Good gravy the news is upsetting these days. Conflicts of interest for days, suppression of science and the media, lying all over the place, bans on immigrants, walls, "checks and balances" that neither check nor balance. It's stressful and I can't decide if I should bury my head in the sand and be happy or try to stay informed and live in a state of mild panic and low productivity. I'm currently doing the latter. Mr. H is opting for more of the former.
But on a more positive note, I took the kids to the Womens' March in Sacramento last weekend and it was wonderful. Mr. H had to work so we met up with friends and it was packed and hectic and the bathroom lines were ridiculous but the sun was out, the mood upbeat and I was heartened to see so many folks who were angry yet hopeful. Most of the funniest signs involved words I would rather not put on my own blog but "Ikea has better cabinets" and "Make America Smart Again" were ones I sadly enjoyed. The kids made their own signs at a playdate. Biscuit with a lovely message. Oscar with his own slogan "I love moms and dads" (and, apparently, stickers). I made a stack of pink, fleece hats and handed them out to friends and strangers. I'm so glad we went.
In other positive news, I chuckle every time I see a tweet along these lines: "One thing the dystopian novels got wrong: the resistance would come from Teen Vogue, Merriam-Webster and the National Park Service."
It's crazy/funny/weird isn't it? Teen Vogue is posting clear, easy to understand, nuanced articles about what various news means and potential impacts for girls and women alongside the latest on Selena Gomez and makeup tips. I got Biscuit a subscription. Merriam-Webster has useful words of the day like "claque" to help us all. And the National Park Service! Badlands got it rolling (a great park if you haven't been!), Golden Gate is great and @AltUSNatParkSer is winning the internet. Sad but true. The Park Rangers are the peace officers standing up to potential tyranny while Congress does....nothing?
Don't get me started.
If you are interested in politics like I suddenly am, I discovered the Pantsuit Politics Podcast before the election and their episodes have led to great conversations with a more conservative colleague who I also turned on to the show. We both love Beth from the right and their primers on various issues are great. Take a listen.
I also got into the NPR Politics Podcast and I love Sam Sanders. Our local public radio station was one of four to host "A Nation Engaged" a few weeks ago and I got to go to the live taping. I didn't say anything because I am lame but it was cool to meet Sam Sanders and tour Capitol Public Radio and see the show get made.
I've called one senator and done a survey for my representative but I guess I should channel this angst into further action. If only it weren't so hard to decide on my top issue to call my representatives about.
Hope all of you are doing well out there. I still feel confident that congress will become a collection of vertebrates again and this nightmare will last less than four years. Maybe?