Some thoughts on resistance

When you say “this is what Democrats and liberals need to wake up and fight” what you’re saying is: “It’s ok for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, access to healthcare, immigrant rights, human rights, policy reducing pollution and addressing climate change, to be axed or put on the back-burner for four years, or more, if it might possibly convince people that my ideological stance is correct.” What you’re saying is: “It’s ok for others to suffer, if it makes them open to thinking like me.” Yes, it is necessary to resist, to fight, to affect change, to educate, to develop new … Continue reading Some thoughts on resistance

Amnesia is seductive

Time erases almost everything, from heartbreak to war. If you need to get over something, to let it go so you can once more live in blissful happiness, then all you need to do is give it time. Days, weeks, months, and years wear out of the marks of loss, pain, and death. When he left me, everyone told me that in time I would forgive him and forget him; the pain would fade as if it never happened. I denied it. I actively refused. Because if I forget the pain, let the memories fade, then what have I learned? … Continue reading Amnesia is seductive

“Across the Aisle” Debates #1

Someone told me this morning that a country is rich if its per capita income is high, even if that number is skewed by a handful of people holding all the wealth. He said this with pride in defense of Trump organizing a cabinet that will benefit the wealthiest individuals in the U.S. His argument: even if only a few people are rich, the country as a whole is rich and so this will benefit the country and its people. My response: Please tell that to a starving child. You don’t have to go far because the U.S. has an … Continue reading “Across the Aisle” Debates #1

Letting go…

What I dreaded the most has now happened more times than I care to count. Caught up in my life, in the myriad distractions I adopted to forget you, I have crossed paths with you in the halls of our university. We are always going in opposite directions and we always meet under the clock tower. I purposely choose to go around the school seal, with chains encircling it to prevent anyone walking over the gold emblem, oppoiste from the side you choose. I do not want to meet your eyes. I refuse to acknowledge you. The first time this … Continue reading Letting go…

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

One of the best elements of the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them is how very suitable it is for the current state of political affairs in the real world; fear born out of misunderstanding, division between no-mags (Muggles) and wizards, persecution, and hate. As we know from the Harry Potter books, Gellert Grindelwald is known for his desire to end the International Statute of Secrecy and establishing a world government in which Muggles are ruled, “benevolently” by wizards and witches. We also know that Albus Dumbledore established a friendship with Grindelwald because he shared the desire to … Continue reading Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Thoughts, & Theories: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I am still working on a full review of the film itself, but these are my initial thoughts on many of the new elements introduced in this film and its characters. Also, inferences and deductions on some of the things stated by characters in different scenes.   Grindelwald/Graves and the “revelio” spell – There seems to be confusion, criticism, and accusations of JK Rowling overlooking the rules she has established on the use of disguising spells. It is never stated HOW exactly Grindelwald has disguised himself as Graves. However, if we look back a Deathly Hallows, there IS a spell … Continue reading Thoughts, & Theories: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Why People Are Afraid of Trump and Republicans

I love history, so one thing I know is that humanity has an astounding capacity for memory loss and selective recognition of truths. After the Holocaust we swore “never again”, but turned a blind eye to the Soviet Union’s gulags. So, since I am aware that we all slept through history class in high school and few voluntarily took history courses in college, here’s a refresher: 2001 – the last time Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House. Does anyone remember George W. Bush? Stand-up guy when he wasn’t waging a war to seize control of oil … Continue reading Why People Are Afraid of Trump and Republicans