January 20, 2024 - by Heather Cox Richardson

An interesting HCR this morning…

The attempt to create distrust of large financial institutions is part of a larger attempt to destabilize the institutions of democracy. Trump is the figurehead for that attempt, but it is larger than him, and it will outlast him.

It’s Always Been Michael, Never Mike :: Essays On Attention Paid

Feminine me is tossing masculine me’s uniform aside. Boring! She has brought purple, magenta, blue/green, and blue into the mix. Her preferred clothing purveyors are J. Jill and Poetry. She likes contemplating questions like, what color lipstick looks good on me? Should I get purple highlights in my hair? Should I get my brows done? What sort of eye makeup should I wear?

Creativity is less a ‘what’, a thing that is done, than a manner in which whatever it may be is approached. It is not an entity, but a disposition towards the world.

(Iain McGilchrist, The Matter With Things)

This is the proper way to prepare a Christmas tree for burial.

Christmas tree wrapped in red sheet lying on top of a snow bank.

January 16, 2024 - by Heather Cox Richardson

This is aa good general statement of where we are at in the election in generageneral, but this stood out…

White evangelicals heartily endorse a crook and a rapist apparently because they expect that he will put in place the world they envision, one controlled by white, patriarchal evangelical Christians.

… every Christian who doesn’t share the evangelical point of view should be out there loudly and continuously denouncing it… this is an absolute perversion of Christian faith…

Finished reading Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, by Emily Nagoski, Amelia Nagoski

This is a great book with lessons for men and women, but particularly for women. It also hit me at a very important transition moment in my life and helped to solidify the foundations of that transition.

Snow early in the morning…

Streetscape looking down snow dusted sidewalk in front of a tattoo parlor storefront with green light from the parlor illuminating the scene.

And just now our dogs got into a rare fight over a treat. That’s enough excitement for the day, thank you very much!

We attended a super spreader event last night… we had fun but now wait to see if our covid luck has run out. The performer is Vibeke Saugestadt, a friend of ours. She was debuting her new band. I am told she has a good following in Norway where she is from.

Woman singing into a mic at a bar surrounded by her fans.

Frittatas are great for using up things in the fridge. In this case smoked ham and kale. Happy Martin Luther King day!

January 14, 2024 - by Heather Cox Richardson

I came to believe that heroism is neither being perfect, nor doing something spectacular. In fact, it’s just the opposite: it’s regular, flawed human beings choosing to put others before themselves, even at great cost, even if no one will ever know, even as they realize the walls might be closing in around them.

Any public figure, choosing to call Trump out now and loudly falls, into the category of hero as described above, as they will surely be punished by Trump if he is elected. May we all find our hero nature in the coming months.

I love this album!… it moves me really deeply.

Album cover for Tom Waits Alice.

We had a big snow.

Tree with snow on the branches before dawn illuminated by streetlights.

Scaffolding, building, security lighting.

Construction scaffolding and building illuminated by security lights in an artful play of shadow, substance and light.

Wow!… just WOW!

In 1994, there was no television on the island of Fiji; there were also no eating disorders. British and American television were brought to the island in 1995. By 1998, 29 percent of the girls had developed severe eating disorder symptoms. Thirteen percent developed these symptoms within one month of the introduction of television.”

— Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, Amelia Nagoski a.co/esVFwG0

A God in the window of a gallery.

Painting of a multi faced god in the window of an art gallery.

January 4, 2024 - by Heather Cox Richardson

If DOJ manages to put him in jail he’s never coming out.

The first article of the U.S. Constitution reads: “[N]o Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument [that is, salary, fee, or profit], Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

January 4, 2024 - by Heather Cox Richardson

The Democrats on the House Oversight Committee today released a 156-page report showing that when he was in the presidency, Trump received at least $7.8 million from 20 different governments, including those of China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, and Malaysia, through businesses he owned.

Empty Marlboro cigarette pack illuminated by streetlights.

Empty Marlboro cigarette pack illuminated by streetlights.

Stars in the frost on the hood of a car.

Starlike sparkles in the frost on the hood of a car.

Christmas lights in a shop window.

String of old fashioned Christmas lights on a ledge in a shop window.

Chinese restaurant sign early morning…

2023: A Bad Year for Drag Queen Foes

Interesting look at anti-drag legislation that isn’t succeeding in the courts this year.

This was the year Republican lawmakers went all-in on targeting drag performers–and got a resounding _nope _from federal courts. In all four states where anti-drag laws were challenged this year, federal judges ruled them unconstitutional.

From early in December.

Christmas lights dangling in a shop window at night.

Christmas lights and tropical plant leaves in shop window at night.

R2D2 shaped light fixture in shop window with metallic crinkle paper in background.

Gingerbread house toy in shop window.

Plastic sheet and straps on sidewalk in front of storefront.

Closeup of plastic wrapping.

Concrete sidewalk joints forming a cross with asphalt road at top.

Closeup of graffiti on a green mailbox.

Photograph of women on a pedestal and festive objects in a shop window.

Weird device shrink wrapped for the winter with eyes and mouth drawn on the top and hand and ET phone home drawn on an appendage to the right.