Monday, January 23, 2017

I can't keep quiet



January 21


The 21st dawned very wet, but not actually precipitating.  The forecast was for warm and no more rain.


Deciding what to wear.  Tie dye seemed appropriate.  I wore my Love pin, and someone at the march gave me the statue of liberty.

Ann Arbor, beginning to think about starting to consider getting ready to march. This is our flag, and our country, and we are not going to stand back and let the forces of strife and division have their way.

When my daughter and I were in France, we ran into a couple of marches.  The one I saw was very much like this one.  All ages of people, from babies to octogenarians (and up?).  All races.  Dogs.  It was very familial.

I was so happy to see that this one was that way, too.  Of course there were angry people there.  I teeter on the edge of angry much of the time...............

But almost all of this march was positive, positive, positive.

Corgi dog!  Waiting for the march to begin.

Love the "We're with Mother Earth" sign! 

Love that so many of the signs were clearly hand-made.

Some people wore their posters.

Some posters were slick-er.  Wish this one said voiceS, plural.....

Amen, sister.

Love her hair..........

Yes.  Please.

So grateful to these women who brought the flag!  It is OUR flag; we let anyone co-opt it at our peril!

Lots of kids marching.  Hooray!

"Men, their rights, and nothing more.  Women, their rights, and nothing less."  YES.

"Real men get consent."  (Or maybe even eager willingness???)  "The time is always right to do the right thing."

Change is hard.  White men have a long history of running everything.  Letting go of privilege is not easy.  Thank you, men who are marching on the righteous path to equality for all.

I saw this thought several times on different signs.  This is my fave.

Or even 200,000 Syrian refugees.


The parade ended at the University of Michigan's Diag.  There were speeches from students, union activists, and our very own congresswoman in Washington, Debbie Dingell.  She is a dynamite speaker.

The sun shone on the culmination of the march.


This next pic was exposed for the sky rather than for the people.  Same time, same image, just a bit higher to get more sky and expose for the sky.

One of the things I've been loving about looking at everyone's march pics is that they are all the same.  Same people were there, same thoughts were expressed.  Everyone had great signs, everyone had some new signs I hadn't seen before.

Almost all of it was positive, positive, positive.

It was one march, in MANY places, all over the world.  We went high.



Sunday, January 22, 2017



"This is a good time to double down on value-based self-care, in whatever form that takes for you." -- @magggi on instagram

 Hand-made soap. Creamy lather. Smells as good as it feels on my hands.


Saturday, January 21, 2017



"There has never been a better time than now to refuse to look the other way." -- @pacificwild instagram account

I'll be downtown (corner of 5th Avenue and Liberty) at 2:00 pm.


Friday, January 20, 2017

a dark day


"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

January 16


"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." -- Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor

On the 16th we walked down to Kerrytown so I could visit Heavenly Metal and acquire a pin.

Nat Geos in the window of Thistle & Bess, overlaid by a reflected tree.

It was end-of-afternoon-ish, so we went to the Deli and had an early supper.  Love Farmer's Hash.  Why it's on the (vegetarian) sandwich menu I don't know -- that piece of toast is just lying on the edge of the plate, not attempting to contain all the excellent veggies.


January 15


Braided challah with sesame seeds.  This is one extremely photogenic bread.  And tasty, too.

Especially when toasted.

Hooray for grocery-store flowers in the monochromatic wintertime.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 14


"It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him." -- J.R.R. Tolkien

More ice above the sidewalk.

Local food.  Even in January.  We bought apples, and admired other things.

Cabbage (with a touch of poster-edging, to compensate for a not-so-sharp pic).


Squashes and pumpkin.

Then we had breakfast.

Pain au chocolat.

Almond croissant.  It has almond paste inside as well as sliced almonds on top.

All gone tea.

Much later....   I love trees, but they are really good at obscuring a sunset.