Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Democracy, D.C., and the Written Word

After the Women's March, one of the actions suggested was to write postcards to our representatives about the issues that matter to us. I am proud to say that a group of friends and I gathered to do just that; I wrote both my Senators and my Representative in the House.

A fun history refresher with Presidential Pez:

From there, for something seemingly unrelated, I went to Washington, D.C. for the Association of Writers & Writing Presses (AWP) Conference, 2017.

I love to travel and shake up my routine. Here is Trenton going by from the Amtrak window:

On this trip I read Philippe Soupault's memoir of the Dada movement. Fascinating to read of his dedication to causing chaos in civil society, after he and other poets decided the general population had grown too complacent after the end of WWI:

LITERALLY ON THE TRAIN TO D.C. I learned about Mitch McConnell's comments about Elizabeth Warren, so while I was in the neighborhood, I fired off some more postcards.

Hard to believe I got immersed in this totally new world after only a three-hour train ride. I remembered that Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan were cool neighborhoods, but I really got a feel for them after staying in that area for four days:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Is it spring yet?!

I am proud to say I participated in the Women's March on Trenton, NJ on January 21, 2017.

It was a good starting point. There's lots of work ahead.

I am also proud of the work I do for a living, and had a refreshing weekend at Winter Camp.


Nothing like a 4-hour game of Dr. Who themed Risk!

 Somewhere in Sussex County, I passed an abandoned church on the side of the road. I pulled over to take pictures:

OK, SOMETIMES I have fun. You know what's fun? Seeing early 2000s hip hop star Nelly in concert with the NJ Symphony Orchestra.

The Nelly fan club.

Nelly can sing! I hope I get to hear him cover Marvin Gaye songs again.

No matter what adventure I'm on, I am an early riser.
This is my least-favorite time of the year, so I fill my days to make them go by fast. My routine: wake up early, do school work, go to work, after work make phone calls to Congress and attend community meetings, go to the gym, pass out early. I cook all my meals, I don't spend any money recreationally, I drive as little as possible and save gas.

I am surviving till spring. Is it May yet?!