After the shock, now the anger?

Fortunately this week has brought me plenty of work-idle brain time is not good since election day in America. My shock though has worn off and now I am angry. Angry that I didn’t participate more? No. I did my fair share.

Angry that immoral, illegal, racist, misogyny, bigotry has been ignored or even made “respectable” by those who voted for Drumpf. [My blog, I can complain about the GOP candidate who is president-elect without a majority of the popular vote by more than 1 million votes and they aren’t all counted yet! ] Angry that experienced, competent, and female was too much a threat especially after an African-American president.Angry that all the human rights, minorities in the United States of America have fought so hard for seem to be in danger of being not only ignored but done away with. Angry that christians think Drumpf is wonderful but what about those christian values? Angry that I have to wait four years before we can throw the bum out.

But not too angry to accomplish what I am working on right now; nor to stand up for those who cannot, and to speak out for those who cannot. I am not taking this sitting down nor quietly. I have, we have come too far to let one man and his minority of “deplorables” destroy.

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We all fall down

Travesty. Downright disgusting travesty to have blatant sexism, misogyny, racism, bigotry, and intolerance. In the White House. No decent, moral, respectful human should allow it. However, many Evangelical christians voted for the president-elect. Another reason I do not belong to any organized religious sect.

If he had not won, oh my goodness. Can you imagine the bedlam? The protests? The outrage? And they are now empowered to take their hatred, their ignorance, their fear, yes their fear out on others they determine are not white males or the woman of a white male and eve then the woman is not safe. After all, women are possessions to do what ever you please with or to.

The only thing that is keeping me from saying what I really want to say, is my mother. If she ever found out I used that language in a public place, holy moly! I would be in deep trouble and even at my age could be grounded!

I still cannot grasp, wrap my head around how anyone could respect Drumpf. How? Or his cult? I am a little scared-I travel alone a lot; but I am not so afraid that I will stop. Just extra precautions, I already will not stop at rest areas at night or if there are no other cars. If only one car, I keep on driving. I will not engage with drivers who are jerks. I am cautious at gas stations and truck stops, small towns, and even stoplights/signs.Backroads? Shortcuts? Depends if they are paved or not.

But I am not afraid of standing up for myself. I am not afraid to size up the situation and respond appropriately to keep myself safe. And I will not stop speaking up and out for those treated unjustly, unequally, or worse. My grandmothers and great grandmothers, and great aunts, and cousins removed all had it much worse. I cannot let them down. I cannot let an arrogant bastard (my mother’s words not mine) steal what they do not deserve or ar even worthy of.

The resistance is in full swing! Love will prevail and I will stay stronger together with other like-minded women and men.

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Abrupt Reality Check

Angry? No not really. Disappointed? Absolutely! Scared? Somewhat. Afraid? Yes. The vortex of feelings this week after a minority of the voting population elected Drumpf for president of the US America. Despite the popular majority vote going to HRC. The electoral college makes the final decision for president and supposedly they will vote for Drumpf. That is the way is has always been. Why would it change now?

Except this campaign has been like no other-at least in my lifetime. Perhaps we will see even more oddities before someone is inaugurated as the 45th president of the US America.

There are so many ironies, hypocrisies, protests, and gloating. Sadly those who think they won, will find that “their” president does not care for them at all. Has no use for them. This makes me very sad. I dislike seeing people being manipulated. Was I manipulated to vote for someone other than the GOP candidate? Possibly except that I pay little attention to public media, read behind the scenes reports, listen to foreign news stations, and then look at the actions and records. I doubt most of what I read in the press or hear in the news. To the point, that I probably am missing some truths as well. However, the only person that my vote counts for is me. I voted my conscience, I voted with research and data, I voted for the candidate that I thought would take care of the majority of people. I will live with my vote and I will live with the winner of the electoral college vote. But it doesn’t mean I am going to roll over and lie low for 2-4 years waiting for the next presidential election or even the mid-term election.

No, it means that I will continue my vigilance of injustice, inequity, and inequalities. I will continue to speak up and out. I probably will do so even more now. While I am not a member of a specific religious organization, I truly believe in and live in the golden rule: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (New Testament, Matt 7.12).

 

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Sadly aha! Only the last year . . .

Sadly, the crime rate, the violent crime rate has increased over the past year. Hmm that would correlate with the presidential campaign. The Democratic nominee has run before without this increase. The Libertarian candidate has run before without the rate increase. Yes, you know exactly where I am going with this.

