Peace to everyone in the first shock of grief tonight.
Peace to everyone waking up this morning sad and bewildered.
Peace to those whose grief is morphing into anger, into fear, and back to bewilderment.
Peace to those who momentarily forget, then feel guilty for forgetting.
Peace to those wondering if knowing why would make them feel better, or worse.
Peace to those who want to burn it all down to bring them back.
Peace to those for whom this grief is all too familiar.
Peace to those who work, or watch, or weep this night.
Peace to those who couldn't sleep.
Peace to those who are out of words, but still want to stand in this circle.
Peace to those whose grief is complicated.
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There's supposed to be a cold front coming in, so I'm just staring at the temperature and it's like 95! 96! 97! ooooooo 96! jkjkjk 97. oooorrrrrr 96! haha, got you again 97.
I can't do anything except sit here and sweat. If I owe you work, I apologize.
We're back down to 95, for those of you following this will-they / won't-they cool off drama.
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If anyone is missing their usual gatherings this year and feeling lonely, you are invited to my holiday dinner. I made orange-glazed ham and my grandmother’s pierogis. Tell me your hair color & length, & what you’re bringing, & I’ll draw you in!
.@crvanderpool and @denisehotze are the first to arrive! Throw your coats in the bedroom and pull up a chair. Denise brought her traditional pot of chili, yum! 🌶
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If anyone is alone today and feeling lonely, you are invited to my Thanksgiving dinner. I made lemon & rosemary turkey. Tell me your hair & eye color & what you’re bringing, & I’ll draw you in.
Sorry I’m a slow drawer, but I’m so glad so many of you can come! @simplyjennifer and Ken have already sat down.
@seattledeb’s in the house!!
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Okay, here’s a funny story. When I was making the index for this new book, I wrote down hope as one of the categories. But after I had gone through almost all the benedictions I realized I had only categorized one as hope. (1/4) ImageImage
That seemed like an oversight to me, so I started looking at them again. And I realized it wasn’t that none of them were about hope, but more that all of them were about hope, but not in a direct, imperative way. None of them say, “Be hopeful!“ (2/4)
But hey are about being real & acknowledging pain w/out letting that be the end of the story. Hope is in the edges of each poem, in the soft space between the lines, in the freedom to feel what you feel without judgment & bring the whole of yourself forward into the next moment.
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Peace to the anxious.
Peace to the scared.
Peace to the terrified.
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What if the word racist wasn’t the bad thing?
What if it was an awakening?
A realization & a choice like

Alcoholic. Oh, we’d say. Oh, shit.
But then we could go to a meeting
& be real for once.

Hi, I’m ___, we would say
& they’d reply, Hi, ____.
How can we help you get sober?
What if we admitted that we were powerless
without help, That, as James Baldwin said,
white people are trapped in a history which we

do not understand & until we understand, we cannot
be released. What if the word racist is not the end
of freedom, but the beginning?
What if we learned the exact nature of our wrongs &
Admitted them? What if we

Made a list of all persons we & our country had harmed, & became willing to make amends to them all?

What if we made direct amends to such people?
What if we called those amends reparations?
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