Thursday, July 28, 2016
3 Fun Things
I thought you could use some plain old good news for a change. So here are three small but, great things.
First, I saw a 7 week old Jack Russell puppy this morning. The picture doesn't really capture the total cuteness of this tiny mammal. At about two hands long, and one hand high this guy's body is portable joy. Do you think it is cheating on my 13 year old German Shepherd to have enjoyed this little encounter so much? I'm not bringing home a puppy, so I think Chicca, my sweet old girl, will forgive me this little flirtation.
Second, this week, with the publication of my Roll Call post, my blog crossed 100,000 pageviews! YAY! Thank you so much for your time and attention. For a young writer, having readers never stops being astonishing, I'm not kidding. My heart hops into my throat and I squint back tears, when I think about it. I have no idea what this number means in the world past my doorstep, whether it would be considered a lot or a little. But I don't care. It means a boatload to me, and I am doing a little teary, jig here at my lap top. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
And finally, I just wanted to circle back on my last post. I said something in there that wasn't exactly accurate. I said I didn't care who you will vote for. The truth is I do, I deeply do, but what I don't care to do is argue about who you will vote for or to give any more attention than necessary to Hillary's opponent. I have started to feel about the non-Hillary candidate the same way that the characters in Harry Potter feel about Voldemort. To say the name is to risk conjuring the presence. The non-Hilary candidate is getting plenty of attention in other places, and while I agree it is important for the news and the truth to keep coming, in this place, my blog of 100,000 pageviews, where I get to control the universe, I want to offer attention toward practical steps we can take towards sanity.
To that end, and this is my third good thing. I am celebrating that good citizens can take comfort in the democratic work ahead. In a non-partisan way, it does the heart and mind good to act on behalf of the things that matter most to us. Today I went to www.hillaryclinton.com, clicked on ACT, then scrolled to California. I signed up to volunteer and then found the link to START CALLING (right here from my lap top, just an hour ago!). After setting aside a short case of the jitters (cold calls can be so tough) I made my first three phone calls on behalf of Hillary Clinton, and on call number three I reached a woman in LA named Tracey. She is a strong supporter, and so I got her signed up to volunteer for the campaign. She will be traveling to Nevada and I hope to do the same. WOOT!
Here is the direct link to the online phone bank (www.hillaryclinton.com/calls/). Once I got past my nerves, calling was so easy and only took a couple of minutes.
I hope you all have a great Thursday!