Oh, how I’ve missed delivering my essays and prose pieces to you, but I have good reason. Really, I do! Our family recently relocated from the South Suburbs of Chicago to a suburb just outside Philadelphia earlier this summer. Couple that with homesickness and the ensuing emotions and activities that come along with relocating, it seemed that I only managed to eke out some poetry.
Well, I’m pleased to report that my immediate family is finally all together and we’re as settled as we’re going to be…for now. The kids are in new schools, hubby gets to come home to me every evening, and both the home and bed are warmer. Additionally, I’m learning to make peace with change being a constant, and doing my best to avail myself to this new season and the challenges and opportunities that might be in store for me. I’m not sure where I first heard the saying “Happy Wife, Happy Life”, but whoever authored it was spot on! Our whole house is in order now that its Commander-in-Chief is happier.
Speaking of Commander-in-Chief, did you realize that we’re only two months away from voting for ours? The GOP wrapped up its convention last week, and this week’s Democratic National Convention confirmed that this race will be intense, and right down to the wire. Regardless of what side you’re on, or even if you’re undecided, I’m sure you’ll agree that this race is likely to get even more contentious as we head into November.
Undoubtedly, the word “race” has taken on a much broader meaning in this election. Rather than dancing around this fact, I’d like to think of this juncture as an opportunity to break bread about what that means, and whether we can move the conversation forward in authentic and meaningful ways. The perspectives of common, everyday folk are intriguing and varied, but are rarely heard above the din of endless news spin, popular opinion, and media soundbites. I find it especially difficult not to weigh in on the tone of this race, so I happily agreed, when asked by Monica Medina at www.monicastangledweb.com, to write a few posts during and after the election about race and politics, as part of a blogging project she’s launched that will coincide with a new PBS documentary called Race 2012 in October.
“It’s about race and the election and what it means for each of us”, says Monica.
My hope is that my participation will foster a civil dialogue that is effective, healing, and enlightening. With that in mind, I plan to write a few posts toward this project between October through the middle of November, and welcome you to share in this effort through your comments and feedback. These posts will not attempt to cover the election, but rather, take a look at the elements of race and politics from a unique perspective that is mostly personal, and hugely familiar. Are you ready?
On your mark…get set…let’s go!