The Check-In

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[Note: This is the thread formerly known as "Discussion Thread: How Are you?" I've just changed the title to reflect the label I've been using for it. Image via Pixabay.]

I am feeling increasingly anxious about the accelerating pace of the GOP's consolidation of power behind Donald Trump and the Democratic leadership's decision-making about how (or if?!) to address it.

It's extremely stressful to me to feel like we are on our own — and that it isn't just the United States whose leaders are abandoning commitments to long-held democratic norms and values.

I spend many days now feeling like the world is shifting out from under my feet and I'm about to topple over.

I am feeling worried about how the Democratic primary is going to go, and whether it will further break us apart. In hopeful moments, I am pleased that, among the expansive field of candidates, there are a few for whom I want to cast an enthusiastically affirmative vote, not just a vote against the rest.

I am deeply appreciative for some nice weather lately, cool enough that I have been able to spend some time outdoors.

The previous owners of my home (the only owners before we bought it from them) dropped by for a visit last week, and I was so happy to see them and spend some time with them. They are such lovely people.

I have plans to meet a friend for lunch and a movie soon, and I'm looking forward to it.

I am grateful for my dear husband, for our home, for my friends, for all the times they make me laugh, and for Dudley and Zelda.

I am also, as always, glad for this community. Anyone who wants to join me in another enormous virtual group hug is welcome.

How are you?

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