Dear President Trump, Today it’s been exactly a month since our brother-in-law (BIL) passed away. I’m guessing countless people have previously observed this in the aftermath of a close one’s death, but it seems simultaneously like we just left his hospice room a few minutes ago and like it’s been more than a year since … Continue reading Staying open to positives
Dear President Trump, This evening we had a little dinner party so that our daughter’s birth mother and grandmother could say goodbye to her before she leaves for college on Friday. Our best friend came over too (she was our emergency contact for years and years so it was only fitting that she got to … Continue reading Go team!
Dear President Trump, As we head into fall, people are increasingly asking “How was your summer?” Now that I get we are in this mini-season (and out of the “Have anything fun planned this summer?” mini-season), I’m getting better at anticipating it and not responding like a deer in the headlights, wondering whether I should … Continue reading How is your day going so far?
Dear President Trump, It feels somewhat insane to be here in DC today just two days from when Hurricane Florence is set to hit the East Coast. Our VA Center of Excellence has a reverse site visit at Central Office to evaluate whether we are doing what the VA wants and whether our funding will … Continue reading Scratching the surface of Logan Circle
Dear President Trump, Today I saw both Wonder Woman and Super Girl. Really. I’ll tell you about both sightings in a sec, but first want to call out how cool it is that this happened the day after Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka took their own mantels of Wonder Woman and Super Girl, respectively. There … Continue reading Wonder Woman and Super Girl
Dear President Trump, I once knew someone who had the habit of suddenly falling asleep whenever she was asked a challenging question. It was pretty amazing to watch this primitive avoidance behavior happen. It was like clockwork; challenge => eyes closed and snoring. When I saw that you flippantly told reporters you fell asleep watching … Continue reading We have to show up
Dear President Trump, The sermon on Sunday was delivered by one of our associate ministers, a woman in her late 60s or early 70s who went to divinity school just a few years ago after her husband died. The title of her sermon was “Fully Human: Our Jagged Edges.” The premise of the message was … Continue reading “Jagged edges”
Dear President Trump, Lately, I’ve been noticing that in addition to feeling as though overt racism is acceptable again, many of us seem to have decided to go back to the good ol’ days when no one gave a second thought to throwing trash out of car windows. It’s as though we need our physical … Continue reading Political trash and literal trash
Dear President Trump, I just checked your schedule for today and it looks like you took this Labor Day off. Don’t presidents usually do some pro-labor sort of thing on Labor Day? I just Googled “President Obama Labor Day” and found a slew of recordings of Labor Day addresses he gave over the years. Hmm. … Continue reading The finite nature of nature’s capacity
Dear President Trump, Today is my mom’s birthday, the last in a long string of August family birthdays that started on the 10th with my deceased grandfather, then my father’s on the 12th, my twin sisters’ on the 14th, and our brother-in-law’s (BIL) on the 18th. When we were kids my brother and I would … Continue reading Matter and energy