Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and homework.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and homework.

We had our primary elections on Tuesday, and this year I not only voted, I actually did research on state and local candidates. AND, I even read up on the circuit court judge candidates. I did my homework, and it was actually fun AND I even felt kind of empowered.

Now more than ever our vote matters—no matter what you believe or which party you follow. Each of us has a voice and our vote is one way to make our voice heard. I still really believe that.

And now that I’m done with my civics and politics homework, I’ll be working on some financial homework this weekend: my taxes. You all know how much I love that. Sigh.

It won’t be an all-homework weekend though. I’m taking recess breaks with a lot of fun things planned. Hope you have a wonderful weekend with some time to play!

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. I appreciate the narrative nonfiction style, and the book is so well written. And it is achingly enlightening and educational. I knew about the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North. What I didn’t know was the extent of the racism, cruelty, abuse, and violence that African Americans endured after Reconstruction. It is heartbreaking, and my mind cannot fathom at all how human beings can treat other human beings.

I finished Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt and loved it. It’s such a great story about a young girl named June and her relationship with her uncle, who dies of AIDS. But it’s not a story about AIDS—it’s a story about relationships. It’s about June’s relationship with her uncle, her relationship with her older sister, her relationship with an unlikely friend, her mom’s relationship with her brother (the uncle), and all these relationships are so beautifully human.

I’ve been watching . . . The Voice. That’s it really. I’m back in programming drought mode.

I’ve been listening to . . . P!nk, Neko Case, Snow Patrol, and India.Arie—I so love her. Been listening to her album Songversation: Medicine, and it’s uplifting and beautiful. It’s so good and refreshing to listen to happy, positive, and inspiring songs. Listen to the lyrics of this lovely song. Seriously. If you are ever feeling down listen to the song “I Am Light.” I also love “Just Let It Go” and “Chicken Soup in a Song.” With lines like these, it’s truly a comfort song—feels like a little hug:

May you be cozy and warm

Wherever you are


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