no regrets?

I was wearing nothing but socks, a thong, and a Spider-Man mask. My focus intensified directly on that back door. I saw it in my sight, but just barely… running, running, running, SMASH! The back door was locked. Panic arose—my raw skin frosted by the air-conditioned convenience store. I went to spin myself around, but my legs and the floor were in the midst of a harsh disagreement. I heard lots of yelling…but my thoughts were yelling louder.

“You don’t have the balls to streak.”

“There’s no way you’ll streak.”

“You? Streaking? Yeah right.”

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honoring mlk through a child’s eyes

One year in elementary school, a classmate of mine brought in the VHS tape to a movie that he and his family watched each year on MLK Day—the film is titled Our Friend, Martin, and follows Miles, a young African American boy who has more concern for his future than the past, through time with Martin Luther King Jr. throughout various points in his life and activism, including the Birmingham riot of 1963, meetings regarding the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the bombing of King’s house, and ultimately, his assassination.

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a note on the election

Yesterday, my newsfeed, like plenty of others, was filled with status updates and shares about President-elect Donald Trump. Before I offer my two cents, I want to say that I greatly admire and am proud of many of the people I’ve met throughout my life, be they friends, acquaintances, or passers-by, that so eloquently and beautifully expressed their discontent in the way so many of us know how: social media.

There are naysayers about the effect of a status update. I understand this. It’s a lot simpler to post a comment than to go out and actively fight against the injustices in the world. Regardless, social media gives so many of us that which we worry we don’t have: a voice. The opportunity to speak for what we believe in and share our support for others. On the flip side, social media can stew hatred. This isn’t the fault of Facebook or Twitter or whatever else you may be using, but rather the fault of humanity. We fight, we scream, we cry when we don’t get our way. We put other people down to feel better about ourselves. It isn’t right. Disagreeing with someone does not mean their emotions are not valid.

There were three responses to the stream of status updates. One, support. Thankfully. Two, disgust. Not a surprise. I saw more complaints about “angry statuses” than I saw said angry statuses. Yes, people are angry. And they have every right to be, first things first. But what I saw, more than anything, was distress. Fear. Heartbreak. Not because we’re upset we “lost”, but because my friends that are Muslim or PoC or LGBTQ+ fear for their safety. It isn’t just Trump and the rest of the government they’re afraid of. They’re afraid of the countless other Americans that agree with his racist, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist rants and who will use his position in power as justification for their own actions. I have to have faith that the forces of good in this country will do their best to prevent irreparable damage to the livelihood of millions of Americans. I can’t say I’m terribly familiar with the process. I’ve never been much of a social warrior, but it’s a work in progress. Though I’m a woman, I’m privileged because of the color of my skin. I don’t want to support the ideals of our President-elect by means of my silence. More than half of the white women who voted, voted for Trump. Saying, “I wasn’t one of them” isn’t enough.

If you’re rolling your eyes and about to tell me “The election is over, Trump won, just accept it and move on,” you’re not helping anyone. The divides in this country run deep. They won’t be solved by senseless violence, but they won’t be solved by passivity, either.

mary

P.S. I can’t promise my next post won’t be more of me complaining. I do hope, however, that The LipLiner is able to bring some levity into the lives of its readers in these unsettled times.

P.P.S. Here Is What Donald Trump Wants To Do In His First 100 Days

what just happened?

…By now we all know what happened. Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. Republicans maintain majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and a majority of Governors seats around the nation. By securing both houses of Congress and the White House, Republicans can now enact their own agenda without having to get support from Democrats.

So, what happens now?

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hey you, it’s election day

I hope I don’t have to say this, but: go vote! I won’t get all high-and-mighty and say it’s your civic duty. But I will give you major side-eye if you brag about not voting and then complain about who ends up in office, whether on a local, state, or national level. We all feel like ants in this big, wide world (or, in this context, the United States), but that doesn’t mean your vote doesn’t matter. Continue reading

(solar) power to the people

I believe most advances, whether technological, political, social, or otherwise, seem to come along at the right time. Some too soon, some way too late, but these breakthroughs are vital. Technology, for example. The most important inventions in history came along when a need was expressed. And we need technology more than ever. If the population continues to expand as projected, technology is crucial for the expansion/our survival.

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