I didn't always know what Juneteenth was - that was not taught when we learned about the Civil War. I was, sadly, an adult when I first learned about Juneteenth. For those who still aren't sure what it is, here's a brief explanation from History.com about how Juneteenth came about. As a follow up, here's … Continue reading Juneteenth
I've lived in Colorado for a long time, and for much of that time, condensation on glasses wasn't something that necessarily happened all the time. That requires humidity. And as anyone who lives in a humid state knows, a glass of ice water will quickly begin to rain water droplets down its side when exposed … Continue reading Condensation
A lot of people believe they know how to do research, but what they're actually doing is engaging in confirmation bias.
The U.S. election has just been called for Biden/Harris, and I'm definitely relieved. There's a lot of work that needs to be done in this country, and having a Biden/Harris administration will make that work somewhat easier to do. But unfortunately, this country has opened up the closet and pushed out all the skeletons. Our … Continue reading We have to do better
There's a lot going on in the U.S. right now. I want to take this time to make it very clear that I support the Black Lives Matter movement, and am doing my best as a white woman to be anti-racist. I've been more outspoken on personal social media platforms - but just so that … Continue reading A message to fellow white people
The white noise of civilization has faded out...Usually crowded places are disquietingly empty.
Last night as I drove home from my writing class, there was a gentle, lackadaisical snow falling in Denver. The restaurant and microbrewery patios were empty. The homeless had taken shelter somewhere - at least I hope they did - as the temperature dropped. Less people roamed the sidewalks. It was quiet, in that beautiful … Continue reading What it feels like to shiver
It's an eerie day in Colorado as we greeted the arrival of our second bomb cyclone. The day started rainy, gray, and foggy with an impending sense of doom and eventually turned to a heavy wet snow which is much more appropriate for a bleak midwinter than an early spring. The gloomy weather hanging over … Continue reading “The problem is, these women look normal.”
I spent some time at the Denver Art Museum last week, and one of the current exhibits is a landscape exhibit which, according to the DAM, will show how various artists have blurred "the distinction between 'observed' and 'constructed' imagery." Observed vs. constructed is an interesting binary. Has the artist who took this simple (yet … Continue reading Constructing identities
For many of us who live in the U.S., this is a frightening time. I feel the ball of anxiety tightening in my chest everyday, triggering a queasy feeling, an uneasiness that hovers around me. My concern for this country and the people in it is at unprecedented levels - I am, at times, actually … Continue reading Throwing out sparks