Hope is work

There are friends around me who are despairing of the current situation.

This helps no one.

The only way we can make needed changes is for everyone to pull together, full strength, to overcome the evil being done.

Because, to steal a line from the other side, all lives matter. Black, brown, beige, immigrant, children, elderly matter just as much as middle age white men.

It’s time to put the power with the masses, not the money.

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#shineyourlight #speakyourwords #hope #hopes #hopematters #cuteanimals #animalsketch #desmondtutu #greatquote

Everyone has a story

“Everyone has a story that will break your heart. And, if you’re really paying attention most people have a story that will bring you to your knees” Brene Brown

We have been trained to pretend that everything is wonderful. If anyone asks how we are we say “oh I’m fine, how are you”.

When did this happen? How did it become weak to acknowledge our lives are imperfect? Believe me, if the clerk at the grocery store asks, yep tell them you’re great. But we do this with real friends, family and spouses.

There must be a way to break the perfection myth without seeming like a complainer.

What do you think?

Honor beings


Walking to work there was a tiny dead baby mouse on the parking lot


The tiny mouse on the hard black top tugged at me and I was compelled to snap a photo.  Knowing she would feed some other hungry baby I left the mouse there. 

After sketching her, the art looked so bleak and for days it bothered me. So I changed the story and gave her an umbrella of flowers to rest under. 

Hopefully I do the same in life. 

Protect 

Nourish 

Give people a place to rest, or a strong shoulder to lean on

Hopefully 

Fight or surrender 

For the past fourteen years I have had a rare blood disorder.  

Sometimes it is in remission and life sails along. Sometimes it’s an annoyance and sometimes it’s dangerous. 

Recently I had to step away from visiting my favorite place on earth, Lake Tahoe, because my health was too precarious.  

Logical choice though a bit heart breaking. 

These are the moments when you get to choose to fight or surrender and sometimes surrendering means you get to fight another day. 

Eat desert first

Care

It is our duty as humans to care. 

Years ago there was a woman in my life who could no longer see a purpose in staying alive. She was really just an acquaintance but I was her choice of lifeline. For months she would call five to ten times a day sometimes pleading with me to permit her to die. 

Of course I beseeched her to seek help and eventually I contacted her brother,though I had sworn not to.  Time and medication stabilized her and I was no longer needed. But it taught me never to look the other way, to always speak up and offer assistance. 

What about you? 

Can you help? 

Do you need help?

Text 741741 suicide hotline 

Stop


There have been many times I’ve wanted to say stop this week.

To people,

To world events,

Mostly to the atrocities and hate we seem to be heaping on each other. 

Just stop…… please

Quiet militant 


2017 terrifies me and not much does

But this year…. so many unknowns that could terribly impact the most vulnerable among us. 

So I will drown out the hate and bias with a quiet militancy.

Come and join me