Monday, September 18, 2017

Hello, Friends!

How have you been, dear Friends? 

Frankly, I've been overwhelmed by the weight of injustice in the world with the ascendance of Trump to power plus the resurgence of explicit, public white supremacy advocacy plus the spiraling threat of climate change plus the threat to immigrant rights and the rights of multiple other groups along various lines of difference. The worse part is that I know that my friends, colleagues, and neighbors who have less privilege than I do (as a white, cis-gender heterosexual with economic advantage) have to shoulder the weight of the injustice even more than I do.

I continue to fight against injustice by focusing on a liberation-based educational approach (i.e., Montessori) and continuing to support the evolution of the Montessori approach through anti-bias and anti-racist thinking, but it's been hard to shake the general pall that clouds my world. 

It has felt impossible to write about things as trivial as Halloween costumes or home-cooked meals on this blog, but I finally came to realize that this space is like a gratitude journal for me. It gives me respite from the storm and enables me to elevate the things about life that I want to be true for all people. I want all people to have the time, space, resources, and opportunity to live a purposeful and joyful life (while continuing to advocate for others to be able to do the same). When I write in this space, I'm carving out space to think about the kind of family and community I want to foster. I'm taking a break from the 11 hours I spend working to eliminate injustice every day and focusing on the things that are right in my world, even when I'm overwhelmed by what's wrong. 

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Ribbon Sister said...

It's nice to hear from you!

Glad you've decided to return, your reasoning is sound I think.

katharina said...

Nice to see you back here. I missed reading. I can understand your thoughts although I'm far away from the USA. It is mental how many people support right wing and egoist politics. But there are also many other people and many small actions become big. So I'm glad you returned and I hope you find many good things to focus on.
My 4 year old invited the whole street for some applecake street party yesterday and It was amazing. A lot of people turned up although it was monday evening and we just asked if they would come out "now". That feeling if community lit up my whole day today.

Sara E. Cotner said...

Thank you so much, Ribbon Sister and Katharina! It's great to be back!

Katharina, I love the idea of an applecake street party! Sounds like an amazing way to build community!

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