Things I’m Verbing: Falling down a chimney, lighting the oil and rereading history

The news keeps being heavy. I’m trying not to burn myself out, but it feels unbearable in its own way not to be a witness and speak out against this. If you want to stop here, that’s totally fine; here’s a first-person account of falling down a chimney for clicking over, which I appreciate. ForContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Falling down a chimney, lighting the oil and rereading history”

Things I’m Verbing: Power plays, bad burgers and the real problem behind all this

I don’t have any links to share about Aleppo, and I feel terrible about that. “Massacre” seems too light a word to describe what’s happening there. Learn more about the White Helmets, the ordinary Syrians who are helping rescue people from bombed-out rubble; donate if you can. When we say never again, we should mean it.Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Power plays, bad burgers and the real problem behind all this”

Things I’m Verbing: Celebrity skin, the right-wing PC and magical thinking

A few years ago, when it seemed like my mother’s second surgery and chemo regimen had given her a clean bill of health, I bought myself a ukulele. I had never played a string instrument before, being strictly a piano/oboe/bassoon girl growing up (yeah, I know), but my reasoning was that a ukulele can makeContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Celebrity skin, the right-wing PC and magical thinking”

Things I’m Verbing: Abortion, smugness and testimony

Oh my god, what has happened since Tuesday? I mean, there’s the Heartbeat Bill in my native Ohio, which criminalizes abortion at a point before most women even know they’re pregnant. There’s Trump getting the National Park Service to deny permits for weeks around the Lincoln Memorial to prevent the Million Woman March next month.Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Abortion, smugness and testimony”

Things I’m Verbing: Insurance conspiracies, gatekeeping whiteness and how linguistics could save the republic

I love getting to kick off with an announcement of new work, and I’ve been especially excited about this piece for a while. Earlier this year, while I was trying to find a psychiatrist who actually took my insurance, one doctor sighed and said that I didn’t hear it from her, but insurance companies definitelyContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Insurance conspiracies, gatekeeping whiteness and how linguistics could save the republic”

Things I’m Verbing: Moral politics, strange medicine and the perks of being fantastic

I don’t consider myself a politics writer, even though I’m immensely concerned with politics (I tend to find them in everything else I write and think about). Sometimes lately I ask myself whether I really need to focus so hard on sharing links about Trump; Things I’m Verbing was always supposed to be more wide-ranging thanContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Moral politics, strange medicine and the perks of being fantastic”

Things I’m Verbing: Inside baseball, zero sums and global workarounds

https://twitter.com/summerbrennan/status/803957130856382464 This is still about where I am: angry, cynical, unable to square the idea that Trump was either an actively good choice or not a dealbreaker for millions of Americans. I’m told that cultural issues are just a big distraction from “the real story,” the economic devastation that “we all ignored” in “the real America.”Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Inside baseball, zero sums and global workarounds”

Things I’m Verbing: Central Asian dictators, elegiac hillbillies and the nature of reality (or something)

https://twitter.com/jayasax/status/799268603149352960 This morning’s hideous Cabinet news: Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, a man literally too racist for the 1980s. It seems obvious that, like during the election, Trump is working to numb his enemies with a fire-hose of soul-crushing and shocking news, every one bit of which should be immediately disqualifying. President Obama is tryingContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Central Asian dictators, elegiac hillbillies and the nature of reality (or something)”

Things I’m Verbing: We’re all inside this blast radius

Work is sad, thinking is sad, creating is sad.. but I'm not giving up. — Neko Case (@NekoCase) November 15, 2016 I’m having trouble pitching. Nothing feels important unless it’s about the election, and I’m already drowning in post-election activism and thinkpieces and horror stories and grief and obituaries of journalists we really needed. (RestContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: We’re all inside this blast radius”

Things I’m Verbing: “We Reject the President-Elect” and a WPA for Journalism

I marched in my first take-over-the-streets mass protest Wednesday night. Conveniently, I’d scheduled therapy for the day after the election, but I’d done all my crying before that. I’d heard there was going to be some sort of protest at Union Square, about a 10-minute walk from my therapist’s office, so I grabbed a pitaContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: “We Reject the President-Elect” and a WPA for Journalism”