I’ve been researching, with limited success, where would be appropriate on the Fediverse to include posts to this blog.
I consider my “From Awaysaway” to be personal blog. A place where I can post personal thoughts, maybe poems I write (if I write any), vent about politics, engage in self-therapy by writing about my own issues, and share photos that I take.
As a progressive, it has been hard for me to feel excited about Biden. I’ve been more excited at the prospect of Harris (as woman of color) potentially becoming president in 4 or 8 years, but even that excitement has been substantially tempered by her history as a prosecutor.
But today, hearing Biden speak calmly (and with strength, confidence, empathy) of systemic racism, the climate crisis, the COVID deaths and challenges, and of democracy’s victory, I literally breathed a sign of relief. Frankly, I also breathed a sigh of relief when the swearing in was completed—without the crack of gun fire.
The world has seen how fragile our democracy is. I wonder how the world can trust us to keep promises (or to act globally) when it has seen that every four years a complete asshole can be elected and turn everything into a festering pool of hate and chaos.
But for just today. Relief.
Also, here’s a photo I took of an owl that I saw while hiking in Oregon.
For me, an impact of COVID-19 has been an inability to watch an entire episode of almost any TV show. Some of it is probably just because of the low-grade anxiety that is always here now. It has made me generally fidgety when watching a TV show episode.
But some of it is also because of my nostalgia for the before times. I try to watch an episode and pretty soon it does not seem real—because the characters are hanging out together. They might be hugging, eating breakfast at a diner, playing cards, laughing....all without wearing a mask. All right up close to each other. Right up in each other’s business.
And realizing that the TV show is depicting the way it was. Not the way it is now. Any maybe, just maybe, might not be again—at least not exactly the same. Realizing that, makes me nostalgic. Nostalgic and sad.
Maybe because I’m an introvert the pandemic, in some ways, has not been as personally horrible for me as for others. I don’t know. But maybe it has impacted me just as deeply as anyone else—just differently in some ways.
Also, here’s a photo a spiderweb I saw while hiking in Oregon.
“Deplorables” was tactless (but true) political statement about t _ _ _ p supporters. But many of those deplorables became radicalized during the last four, shitty years of the t _ _ _ P administration and its enablers.
I hope that Biden includes folks on his team with the experience, creativity and know-how to put into place effective policies and practices to (1) curtail the radicalization of Americans, (2) help de-radicalize those Americans who have been radicalized and who can be de-radicalized, and (3) better protect us from those Americans who have been (or become radicalized) and who cannot be de-radicalized.
Also, here’s a photo of an eagle I saw while hiking on Oregon.
It’s thee day’s after the coup attempt. But still no impeachment.
Quit dancing around and do it, Democrats.
Impeach this horror of a human.
Do it already.
Tables reversed, the republicans would have done so.
One of the saddest things for me about the t_ _ p presidency is that it has shown, without question, that ½ of the U.S. voting population is evil. The republicans have shown, over and over, that they support t _ _ p and his ideas. They have enabled him. Even now, after today’s coup attempt, the condemnations are too little, too late.