Election 2020

The Personal and the Political

I’ve historically kept writing about politics to my social media accounts, and for awhile, to a short-lived email newsletter that I tried to start up. Putting something on my website or blog feels different somehow. But, here we are, in unprecedented times. And to be honest, the idea of keeping this space politics-free seems nearly impossible, when so much that’s considered political right now is also extremely personal to many people, myself included. I’m also trying to move away from the fences of Facebook in particular, while having been asked to share my thoughts or opinions on the upcoming election (and not just in relation to the top of the ticket).

So I’m going to start with a particularly personal story, to share why I’m voting NO on Colorado Ballot Initiative 115, the latest attempt to put restrictions on abortion in Colorado.

Poetry as Meditation

Using Poetry as Meditation

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This year has been like a decade. COVID, with its attendant lockdowns, quarantines, and social isolation, have wreaked havoc on my mental health, and those around me. The world feels like a constant state of alert, without any recourse to unwind or de-escalate. As the year has progressed, I’ve struggled to maintain rituals and routines that bring about a sense of normalcy or space for deep reflection and meditation.

Homeschooling

We’re Homeschooling! 🙀

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I don’t know that I ever thought I’d be writing this post. I consider myself a public education advocate and I always thought I’d be really terrible at schooling my own kids. And yet, 2020 is a year of firsts in many ways. So, as the school year is starting, I’ve been researching curriculum, trying to get books (while avoiding Amazon as much as possible), and working with Billie to figure out…what’s the right option here, for our (almost) 10 year old?