2022 Life Logs, Day 168: A Little Overwhelmed
Date: Friday, June 17, 2022
Weather: Cloudy with Light Rain; High 72, Low 62 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I must admit that I feel overwhelmed with what is happening in our country. I have been trying to watch as much of the January 6th Committee Hearings as possible. I have been recording them and watching a bit at a time. Listening to a conservative and well-respected Federal Judge say that Donald Trump and his allies are a “clear and present danger to our society” was chilling. Then today was the beginning of the first ever Juneteenth weekend. Tonight, I joined friends and my daughter in Woods Hole to a Juneteenth weekend kick-off presentation by Dr. Chad Starks. The title of the talk was “Be the Messenger: Tell the Truth about Independence in America and its Impact on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.” All you have to do is read those words slowly and let them sink in to feel the heaviness of that presentation. All things we all needed to hear, but hard to figure out what each of us can do individually to move toward an America that lives up to those words. Lots to think about.

On a lighter note, tonight was the beginning of Arts Alive, Falmouth’s festive three-day celebration of the arts that takes place in downtown Falmouth. Ollie plays with Sonnay Fiddler’s tomorrow morning, so I will head downtown early to that and then check out the other activities. Jonah and Sam are off early in the morning on a 3-day Scout biking expedition. And on Sunday Heather and Jed leave for Maine. On Monday they will be there for the survey and sea trial of Eider, the 36-foot Cape Dory sailboat they are buying. Ollie and I will hold down the fort here, pick up Sam and Jonah on Monday morning at the end of their biking adventure, and then all come home and welcome my dining-in group at their house on Monday afternoon. Heather and Jed will either be home very, very late on Monday night or on Tuesday morning. It is going to be a jam-packed three-day weekend.

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