November 9, 2016

Pardon me for using grief counseling language to talk about this election. My mother died last Saturday morning under hospice care. She was 77 and had been diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer two weeks earlier. It was a good death: she died at home, with her dog and family members by her side. She passed with dignity and in a way that honored her wishes to the letter.

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Mandy Short 1939-2016. Rest In Peace.

And last night I told the joke to my husband, "I'm glad she died before this election. It would have killed her."

And so now we have a lot of grief and fear and anguish to deal with. There are some for whom social media is going to be a help. And others for whom "staying off Twitter" is going to be the only way to get through it.

Some will meditate, others will pray. At our house we will, among other self-care, turn to creativity. My kids are all artists in their own way. My 18 year old is writing a post-Trump administration novel (with a happy result in the 2020 election.) And my middle child, 14 and sassy as ever, started her day by announcing that "We are the Rebellion."

One thing I want to say to the Crooks and Liars family is, we're not going anywhere. Not to Canada, not to Fiji, We fight on. There is no escape from the immoral forces at work in the world today. The only thing to do is stand for what is right and humane and just. Justice is what we will fight for. Don't forget that this was a fifty-fifty election. We non-Trump Democrats and Progressives have a mandate to be the opposition from over 48 million people.

Please use this thread (in honor of my mom) to share how your fellow C&Lers can find hope and cope with the prospect of the next four years. There are many places online today to be negative and hopeless. This particular comment thread is not one of those places.

Thank you. (hugs)

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