It feels like the world is on fire and in the US, some of it actually is. This time, these flames do not feel like they are going out quickly. George Floyd did not die a while ago. And the Minnesota protests did not begin a while ago. And Donald Trump’s tweet did not happen a while ago. These things are happening now, and I think they’re important to talk about; they will very likely affect all of our lives from here on out, regardless of the color of your skin.
Only a decade and two years after the last recession, I will be joining a class of graduates that look a whole lot like those who graduated in 2008. This could be a good thing or, well, not so good.
I’ve got a reminder. Though for a lot of people, it may feel like there are so many things cancelled, not everything is. Right now some people are feeling unsafe, we’re missing sports, friends and in person classes, graduations, birthdays, mother’s day that just passed, and so much more. So here’s a reminder of a few things that are not cancelled if you’re open to them.
Welcome to another second Tuesday of the week, that means it’s Poetry Place day! If you’re reading with me today, that means you’re in luck for a small shift in gears because I decided to move in a slightly different direction of poems today— at least in the medium of poems.
Have you ever been injured in a way that parts of your body or your mind forgot how to do something the way it used to? The way our world exists right now—especially our nation—we are within the boundaries of both conditions.
I need your help. Whether it’s in print, a movie, a letter, a comic, or any one of our lives, a good story in each requires a few of the same things. I’ve got a small list, but I want you to add to it in the comments, on LinkedIn, Facebook, or wherever you’re seeing this: What, to you, makes a good story?
When I stumbled upon this book, I didn’t realize that the characters in it would be in the same situation but for very different reasons. But it got me out of my life for a little while and into another pair of shoes. Into another city, another life. This story is heartwarming and sad and a slight rollercoaster too, one that I think was worth the (in my opinion) short read. So without further ado, here it is.