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>> Sunday, January 22, 2017

My family marched together this weekend along with millions people worldwide in support of women's rights. In support of HUMAN rights. Together. We live in a red county, and I wasn't sure how the turnout would be. There were several thousand of us when only hundreds were originally expected.

It was inspiring. It was powerful. It was i.m.p.o.r.t.a.n.t. Thank you to my fellow marchers -- whether you were able to participate in this Saturday's events or not (we almost didn't make it because Ada was upset by all the noise, for example -- I know some of you were there with us in spirit). Thanks to those of you who are fighting this good fight with us in other ways.


This photo will forever be one of my favorites. My daughters deserve to live in a world that values them. They deserve to live in a world where their friends and family have equal rights. Where they aren't dismissed or disregarded for what they look like, who they love, or what their economic status is. Where we won't do irreversible damage to our very stomping ground because we choose to ignore science. Oh, gosh. I need to stop. There is just so much at stake, friends.

I've discovered that some people who follow this blog aren't totally on board. I don't expect everyone to feel how we feel. And I don't share my sentiments to sway you; I've learned in my real life that bombardment with my beliefs isn't particularly persuasive. Regardless, I will keep on keeping on. I won't turn this blog into a political battleground.

This is my piece. But certainly not my peace.

Now it's back to programming as usual, at least 99 percent of the time. Regardless of how much I hate to say it, this is the new normal. We need to find a way to function and keep fighting for what we believe while going on with life. It's going to be hard. It may even feel impossible at times, especially with terms like "alternative facts" and other crazy things going around.

Anyway, here are some things you can do now that the marches are over. Back to waffle recipes and vlogs and marathon training notes soon. Because that's what bloggers do, right?

* Several people have expressed that they haven't appreciated my language in several things I've shared lately. In particular, the word "pussy" on my sign. I stand by what I've written and I'm merely using the words of our president. But I do apologize to anyone who feels I am being too crass. I get it, and I don't mean to alienate people who do agree with my thoughts but would rather keep it clean.

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