July 5, 2022

We are all called to Step Up. Will we Answer?

With BLM, Roe v. Wade, Climate Crisis, Trump, Voting Suppression…we are all called to Step Up.

I voted with Amy Ippoliti yesterday. We have voted together and publicized to our respective communities for 10+ years now? Not sure how long. Encouraging folks not to sink into facile cynicism, but to rise to empowered I-shall-not-take-shit and give-a-caring.

Talked with her and a pal afterward about what more I can do. For 15 years now (longer) I’ve been boy who cried Wolf! Always weaning to run for office, never wanting to run for office.

If I can make the time in my busy busy busy busy endlessly busy life it may be time to do more—to run and serve. Folks have always encouraged me, but I have always shied away at the decision point. I’m afraid. I’m sensitive.

It’s so toxic, that world. Elephant has been hard enough, with a stalker or some such every other year, nasty comments, controversies. I’m skilled at dealing with that. But I don’t know that I am comfortable swimming and living in such nasty soup.

Still, we all—you, me—have to do more now if we’re to keep our republic, our free and fair democracy. Perhaps there is a way to make space in my life for family, nature, more biking, camping—and politics, and writing books, and being of benefit in new ways.

What shall I do with my next 365 days, if I am lucky enough to love them? My next 40 years?

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