Tag Archive: Election

Yesterday, the bat kept flying into my life.  When the bat flies into your life, it is a signal it is time to bury some old part of yourself that has long ago died, but you have continued to carry.  Last night I was thinking about a time in my life when I was homeless and sleeping on a stiff bench in the Art Department building on campus.  I remember waking up to a class beginning and concerned students leaning over curiously poking at my arm.  The not knowing what will happen day-to-day is exhausting.  

That moment reflects a period of my life when I was filled with a sort of listless wanderlust.  Wanderlust minus destination and purpose.  At the time, I couldn’t afford an apartment of my own and had seriously irked my parents over something.  

A week into my ordeal, my now-husband invited me to Nashville and I quit school and headed down south for a few months.  When I returned, I was offered a beautiful place to live rent-free, which I immediately and shamelessly accepted.   I felt enormous gratitude, but I was still without purpose and a constant thorn in everyone’s side.

In a very real way, I didn’t “grow up” until I got married and settled with my husband into a home of our own.  Our marriage, though rocky in the beginning, offered the kind of security I hadn’t felt before.  And as we began having children, I slowly began to explore my purpose on this planet.  Over the last ten years I have shed my old skin (or killed off cells with chemo), and now it is time to bury that part of me without direction, without hope.  

Partly, this moment is inspired by the election, but I also believe some internal cycle ended long ago was carried along unnecessarily in the form of guilt or shame or an unwillingness to connect with the people of my past.  At this point in my life, though much remains uncertain, I am filled with gratitude and a feeling of hope that accompanies each new, promising hint of change emerging daily.  I feel much like the butterfly bush whose old-growth skeleton as the new shoots come up through and flower.  I have weeded out those branches that no longer serve my purpose for growth.

Ballots, Unbiased Voter’s Guide

Curious about your ballot?  Familiarize yourself in advance, visit Transparent Democracy to see your local sample ballot before election day.

It’s easy for all but 8% of America to decide which presidential candidate resonates more closely with their personal values, but sometimes we forget about the state, local and judicial nominees.  Educate yourself prior to election day with a voter’s guide.  You’ll need to select your state and the election period at top.

Your voice matters

Democrat, Republican, Independent or other: Please don’t procrastinate; PARTICIPATE!  Novemeber 4th is almost here and if you haven’t already, please exercise your right to vote and register today! 

Ways to register:

  • Visit the Vote for Change website and register online.
  • Visit the Rock the Vote website and register online.
  • Visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or Secretary of State office and register (or click the link and look up your state).
  • Visit your local courthouse for registration.  
  • Your local part-headquarters should also supply forms to get you registered.

There was a time in this country when you could only vote if you were part of a privileged class, white and male.  Today all adult US citizens have a right to vote and we owe it to those who fought for this right to get out cast a ballot.  If you need a ride, please ask a friend or neighbor.  If you won’t be able to vote on election day, you may request an absentee ballot one of the above ways or:

  • Visit Go Vote Absentee, a non-partisan organization dedicated to absentee registration.  
If you are interested in getting other people registered to vote, visit any of the above locations and request additional ballots.  And Thank-you!

We are one people

I love this speech: We are one people.