This is a page to park good things on. Fragments of posts, photos, links. Half cooked ideas, or things I’d just rather not forget. Check back often, new additions will be added to the top of the list. It is intentionally unorganized.
KNOW WHAT YOU CARRY
It takes real courage to process and release a tragedy. Shake hands with the skeleton in the closet:
REAL ISN’T PRETTY
My favorite webcomic of all time, starts here and runs for the next 5 pages. Just read all of it.
“Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers, open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing. Do things without knowing exactly how they will turn out.”
This has always been the hardest. Maybe that’s why I’m so bent on chasing things that feel unknown and scary. I think that is where the gold is.
So while it is tempting to drool all over “obstruction of justice”– let’s take a few notes on how to win.
Sheri Bustos has succeeded in something very rare: winning by big margins in Trump country. Her success- “is rooted in unslick, face-to-face politicking. She shows up. She shakes hands. She asks questions—a lot of questions. “Don’t talk down to people—you listen,”
Let’s stop complaining and hoping, and start shaking hands and listening to each other.
“Those citizens who fantasize about defying tyranny from within fortified compounds have never understood how liberty is actually threatened in a modern bureaucratic state: not by diktat and violence, but by the slow, demoralizing, process of corruption and deceit. And the way that liberty must be defended is not with amateur firearms, but with an unvarying insistence upon the honesty, integrity, and professionalism of American institutions and those who lead them.We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States that anyone alive has encountered. What happens next is up to you and me. Don’t be afraid. The moment of danger can also be your finest hour as a citizen and an American.”
-David Frum, “How to Build an Autocracy”, March, The Atlantic. Former speechwriter for George W Bush.
We may believe different things. I stand with unwearying insistence on honesty, integrity, and professionalism. Let’s start from there and refuse to be demoralized.
You don’t have to be aging for this to be good advice. List at the bottom.
Originally from a 1919 edition of the Seattle Union Record, published in “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn
What about this seems like good governance or bringing the country together? The answer is “nothing.”
If the election results haven’t brought you pause yet, now is the time. Also, the National Security Council no longer considers the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (of the military), nor the Director of National Intelligence, but does include an aging media CEO with no previous government experience and a well documented history of anti-semitism and sexism. This is not acceptable.
Cause for Climate Hope:
Read the full PDF- it will lift you.
This may be a bitter pill for some, but Karl Rove has been winning elections for a long damn time. Those of us that don’t like him better sit up and pay attention, because I think he is right.
‘”What’s it like around here?”
It’s a fair question to ask about an office, a home, a town…
“Why do people act like that, talk like that, treat others that way?”
The only reason they do is because we let them. People can’t violate community standards for long without being asked to leave the community. Either that, or the standards change.’
–>Consider what standard you want to hold, and what you want your community to be like.
This is legit- Joey Alexander tickles the ivory. (posted 11.20.16)
“My response tonight to the election results: went to my first meeting with the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship where I will be volunteering with STEM students over the next 6 months and made a donation to Garden City Harvest to forward experiential learning and community connectivity through food.
The acts of my rebellion are to small, regular, full of love, and unstoppable. Onwards.”
Not mine, but yes. From my friend Ben Chernivsky (posted 2016.11.02)
Stop caring what other people think. (posted 10.17.2016) I have a hard time with this and need the reminder.
Dose of humble pie (posted 7.25.2016)
“What does the world need?” (posted 7.18.2016)
A bit of climbing training nerd out. Climbing Magazine (posted 6.19.16)
Alex Honnold is not primarily thought of as a writer, but this is a beautiful piece on the importance of our national parks. (posted 5.24.16)
“Ignorance is not a vitue… Believe in democracy… If you disagree with someone, bring them in, challenge them, and be brave enough to learn something.” Obama, breaking it down for the Rutgers class of 2016:
Ever turn down a panhandler? I often justify it by giving elsewhere– but this made me think, what if I just gave, right then, and didn’t look back.
“If you can pay someone to make you coffee, you are rich.”
Having a rough day? Put some Bob Ross back in your life:
If you need a haircut on the north side of Seattle, I can’t recommend these guys enough:
The truth, according to a Seattle billionaire who is doing good things:
Honest – http://www.xkcd.com/1146/