Time for Peace in Politics

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.

Striking a Positive Balance: Political Self-Help in the Age of Trump The Daily Beast   (A similar draft is also posted on Medium with photos…including one of President Trump and me.)

It’s Time for More Positive Civic Engagement HuffPost

Thanks for reading. Be kind to each other.

Live from the Hive — Kathy Griffin Edition

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. ->

 

Beekeeping for Myself and All of Us

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.