After 36 years, I am taking a year off! During my digital detox, I look forward to some unstructured analog time to pursue other interests. I will continue to work for mid-term victories, as I hope you will. Please note that I will not be responding to any social media messengering, emails, website or booking inquiries and tweets during this time. Thank you for your support and good wishes. A healthy, productive, victorious 2018 to you!
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Not to go all Nell deGrasse Tyson on you, but because of the tilt of the sun in its orbit, Dec 21st is the longest night. It’s also the shortest day, unless you are waiting for the L-Train. Though we pick up just one minute a day for the next seventeen days, I begin almost immediately to insist to anyone who will listen that it is lighter longer.
The world judders on its axis of Medieval; teeters toward some dank Dark Age. This Winter Solstice, get back to your ancestry dot com pagan roots, light a bonfire, and whoop it up. Next day, after you sober up, sign up to work in the Midterm elections. Insist that we turn toward the light.
Presumably you’ve re-friended some folks since last year’s dinner/shiva. This year over pumpkin pie, bring up the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case. In 2012 the owner refused to sell a wedding cake to a same sex couple. The Supreme Court will hear the case on December 5th.
Talking point: it’s not about religious freedom. It’s about privileging Christian religion over the law of the land. The law says the 11.20.17Cakeshop is free to sell anything it wants. It is not free to decide whom to sell it to.
For a post-desert digestive, cue up Donna Summer and her eight and a half minute disco-fied version of MacArthur Park. Scream along with Donna: “Someone left the rainbow cake out in the rain. I don’t think that I can take it, cause it took so long to bake it, and I’ll never have that recipe again.”
Good news: we do actually have a recipe. We saw it in this year’s election. Discuss electoralizing the resistance on your I-can’t-believe-I-ate-the-whole-thing after dinner walk. Next Thanksgiving, we’re serving up the mid-terms!