Returning from hiatus

I’ve taken some time away to focus on other things, but I am compelled to return and write here again.  This time, though, it’s not about science or nature or camping.  Not yet.  First, I have something important to say.

I have been thinking for a while, very hard, about this 94-year-old drawing.  I was thinking of it before the elections on Tuesday, November 8, and I’ve been thinking of it even more in the days since.  The top rung of the ladder says “Presidency”.


“The sky is now her limit” by Elmer Andrews Bushnell, 1920, the year that women’s suffrage was enshrined in the Constitution.  Archived in the Library of Congress.

It may seem like suddenly we have a long way to go to get to the top of that ladder, but all that racism, sexism, and bigotry was there before the election, and it’s not going to leave this country without a fight. Those of us with privilege can’t pretend any more that being passive is enough. I say this especially to my fellow white women–if you think it’s safe for you to throw your gender under the bus because your skin color or your straightness or your religion will protect you, you’re wrong. None of us are safe when hatred rules the land.

So if it’s going to take a fight, then I’m ready to fight. I will fight to protect my neighbors, my friends, and my family, to protect the human rights of all, and to protect the natural environment. I have to believe that humanity is better than this and that the fight will be worth it in the end.  This fight isn’t over until we are ALL at the top of our ladders.

I’m going to continue writing, here and elsewhere.  I’m going to keep speaking up.  This is my open pledge to spend the rest of my life fighting for what’s right.  It has been said before that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.  I believe in that.  But I also know that it won’t happen if we don’t strive for better.  So I pledge to always strive.

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