Welcome to the Weekend Coffe Share, hosted by Allison at Eclectic Alli.
This morning, I woke up with a song in my head by Alt-J, and that is a good thing! It’s called Dissolve Me, one of their more relaxing, upbeat tunes. I am now playing music by Lana Rey, one of my current musical obsessions, and my coffee is not done yet. Hope you don’t mind. I’ve gone light on the coffee this last week. Perhaps I need that to stay calmer and mellow right now. I certainly need a calmer stomach.
You see, this past week was a storm of esophagal proportions. No, you wouldn’t normally put those words together, but… that’s how it felt. So I took Monday off. Then, I went in to work Tuesday morning and….went home after noon, head spinning, stomach still hurting. Yes, I brought work with me so it wouldn’t all get stacked up with more work at school. After some grading, I slept much of Tuesday afternoon and night. I missed yoga this week and did not see the chiropractor, two must-haves in my current search for calm and well-being. I think we all need to seek calm and well-being. Just look at the national news. Gladly, I missed out on every little detail, but people are posting daily in reaction to this news of the Kavanough fiasco. Some, several times a day. It’s almost too much to fit into my head, but I want everyone to understand something. Women used to get shocked by the reality of their gender and what they had to accept. Then, they would just give up. Now, all of that is changing.
Now, I suppose my politics will shine through here despite my being very general and vague on what my political stance is. However, people are vilifying the woman for “coming forward now.” Perhaps it’s because his face is plastered all over t.v. as the latest nominee for Supreme Court? Makes it hard to forget past events. Makes it hard to forget someone who wrecked your young life, if he is guilty, of course. I am sick of this world making villains out of accusers, before all the facts are out. I am sick of seeing young, white men let off the hook because of being ‘young and stupid’ or having ‘affluenza.’ Yeah, they can stick that word somewhere south and let it never see the light of day again. These things are up front in the news much more lately. Why? Because women won’t just take it like we used to. Maybe the tides are turning. Maybe women will have enough support to stand up and speak for what has happened, because I sure feel it never used to be that way.
So, while people were posting all over social media their opinions of this latest news fiasco, I have been posting daily a photo of a once banned book that I have either read and loved or actually taught in school. I am proudly in support of intellectual freedom, of people having the right to tell their stories for the purpose of either sharing truths or revealing universal truths wrapped in fictional whimsy. As a young one, I learned of horrible realities in the pages of Stephen King’s fiction, but I also was presented with incredible heroes who fought evil and stood up to their fear. I think my mother wanted that for me, and therefore, did not limit my reading material, and I am all the better for it.
Okay, my plan was to relax a little today, but I think I’d better let my coffee cool since I got a little warmed up with this post, unintentionally. My friends, please do not obsess over the latest news, there is so much more to life. There is so much more to you, and me. Your side may win or lose. There are only so many things you can change, and posting every 30 minutes on Facebook is not going to change it but will only add to the hyper-stress of this modern world. I will speak my peace, but I will leave it there and concentrate on other things as well…my dog, my family, my spirituality, physical well-being, the busy work of my job and the inspiring moments of teaching, along with great books, and writing! Writing, something I don’t do enought lately, but there’s this post. 🙂 I apologize if this was such an outburst. Sigh. But I feel better having shared with you.
By the way, I haven’t been writing much as I am so busy, but a week ago, a wrote a flash-fiction in response to a photo that is a nice little get-away. Care to take a glimpse? Flash Fiction FFfAW
Have a great week, everyone!