Musings: My Superpower

It’s actually a good thing I don’t have super powers, I’m not sure I could be a super hero. I mean, I would totally try to do good things, but let’s face it – “good” is subjective. I would want to stand up to bullies, and if I had superpowers I could do it without considering the forces which are driving that bully to bully someone else. Even knowing that a bully might just be as messed up as the person they are bullying… in that moment when I have the power to step in and stop one person’s pain – would I really make the right choice? So let’s look at some “super powers” that might be useful without turning me into a villain bent on “fixing” everything: 1. I hear the soundtrack. My soundtrack specifically, but it would be cool if I could concentrate and hear others’ soundtracks as well. I don’t have strength or speed, just – knowledge without

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Writing: Story Ideas

I haven’t been doing NaNoWriMo this year. It’s upsetting on some levels, but I just couldn’t balance Moving-Into-House Nov 1st (which was really like the whole first week, let’s be honest), Election-Grief (and yes, I’ve got all stages of grief for my country still), Georgia burning down (seriously: click here to see pictures of the smoke clouds last week) and work having a massive project on my plate due last week. But it doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about writing. In fact, the accidentally-enforced hiatus (lack of time/oxygen/energy). I have three ideas that are floating around my head. Two of them have already been started or worked on at some point in the recent past. And seriously, each of these received like a dozen re-writes because I was trying to make short blurbs… I think I mostly succeeded on the first two… 1) Imperial Lands Ashendika, of the Kaiju people, is as shocked as everyone else when she accidentally breaks all traditions

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Politics: Open Letter (GA Sec. of State)

This is a copy of the letter (yes, physical snail mail) I sent to my state’s Secretary of State, Brian Klemp this week. Similar letters have been sent to my national representatives and my GA House & Senate representatives (those also called for them to step up as an active supporter on their respective available legislation). I post it openly as well and encourage others to use it as a template. Attn: Brian Kemp 214 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 RE: Voter Registration & Empowerment Dear Brian Kemp, I am writing to you to ask you to support increased voter access & information in Georgia. The first change I would ask you to champion more voter opt-out policies. In 2015 both the Georgia house & senate had bills which would have allowed for all people with a state-issued ID to be automatically registered to vote.  I heard you on NPR recently state how proud you are of the work you have helped to

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Life Memories: Milk

In 2008 I was fired from my first out-of-college job.  She short version is that it was a family owned/run business and I wasn’t family.  This was at the beginning of September. In case you don’t remember, September is sort of when several banks declared bankruptcy. And I was asking for unemployment with almost 1/2 a million other people.  I never went to the unemployment office and spent less than 3 hours there. I took a book and waited to wait. I had a little savings, but I found out in October that I had been denied. My ex-boss had claimed he fired me with cause.  Apparently, I was supposed to magically “know” he wasn’t happy with… my existing? Anywho, the appeals process got started but my money was running low and I didn’t have the rent beyond Nov. And job hunting… well, it wasn’t going well. I had an interview with a large TV company for an internship. Paid,

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Politics: I am With Her

Ok, so just days until the final election day – it’s almost over! For good or ill, we’ll all know soon how the chips will fall.  So, this close I am going to finally come out and explain why I am voting for Hillary Clinton. My choice to support her is actually simple.  I am a Christian. I have written before about two verses which I see as incredibly important: Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. – Isaiah 1:17 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ – Matthew 25:45 I like these for many reasons, their simplicity, clarity, and the fact they come from both Old and New Testament books. When I read the laws in Exodus: many of them are about how not to be greedy and selfish.

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Politics: Georgia Amendment 4

To be honest, this was going to be a super-short post of “sure why not” until I sat down to read over the amendment a little closer. Dedicates revenue from existing taxes on fireworks to trauma care, fire services, and public safety. Much like Amendment 2, this amendment is doing something that sounds great. Woot – we’re paying for trauma care, fire services AND public safety? Except wait. “Existing taxes”?  Like, existing sales/import taxes?  Stuff that is already being used for government services since we legalized the sale of fireworks? So… what exactly is that money paying for now? I don’t know. I’ll be the first to say that government expenses makes my head hurt. I can manage my own budget. My husband and I are working through our joint budget… I can’t even remotely process the budget at the state level. My brain does not grok numbers that well. Best case scenario, we are maintaining status quo.  We are securing funds for

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