Day 2797: Troublemakers

It troubles me when troublemakers falsely characterize other people as dangerous troublemakers in order to make trouble and try holding on to power.

I love this 2018 tweet the late U.S. Representative John Lewis made about trouble:

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

What kinds of troublemakers do you see in my latest photos?

 The Daily Bitch Calendar almost always features women making trouble, so there is an element of surprise in today’s simple, non-bitchy message.

I hope I didn’t make trouble by presenting so many pictures together in that photo montage. To see any of those more clearly, you need to go to the trouble of clicking on them.

These are my favorite photos from yesterday, so I’m taking the trouble of enlarging them for you:




That was actually no trouble at all.

Because so many people are making trouble for each other on Facebook, I reposted this message there recently:

Reposted from a friend.
Just a note for my right leaning family and friends from my left leaning self as we near voting day:
They say we want to disband police departments (and that we hate the police): we don’t, that’s a lie. We want to weed out racism and unnecessary police brutality and for those who abuse their power to be held accountable.
They say we want to release all prisoners: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want to weed out racism and ensure the punishments match the crimes and to deprivatize prisons.
They say we want open borders: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want asylum seekers to be given their chance to seek asylum. We want to help people who are coming from unimaginable terror and poverty help to give them the chances we have. We want to ensure children aren’t separated from their parents and that nobody is kept in cages. But we do want proper vetting.
They say we want to take away your guns: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want logical gun control to help prevent mass shootings.
They say we want to wage a war on Christianity and Christian values: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want people of all religions to be able to practice and worship freely.
They say we want to get everything for free: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want to work hard and make sure that healthcare and education are affordable for all.
They say we want a war against traditional marriage: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want people of all sexual orientations to be able to love freely, no matter whom you love.
They say we want to destroy or rewrite history: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want to recognize the ugly parts of our past and do everything we can to say “that’s not okay, let’s not honor those aggressors, let’s not let those things happen again”.
They say we want to take away your constitutional rights: we don’t, that’s a lie. We choose to believe science and wear masks and try to prevent the spread of this disease.
They say we hate America: we don’t, that’s a lie. We just recognize our faults and want us to do better, be better.
Please stop with the us vs. them. Stop with the straw man arguments. Our position is one of empathy, compassion and logic. Stop believing the hype. Stop with the division. Just because we want equality for all doesn’t mean we want to take anything away from you.
***Please copy and paste***


If there are any troublemakers from my high school who insist on talking  politics at our upcoming Zoom reunion, I’m going to the trouble of making breakout rooms for them to do so.  I’m hoping that, for one night,  we can focus on easing each other’s minds, not further troubling them.

Ranker has made a list of the best songs with word “Trouble” in the title. Here is #1 …

and here is #5:

No matter what kind of trouble I’ve made in these blog posts, I always make room for gratitude at the end, so thanks to all who helped me create this “Troublemakers” post and thanks to YOU for taking the trouble to be here!



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27 thoughts on “Day 2797: Troublemakers

  1. I’ve loved the troublemakers over time, who make good trouble. those who cause trouble by trying to make the good troublemakers look bad, are just looking in the mirror

  2. Definitely the road menders

  3. “People who need people are the luckiest people,” someone once sang. I think.

  4. Good trouble all round here.
    Is the fire hydrant deliberately made to look like a firefighter? (either that a small child going to school with a backpack!)

  5. puella33

    As voting day approaches, so doesn’t the anxiety because it just takes a few states for the win. The popular vote does not count. I suppose from a reppubblican perspective, he or she might reason, ” I want to vote for the devil I’m familliar with” **( exxcuse the bad english grammar). Therefore it’s the democrats have more of a challenge to prove themselves. I and the whole world is look and praying for a good change in American history. Have a nice time at the reunion, Ann

  6. puella33

    the keyboard keeps changing the verb tenses and the spelling on my. I hope I got the point across.

  7. It’s troubling that a sincere and honest message, one that says, “Just because we want equality for all doesn’t mean we want to take anything away from you” will probably cause some trouble, but hopefully it will be some of the good kind of trouble that the great John Lewis talked about–an opportunity for discussion rather than division.

  8. Harley has had to go deep in thought to make sure there are no troublemakers in the essay he’s been writing from his cozy cushiony office. 🐾

  9. No good comes without any trouble! Great post, stay safe ❤

  10. My favorite photo is the last image with the dinghy in the harbor…such a peaceful scene. I am deeply troubled by the current level of rancor in our country, which makes civil discourse nearly impossible. Thanks for carving out a quiet space for reflection, Ann.

  11. It’s time for some troubleshooting! ( -_・) ︻デ═一

  12. That ‘please paste’ is so well said, Ann.

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