Friday Thoughts

So I’ve been thinking . . . about the fact that maybe Donald Trump and ISIS for that matter are actually unifiers. Donald Trump says he is, and I agree with him.

So I’ve been thinking . . . about the fact that maybe Donald Trump and ISIS for that matter are actually unifiers. Donald Trump says he is, and I agree with him.

Now, hear me out. He is unifying people . . . just not in the way he thinks he is. He’s unifying people who stand for love, kindness, consideration, and who believe we are all human. He’s uniting people who think rationally, act compassionately, and live consciously. Those who believe our country needs and deserves a good, decent, and strong leader are uniting to make sure we have that. (And it’s not him.) So he is bringing us together—to vote for someone else. In Illinois, we had record voter turnouts for the primaries. More people are engaging in this process, and that’s a good thing.

As for ISIS, we hear about people against Muslims, we hear about the politicians who want to ban Muslims from our country, we see statistics showing the percentage of people who want to get rid of Muslims. BUT ISIS, without trying, is actually bringing together Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and other faiths to support each other, to have a dialogue, to educate and inform. More Muslims are speaking up about what Islam really is. More non-Muslims are standing up for Muslims. So, yes, we are unifying. More people of different races and faiths are coming together to understand each other and to bridge differences by saying we are all human, and that’s a good thing.

And another (good) thing (or two or eight) . . .

I’ve been reading . . . Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, which is so artfully written. Strout weaves together these human narratives into one novel, revealing ordinary moments in a person’s life that have so much meaning.

I also started The Vegetarian by Han Kang. It’s interesting reading these two books at the same time. Both human narratives yet the quality of the words, the tone, and the flow are so different. With Olive Kitteridge it seems as if I am reading a waltz and with The Vegetarian I am reading a tango.

I’ve been watching . . . Young and Hungry. Don’t judge me. Your Real Housewives is just as bad. Besides, desperate times call for desperate measures. Only 37 more days until Game of ThronesAnd 28 days until Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The new season 2 trailer is out and it’s gonna be a great season!

I’ve been listening to . . . Andrew Bird. Going to NYC in April to see him. Love his song “Left-Handed Kisses” with Fiona Apple.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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2 comments

Olive Kitteridge it’s in top 10 books. I love it so much.

Isn’t a lovely book? I can’t believe I waited this long to read it.

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