My younger sister and brother have both been phone banking a lot in recent weeks. And they plan to continue doing so right up until Election Day. I'm pretty proud of them for doing that. Not sure that phone banking is for me though.

I'm getting involved in other ways. Like signing online petitions regarding the U.S. Postal Service. And supporting local Black-owned businesses. Specifically, two Black-owned restaurants in the area serve REALLY good food at extremely reasonable prices. Good stuff!

One thing I have realized is that the term "Little Brother" may be confusing some people at times. I am actually about 6 ft. (2 m) tall; I weigh 250 lbs. (over 100 kilograms); and I'm in my late 30's. So "Little Brother" was always meant to be a bit facetious, or tongue in cheek. But it was also meant as a term of respect for my tribal friends (and others).

Hope that clarifies things!

Hey all. Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've had a lot of other stuff going on.

Was very sorry to hear about the passing of Chadwick Boseman. As Black Panther, he was one of my heroes. I was sorry to hear about the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as well.

In positive news, I have a job! After being unemployed since January, I accepted a job offer this past Monday, and I start next week.

@MJ_Resists I read the whole article. Trump has definitely got to go.

What else can we do? What else can I do, right here, today? That's what I'm having trouble figuring out.

Apologies for the late post on . I haven't known exactly what to say.

My heart is breaking for what Black people are going through. It is unacceptable, and must stop. They need to be able to feel safe, like everyone else.

Trump's further fomenting/glorifying of violence, on the birdsite and elsewhere, goes completely beyond the pale. He should be held accountable.

My Black friends: I see you. I hear you. You are not alone. I intend to become a better ally in the months ahead.

@mariahill @IronMan @lakesideliberal
Maybe just leave the birdsite entirely? Perhaps someone will notice you're gone.

I think the term might be "practicing strategic absence."

Poor choice of CW, earlier! 

Hey guys. My apologies. I try to use the Mastodon CW (Content Warning) feature to warn of potential triggers. But in this case, I think my CW *was* the trigger!

I'm sorry. I felt really bad when I realized this. At the same time, I am learning to have compassion for myself, as well as for others. I will do better.

Take care, and have a great day, my friends! Also, feel free to give me feedback on such things in the future.

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@FirstOfficerSpock @NatashaRomanova
Yes, indeed!

I am seeing this firsthand over the course of the last couple weeks. My own city is, "normally," one of the most polluted in the nation. Yet since COVID, everything has suddenly become astoundingly clean. The air. The water. The buildings, inside and out. Even the *streets*, for goodness' sake! It's unbelievable. Also incredibly, incredibly cool.

Hey guys. Just wanted to let y'all know that I'm still here. Still alive and kicking. 😎

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't stressed out. Majorly, majorly stressed out. Yet my coping skills are better than ever, thanks in no small part to a wonderful new therapist who practices something called Somatic Experiencing. traumahealing.org/ It's been a lifesaver for me. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Have a great day, my friends!

So yeah. Life is weird right now, and scary, and tough. If your nervous system is anything like mine, it is probably super jangly right now.

One of the first steps that helps me is just to tell my nervous system that it's OK to be freaking out. Give it permission to do that.

Then pause, take a breath, and realize that we're still alive! And the world continues to spin, somehow. And the sun continues to shine -- even if it's behind some clouds where you are.

How 'bout that? 😃

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