Find a way to make beauty necessary;
find a way to make necessity beautiful.
These days my life lens is a bit cloudy, its focus in and out. It is the political situation in this country, not the election–that’s over–it’s where we go from here.
I don’t know any escape. Zen teaches me that to escape is Shenpa or “biting the hook,” seeking comfort in food, drink, or anything that keeps me from meeting the issue. Anything that keeps me from walking through the door of equanimity, practicing life with an evenness of mind.
Increasingly, I am active in thoughtful and nonviolent resistance. Civil disobedience. There is more than one congressional office that knows my name. They are sick of me, and I am sick of them.
Just before Christmas, I joined the Nasty Women Book Project, a group of women committed to effecting change through story, maybe the most powerful resource humans have. Story has been our way since the beginning of humanity.
The NWP stories are rich, raw, and varied, sometimes dark, but each is a powerful response to an event that changed America, the election of 2016. It was always a historic vote, no matter the outcome, but the outcome was the unexpected.
The election is the catalyst for the NWP but its stories are so much more. It is in reflection that stories emerge, and these are no exception.
This group of women has come together to donate their art and their skill as editors, publicists, marketers, and publishers to support Planned Parenthood. Volume 1 will be available in March and the second volume is already in the works.
Planned Parenthood receives 100% of the book proceeds. 100%. At the NWP, everybody donates time and skills. Everybody.
Chris Kelly’s article in The Huffington Post, “Paul Ryan is Underestimating Nasty Women,” explains the how and why of the NWP.