From the beginning of his presidency, Donald Trump has been the most difficult person in my life. On February 13, 2017 I began sending him a message with a loving-kindness blessing every day via the White House contact page. Starting with the February 20th message all of the letters are reproduced here, and I plan … Continue reading Hello and Welcome
Dear President Trump, Good morning on this 29th day of your government shutdown. I’m waiting at the Amtrak station for a train to Portland to visit my family. Unfortunately this means I’m going to miss the Womxn’s March here in Seattle, but this was the weekend closest to the holidays I could get away. I’ve … Continue reading Two things
Dear President Trump, Are you breathing a sigh of relief tonight? Seems like, for now, you dodged a bullet with Mueller’s team having said: “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the special counsel’s office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony are not accurate.” The Justice Department … Continue reading What is Mueller up to?
Dear President Trump, Is Rudy G actually on your payroll? And if so, whose idea was it to hire him? Are you keeping him on the team? It’s hard to imagine he could do any more damage if you were to send him packing. Even though he’s trying to dig himself out of the ditch … Continue reading What is Rudy up to (and does he even know)?
Dear President Trump, When we watched the new Gillette ad last night, Laura pointed out that there were about 220k likes and 530k dislikes and now this evening the numbers are 343k and 724k, respectively. The likes are gaining a bit, but that’s still proportionately and numerically an awful lot of dislikes. Seems Gillette struck … Continue reading Gillette and identity politics
Dear President Trump, I’m afraid Ted Koppel is right (WP op ed) that many of us are addicted to you and the drama you ignite on a near-hourly basis and that we aren’t going to simply ignore you when you finally leave office. He warns that for many, you’ll be the martyred ex-leader who righteously … Continue reading Would be happy to go cold turkey….
Dear President Trump, Yesterday William Galston of the Brookings Institute got a lot of pixels in the WP, first in an article led by your favorite reporter, Jim Acosta, and then in an editorial by Ann Tumulty. Galston was quoted by Acosta as having said this about you: “He is determined, as he has been … Continue reading Supersaturated
Dear President Trump, Today was a churchy sort of day starting with soul choir practice at 9. We’re working on a beautiful song called “MLK” and the last few lines have been playing on repeat in my head for two weeks now, mostly just because of how they sound. I don’t really understand the significance … Continue reading Beloved
Dear President Trump, I heard your interview on Fox tonight. When the anchor asked if you had ever worked for Russia you pulled out the righteous indignation and threw a few smoke bombs, but you never denied it. I listened to that exchange right after reading the WP article about how you confiscated your interpreter’s … Continue reading Smoking gun(s)
Dear President Trump, On the evening dog walk I noticed a bedraggled Shasta daisy at the edge of a neglected yard. The daisy is clearly left over from last summer; it’s missing a bunch of petals and looks pretty cock-eyed. But – it’s still standing and that’s both kind of awesome and kind of disturbing. … Continue reading A deadly dangerous shiny object
Dear President Trump, I’ve told you before how I say a series of loving-kindness prayers for a bunch of people, including you, every morning towards the end of my walk or run. It keeps me steady and helps me recharge my supply of positivity and kindness, which really does seem like it could be finite … Continue reading A worthy pipe dream