Wednesday Vignette – fall and grace

And suddenly, without any real warning, fall is here. The equinox was yesterday. Does anyone else feel like they got cheated? The normally long, hot, languid summer disappeared, as it was somehow exchanged for a long series of more or less traumatic events. It’s been such a weird year, with our surrealist summer essentially starting in March, when everything came to a screeching halt.

For several months, we were in Covid limbo, and watched common sense get twisted into a hyper-politicized, nonsensical rage. We watched in horror another colder type of rage emerge, where fellow humans were murdered in broad daylight. I’m proud to say that America keeps responding to the hate-filled outrage with widespread and righteous protests. It proves that we still respond to pain, and possess the motivation to fight back. Let’s keep that up!

Then fires exploded. First in Beirut, and soon thereafter up and down the American west coast. Midwest crops were leveled by a freak Derecho, and the eastern seaboard battered by hurricanes and storms. It really does feel like the Universe is handing out bitch slaps left and right.

And then, the cherry on top. Right before Rosh Hashana, we lost yet another American Civil Liberties icon – the third in less than a year. Nina Totenberg – NPR’s legal correspondent – shared the spiritual significance of RBG’s passing: “A Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment bc they were needed most & were the most righteous.” I found this confluence of events oddly inspiring. I wonder where women would be in this patriarchy, if it weren’t for RBG’s ingenuity and resolve. She was a moral and inspirational trailblazer, and – like John and Elijah – now she too, has passed it onto us.

Obama said it too, as he made the comparison with his and every other black American’s ancestors. We can’t give up – we just can’t. He is right. Don’t know about you, but I take these universal bitch slaps seriously. I want them to shake us all out of our stunned coma. If we all play our part, we WILL see light on the horizon. And it will be the bright light of relief, as opposed to smoke filled fire light. Can you feel it? 40 more days until we can release our collective power to turn this trend around. Tell everyone you know – we can do this! We can do it for ourselves and for Elijah, John, and Ruth.

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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12 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – fall and grace

  1. We are so fortunate by comparison.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yes, you are. I think most other countries – even if they might have their own sets of problem, are at least smart enough not to elect a crook and his henchmen to destroy their country from within. It’s terrible to say but by not showing up to vote, America earned this. Hopefully this time, they’ll realize that their votes actually count.

  2. Tina says:

    RBG lived a remarkable life, that’s for sure. Let’s all do something: text, phone bank, register voters, donate. We must take back our representative democracy before it’s gone.

    I’m headed out this morning for a literature drop: placing voter registration material on the doors of a large apartment complex in my ‘hood. Then, I’ll be continuing a GOTV card writing for Mike Siegel (D)who is trying to unseat useless Michael McCall (R) of Texas Congressional district 10.

    Let’s all engage in some good trouble!

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh Tina – you are so good! I need to do something like that. All I’ve done so far is donate to a few candidates. I really do need to do more. I wanted to sign up to be a poll worker, but we don’t have polls here in Oregon. I’ll think of something…

  3. krispeterson100 says:

    I’m right there with you. The anger is palpable now, always bubbling just below the surface and regularly spilling out into plain view. It’s hard to find any positives at the moment. Here’s my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      I think the positives can be found within ourselves. Take the time to treat others with kindness and respect, help where we can, and refuse to let fear and anger break down our belief that we can do – and be – better than this. I know we can. Love and decency trumps hate and fear. Always.

  4. Cheated yes indeed. So much cheating.

    My WV—once again—is just silly fun.

  5. Margaret Adams says:

    Don’t say “all I’ve done is donate”! Donate is one of the best things you can do. Keep it up as much as you can afford.
    Margie A

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Margie – I know you’re right, and I wish I could give more. And it just doesn’t feel as satisfying as actually *doing* something. You know what I mean?

  6. hb says:

    It’s very grim right now. 2020 is our Annus Horribilis–clinging to hope it will turn around before it is over.

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