Thanks for nothing — exit polls show that 55% of white women voted for Trump in 2020, even more than the 52% who did so in 2016

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Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

Exit polls show that 55% of white women voted for Trump in 2020, even more than the 52% who did so in 2016.

To those white women, I say: your internalized misogyny is poison. Your prioritization of white supremacy and fear of those who are different from you over the literal safety and health of our country is poison. You have been drinking and sowing poison from a man who hates women, despises people of color, and mocks people of different abilities. When Trump said he was getting your husbands back to work, did you hear him? Do you know that women are more than half of college graduates and more than half of the workforce? When the credible sexual assault allegations piled up against him, did you not hurt inside for your fellow women who have been raped, their stories denied, and their names dragged through the mud? When you see toddlers in cages — some of whom may never be reunited with their parents again — does your heart not ache? …

Or, what not to do when visiting the “Conch Republic.”

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Memorial in Key West Cemetery; Photo by Author

Key West, Florida has a glow about it. A drunk-around-the-edges, tropical flora rich, 10,000 cruise ship visitors a day kind of glow. It’s both elegant — with lovingly-painted million-dollar gingerbread houses — and delightfully trashy, with bars and music spilling out raucously into the streets.

From drag shows to cover bands of every stripe, Key West is vibrant and full of things to see and do. Since getting locked in a cemetery at night isn’t likely to be at the top of your list, read on to discover how NOT to do that.

Confident roosters and artfully-dressed locals wander around the island, interspersing with sunburned tourists from all over the globe who come to visit the southernmost point in the continental US, and traipse through the haunts of Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and more. …

The lion’s share of the blame is squarely on Trump, Fox News, and everyone pushing the false stolen election narrative.

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Original Art by Laura Olson, used with permission

After the armed insurrection of January 6, there will be plenty of pearl-clutching disavowals about the angry white mob that pillaged the Capitol building was somehow “misguided” or “seeking expression for their real grievances.” They will be painted, by Democrats and Republicans alike, as extremists, who engaged in violence outside the bounds of legal obligation and social allowance. The pro-Trump rioters who stormed the building, sent our elected representatives scrambling for cover, and looted offices and artifacts alike, are indeed extremists. …

Business and Travel

From Dubai to San Jose, the remarkable to the hum-drum.

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Classic English Breakfast, somewhere. Author’s own.

This week I’ve been thinking about business travel and the solitary, important role that breakfast plays in those days on the road.

Unlike lunch or dinner, which tend to be work-related activities where you are dining with coworkers, clients, or partners, as a business traveler you’re usually on your own for breakfast.

It’s an opportunity to reflect on the trip, explore some aspects of the local cuisine, and mentally prepare for the day ahead. That was my experience during the years I spent traveling extensively for an international non-profit organization.

I stepped back from that job in 2019 to temper my pace of life and focus on my family, and then the world slowed down with COVID-19. …

Or, how I learned to stop planning and love the open space

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Photo by Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash

I come from a long line of certified Type A planners, who show we care by planning ahead for everything from milestones to meals. My mother has already shared with me the playlist for her funeral — not joking, it has some lovely David Gray tracks on it and is designed to celebrate her life and not be too depressing. My grandmother knew she would have four children and cultivated different skills in each of them — one is a lawyer (my mother), one is a doctor (like my grandmother), one is a teacher, and one is an artist. Together I have always considered them to be a sort of super brood. As a mother, I have earned my own planner stripes by thinking ahead for years, from who needs vaccinations in which month (the baby, the dog, all of us before a tropical vacation) to what activities my kids will do in what season to keep them entertained and exploring new pursuits. …

Just stop.

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Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

I have been greatly disturbed by the proliferation of comments on social media and the alt-right comparing mask requirements and COVID-related shutdowns to the actions of Nazi Germany. The Nazi regime led a horrific genocide against the Jews of Europe, and also murdered thousands of homosexuals, Roma, the disabled, communists, and other political dissidents. The state and local governments that are asking you to wear a mask on your face are trying to keep you, your neighbors, your aging grandma, and the medically vulnerable of society such as those with underlying conditions, alive and well. Public health initiatives protect people and communities; the ethno-fascism of Hitler’s Third Reich led to state-sponsored murder and suffering on an unimaginable scale.

These lands are vital to indigenous peoples and wildlife. Biden’s administration needs to protect them and take on the climate crisis.

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April 20, 2010. Original painting by Sally Linder. Used with permission.

While the world is fixated on the embarrassing spectacle of Trump’s refusal to concede the American election to President-elect Joe Biden, Trump is holding a fire sale for oil drilling rights on one of America’s most important protected places, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The Arctic refuge is roughly the size of South Carolina and is home to caribou, gray wolves, musk oxen, hundreds of bird species, and vulnerable polar bear populations. It is a beautiful, sacred place in Northern Alaska that is essential to a local indigenous tribe, the Gwich’in. It sustains the caribou herd on which their physical and cultural survival depends. Trump’s move to expedite the sale of these oil rights leases in a federally protected wilderness in the final days of his Administration is immoral and on the fringe of legality. …


Lara Henneman

Telling stories 🖋️ Politics 🖍️ Parenting 🖊️ Travel.

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