Good News Edition – January 13, 2017


Yesterday, the world was covered in snow and ice. This morning, it was sixty degrees and much of the earth had emerged from under it’s white mantle. Birds were singing and the smell of earth made me think of springtime. I know that it will be cold again this afternoon (they say the temps will drop some thirty degrees in a matter of hours), but for now I am enjoying the blue skies and leonine winds that whisper of March being only a couple of months away.

That’s kind of how I feel about these weekend posts full of happy, hopeful headlines. They are like the January thaw of each week’s chilling barrage of autocratic, despotic, and racist behavior coming out of the White House. They are a brief moment in the sun that reminds us what it was like before this winter of our serious political discontent. We need to keep remembering. We cannot let any of what’s happening become the new normal. There is nothing normal about what’s happening in our country, and we need to keep calling that out. Again and again and again.

Next week marks the anniversary of the Women’s March, a worldwide gathering that rumbled through the streets and heralded a new era where women speak truth to power, step forward to say #metoo, and tell those who would silence us that their #TimesUp. Next Saturday, many of us will march again–standing shoulder to shoulder and arm in arm with sisters of the Resistance. I hope maybe I’ll see you out there, and—if not—know that we’ll be together in spirit.

Keep up your excellent fight.

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In local good news:

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Planet Earth:

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There’s also some good news on the elections front.

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And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front: 

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We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:

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And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:

 

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For more good news, visit What Went Right (WWR) and Jen Hofmann

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Photo Credits:

“Mass State House Dome”: Photo Credit: twiga_swala Flickr via Compfight cc“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“I Voted”: standing8 Flickr via Compfight cc
“Blind Justice”: Government of Prince Edward Island Flickr via Compfight cc
“Russia Sickle”: AK Rockefeller Flickr via Compfight cc
“Snark Kitty”: Gratisography
“Snowy Bluebird”: Kim Taylor Hull Flickr via Compfight cc