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Moving Forward with Optimism
There is a freedom in accepting the world exactly as it is
🌎 World Wise
I have been an environmental activist for 20 or so years, and during that time I’ve felt a responsibility to help fix the problems with the world.
I have felt this way, and I have gotten angry at people who are not, in my opinion, contributing to fixing our issues (and might be adding to them in big or small ways).
But over the past few years, I have reached a sense of peace toward the inevitable… whatever that may be. I know there are many people working on the same issues I have. I know the forces working against us are strong and well-financed. I don’t know which way the arc of justice is going to curve, but I know many people will be harmed before it’s all said and done.
And I can’t stop that. Certain things are inevitable, and I had to let go of my sense of guilt and shame for enjoying life and finding joy even though I live ridiculously small compared to most. I had to accept that the world will go where it will go, regardless of little old me. (I would join a large scale protest, but it will take many people in the streets disrupting the status quo to make the change we need.) My mentoris feeling much the same way today.
I will always be the environmentally-oriented person that I am. I will still engage in activism. I’ll still be over here recycling and composting, walking almost everywhere, and eschewing the consumerist lifestyle. But I will travel occasionally and not feel guilty. I’ll eat meat occasionally and not feel guilty. Because I did not create nor can I fix all of these issues. Some day I (and many others) may not be able to enjoy this Earth. We will be too busy trying to survive and adapt. (Many in other countries already are.) So I’ll do it now, in a soft way, while I have the chance. And I’ll hope that justice prevails.
When I started my third online class recently, as per usual, I went to the calendar and exported all the assignments to my Google calendar. I noticed when I did this that the assignments were spread out over three weeks. I found this odd as I’d thought all these classes were two weeks long.
I decided to send a note to the class advisor to ask her if that was correct.
The next day, all the third week assignments had been moved to the last day of class, making 4 assignments due on the same day!
And did I get a THANK YOU? Like, “Thanks for making sure all the students in this class didn’t fail by following our original assignment schedule!” NO! I GOT NOTHING. YOU’RE WELCOME!
😳 What's Keeping Me Up at Night
Climate Change is Now
About 20 years ago, I noticed Vermont's weather started to get wonky. In April 2007, they had a weather event they called a Norricane… the combination of a Nor'easter storm and a hurricane. I was at my mother's house when it happened, and I'd never experienced anything like it. The sound this storm made as it raged through the valley was like a huge freight train coming right at us. It was so loud, and the wind was so strong. It had rained a lot recently, and my mother and I watched out the back window as tree after tree fell over, roots lifting out of the ground.
In 2011, I was on my way to Vermont but stopped in DC to get arrested in front of the White House protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. In the time it took me to do that, Vermont was devastated by Hurricane Irene, a storm that quite literally changed the landscape of Vermont.
Since then I've had to hide from giant hail and cloud rotation in Vermont, witnessed a straight line storm that approached and blew over me in minutes leaving a blown transformer nearby, and noticed a marked increase in wind in my tiny home state.
Flash forward to last week when the damage caused by Irene exacerbated a (normally) once-in-a-lifetime rain event that surpassed the damage from Irene.
My home state is again completed ravaged, emotionally and financially, and I'm heartbroken for the residents.
I don't think anyone is going to be able to live near a river there anymore (or have a business near one). There's been too much erosion. It's a terrible situation, but the state is forever changed and there's no going back. With climate change, we must adapt to a new world as we move forward.
📑 Project Updates
There’s a new hug registry on The Hugmobile that shows all the dedications! No need to click through to each one now. You can quickly see all the lovely dedications people have made with their hug purchase. I post each of these on Instagram and tag the person (if they’ve provided their IG link).
I feel like I’m on a good track with this project. It’s not moving fast, but I’m working on having a solid, refined set of merchandise for sale, including some new stickers with “HUGS CAN HEAL THE WORLD” in different languages. I’m also working on a new offering that I hope is appealing to people. And I’m turning it in a direction where it might become a non-profit in the near future.
As I’m reading Bernie Sanders’ newest book It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism, I decided to write a manifesto for The Hugmobile. I always said it would be a vehicle for joy-based activism, and I want to lay out that it’s hard for people to find joy if they don’t have economic freedom. That means healthcare, a job that affords a descent quality of life, reasonable working hours, affordable housing, etc. I will be working on this manifesto and will share it soon.
Lastly, I have a goal (with no particular timeline) to give FREE HUGS in each state in the country. I’ve started keeping track of that here and plan to add last New York, Vermont and Massachusetts shortly.
