Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Year of the Rooster

According to the Chinese Zodiac, we are in the Year of the Rooster. This predicts a productive and practical year ahead.

Well, I can say I've been rising early! I picked up an early-morning part-time job, on top of my full-time one and two online grad school classes.

It's uncanny to rise to start the day at 3 a.m., and to finish a shift at 9:30 a.m. But I've found that I have energy left afterwards, so I've been taking long walks in some of my favorite NJ locations

The Keyport waterfront on a foggy morning:

Monmouth Battlefield State Park:

Red Bank:

Well, that was a walk that mostly led to coffee and comics.

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: