Excuse me, Mr Prezident …

Words. A torrent of words continue to be written and spoken and shouted about the cataclysm in Puerto Rico brought on by Hurricane Maria. My near-obsession with this on-going tragedy has left me at a loss for words, nearly. I could rant. I could name-call. I could point out the raging hypocrisy of the Divider-In-Chief, but what good will that do? Friends and allies will agree with me. Die-hard defenders of this pitiful excuse for a president will not. Where does that leave us, besides frustrated and angry, and at a stalemate, while desperate people are dying? These words from…

Under the influence

This administration has left many of us in a state of perpetual hangover. With the glut of scandals and threats and lies that confront us on a daily basis, keeping up has become an unpaid internship with no end-date. Anyone who follows this somewhat lapsed series has probably figured out that my favorite theme is about facing life with as much positivity as possible. And, if you’re at all like me, maintaining perspective is daunting when assaults to our sense of decency are non-stop. I seem to be toughening up, however. I’m becoming more realistic, with an added touch of cynicism just to keep things…

The Sizzling Satire of Saint Hoax

Discovering a new artist is always a good thing. Discovering one who uses satire with such unabashed freedom and precision is rare. As often happens, I caught a sampling of Saint Hoax’s work thanks to a friend who posted a link to the video: Making America Misogynist Again (posted below). After viewing that eye-opener, I decided that looking a bit further was in order and found his website: Saint Hoax. Saint Hoax has two distinct flavors in his cut-to-the-quick satire. The first is the almost supernatural realism in his paintings of the super rich: Kim Kardashian, the Clinton’s, Queen Elizabeth, and other iconic figures. Not afraid to mix cultural…

Good news, plus a reminder

In challenging times like these, we need daily reminders of the good in people. Here are a few stories that gave me a lift this morning.  Delhi, India has banned ALL plastic! “Trailing after China and the United States, India is the largest polluter in the world and is home to 13 out of the top 20 most polluted cities. Thus, the city of Delhi has decided to take a strong and bold action by banning all disposable plastic including a ban on disposable plastic cutlery, cups, and bags, this piece of legislation was passed by India’s National Green Tribunal in December….

Some might even call it a blessing.

  Stress… it might be going too far to call it a blessing, but it can be the disguised kind of blessing if we shift our perspective a titch. Stress can literally kill you. It can also be something that causes us to reassess our lives and be willing to try new approaches to relieving our daily anxieties. Being curious about how my friends creatively address this challenge, I recently posted a question on Facebook: “What are your favorite destressing techniques?” Here are a few of the brilliant responses. Just reading them makes me feel more relaxed! (My favorite destressing activities are at the…

Thank you, Governor Kate

  Governor Kate Brown: President Trump’s recent Executive Orders that divide and discriminate do not reflect the values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution or the principles we stand for as Oregonians. In Oregon, where thousands have fought for and demanded equality, we can not and will not retreat. As Governor, I will uphold the civil and human rights of all who call Oregon home. My staff is studying the recent Executive Orders to determine what effects they may have on Oregonians, and I will explore options to keep Oregon a safe place for everyone. I am also in contact with…

Hope, kindness, and a touch of snark

Confession: I’m weary to the bone of negativity and name-calling on social media — from both sides of the political chasm. So I’m working out how to navigate social media in a constructive way in this new year. How do we interrupt — and stand up to — the gross ignorance and intolerance of racism without falling into the trap of name-calling, snark, shaming, and tit-for-tat exchanges that too often dominate social media? Shaming doesn’t work, and we can’t just wish it away — and snark is so tempting, especially when you’re good at it. In response to me reflecting on how to…