The strongest steel is subjected to the highest heat. Richard Nixon said that, long ago, and he wasn't wrong. Did you know that before it's given a "heat treatment," steel has a crystalline structure? Frankly, it looks a lot like a snowflake. But being dipped in fire changes the steel. Heat solidifies the molecular bonds … Continue reading Of Steel and Snowflakes: Sharpening a Movement
It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world. ~Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776) *Note: The pep talk below was first published in April, before many of our new friends joined us. (Welcome!) While our numbers have … Continue reading Standing Taller by Standing Together
I am done being polite. And I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell. ~San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz It occurred to me as I scrolled through images of the mayor of San Juan wading through sewage with a bullhorn. 2017 is the year of the woman. And not for the … Continue reading 2017: The Year of the Woman
Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman. ~U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis Maybe you have to know darkness before you can appreciate the light. ~Madeline L'Engle I laughed when I saw Donald Trump beginning … Continue reading Let’s Light It Up
Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change. ~Sen. Barbara Mikulski Last week, I ran into a friend I hadn't seen in years. He and I hadn't spoken since the election, so as I was catching him up on what I've been up to, he just smiled and shrugged. "Do you … Continue reading We’re Already Making a Difference
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new. ~ Socrates Nearly every week since November 8, we've met here to talk about how and what to fight during the next week. Let's face it - there's a lot to fight against these days. … Continue reading Building the New is as Important as Fighting the Old.
You've always had the power, my dear; you just had to learn it for yourself. ~The Wizard of Oz. In the past week, angels have appeared in Houston. Before Harvey hit, “Mattress Mack” had a mattress store. Now he has two hurricane victim shelters. More than 200 labs have stepped forward offering to care for … Continue reading The Resistance Needs You. Yes, You.