I was live on Periscope earlier today talking about my bees and the waterer I made for them. I also took a tour around my vegetable garden and plugged my book at the end….all while in my bathing suit! (It’s a hot day and I was cleaning the swimming pool when I decided to make the video.)
I’ve put the video on YouTube to make it easier to view here. Check it out!
I wrote a personal essay a few months ago about the toxicity of the confrontation-style of politics in America today, and the need for balance in our lives and positivity in our civic engagement. I wrote then about the negative consequences of being consumed by the political fight. I’ve been thinking a lot about that topic again today, in the wake of the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Virginia assailant appears to have been an extreme case of someone who was totally emotionally consumed by the political fighting. He was so wrapped up in it that he slipped the bounds of reality into a clear state of insanity. While his is an extreme case, his story holds a lesson for us all.
It’s time to end the nasty “us versus them” confrontation-style political engagement that has become the norm in our country. It’s not good for our country, and it’s not good for us as individuals. Let’s focus our efforts on positive forms civic engagement to make our communities and country better. Let’s come together and help each other and help our country.
We are all Americans.
I’m not going to go on and on here, but I hope you’ll check out the links below to pieces I’ve written in the last few months on this subject.
I made a Periscope video this morning about what I’m learning about having to feed the bees in my new beehive. I also included some political commentary at the end. Check it out. I put it on YouTube so that it’s easier to view.
I like to sit by my beehive in the garden and do my thinking. It’s my thinking spot. Every now and then, I’ll fire up Periscope and share some of what I’m thinking about.
Earlier today, I made this video with some thoughts about the recent controversy regarding Kathy Griffin, positivity, the upcoming Comey hearing on Capitol Hill, and of course, my bees! Check out the video. Here’s the YouTube version. ->
Yesterday was my first day as a American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteer. Storms moved through western Kentucky on Wednesday night, and several families had damaged homes and they needed help.
I can’t tell you how good it felt to be able to help those folks. Both families couldn’t have been more grateful, and both families couldn’t have been more in need of the help. Neither had the resources to be able to recover without assistance.
My first thought when the Red Cross office called to see if I could go out and help was that I didn’t think the storms were that bad. Of course, they could have been worse in other areas, and indeed they were. The other reason the affected families needed help was that they just didn’t have shelter that was sturdy enough to weather a strong storm like that. Continue reading “Disaster Action Team”
I’ve been writing and speaking a lot lately about the need for all of us to strike a positive balance in our civic engagement and our lives, in general. One of the things I’ve been doing in my effort to find that balance is beekeeping.
I posted over at Medium about how my beekeeping is something I can do for myself that benefits the greater good, too! I hope you’ll click over to Medium and read what I had to say.
I’m a brand new beekeeper, and my first package of bees arrived yesterday! I had the bright idea to make a video of me installing them into the top bar hive I made a few months ago.
The video turned out kinda funny. First, I tried to narrate as if I knew what I was doing. It was my first time. It’s pretty clear that I had no idea what I was doing! My mom was wearing a full bee suit while holding camera, and she was terrified of the bees! Then at the end of the video, one of the bees found her way under my veil and into my hat! I ended up getting stung on my head. It’s pretty funny.
I’ll have more posts about my adventures in beekeeping over the next few weeks and months. For now, watch the short unedited video of my first day here –
UPDATE 4/1: My essay has been published at The Daily Beast. (I sent it to them before I posted it on Medium…didn’t think they were going to run it, so I went ahead on Medium. Anyway, it’s both places!)
There is so much division and fighting in politics today, and all of that negativity isn’t good for us as a country or as individuals. I know, first hand. In my book, NO HOPE: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too), I wrote about my experience in politics. I described what I was thinking and how my political thought evolved through that experience. What I didn’t write about then is the negative effects that my being totally consumed by the negativity of the political fight had on me personally, emotionally, physically, and materially. My essay today is the first time I’ve talked about those things, and how I set out to change my life and the way I engage in my civic participation.
I’m going to be writing and speaking out more about the need for all of us to strike a positive balance in our activism, humanitarianism, personal enrichment, and diverse ways to help people and change the world. Stay tuned…..