We Have Become a Nation with Zero Tolerance

Would you make a thousand-mile, perilous journey in the hope of saving yourself or your children? I don’t know if I would have the courage. But I have a story in my own family history that comes close to the kind of desperation felt by the immigrant families pouring across our southern border.Continue reading “We Have Become a Nation with Zero Tolerance”

Background on the Immigration Situation

Do you know what’s actually going on with the immigration crisis? Who are the people coming here and where are they coming from? Are they really “refugees”? “asylum seekers”? What is MS-13 and what are its origins? What’s the truth about  the children being held in detention centers around the country? Was the policy actually started under President Clinton, President Obama, or President Trump? What’s the answer to the question: Why would someone come here if they know their child will be taken away from them?Continue reading “Background on the Immigration Situation”

A Hopeful Playlist

There’s so much crap going on in life and in the world right now. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming. Sometimes you can feel hopeless. But don’t give in to the despair. There is always hope. As hard as it is to believe, everything — no matter how permanent it may seem — is temporary. There’s always tomorrow; and where there is tomorrow, there is hope.

“These times are hard.
But they will pass.
They WILL pass.”

-SafetySuit

Here’s a playlist with some songs that fill me with hope and optimism.Continue reading “A Hopeful Playlist”

Hannah Arendts on Totalitarianism

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false (i.e. the standards of thought) no longer exist.”

-Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)
The Origins of Totalitarianism 

The Statue of Liberty: a Glowing Reminder of Who We Are

On this day in 1885 the 350 individual pieces of the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor.

Most people know at least some of the words associated with the Statue of Liberty. They’ve heard “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…” Continue reading “The Statue of Liberty: a Glowing Reminder of Who We Are”

A “Staircase Playlist” For Tough Times

This year has been rough.

Every single day something happens that makes me angry, sad, frustrated or despondent. And with the recent celebrity tragedies in the news, the issue of depression has been on my mind a lot. What’s the difference between being sad and being depressed? According to mental health professionals, an episode of sadness that lasts over two weeks is considered depression. Well, this has been going on for about a year and a half, so what does that mean?

I was reminded today that we each have our ways of coping with difficult situations, and like many people, music helps me cope. One way I dig my way out of a dark mood is to find a song that hits just the right resonance for me: maybe it’s something in a minor key or maybe it’s one with a slow, angry tempo; I look for something that vibrates at the same frequency as my state of mind. I play it a few times and wallow in the mood, and then I find songs that gradually, gently move into a more positive perspective. I think of it as a staircase that I use to climb, step-by-step, out of my emotional basement.

Here’s a staircase playlist for a Trump-era day like today.Continue reading “A “Staircase Playlist” For Tough Times”

Our Reality TV President

Did the President of the United States of America just throw a temper tantrum on the world stage? Did he really conduct high-level foreign diplomacy with a fake movie trailer? Did he hold a press conference to crow about his successes at a meeting that resulted in precisely zero concessions from one of the world’s most brutal dictators? Yes. Yes he did.

Just another week in Trumpville.

I don’t know how much more of this I can take.

What you should know about Dinesh D’Souza

Maybe you heard President Trump granted a presidential pardon to Dinesh D’Souza for his felony conviction of making illegal campaign contributions. When informing him of the pardon, Trump told D’Souza that he was “a great voice for freedom” and wanted him to be a “bigger voice than ever.”

That pardon, like every other thing Trump does, sparked outrage among rational-thinking Americans. But you may be wondering why. Who is Dinesh D’Souza and what voice does Trump want to be bigger than ever?Continue reading “What you should know about Dinesh D’Souza”