Do what you can with what you have where you are. - Theodore Roosevelt
Ever since I can remember, I've had a heart for the underdog. According to my mom, I made friends with this little boy in daycare and doted on him day in and day out and was heartbroken when our time together in daycare ended. As a kid, I remember often feeling afraid and insecure around kids who were considered popular until someone else was threatened.
In elementary school at St. Sebastians in Milwaukee I spit on a kid who was teasing a friend of mine so I was put on the wall for a 'time out' of sorts during recess. Later on in middle school in Marion, Ohio I managed to confront a bully face to face and convince our mutual friends to leave the bully at a table by herself to sit with me. These instances were years ago but they feel like they were yesterday. The feeling of needing to do something for someone just seems so timely.
Now that I'm in the midst of these moments and weeks and years of raising little kids, I keep finding my heart reverting back to its roots of just caring a lot about those around me. I don't know if my adolescent years or post-college years were just filled with a lot of selfish career-chasing seasons or maybe my head was stuck in my phone... There's something really familiar and like a reunion with my old self as I find my mind and heart really working out the issues of the day and how I can be a force for good.
I strongly disagree with the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy at our borders
As a Christian, I can’t keep passing by opportunities to stand up for those around me. As a Mother and a Foster Mom, it’s impossible for me to see a policy so clearly incur pain on innocent children.
And, lastly, as a conservative, I cannot condone the Republican party’s support of the zero-tolerance policy being a message of deterrence for illegal immigration.
I’m not naïve to the complexities of governmental systems. Our elaborate government branches provide checks and balances to and from different agencies. Getting ‘things done’ in Congress isn’t a cake walk. We, as a people, have serious disagreements as to how we should act as a country that draws illegal immigration at the rate that it does. That’s fine. That’s how democracy works—a beautiful alignment of different opinions striving toward compromise.
I get it. Policies and laws are always more complicated than they seem.
Except when they aren’t.
At the ripe age of as-long-as-I-could-remember, my dad asked big questions and talked to me about big things. My mom recounts me including war torn countries and national tragedies in my nightly prayers because current events were included in our dinner conversations before I even entered school.
Staying in-the-know has been a backdrop of my life since I was little without me even knowing it. I went to journalism school for my undergrad at Arizona State University with very little understanding of the industry I was getting into, but with a strong passion for learning and communicating. It was a no-brainer, really.
So, how does this at all relate to my new normal of work/kids/writing/family/all the things? Well, I didn't just stop being me when I got married, or had kids, or started working on my own clock. I still crave to keep up with current events.
Here's a quick and dirty list of the ways I keep up with our nation and the world's happenings.
Top Headlines from Apple - Morning Coffee
I know the mighty algorithm game is guiding what headlines pop up in my top Apple News but for the sake of at least being aware of the basics before 9a, I take a peek at the morning's top news in my phone. I took a second when I got my phone a few months ago to pick my top sources. I haven't adjusted it yet, but for now it's working just fine. Just swipe right and you're golden, friends.
BLACK BABIES COST LESS IN AMERICA: THE RACIAL REALITIES OF ADOPTION IN AMERICA, BY KATE DRIES
I'm not sharing this as a way to shock you-- or shove a more liberal-leaning publication down your throat-- but rather as an invitation for you to consider this article as a step toward better understanding the racial realities of adoption and foster care in America.
Unbeknownst to a lot of future or currently-in-the-process adoptive parents, there is a lot of history of difference in opinion of transracial adoption. This article is a good stepping stone to better understand both the sad, unfair current realities and past feelings of hurt or prejudice that affected policy.
WHY MILLENNIALS UNDERSTAND THE FUTURE OF WORK BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE, BY SARA HOROWITZ
As a millennial myself I struggle to say I agree with this out of fear that I'll get the regular "Sigh. You guys always think you know everything..." Except, here I am and I really do believe that 'we' get it.
At the end of the day, companies and organizations are looking for cheaper, more flexible labor force that will be available at the drop of the hat. With that need from the growing, technologically-backed global marketplace, comes the comeback of flexibility.
23 INCREDIBLY HELPFUL DIAGRAMS FOR MOMS-TO-BE, BY PEGGY WANG
I'll just leave this right here for you, Mamas.
DHS ISSUES SHOW HOW IMPORTANT CASA's ROLE IS - BY KARRI MIRANDE KARIN HUGHES, LISA ROMAN
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The people in your/our community who volunteer in this capacity are sometimes the only voice that a child hears as an advocate for him or her. This article in the Herald & News (Oregonian Paper) gives a great (quick read!) look at the benefits of this system in our courts.