don’t like conflict, so although I have opinions, I rarely voice them. (And I’m not naive enough to think they’re always the right ones, anyway.) But I learned something today, thanks to you. Two things in…

For Nice

  There are no new words. Nothing left unsaid. The world ends over and over again. And through the exhaustion, the only thing left is to patch fractured souls and wish for a better tomorrow.