Americans are good people.

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I’m not a huge baseball fan, but I do love going to the games.  There’s something deeply  reassuring about us as Americans on display there. People of every persuasion are happily hanging out together enjoying the weather, the food, drink and each other.  They are just glad to be in the moment.  It’s quite literally the most mindful, relaxing experience you can share with others.. outside of a yoga studio. 😉

Going to a baseball game reminds me once again, that the VAST majority of Americans have nothing in common with the bullies being featured, normalized and sometimes even hailed as heroes in the press.

 

The other good news?

My husband caught a ball for my daughter.

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photocredit:National Review,The Washington Post

 

 

Life in the not so “fun house.”

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Yesterday I received a group e-mail from someone I dearly love.  It was a “vent piece” about the election.

I know this sweet soul was deeply angered by the results on Tuesday, but the highly insulting tone of the letter truly made me sad. It troubled me so much because I, and others, were unceremoniously tossed into what I would call a basket.. why yes,  a “basket of deplorables.”  My faith was questioned along with every other value a human could possibly hold dear.

The irony is that no one, not even my husband, knows how (or if) I voted because honestly, it’s nobody’s business but my own.

If this person had regularly read my blog, she would have known that I  had deep concerns with every single one of the candidates, and clearly- I was not alone. In the end, this election distilled itself into a political “Sophie’s choice” for so many Americans who reluctantly, bravely pulled the lever for the “lesser of two evils.” Can I hear some applause for those who stood in line to choose off a menu with nothing on it they actually liked??

Racist, sexist, homophobic, misogynist, xenophobic, uneducated, elitist, entitled..can we stop it already?

Do we really want to extend this period of high-insult?

Haven’t we had enough? Can we exit the “fun house” that we’ve been living in for the last year so we can get back to a life free from these horribly distorted representations of who we are?

Can we start by turning off the TV?

And to the one who sent me the letter- trust me, I get it..I know how upset you are. I’ve been there many times myself..and for all you know, I may be there now.  But what I’ve learned over time is that this country was built to withstand incredible strain. It has survived and thrived in spite of leadership that was sometimes corrupt, racist, sexually immoral and every other ill you listed in your e-mail.

We will be OK…really, we will be OK.

In fact, we might be better than before..

Why not work for that?

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And oh yeah,

I love you.💜

God bless America

 

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There is a video circulating online of a town meeting that was held in Spring Valley, New York. In it, an agitated resident walks up to the mike and accuses the mayor, Demeza Delhomme, of having an affair with his wife.  Yelling erupts and continues for quite some time as the bombastic mayor, who once declared himself “the king of the village,” tries to shut his detractors down while (strangely) recording the entire event on his i-phone.

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The meeting devolves into chaos, most of it very difficult to understand due to heavy Haitian accents. Accusations of corruption and abuse of power are hurled into the already volatile exchanges.

The video, about twenty minutes long, is a unique window into the rapidly changing cultural landscape of America.  When the press laments the inability of congress to “get things done” we would do well to remember that senators and congressmen are sent to DC to represent constituencies, like this one in Spring Valley, that increasingly have very little in common with other constituencies across the country.

To those who claim there are two Americas I say there are in fact hundreds, if not thousands.  At this point and you’d be hard pressed to prove we are “one nation” in any way shape or form- don’t even get me started with “under God, indivisible” or any of the rest..

Little wonder then that Washington is functioning more and more like the United Nations; an over-funded, impotent gathering of leaders representing disparate and competing factions that share very few similar concerns, norms, beliefs, goals or even language – each looking out only for their own interests.

Meanwhile the race for president continues..with Donald Trump giving loud speeches to large audiences pledging to “make America great again” while Hillary sprints from one special interest group to the next promising to take care of absolutely everyone’s diverse, unique and countervailing needs.

Hmmm, wanna guess who’s gonna win?