We have so much going on right now, and all of that pales in comparison to the work folks are doing in the United States and elsewhere to fight racial injustice and police brutality. I am tired. But not nearly as tired as my Black family, friends, and colleagues. Black Lives Matter. That is all.
On December 31, 2020, I will be healthier than I am now, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and financially. That’s it. That’s my New Year’s resolution. Happy 2020!
I have sworn off bitching about things I can’t change, and also bitching about things that I could change if only I would put an little bit of effort into changing them. DO NOT WORRY I AM STILL THE SAME ANGRY NEGATIVE NANCY THAT I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN. I’m just trying to be negative only… Read More A little bit of self-care goes a long way
I can’t live through another year like 2016. I don’t subscribe to a type of thinking where if you will good luck into existence, it will come. Positives attitudes don’t stop war or famine or poverty or injustice. But, not recognizing how good I’ve really got it is foolish, and my own negative attitude has… Read More 2017’s Gotta Be Better Than 2016
I don’t write about politics on here because I can’t. I work for the American government, and I serve at the pleasure of the president no matter who he or she might be and no matter what his or her politics might be. I have spent my adult life learning from those who have less than… Read More America is still great, or, thoughts on elections
This year, I chose “nourish” as my One Little Word. Like last year’s word, “breathe,” it feels a little bit out of character for me. I’m an excellent planner and project manager. I’m hyper-organized. I’m on top of everything. I am not a particularly warm and fuzzy person. You can tell when I’m starting to… Read More On nourishing what I love, and consuming less of what I don’t
Bertrand lost his mother a few weeks ago. She could have been saved had she had access to Western health care. Benin is a perfect example of a market driven health care system. Not enough patients have the money to pay for expensive treatments, so expensive treatments don’t exist. The more time I spend in… Read More On elections
Last night, Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi. Several years ago, Kate Puzey, a Peace Corps Volunteer, was brutally murdered in Benin. I had long since finished my Peace Corps service, and was busily running a business with my husband in the capital. I didn’t know the volunteer, I was in… Read More On loss. Again.
Nobody in the whole goddamn world has it all. Everyone has to make choices. Ignore, for a moment, the institutionalized sexism that women face every day. As an Angry Militant Feminist, I’m telling you that the sexism doesn’t matter. Get angry about the sexism. Fight the sexism. But don’t let the fact that sexism exists… Read More On having it all. Or opting out of the debate.
Please stop saying, “I’m sorry,” when I say that I’m going to Freetown. Bertrand and I are thrilled for many reasons, among them the fact that, of the many challenges offered by the Foreign Service, the challenges that we’ll face in Freetown are among those we are very familiar with. Power? Water? Lack of availability… Read More On Freetown and well meaning State Department employees