Okay, so no matter how you feel about the crazy political events of the last few days, there are a few books you should read.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - This is the best fictional discussion of the #blacklivesmatter movement. It shows all perspectives through the point of view of a young woman whose best friend is shot by a police officer in front of her.
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue - I had little to no idea about the struggles that Africans face when the immigrate to the United States. This book not only addresses that, but it also looks at the effects of 2008 financial crash, the difference in socioeconomic levels, and the idea of success.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I also recommend watching the revision of this on Hulu. The point Elisabth Moss made about the book and about its TV series revision is that this could happen. The society presented by Atwood could happen today.
I did sort of make a resolution for 2018, but it is not quantifiable at all. And thus it doesn’t demand anything like: Write one blog per week.
Instead my 2018 focus is on finding delight.
I wrote a thing about my aunt, Sue, who passed away last summer.... I still don't know what to do with this, really, but sharing it feels right today, especially as my grading slows at the end of the term, and I have some time to reorient my life, to find my way back to creating a life I love.
While Dan and I sat outside, my mom’s most recent, sweet gift sat on our kitchen table. It was a box of hot chocolate from Amazon. It was simple but so considerate, and it's the perfect illustration of how gracious my mom is.
I have always been a billboard for positive thinking. But not anymore.
I know how I got here, how I became this positive-thinking evangelical. I got here by combating anxiety with positive affirmations, moving toward success through imagining it, beginning with the end in mind.
There’s a huge difference for me between what is private and public information. As both a poet and a blogger, I've always had to negotiate this. Sharing why I'm raising money for cancer research toes that fine line.