Posts Tagged With: Merrick Garland

Day 2992: Is it normal?

“Is it normal?” is something therapists, like me, hear frequently. Normally, I reply

  • what does “normal” even mean?
  • what do you think?
  • is it getting in the way for you or others? and/or
  • yes

… to questions like “Is it normal to be…”

  • bored?
  • sad?
  • scared?
  • anxious?
  • depressed?
  • crying?
  • laughing?
  • emotional?
  • sensitive?
  • distracted?
  • unmotivated?
  • enthusiastic?
  • numb?
  • angry?
  • serene?
  • agitated?
  • happy?
  • confused?
  • certain?
  • panicky?
  • proud?
  • annoyed?
  • insecure?
  • secure?
  • disappointed?
  • celebrating?
  • restless?
  • calm?
  • lost?
  • found?
  • pessimistic?
  • optimistic?
  • distrustful?
  • trusting?
  • comfortable?
  • uncomfortable?
  • active?
  • passive?
  • controlling?
  • embarrassed?
  • shy?
  • hungry?
  • upset about other people’s behaviors?
  • upset about my own behaviors?
  • caring more for others than I’m caring for myself?
  • self-centered?
  • sharing this?
  • hiding this?
  • despairing?
  • hopeful?
  • missing someone so long after they’re gone ?

Is it normal to take pictures and to hang out on Twitter during a pandemic?

Is it normal that I shared today’s Daily Bitch with my Coping and Healing group yesterday and people loved it?

Is it normal to dance to the song “Happy” when so many people are unhappy?

Is it normal to leave comments or not leave comments?

What do you think?

Is it normal to be grateful every day?

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Day 2991: My idea of a good time

My idea of a good time is

  • blogging first thing in the morning,
  • providing group therapy to all who need it,
  • going for walks,
  • spending time with my husband Michael and other kind, loving, and funny people,
  • spending time with animals and nature,
  • balancing alone time with social time,
  • balancing my needs with others’ needs,
  • eating delicious, nutritious food,
  • accepting all feelings,
  • fighting injustice,
  • identifying next achievable steps,
  • learning new things,
  • good music,
  • good communication,
  • letting go of regrets about the past and worries about the future,
  • being in the moment,
  • longer days filled with light, and
  • capturing and sharing images.

My idea of a good time these days includes Twitter, in moderation.

Here’s “My Idea of a Good Time” by Mark Winkler:

My idea of a good time is asking you to share your ideas of a good time.

My idea of a good time is expressing gratitude to all who help me blog every day, including YOU.

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Day 2930: Home is

Home is

  • where the heart is.
  • where I hang my masks.
  • where I don’t have to wear a mask.
  • where I’m writing this blog post.
  • where I have all my feelings.
  • where I try to let go of fear, worry, anxiety, and despair.
  • a comfort to me.
  • where I feel safe.
  • where I am doing my remote Coping and Healing groups.
  • where I gather my strength.
  • where I live with my husband Michael and our cat Harley.
  • like the best restaurant ever because Michael is such a great cook.
  • where I took these photos:

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Home is different things to different people.

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“Home is” by Jacob Collier is what I was listening to yesterday when I took those photos of homes.

Home is where I’ll be awaiting any comments on today’s post.

Home is where I am grateful, here and now, for all who help me feel like I’m always at home, including YOU.

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Day 2823: Use my words against me

“Use my words against me” is something that wordy U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said in 2016 when he opposed giving a hearing to President Obama’s pick for Supreme Court Justice, the honorable Merrick Garland.

Here are more of Lindsey Graham’s words, which I would like to use against him:

“I want you to use my words against me,” Graham said during a 2016 Senate meeting. “If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.”

Not only is the vacancy occurring — because of the death of the honorable Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — in the last year of a Republican President’s first term, it is occurring mere weeks before the Presidential election. Therefore, many people are using Lindsey Graham’s words against him. But that’s not stopping Lindsey Graham from using more words to declare that he will vote to confirm Donald Trump’s conservative pick to replace liberal icon RBG, even before he’s heard any words about who that person would be.

So I would love to use Lindsey Graham’s words against him, but I don’t know how, since his new words indicate that he is against many words I am for, including honor, honesty, and justice.

Yesterday, when the former words of many other wordy Republican Senators were being used against them to no avail, I decided to go for a walk looking for other words to use against them. Specifically, I was looking for these words:

“Don’t let them win.”

I couldn’t find those words, but I found other words instead.

I am doing my best to use words against many U.S Republican senators , including their own from 2016:

Feel free to use my words against me, including these words of gratitude:

Categories: 2020 U.S. Presidential election, life during the pandemic, personal growth, photojournalism | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

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