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  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 90

    The protests keep going. They are happening today in New York City, NY, Elkhorn, VA, across Los Angeles County, CA, and in many other communities large and small.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 89

    Linett Kamala refers to her work as ‘freestyle calligraffiti’. It is expressive, often monochrome, test-based art work in various mediums or disciplines. She is also an avid educator.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 88

    I learned a new term today. It's micro-activism. Not every one of us will be a protester in the street, or will show up at meetings to lobby for change, or stand in front of crowds and deliver invigorating and inspiring speeches to move us forward toward equality. Some of us will make art, or share news of the work or hardship or victories of others, or meet micro-aggressions with other forms of micro-activism. 
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 87

    One of the first things I saw on my beautiful, inspiring, and challenging social media feed was a poster for an "All Black Lives Matter Pride March" in  Los Angeles. It warmed my tired little heart. I've learned that inclusivity is difficult, even with the best of intensions. Pride parades, I've read, have a history of not being entirely inclusive. I don't know if it's some, many, or all Pride parades, because I am one person able to do the research of one untrained researcher. But I digress. Read, "How 'All Black Lives Matter' Emerged From The Ashes Of A Failed Solidarity March," in the LAist for more details about how LA figured out how to have a march based more in solidarity than not this year.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 86

    The list of names on the image comes primarily from a list on babynames.com. Yes. You read that correctly. BABY NAMES DOT COM is sounding off about racism and ending police brutality, violence, and killings of black people. Not only can this middle aged white lady call out for change, write her representatives for change, make art for change, but BABY NAMESBABY NAMES DOT COM (!!!!)—can do it. So, you can, too.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 85

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  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 84

    While I am not an optimist, exactly, I do find value in sprinkling silver linings and positivity into my skepticism and attempts at realism. There are protests still happening and planned all over the world. We're about two weeks in to protesting in the streets, on sidewalks, in parks, on freeways, on social media, to our representatives, and in other ways that I don't know about. People are risking everything for this in our COVID-19 reality. And it's working.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 83

    Yep. On June 8, 2020, a letter requesting the convening of a special session of the U.N., Coalition Letter—Request for U.N. Independent Inquiry into Escalating Situation of Police Violence and Repression of Protests in the United States, was sent to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 82

    It's Tuesday, so it's time to draw attention to a Black artist, Marcus Jansen. Jansen's paintings are rife with symbolism and expression. They make me think of Basquiat and Bosch at the same time while remaining stoic, emotive, and unique.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 81

    This post came about because I did a little experiment over the weekend. I varied my news sources for the protests. I usually prefer to read my news or, in the case of the protests, watch them happen via livestreams. I tried watching some broadcast-style news. It was weird for me, but it helped me understand how people who don't eat the news the same way I do are experiencing this very tumultuous year. It also helped me understand why things are getting phrased or talked about or focused on in some ways by people who, again, don't consume the news the same way I do.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 80

    I seem to have a recurring theme of, "If this middle aged white lady can do it, you can, too." Today is very much a part of that, and I really do believe it. And, also, too, in addition, it may very well be that you are much farther along in this process than I am. If so—YAY! Good Job! Keep it up! You're one of the people I'm inspired by. Thank you for the effort.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 79

    Covering your mouth and nose in public spaces, especially indoors, is an easy way to show respect for other people as well as to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Masks of all sorts help for this. Bandanas, neck gators, cloth masks, and things I probably never would have thought about will help keep all of our droplets to ourselves.