Safe Passage

Two days on I-95 north and desperate for the end.

The last of my drive would be the most difficult to wend.

Normal safe passage: Garden State to Tappan Zee, but

Throwing caution to the wind, I drove on to Fort Lee.

 

Potholes, honking horns, upper or lower? and toll fees,

All obstacles to crossing the Hudson on the GWB.

Rumored the busiest bridge in the world,

Maddow claims here political payback unfurled.

We may never know unless they find a snitch,

and even though I made it over without a hitch,

and enjoyed seeing the skyscrapers of NYC,

Next time, I’ll return to the Tappan Zee.

 

 

 

 

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What Do We Do Now?

It kind of feels like Dumbledore died all over again, and Voldemort has risen.

Sadness, fear, and uncertainty are pervasive, and one question lingers, “what do we do now?” The answer is we do exactly what Harry, Ron, and Hermione did-we hunt horocruxes.

The Republican version of a horocrux isn’t quite as hard to find as those in the JK Rowling series. The life blood of a red states is hatred, division, and lies (mostly lies told to kind, trusting Americans to convince them to support Voldemort). We destroy these with truth, love, and acceptance. Defeat the bad with good.

The trickier part of the hunt comes when faced with actual threats of racial bias, intimidation against those of different sexual orientations, misogyny, religious persecution, and a populace educated with an overkill of mis-information.

“If you see something, say something” takes on an additional meaning going forward. It requires each of us stand up for marginalized┬ácitizens being persecuted. Not getting involved is the equivalent of condoning bad behavior.

Remember that the final horocrux presents the biggest challenge. To eradicate bias in another person requires each of us to acknowledge our own bias. None of us is perfect. Everyone has a valid perspective. We can learn a lot from others, especially when their words are not the ones we want to hear.

Take a walk in the other person’s shoes. Send you love before you. Be respectful of all.