The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. ~Maya Angelou When Dr. Angelou used this metaphor all those years ago to represent the racism and oppression of her people, we . . .
When we enter the social media jungle we'll find assumptions. And at least a little judgment and sometimes quite a lot. After all, many social media friends don't have more than a superficial friendship with us, right? They don't really KNOW us. Well, maybe. Sometimes they know us way too well. . . .
We're all judgmental. That's just a fact. If you have an opinion about anything you judge. That's the way it works. We're always judging. Sometimes we even judge people for being judgmental, in some weird round robin kind of thing. But we do judge. Usually, we keep judgment in check by letting it . . .
I've thought a lot about the people who seem so tone deaf to the facts and who continue to support this man, despite the fact that his behavior and beliefs go against much of what they say they believe. They overlook his inconsistent positions, high-five his insults and turn a blind eye to the way . . .
Trolls. They do more than just plague the internet. No, they are far more diabolical in today's world. They run our government. This New York Times Magazine piece breaks down the phenomenon of internet trolls and is definitely worth reading. Amanda Hess writes: Trolls work through abstraction, . . .
A boatload of vitriol is being heaped on that awful man who sits in the Oval right now. And yes, he deserves it. He's rude. He's crude. He's mean. He's opportunistic. He's self-centered. All of those things are undeniable. And sickening. We know he's lower than pond scum. But I can't waste . . .
In all the election craziness and packing up to leave Santa Fe last fall I missed the death of Janet Reno from Parkinson's Disease at a young 78. So when a piece about her appeared in the year's New York Times magazine death features a couple months back I was stunned. As a Floridian for many . . .
"Not every tear in the fabric of civility opens a path to Auschwitz but that civilization is immeasurably fragile, and is easily turned to brutality and barbarism. The human capacity for hatred is terrifying in its volatility." ~Adam Gopnik/The New Yorker This part of a story I read in The New . . .
The outrage and upset all over social media reflect the complete frustration many feel about the current state of the nation and the absolute loony-tunes who is "running" our country. Feeling otherwise powerless, many are calling, writing, emailing, signing, all in the hope of helping minimize the . . .
Some people aren't going to like this because it's not simple. Sometimes, nuances in this kind of discussion are hard to see, especially when most readers gloss over them. In fact, I once lost someone I thought was a friend because they didn't get my political nuances. Of course, I thought they got . . .