I thought about what I wanted to write about and it came to me that sharing good news and good things would be an inspiring way to start November. October had its fair share of bad news, which is saying a lot as there has been a slurry of bad news since January…
So I’m going to RECOMMEND some people/place/things and share good news. I hope you enjoy these tidbits.
Tito Jackson. If you live in Boston and are reading this, you probably already know that he’s the real deal. Please tell all of your friends about him. VOTE tomorrow, NOVEMBER 7.
826Boston. I finished my tutor training and I am excited and nervous as all get out to start working with Boston Public School kids. I believe that finding and learning to love one’s voice is the key to building confidence and critical thinking skills. Helping kids who live in my city do that will be so amazing, I just know it.
The Dollop podcast. I have learned so much from this American History podcast. I have learned about the Boston Busing in 1974-1975 (seriously as a BPS parent now, listening to this explains so much about the state of affairs), the attic lover, Harriet Tubman, and probably the most damning of all, Uber.
I can’t speak about podcasts without talking about My Favorite Murder. If you love story-telling, feminism and facing your fears, this is for you. “Fuck politeness” has helped me realize that being polite is NOT more important than my personal safety. Karen and Georgia also talk freely about mental illness, addiction, and their own fears in a genuine way — along with the details of horrible murder cases. You would think that someone with an anxiety disorder would stay away, but in some ways, it has really helped me feel better about myself.
The best of both worlds, some crossover episodes:
- The Dollop with My Favorite Murder at the LA Podfest (episode 36, item 94)
- My Favorite Murder with The Dollop: The New Jersey Shark Attacks
Soy Much Brighter Candles: It’s getting darker out and winter is coming. Soy Much Brighter candles are soy with wood wicks made in the Boston area and smell soy good. I love Blue Moon the most. Also, RESIST is making me happy because it smells really good and she donates $$ from the purchase to good causes.
Houseplants! Folks, ZZ plants and African spear plants (Sansevieria) are really hard to kill. Pepperomias are also solid. I am living the dream of plants that live without me doing anything!
Morgan’s new poetry book! In 2006, I took 3 poetry classes in a row because they were taught by Morgan. She is a fabulous teacher and amazing poet. I was lucky to have her work with me earlier this spring on my chapbook draft. Her new books just came out: Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country. She’ll be launching her new book at Porter Square Books Nov 20 and I will be there.
That’s it for now. Next month, I will have more good things. But for now, seriously, listen to that Uber episode and then delete your account. And vote tomorrow!
Love and light,
P.S. This Twitter thread by Ken Tremendous in which he tells the Parable of the Scorpion and the Frog made me laugh (andcrytoo).