Sunday, November 27, 2016

Just When I Never Expected They'd Find Brotherly Love

Son #2 was in town for the Thanksgiving holiday and spent an entire evening watching football at his brother's apartment.

Damn right, I believe in miracles.

Sharing one of my favorite stories, a warm one for the holidays: 

Were your childhood sibling relationships--or your own children's relationships--filled with brotherly/sisterly love or of sibling rivalry? What's the best family miracle you've ever experienced? Were these two the most adorable little boys ever, or am I a bit partial?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Walking the Walk

For the first time since high school, I am formally campaigning for a political candidate.

My first campaigning experience, nearly forty years ago, was suggested by a teacher as a way to get extra credit for his class. I knew little about the gubernatorial candidate I was assigned to support, and I didn't much care about the race.

This time around, I am campaigning because I've never felt so passionately about the outcome of an election.

Going door-to-door to talk with strangers about this presidential election is one of the most personally uncomfortable and difficult things I've ever done. As I prepare to head out to knock on doors again this weekend, I'm still dreading it.

I tackled the experiences on my original 52/52 Project list in order to confront my fears and broaden my world. Campaigning is certainly accomplishing that. Yet I am doing this mostly because I feel so strongly about this election. If it doesn't end as I hope, I would like to know that--in some very small way--I made an effort.

Less than a week remains before election day. Whichever candidate you support, I hope you'll consider contacting your local campaign office and offering to volunteer: whether that means going door-to-door, making phone calls, or stepping in wherever you are needed.

Pushing our personal boundaries is never more important as when our personal beliefs are at stake. In cases like this, if we're going to talk the talk, maybe we do need to walk the walk.

Even if that walk leads us to the front door of a total stranger.

Are you politically inclined or not? What societal and world issues do you feel most strongly about? When's the last time you walked the walk?