I have been neglecting my blog.
I am watching the first snow of the season while taking comfort from the warmth of wee Atticus who is curled up on my lap snoozing away. I’m trying to make sense of the recent election and things I discovered when I tried to engage people in discussion in the past months. It seems similar to when I get sensitized to allergens, like second hand cigarette smoke. When I see a FB “friend” sharing a meme from an alt-right or other extremist source I get very irritated. When I try to point out that the source is a hate group (teaching instincts die hard) it only seems to bring out the worst in people.
We are coming up on Advent, an introspective season. While I stopped attending church services regularly when Tea Party values seemed to take precedence over faith, hope, and love in my congregation, I still consider myself a religious person. I am thinking that I need a retreat, to withdraw for a time to heal. As most of the irritating exposure seems to be coming from Facebook, that is what I plan to avoid.
So, I have announced, on Facebook of course, that November 26, 2016 is the last day I will be participating. Maybe after four weeks things will have calmed down enough that we can share the joy of Christmas.