A little sliver of good in every day.
Scoff away. It’s there if you look.
In a blur of news squalor I can no longer digest (hundreds of thousands of children trapped by ISIS-held Mosul, Trump’s third wife dismissing her husband’s terrifying comments as “boy talk”) there is goodness to be found, relished, and celebrated.
In this chilling article— about white supremacist militias on a recruitment swing south of the border— comes the sheer bravery of one woman, an activist who travels with her own security detail to deliver a series of progressive lectures to disenfranchised groups in her home state. Jessica Campbell co-directs the Rural Organizing Project, a non-for-profit intent on organized responses to communities under siege from extremist tactics. Most of her team are women “who care about their community”.
Some new Syrian friends invited us for coffee. Our conversations are slow and tentative as we navigate around the building blocks of language, but understanding is within reach. Five-year-old Lin is bright and curious and wants very much to show me her books and what she is learning. I smile at her beautiful young mom and say “This must make you happy. Happy children make mothers happy”. Her friendly husband smiles at me and laughs.
“Happy wife make me happy too”.
I’m not a fan of chick lit, chick films, talking “chick”. To me, it’s all the same soup. The best men get that. Here’s one that does. Jackson Katz wants talk of gender violence to be taken out of the chick ghetto.
“Calling gender violence a woman’s issue gives men an excuse not to pay attention.”
-Jackson Katz, co-founder, Mentors in Violence Prevention
It’s been a month since my annual marathon of movies at TIFF. Since then, some of those gorgeous films have faded away, but the power of visual narrative still has a hold on me and offers glimpses to worlds unknown. Hollywood may be falling into one giant sinkhole of derivative money grabs, but there are stories everywhere that speak to the beauty in this world. Stories of heartbreaking loneliness and intimacy, of courage and connection. Watch this little movie sliver Underdog, a short film about a long quest. It’s one way to tune out Trump and spend your coffee break, or watch on your ride home on the bus.
Tomorrow is Hump Day and you know what that means. Treats. See you then.