Our actions within each movement speak louder than any of us ever could when it comes to what we really believe life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness means. Over time, what we do will determine where this reality takes us; optimistically, I am hoping for the best. But I also know that it is up to every one of us to do the work, educate ourselves, protect both ourselves and the people we love, and to pay attention to what’s happening in the world before it’s too late.
Technically slavery in certain places was ended with Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. In 1865, however, there were slaves in Galveston, Texas that were not freed until June 19th. These two key concepts are the reason that this day must be acknowledged—today is a celebration of liberation.
What are you going to do to make sure that your everyday life has actually found a new normal, one that is conscious of issues that impact lives outside of your own? Because is the only way to make this a lasting change and it starts at the individual level with every single one of us. It starts with you.
Within one large group of people, there is always a divide between one side or another. Even within one minority—black people in this case—there are still some who are offered more humanity or more visibility than others. Here, we see the men more than we see the women. At least that’s what a lot of people they are seeing. Welcome to pride month everyone. Because the black trans* and queer community is the group you most likely forgot to remember. Today, we’re getting intersectional.
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.
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?
People seem to have taken to the kitchen while sheltering in place and I think this is a great opportunity to appreciate how much of our food comes from the Earth. Even more than that though, we can also use it to connect with one another in the process.