1. I got a massage on Monday. It included a head and face massage with oil. When it was over, I glanced in the mirror and, looking Phyllis Diller, heard myself say, “Did I just get a massage or a new hairdo!”
2. Maybe I looked like Tina Turner.
3. Channeling REM: That’s me in the corner. The above photo was taken by my Dharmacratic friend Will at our local sister Women’s March. I titled it “Me at Work.” Watch a fun video of our nearly 200 marchers with homemade signs HERE.
4. Reign vs reins of power?
5. “I believe we are in a TRANSITION. And I don’t mean a presidential transition. I mean the transition that comes hard before any birth. We have got to keep moving. Keep connecting. Keep including.” – My friend Rosemary Wyman
6. You know it’s a pretty weird time that we’re living in when you find yourself looking up the word “fascism” – a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.
7. I also know the times have gotten strange, when one of my latest Facebook reply comments reads: I don’t need any uninvited instruction or proselytization. One person’s talking points is another’s propaganda.
8. I woke up one day last week knowing that I needed to find a favorite woman poet. All my favorites are men.
9. I made a mental list and then went to library to get a book of poems by Alice Walker.
10. My Commentary “Why I Won’t Get Over Trump” that was published in the Roanoke Times got 239 “likes” on my Facebook Wall and 98 shares, which went on to get more “likes.” I also received a love letter and phone call from people I had never met. Read it HERE.
11. My friend Ashera just asked on Facebook, “What are your best strategies for keeping hope and trust and faith alive in the midst of these chaotic times?” This is my answer: Being myself. It’s the best thing I can do for the world. I don’t tend to impose thoughts or plans on myself. I trust what I find myself doing. I trust my own instinctive heart and its connected wiring with all that is. I allow my fears and grief, and watch my feelings and reactions with a sense of interest. When I feel dark, overwhelmed and uninspired (which happens regularly), I question the truth of it, but let it run its course, remembering that something eventually always sparks my interest. I’m inspired by humor, beauty and the wonderfully unexpected. Even if inspiration is fleeting, I get a lot of mileage from it.
12. “We are a work in progress, but only when we do the work and progress.” – My Dharmacratic Poet friend Will
13. We love to Dance Because It Makes Us Happy!