I told the car repair shop that my bill was $320 too low based on an error they had made. I just wanted to do my part to not contribute to the cruddy, unethical climate of this particular historical moment. Hurts the wallet, but I’ll cling to it as I scroll the foul stench of American Twitter tonight. DOING MY PART. Will also vote and stuff.

I am cooking chicken wings tonight. Probably the first time I’ve cooked meat in years. It’s honestly just so horrifically gross to me. I’m dreading opening the oven in 10 minutes. My freezer is full of meat my mother and local farmers give us. I’m going to have a meat yard sale. Meat giveaway. Cuz I am so not cooking any more of it.

May Sarton’s journals are just flowers, depression, poetry, dogs, and her women friends. I AM DOWN FOR ALL OF IT.

My last sunset on the island. So grateful for my time here.

Remote drizzly hike out to Squeaky Cove on Monhegan. Just me and some big sea birds and huge surf pounding off the cliffs!

It’s pouring rain, and wind is whipping, and there is a loaded, twisted apple tree right on the edge of the choppy water and it’s literally pitching its own apples into the sea.

Ate my first dinner alone on the island at the lobster shack. Ordered two fish sandwiches and they came out on two trays—huge sandwiches—with chips. The seagulls are looking at me like they want to know if I have a date coming. I just finished my second one and it was so much better than having a date!

I’m taking a week alone to read and write and reflect. It’s almost overwhelming me with gratitude. Sometimes I worry about my introversion since it feels like I’m often having to overcome it to live the life I want to live, but ultimately I feel lucky to find myself at mid-life (or past) and so truly happy to spend time alone with myself!

In other news, looks like my kiddo is winning the argument on what our new dog is going to be called. “Flying Dan.” Please help me see any way that this is a good choice.

I’m skeptical of the move to self-driving cars because of increased privacy invasion & remapping socio-geographic relationships around the needs of machines. On the other hand, was someone whose vision is declining and sees her driving days numbered—and I live in a rural area with no public transpo—the day can’t come soon enough. Wonder what more human-centered alternatives look like, or how this could be done in a way that centers the needs of vulnerable communities over the needs of machines.

What makes #Mastodon so exciting is it’s not a single commercial service run by a corporation—it’s simply open source software using open protocols that anyone can install on their own server. Just like email isn’t owned by any one company, federated social networks allow online messaging and following/follower relationships using the beauty and power of the open web.

I talk about all this and much more in the Mastodon special of the my podcast! Listen here:

Wrote 19 pretty smart pages today. Probably been since grad school that I did something like that all in one day. I’m exhausted and unshowered and I spooned chickpeas into my mouth directly from a can to avoid breaking for a proper lunch and it feels...AMAZING. I honestly didn’t know if I had it in me when I woke up this morning. But you know what? I did!

Mastodon isn’t perfect but it’s some kind of evidence of human willingness to try to patch things up, at scale.

That’s not nothing.

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I have to write 30 pages on a deadline today. It’s cool and foggy and drizzling, which feels like a gift from the universe!

As we move into a module on it is important to recognize those who have helped the movement. For today's you need to make an leader playing card. Here is an example

You don't need to touch the code beyond putting a link your picture (hint it goes in the CSS change the colors while there if you want).


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