All warfare is based on deception. Sun Tzu I'm concerned we're deceiving ourselves. A few years ago, an orange huckster descended a golden staircase. Many of us laughed at the spectacle. At the fact that he paid people to stand and cheer for him. At the measly crowd. He knew what he was doing. I … Continue reading The Reality of the Reality Show
In both Ukraine and in US there are existential fights for democracy going on. Both engendered by autocrats enamored of the Big Lie and no respect for the rule of law. ~Andrew Weissmann “How did you go bankrupt?" Bill asked. "Two ways." Mike said. "Gradually, then suddenly.” ~Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises Over another … Continue reading Gradually, then all at once
The most difficult thing is the decision to act. ~Amelia Earhart This week's post is written by St. Louis County Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway, who took St. Louis by storm in 2019 when she ran – and won! – a special election to fill a seat on the 7-member St. Louis County Council. At over one … Continue reading You are amazing and we need you: A Guest Post
“Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”– Elie Wiesel “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”– George Orwell This week, President Biden gave a rousing speech in Maryland in which he called out MAGA Republicans as "semi-fascists." (I may quibble with the "semi" part.) There is power in those words … Continue reading The Power of Speaking (and Sharing) the Truth
“History is a vast early warning system.” ~Norman Cousins, American journalist “History is instructive. What it suggests to people is that even if they do little things, if they walk on the picket line, if they join a vigil, if they write a letter to their local newspaper… Anything they do, however small, becomes part … Continue reading Living in the Mosh Pit of History
Quitters don’t write the future. ~Steve Schmidt But we should always feel like the hummingbird. I may feel insignificant, but I don't want to be like the other animals watching the planet go down the drain. I'll be a hummingbird, I'll do the best I can. ~Wangari Maathai There is a lot of big stuff … Continue reading On Impossible Odds … and Hummingbirds
People still don't appreciate how ephemeral success is. ~Nate Silver Success is never accidental. ~Jack Dorsey The truth is being revealed in its own due course, with its own stubborn schedule that seems satisfactory only in retrospect. ~Steve Schmidt If ever there was a week for a victory lap, this is it. In just over a … Continue reading What a Good Week!
Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude. ~Michelle Obama One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. ~Arther Ashe I just got out of the car from a long, long road trip. So I thought I'd tell you a quick story about singing. When I … Continue reading Confidence Breeds Confidence (and Don’t Buy the Clickbait Headlines About Democrats Being Doomed)
Where you eyes go, your body will follow. ~Michele's Hot Yoga Instructor Years ago I went to Hot Yoga every week, at least once. Usually twice. We were in that pre-kid time, when "busy" meant something wholly different than it does now. We remember it fondly. Knowing now, of course, that we'll remember this time … Continue reading Where Your Eyes Go, Your Body Will Follow. So Where Are Your Eyes Focused Right Now?
The forces attacking democracy are always there. The question is: will you resist fiercely? Or will you let them win? ~David Pepper A few weeks ago, my friend David reposted a video of his that's gotten a lot of (much deserved) attention. In that short, two-minute video, he outlined how our country's history proves it: … Continue reading Anti-Democratic Forces Are the Constant. You are the Variable.