Wednesday Vignette – seeking heart

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The past few weeks have been heartstoppingly ugly – in so many different ways. Deaths, disease, and lastly, dismembering of families by our very own government. While the first two can be subject to excruciating heartache and sorrow, they are still perfectly natural occurrences, which most of us at some point will face. But that last one?? If this is what the United States of America has truly become, I will relinquish my citizenship. Because this is not what I am, nor do I even know anyone who believes this is what we should be. However, statistics broadcast on the news indicated that 17% (or was it 19%) of the US population thinks so – or at least agree with both execution and fallout of the “zero tolerance immigration policy”. That number – although an obvious minority – is still too high for my comfort. Really, folks – almost 20%????

Whatever happened to “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” ? Now that the tired, threatened, persecuted and poor cross over a different-facing border, is all that null and void now?Reclassified to meaningless, nostalgic drivel??? The same US that tears families apart at the border also left the United Nation’s Human Rights Council yesterday.  Granted, the UNHRC have indeed made some doozie decisions in recent memory, but STILL? This is a worrying trend on the train wreck we’re on. While I should be up there, fighting on the barricades defending human decency, and up my donation to the ACLU, my instincts in times like this is to either bury myself in the backyard, or hide my face in shame in the furry coat of my cat, to escape the ugliness. The two photos of today remind me that, at least in pets and plants, orange is not a bad color. That said, inaction = complacency. It’s time we all speak up – LOUDLY!!! At my core, as a society, I believe we ARE better than this. At least, we used to be.

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Manneman – looking like the very image of carefree complacency.

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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19 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – seeking heart

  1. Tina says:

    “Ugly” is about the kindest word you could use, but I applaud your nod to orange beauty! Speak out, donate, work for candidates whose values mirror your own. We do live in awful times, but there are many, many–more than the 20%–who are appalled and who are taking action, even if it’s on a small scale. It’s good to garden and pet the cat, and appreciate art and beauty and music.

  2. Kris P says:

    Every day seems more demoralizing than the next with this administration. It does wear one down. I’m still hopeful that decency will win out but there are days all I want to do is hang out with my cat too – and breathe into a paper bag. Here’s my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      It DOES wear one down! I can’t even imagine the mental trauma inflicted on these poor families – especially on the kids… Can such wounds ever heal??? For an administration which can’t ever seem to think things through, just wait until they see the repercussions of treating people like this. Unbe-fucking-lievable…

  3. Alison says:

    I wish I could relinquish my citizenship. In my mind, emotionally, I feel divorced from my country. This is not the country I grew up learning about. Love the shot of your kitty.

    • annamadeit says:

      Alison – I think a lot of people do… Which is actually reassuring. The crux is to manifest that enormous disconnect in the next election. I honestly can’t wait for November…

  4. SUZ says:

    thank you for your outrage……the very least we can all do is to put down our trowels long enough to say no….. to speak out against the atrocity that is now our government…..the personal is the political……to refrain from response is to be compliant and complicit……….

    • annamadeit says:

      I totally agree – from our positions of relative privilege, we all have to get truly, flaming MAD!! We are so much better than this – I KNOW we are!

  5. Well said. We have to stay away from fatalism and despair. If we give up, we are sure to lose. if we fight, we have at least a chance.

  6. janesmudgeegarden says:

    It’s a comfort to read your point of view. We have our own shame here in Australia in the cruelty towards the asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru islands who are never to be allowed to settle here because of the ‘crime’ of coming here by boat. They have been incarcerated for 5 years.

    • annamadeit says:

      Jane – I’m so sorry to hear that Australia has its dark human rights secrets too. Arriving by boat sounds about as “criminal” as asking for asylum. Sigh… 😦

  7. Peter Herpst says:

    Kitty fur and gardening are good ways to relax after kicking and screaming. This latest display of the ugliness of our species is heartbreaking.

  8. bergstromskan says:

    Dearest Anna and all. you others. How refreshing to read all your comments about the the inhabitants of the Black House and their cruelties. We also want to include the Majority Party in Congress working to enable the inhuman actions in the Black House, Washington DC.
    What a shame for us all😩

  9. hb says:

    My parents and older sister were immigrants–my sister when she was nine months old–this is not the country I know. It is not the country Mom & Dad wanted to come to. Mustn’t despair. Must vote!

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