Happy Thanksgiving

Today I am going to attempt to temporarily suspend fixation on the past atrocities associated with this holiday, the massive injustices being committed against the original inhabitants of this land as I type these words, and the systemic inequalities and divisions that plague these United States of America.

I am going to spend quality time with my family, enjoy the fruits of the harvest, and acknowledge the multitude of blessings that have fallen into my lap.

Tomorrow I will avoid rabid consumerism that only serves to feed the Beast.

Be grateful for the little things that we all tend to take for granted.  Seek contentment however fleeting.  Spread unconditional love.  Embrace humility.

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Take Five Deep Breaths

The anxiety-ridden haunted fun house that has been the 2016 Presidential Election is almost over.

Now look to the person to your left and right.

No matter who each of those people is voting for they are both (hopefully, unless they are aliens) still fellow human beings sharing the same time and space on this rock hurtling through space.

Let’s agree to disagree, compromise, and for gods’ sake, BE CIVIL.

Election Ennui

In a perfect world media coverage of the 2016 United States of America’s Presidential Election should have ceased on October 7th around 6PM EST with the exception of short 30 second non-partisan ads featuring inspirational reasons and reminders to vote.

The Nail in the Coffin

I could not even muster the energy to watch last night’s debate.  I am sure it was a friggin’ train wreck.  It is a shame that Jill Stein and Gary Johnson were not allowed to participate once again

I want to give you some free advice.  Going forward it will be better for your mental well-being if you ignore it.  Tune it out!  I can already feel my anxiety levels decreasing and it has been all of three days.

The constant mental bombardment we subject ourselves to in an election year in this country is completely unnecessary and likely extremely harmful to our overall well being as individuals and as a society.

Who I Am Voting For

In case you were curious.

 

The Struggle

There have not been many pints lately.

The protests have been internal.

Bicycle commuting is 98% fabulous.

My offspring are trying to unhinge my mental faculties.

Daily Christmas holiday activities are surprisingly enjoyable and comforting.

World.  Of.  Warcraft.

Increased coffee guzzles.

Hopespair (Hope AND Despair).

Fiction and Non-Fiction.

The Greatest Commandment (Karma) is hard to follow when there are so many fucking stupid people who only give a shit about themselves all over the damned planet.

The Force Awakens next week.

And On the 3rd Day I Only Wrote Blog Post

I wish I had more confidence that a future without hand guns and assault weapons was at least a minute possibility in my lifetime.

That having been stated, in light of yesterday’s tragedy in Roseberg, Oregon I took a break from writing my story as it deals with guns and violence, albeit in a fictional space.

I need a break from gun violence for a day or two.

On a more positive note it is Friday, I rode my bike again this morning, and Hello From The Magic Tavern podcast is fabulous.