The hatred spewed by another presidential candidate has inflamed and given people the confidence (?) to act out their aggressions, their frustrations, their fantasies of power over others, and I know quite well that correlation does not equal causation. But that does not take away the correlation. . .

Hate spews hate, fans the flame of hate. Love wins. Eventually.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/26/rate-murder-fbi-increase

http://prospect.org/article/violent-crime-increasing

 

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Fall in the air? Only further West!

Finally the streak of 90°F days has ended; only in the 80s° F and with the rain, perhaps the temperatures will drop even more. Finally.

I was not born to live in heat and humidity. I sweat enough in the dry western air; add humidity of the midwest. . .sluggish and blobby is how I feel.  My running game is less than it should be. I feel like I am melting all summer.

With that said, I welcome the fall and hope that those snow/rain storms in the Rockies will head our way and at least cool us 15-20° F. And out into the wildness of state parks and recreation areas for a little bit of nature without pavement. Everyday is a good day to be outside!

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Tipping Point

The violence of this week has pushed me to the tipping point; the dual citizen former republican presidential candidate who just said he will vote for the party nominee for president has pushed me to the tipping point. The mean, bullying behavior of the GOP presidential has pushed me over the tipping point. I dislike hating but I now hate him. I will work through this but the violent, angry supporters of said candidate will keep fueling that hatred flame and frankly I want to speak out, I want to foolishly say exactly how I feel in their words. So I must find a lifeline and stop the hatred.

Having grown up during the 60s and 70s, I know what it was like when people were protesting and fighting for civil rights, equal rights, and fighting against the police action in Vietnam. More peaceful than violent but protests all the same. I also grew up fighting for my own rights as female in a white male world.

Now, many women do not like HRC, the democratic candidate for the president of the US. Why? Because she is not warm and cuddly? Because she has borne the brunt of discrimination as a woman, as a lawyer, as a public figure for the same years I have experienced it but not so publicly. Is she my favorite candidate? In this election she is the only candidate. Of course there are other women I think are just as qualified and perhaps more popular but they are not the candidate. Yes, I will vote for her proudly.

When I hear women disliking her, calling her a liar, I wonder how many of them are projecting their own faults on to her. And I won’t even go there since I don’t think they are faults but that is our society.  Often what we do not like in others is our weakness or least like trait/characteristic/habit.

The increase in racial strife in our country is not President Obama’s fault nor due to his lack of leadership. It is the result of the fear of white men; white men who see how successful President Obama has been despite the obstruction of Congress, the plotting to stop him by white men corporations, and by other white entities. His success has fueled their fear of people of color, of Black people, while people of color are scared to death for their very lives. As well as scared that the GOP presidential candidate might actually win.

If HRC is elected (fingers crossed, voting), the backlash will increase violence against women during her term. I am not happy about that but I will lean in, fight back, and stand proud. Stronger together-isn’t that her campaign slogan?

Okay, I found a lifeline from writing this, sharing it will help, but this will be a fight probably the rest of my granddaughter’s life, sadly. Although I can always hope that we will settle some of this inequality and inqeuit this election season.

 

 

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Preparing for a Year of “Prime”

Tomorrow I turn prime again. It is “just” a number but for me it means it is time to be prime again. Really. Healthier than sitting at a computer daily for a few months, healthier than I have been. Healthy as in eating good food-tasty AND delightful AND good for me. Healthy as in really running almost daily (4-6 times a week) and actually consistently training my body to fly again when I run. Right now only in my mind does my hair stream behind me, do my lungs breathe in air without gasping, do my legs feel tired but not sore, and I feel strong and free. Need to fix that desperately.

Prime: stay focused on my year of research and learning; finishing up a dream that I have had for many decades. Figure out what next that will utilize my recent training, learning, knowledge, and passions. Figure out where I will do this and hope like heck it is close to home–back with my family and close enough to see my mom more frequently. Figure out how to be more balanced in my words and deeds.

Prime: do something I have wanted to do, new or revisit past desires each month; challenging my fears and pushing me out of my comfort zone. There is so much I want to do and my time on this Earth is decreasing (only because I am getting older!); must not let opportunities slip away simply because status quo is easier.

Prime: support others in their adventures and journey through life to their desired goals. Give more to others-time, assistance, even space if that is what they want. Hopefully leave each person I interact with, even if it is a smile, feel better for the interaction.

Prime: to keep on keepin’ on. Dance to the music. Ride the winds of change, love, and hope.

Happy birth anniversary to me a few hours earlier. Need that sleep to accomplish all that I plan on achieving!

 

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