Sunday, April 22, 2018

Quote of the Day

When you grow up LGBTQ, finding common ground with people you sometimes disagree with, that's all you've ever known.

-- Kyrsten Sinema

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Quote of the Day

When the tears were spent, I realized that I still grieved the old -- the faith community I'd lost, while I was glad to be free of its narrowness.  I missed the individuals I'd loved and who had loved me.  I grieved not only the lack of compassion for me and anyone else who didn't meet the right criteria for belonging but also for community members' inability to be gentle with themselves.

-- Anna Redsand, To Drink from the Silver Cup, p. 276

Friday, April 20, 2018

Quote of the Day

It took a lot of time and a lot of being intentional to really allow myself to enjoy myself fully.  I think that's what confidence is, it's allowing yourself to enjoy who you are.  The confidence then just kind of follows.

-- Jax Anderson, "Meet Jax Anderson: Frontwoman for Flint Eastwood"

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Quote of the Day

Blessed are the weird people -- poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours -- for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.

-- Jacob Nordby

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Quote of the Day

A healthy response from those who have, for whatever reason, lost family and/or community, is to create family, to find new community, in order to satisfy that basic peopling need.  And yet what we create, while it may in some ways be better than what we lost because we have chosen it, can never exactly replace what is gone.

-- Anna Redsand, To Drink from the Silver Cup, p. 121-122

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Quote of the Day

In 2016 our democracy was assaulted by a foreign adversary determined to mislead our people, enflame our divisions, and throw an election to its preferred candidate.  That attack succeeded because our immune system had been slowly eroded over years.  Many Americans had lost faith in the institutions that previous generations relied on for objective information, including government, academia, and the press, leaving them vulnerable to a sophisticated misinformation campaign.  There are many reasons why this happened, but one is that a small group of right-wing billionaires -- people like the Mercer family and Charles and David Koch -- recognized long ago that, as Stephen Colbert once joked, "reality has a well-known liberal bias."  More generally, the right spent a lot of time and money building an alternative reality.  Think of a partisan petri dish where science is denied, lies masquerade as truth, and paranoia flourishes.  Their efforts were amplified in 2016 by a presidential candidate who trafficked in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far reaches of the internet; a candidate who deflected any criticism by attacking others with made-up facts and an uncanny gift for humiliating zingers.  He helped to further blur news and entertainment, reality TV and reality.  As a result, by the time Vladimir Putin came along, our democracy was already far sicker that we realized.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 325-326

Monday, April 16, 2018

Quote of the Day

Now, I've met a lot of open-minded, big-hearted men and women who live and work in poor, rural communities.  It's hard to fault them for wanting to shake things up politically after so many years of disappointment.  But anger and resentment do run deep.  As Appalachian natives such as author J.D. Vance have pointed out, a culture of grievance, victimhood, and scapegoating has taken root as traditional values of self-reliance and hard work have withered.  There's a tendency toward seeing every problem as someone else's fault, whether it's Obama, liberal elites in the big cities, undocumented immigrants taking jobs, minorities soaking up government assistance -- or me.  It's no accident that this list sounds exactly like Trump's campaign rhetoric.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 276-277