I come to this nearly abandoned space without apology. This election has been too big to remain a silent participant.
I have been sitting with my thoughts for two days. I have so many it’s hard to make sense of them. But I process with words. These are just a few.
There is so much grief.
For the nearly 9 years I’ve been present in this space, I have yet to overtly voice my political opinion. I seem to be able to wax on and on about design, dinners, and days in the sun. I’ve alluded to my political leanings with quotes and hints at how I volunteer my time. I can say the same for my religious affiliation. I believe this quote; but now is the time for words. Words matter; they have weight and meaning. In this space I’ve not wanted to offend nor seem intolerant, never wanting to be lumped into one group or category and labeled just a demographic box. But every day millions of my fellow citizens who are anything other than “white” wake up to such a reality — a demographic box. And they are terrified…. as am I.
In recent weeks I heard someone say “liberals take Trump literally but not seriously and conservatives take Trump seriously but not literally.” I’m still processing this pithy summary. But how are we NOT supposed to take him literally when he seemed to repeat the same horrible things? History will be the final judge; however, that is little comfort for those of us here and now.
Over the last few weekends we have been ticking away at our Netflix queue, particularly the 900 documentaries we have lined up. Last time we did a binge in a single weekend; perfectly ideal for indoors-only kind of weather.
Up first, Chasing Ice. A behemoth of a project undertaken by National Geographic photography James Balog to document in photographs the physical changes in the worlds largest glaciers over a 5-year period. The end results are stunning. Recommended
Next Up, The House I Live In. If you are at all a child of the 80s then you are familiar with “the war on drugs”. This movie takes a look at said “war” and the repercussions and implications of drug and judicial policy in America over the last three plus decades. My only complaint was that it left me feeling a little hopeless and without a “what you can do about it” solution. However, the official website offers these. (Also, you can check out an interview with the director on The Daily Show here.) Recommended
And finally, Hot Coffee. Think what you will about the infamous lawsuit of a woman suing McDonalds, but this film offers a different side of tort law than what I have been indoctrinated with being a Texan. And basically, as a consumer (of anything) in Texas, you’re screwed if something goes wrong…. you’ve got novery limited rights. Recommended
I don’t know why I feel the need to explain myself, but I do. It is clear that each of these documentaries presents one side of an issue. And I am smart enough to know that these topics (and so many others) are very nuanced and have a lot of gray. It’s never black and white and there’s never an easy answer. I would encourage anyone to explore the other side of where they think they stand, or what they have always been told. It may only reaffirm your stance, or hopefully, add a new element to our ever-present pro/con lists. I will just hold to one of my most favorite quotes ever…
Go check out the interactive website Project Vote Smart to find out which candidate you best match. And kudos to the graphic design team who flawlessly executed the site. The graphics are quite nice and laid out simply, cleanly, and aesthetically pleasing. I like that they have done all the research (everything from voting records to campaign finance) for me and then wrapped it in a nice package.
I’m surprised by how excited i’ve been about just watching today’s big events on t.v. i’m so glad to be a part of this wonderful day in our history. after the day’s events subside, i think i’m going to dive right into a new book I picked up yesterday. I have a feeling I will devour this as quickly as I did my last book.
“The history of American women is all about leaving home — crossing oceans and continents, or getting jobs and living on their own. Some of our national heroines were defined by the fact that they never nested — they were peripatetic crusaders… The center of our story is the tension between the yearning to create a home and the urge to get out of it.”
I think I’m going to like this book.
I surprised myself again by tearing up several times today. I am so proud to be part of such a wonderful country; I feel so fortunate to be alive and grateful… for so much!