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We seem to think that we need to voraciously consume bad news to be engaged. The opposite is true.

Some time in the early-1990s, I remember reading a bumper sticker out loud to my mother and asking her what it meant.

IF YOU’RE NOT MAD, YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION

The sticker was fairly worn and we were in Eugene, Oregon, so I assume the owner of the vehicle had probably purchased and placed it in reaction to the decisions and actions of the first President Bush, though I can’t be certain. …


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Queue “Eye of the Tiger,” baby, because you are READY! FOR! THIS!

In video-therapy today (which I almost forgot but then didn’t because while time has no meaning now it is also very much the same!) my therapist asked how I was handling [gestures at everything, from the well-trod grass below to the alarmingly blue skies above]. And I told her that honestly, I’ve been doing ok. Not to brag, but I’m not having a complete mental breakdown right now.

In fact, I have found myself taking the societal changes and the firehose of awful news almost too well. Because, well, life has thrown harder things at me and a lot of people I know. …


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It’s barely March.

There’s a popular meme reserved only for Wednesdays. You might have seen it. It looks like this:

First image: Liz Lemon saying “what a week, huh?” Second image: Her boss, Jack, saying “Lemon, it’s Wednesday.”
First image: Liz Lemon saying “what a week, huh?” Second image: Her boss, Jack, saying “Lemon, it’s Wednesday.”

This simple two-frame story captures a specific kind of exhaustion that comes from feeling absolutely wiped but knowing that there’s a lot more tired-making things to come.

It’s been used a lot this election cycle—and, I think, it sort of sums up how a lot of us are feeling about the election cycle itself.

The Presidential race of 2020 is everywhere. It’s the only thing people are talking about. While picking up a snack the other day — en route to a political event, no less—I overheard the middle-aged ladies behind me talking about what they saw to be the different between Medicare for All and universal healthcare. …

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Hanna Brooks Olsen

I wrote that one thing you didn’t really agree with. Interests include progressive policy, minor league baseball, and Oxford commas. Curious to a fault.

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