Now we imagine a better world

One of the hardest things about living through a pandemic is the uncertainty. When will the quarantines end? What will happen when they end? Will there be a second (third, fourth) wave of infections? Will my mom be okay? Or my friend in chemo, or my other friend with diabetes? What about my friends who…

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Lions and tigers, and labels and memes

I recently had a good conversation on Facebook with someone who disagrees with me. I know. It’s weird. You might need a minute to digest it. I’ll wait… It’s unusual to have a good conversation online, especially between people who disagree. There are bots and trolls who make it hard, but there are also regular…

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How we move on…

For weeks, I’ve been struggling with this question of how do we move on after the election. Nothing got posted here because nothing got written. So many people I love and respect felt marginalized, invalidated, and even threatened by this race; I couldn’t think of what to say to them, couldn’t quite figure out how…

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A love letter to the fiercely optimistic

It’s not easy to be optimistic these days. If you’re awake, if you’re paying attention at all, it’s hard to find beauty in the midst of so much violence, ugliness, intolerance, and apathy. It’s hard to believe in the goodness of humanity when so much badness is on display. But some of you do, every…

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The anatomy of ripples

The thing about ripples is that they happen all the time, invisibly, carrying our actions, our words, our art far beyond what we can see or even imagine. 1. This summer, sitting in my car at a red light, I witnessed something ordinary and beautiful. We were in the midst of a heat wave. For…

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