👀 Life Observations
Hung Up on Politics
Friends, this is part of what’s wrong with the world. I posted about my web development business (Solid Red Studios) on Facebook, and a friend very sweetly reposted it. One of his Facebook friends made the below comment on it. This is another liberal making a defamatory statement about my business because it has the word RED in it. I just can't even.
It’s a bit McCarthy-esque, and it is very frustrating to be on the other side of it. Just what I need is someone to see her comment and assume I am a conservative, partisan business. I am not a partisan business, and I welcome all clients who are professional, respectful business people.
🙉 Possible TMI
Don’t worry! It’s about headaches. 🤕 Back in March, I got a monster of a headache leading up to my period. It was very different than my “normal” headaches. Part of my face and head were tender to the touch, and my head hurt all over. No matter what I did of my usual headache-killing routine, nothing worked to get rid of it. So, I very reluctantly committed myself to the $600 ER visit.
The worst part is that even the few times I’ve gone to the ER for headaches, they never fully go away. Their IV meds simply take away the unbearable in-the-moment pain I’m in. But I digress.
I went to my primary care physician shortly after that. She likes to chastise me because I don’t like to take medications. Why wasn’t I taking a daily migraine prevention? Because I don’t get daily migraines, lady!
I did convince her to give me a prescription for Tylenol 3 (codeine). For some reason she thought that was a big deal (because it’s an opioid) even though I was previously taking a medication with codeine AND a barbiturate in it. And I didn’t want to take that one again because the barbiturate and caffeine in it are super harsh. I asked for just the codeine since that was the only painkiller in the mix. You’d think after being my doctor long enough, she’d realize I’m not going to abuse any drugs. I quite frankly do not want to take any of them but am forced to because my body does awful things to me. You can rest assured that if I am taking a prescription, it’s because I really, really need it. I’ve had the codeine for more than 2 months, and I’ve taken 11 of them.
Anyway, we did a bunch of testing to be sure I don’t have the same vein condition my sister does or a giant tumor in my brain. I got to do three back-to-back entries into the MRI machine: MRI, MRI with contrast, and MRA. Man, that was loud, but the valium helped. Plus, an ultrasound of my carotid arteries.
Other than some plaque in my cerebral arteries and a small nodule on my thyroid (both of which are apparently fine), they found nothing. So, apparently I’m just unlucky. Hmph.
I then went back to the neurologist I saw for a while at the beginning of my migraine journey. He also raised his eyebrows at me taking codeine. He, of all people, should know I don’t take anything I don’t need as I refused almost all the drugs he offered me back in the day. He read my brain scans and did an inordinate amount of testing during my visit that seemed aimed at rooting out brain damage. I’m like, “I came here to make sure I don’t have a stroke, not because I’ve already had one!”
Anyway, he gave me a couple sample migraine drugs that are abortive, not preventive. I figured, what the hell. I looked up all the side effects and read the entire inner pamphlet that seemed to indicate these drugs aren’t much better than placebo.
Weirdly, my last two periods have not had much headache activity. But I did dare to take a walk on one of the hottest mornings I can remember recently (during my period week) and started to get a blistering headache.
I had already asked the neurologist if I could take codeine with these migraine meds, and he said yes. So, I made my own headache cocktail. I took one of the Nurtec (which dissolves under your tongue and has a minty taste), one codeine, one Ibuprofen, and a cup of black tea. (I also did some cupping because my shoulders and neck were killing me… usually a precursor to a bad headache.) That combination did the trick, and I felt a more “full” relief than I often do when getting rid of such a bad headache.
Fortunately, my insurance will allow me to get this Nurtec for $47 a month (which is only 8 doses, but it’s not recommended that you take it often). Even on GoodRX, it’s almost $1000 for 8 doses without insurance. Welcome to American healthcare!
🌱 Learning & Growing
In this video, I will share with you a tool called "Keywords Everywhere" that my friend Laura recommended. Although the name might be misleading, this tool has an amazing function that I want to show you. By adding the Chrome extension and accessing chat GPT, you can use the templates feature to generate content for various categories like copywriting, marketing, SEO, and social media. You can even customize the tone, writing style, and topic. It's a powerful tool for creating engaging content and planning your marketing strategy. Check it out!
🌻 One Positive Thing
None of my family in Vermont were directly affected by the recent storm, and Biden declared a state of emergency so people can seek federal aid and help from federal agencies.
📃 I’ve gotten 337 abortion rights petitions signed so far. That’s 1/3 of the way to my desired goal of getting 1000 signed. It’s slow going in this heat, but I plod along.
🥝 I ate a passion fruit for the first time, and boy was it sour! A friend gave it to me, and I’m not sure it’s something I would seek out again, but I’m glad I tried it once.
That’s it for this week! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!