I still remain a bit numb after last week. It has been one horrible, no good, awful, terrible thing after another with Emperor Baby Fists. I never expected him to pivot into being presidential but Lordy! I also expected more out of him than this. My mistake. Thus, I am grumpy. Tired. Frustrated. But I am not giving up. I do need, however, to let out a good, loud scream and suspect you do too. So let’s do it together — AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I feel a bit better.
I had another post planned for today but it didn’t feel right to me. Instead, I’m just going to share some random thoughts about this and that.
RIP, My Beloved Emeril
Max has been mentioned many times here at A Mindful Migration, but he had a big brother. Granted, he actually never met his big brother, Emeril, but still, they are brothers. Emeril was my first “house” cat. I adored him. He was the sun and moon to me. He was bossy, opinionated, manipulative, handsome and chronically constipated. Last Thursday was the five year anniversary of his passing from kidney disease and I miss him so much.
Until we meet again …
Important Articles to Help You #Resist
I read part of the article from Daily Stormer on Heather Heyer that finally got GoDaddy to boot them. It was so hate-filled. How can you hate someone whom you’ve never met that deeply? It’s also really bad when Russia won’t even host your website — just saying. And while there was plenty of stuff that made my heart weep, I want to focus on the good stuff. Here are a few articles/posts I encourage you to read.
- The Radicalization of White Supremacists by German Lopex via Vox.
- Why Do You Hate Me? A Brown Woman Talks to a Former White Nationalist by S. Mitra Kalita via CNN.
- Resistance is Not Futile: 5 Ways Donald Trump Can Be Contained by Jonathan Alter via The Daily Beast
- Do Better American 2017 from Steph at Life According to Steph.
- Hate That Does Not Hide by Roxanne Gay via The New York Times
But …. Love Trumps Hate
I honestly was a little nervous to check the news on Saturday as I knew there were several alt-right rallies scheduled. But they served a couple important reminders:
- Bullies are wimps. And won’t show up.
- Love trumps hate.
There were approximately 50-100 alt-right protestors in Boston and 30,000 – 40,000 counter-protestors who marched peacefully.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 19, 2017
I know some prefer to keep their blogs and social media free of politics, which I respect, however, please be sure that you are also not being “silent” either and become complicit inadvertently. You don’t need to be “loud” or even public (although encouraged) but do something. Email or call your representatives and senators and thank them for condemning hate or ask them why they haven’t. Donate, peacefully march in a protest and/or attend community meetings to meet your neighbors and expand your world.
Let’s Lighten Things Up a Bit
I went through a period last week when I couldn’t stand to see anything “light” because I was still in such a rage. Fortunately, I’ve regained my equilibrium, because I fully believe you can be enraged and take action against hate and still laugh and talk about food, family, kids, pets, hobbies, entertainment and what not.
I Need a Book Recommendation
Many of you know that I am a diehard mystery/thriller lover. But right now, I need something a little lighter. Something feel good. I am not a big fan of romance, which normally would fit my requirements but my cynical old coot nature will takeover. Also Dumplin’ and The Storied Life of AJ Fikry are out because I am saving them for something else later this year. But something similar. Please share any recommendations you have for me!
An August Guilty Pleasure
Listen, I watch lots of shows with no shame. Some are “prestige” and others are not. I watch what I enjoy … but this month one of my guilty pleasures is on. And it’s a tad (a lot) embarrassing. It’s the Garage Sale Mystery Movies on Hallmark Movies. A couple months ago I stumbled onto a movie marathon. I declared to Max that it looked stupid and 8 hours later, I finally left my couch. 😀 This month a new Garage Sale Mystery movie debuts every Sunday, and they remain sweet movies that require a big willingness to stretch belief, but I can’t help myself: I love them.
Oh Monday. Not You Again.
Poor Mondays. What did they ever do to us? Everything.
Happy Monday! I hope you get a chance to see the Solar Eclipse (safely) today! And don’t forget to share any book recommendations with me!