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February 06, 2017

#resistancelog (Shiny Penny Edition) :: February 7, 2017

Every penny#resistancelog (Shiny Penny Edition) I'm happy to report that I have officially been 50 years old for six full days. And so far, it's been great. I've been saying to friends that if life is 90 cents ... or maybe if I'm generous and say that life is a dollar, I've spent 50 cents of it. So if I'm being generous, I have 50 shiny pennies left.

But this morning it dawned on me that we're in February already. And before I know it, the year will be over. So maybe if I'm generous, I have 49 pennies left.

Shiny pennies. They go so quickly. I want to make every single penny count ... to take risks, to express my feelings, to declare my love, to roll around in poems, to not shy away from making audacious art ... to celebrate a room filled with one learner as enthusiastically as I celebrate a room filled with 100 learners. To allow myself to embrace my activism.

Speaking of which ... I just gotta say that it's a beautiful thing to see US District Judge James Robart (appointed by President George W. Bush) block fascist45's Muslim ban, causing fascist45 to tantrum like the non-disciplined disgrace that he is. Someone on twitter said that Judge Robart was kicking ass, to which someone replied, no, the US Constitution is kicking ass. So true. It's a beautiful thing.

As much as this fascist regime is causing me disgust, I have to say that it's also causing me profound appreciation. I just love seeing the awakening happening. I love collaborating with smart people. I love roaring with laughter when Melissa McCarthy punches the regime in the gut with her art. I love seeing Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus deciding to stop carrying Trump products. And I love great, informative podcasts ... including a recent episode that Katie Couric had on her podcast with Bill Browder. It's a chilling and eye-opening interview that gave me greater insight about the horrors of Putin. The kind or horror that makes me want to look away ... before I realize that actually, I need to shine light on it. Let there be light.

Every Penny. Shiny penny.


Every shiny penny indeed!

I agree deeply with the following advice:
1. Don't use his name;
2. Remember this is a regime and he's not acting alone;
3. Do not argue with those who support him--it doesn't work;
4. Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state;
5. Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;
6. No more helpless/hopeless talk;
7. Support artists and the arts;
8. Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it;
9. Take care of yourselves; and
10. Resist!

When you post or talk about him, don't assign his actions to him, assign them to "The Republican Administration". This will have several effects: the legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don't like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; His representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.
Jenny, I hope you like Sarah Satre's thinking as much as i do! ~LH

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