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I HAVE SPENT THE LAST FEW DAYS MOVING MY BLOG TO A NEW SITE. I am already really happy with the change.  It has been fun to review my previous posts, but also I've had to push myself to learn some new things.  I always enjoy taking on a new challenge.  I'm loving some of the new things that I can do with this blog.  I may not be the most sophisticated blogger out there, but I'm willing to learn, so that should count for something, right?

I was listening to a new podcast this weekend, 1600, which, I should warn you is liberal in nature.  I like to listen to different points of view though.  The podcast was bumming me out a little bit.  They started recording it during the Presidential campaign, and it was a little painful to hear their cheerful optimism understanding the outcome.  I wanted to warn them somehow, but that would involve time travel.

I switched over to The Dollop then, which is an American history podcast, and I felt deeply comforted listening to stories from the past.  I wasn't comforted because America has been so noble and glorious in the past.  No, on the contrary, I was comforted because America has done some crazy shady stuff since the get-go.  Maybe this is why history comforts me in general.  While everyone is running around freaking out about how "this is the scariest it's ever been", I take comfort in knowing that we've actually done stuff even worse.  You want to talk about ugly campaigns and a divided country?  Let's talk about the Presidential election of 1800!  That was some serious ugliness.

I don't want you to think that I have an overly pessimestic veiw of the future, or that I am wandering from room to room, wringing my hands in despair.  I, like many Americans, am taking a wait-and-see approach to the future.  America is an experiment after all.  Like all true scientists, we watch the experiment, evaluate the results, and readjust accordingly.  

Of course, this is not a passive waiting.  On the contrary, I am determined to speak and act when necessary.  I think the words that Ted Kennedy spoke of his brother so long ago,

"My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it."  

I want so much for those words to be true not just of him, but all of us who walk on this good earth.  We cannot sit idly by, but must engage.  To quote the West Wing, "Decisions are made by those who show up."  It is time for all of us to show up.

 

--Jen

Here's a list of my favorite podcasts:

  1. The West Wing Weekly - a close look at each episode by the people who made and starred in the series.
  2. My Favorite Murder - I started listening to this on a recommendation.  It has significant language and is about true crime - in spite of this I love it.  The two hosts have a bold and honest approach to life, and despite the heave topic of their podcast and hilariously funny.
  3. Serial - this is the first podcast I ever listened too.  I love the sound of Sarah Koenig's voice.  Listen to season one, and then when you are bursting with things to discuss - text me.
  4. Keepin' It 1600 -- A close look at the Presidential race, and now the transition.  *Warning:  HIGHLY LIBERAL VIEWPOINT
  5. The Dollop -- A bi-weekly American history podcast in which a detailed story is told.  You wouldn't believe some of the stuff that has gone on in the past.  *Warning: STRONG LANGUAGE
  6. TED Radio Hour - I am trying to listen to 1 TED Talk every day.  This has really helped me.  If I go to the TED website I spend WAAAY too much time looking at all the amazing choices -- Radio Hour picks the talk for me.