It’s difficult to know what to say about this past week. We’ve had one of the more beautiful autumns in memory, with weather still warm enough to enjoy the gradual transition to the hazy, slow down of the last few months of the year. We’ve also watched some of the ugliest unraveling of events in what has already become the nastiest era in my lifetime.
It’s jarring, experiencing the variety of joys in life while also witnessing it’s darkness. It’s even tougher to figure out what one can do be a part of the solution. The work of bettering the world is exhausting and I can understand why many choose to simply put their heads down and push forward with their own thing.
But while I understand it, I can’t accept it. Take a moment and take a breath, but then it’s on all of us to shine a little light in the world, in whatever way we’ve been made to do so.
Something that Lifted Me Up, Inspired, Empowered: I met with my friend, Dylan, for an overdue drink at The Brass Eye. In the wake of the horrific shit happening in the world, it was fortifying to take a moment and relax with a friend to discuss the frivolous topics of video games and dumb YouTube videos. Get lunch with a friend. Play silly games and drink beer on a Saturday night. Take a moment.
In My Ears: This week’s best find comes from BAD MOVES new release, Tell No One. Described by NPR Music’s Melissa LaRusso as “power pop for people who think a lot”, the album is a bouncy, anthemic ride from start to the not-so-distant finish. Coupled with Bandcamp’s Friday donation drive for the Voting Rights Project (100% of Bandcamp proceeds that day were donated), it was a solid purchase.
Action Item: I spent a little time the past few days at the local Apple Festival, handing out flyers and discussing with voters Proposal 2 in the upcoming election. An effort to temper the practice of gerrymandering (partisan-fueled redistricting) in Michigan, I believe it’s a solid plan to help put power back in the hands of the people. The plan even received support from the Detroit Free Press the other day. In spite of a misleading opposition campaign from folks with a lot of money and power (who would love to hang onto it), this has been a powerful effort by citizen activists proving we, “the powerless”, can make a difference. If you’re a Michigan voter, vote Yes on 2 in November.