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JUST GO FOR IT

JUST GO FOR IT

“My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences.” ― Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals” My lesson in everyday activism this week: just go for it. To deal with my visceral response to the news: my grief, anger, frustration, disappointment and even fear, I have started joining with others to...

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ADMIT YOU'RE WRONG

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ADMIT YOU'RE WRONG

My lesson in everyday advocacy this week came from admitting I was wrong. Here’s what happened: Two weeks ago, we announced that Redbudsuds was sending soap as humanitarian relief for victims of the storms in Georgia. As quickly as we could, we designed* and printed* labels, got donations for little soap bags*, and assembled satchels* of our shower bars. We were so excited to be bringing our community together to help those in need... ...And then I talked with Tim Reichel, our local Red Cross Disaster Program Manager. Turns out, the need simply wasn’t there. Tim patiently explained that when a...

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Life as a marathon

Life as a marathon

“Life is a marathon, not a race.” A marathon. Ugh. I’ll pass on that. Fortunately, the Greek language gives us a more enticing definition. Maratho = fennel, a spice that is “a hardy perennial, tangy and strong, spicy and healing.” (Lovely description by Julie Wittes Schlack.) Now we’re talking! My lesson in everyday activism this week is the importance of taking it slow. Trying to stay on top of all the news is overwhelming. Just from an environmental standpoint, this week included: the House viting to cut Stream Protection for coal mining debris (source), how the ban on immigrants may...

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