readings for the resistance, february 2017

Readings for the Resistance, February 2017 (Part 2) [Links]

I had hoped to get Readings for the Resistance, February 2017 (Part 2) up last week, but job transitioning took precedence. (On that note, today is officially my first day as Chief Financial Officer at Aviva Family and Childen’s Services.) The delay just gave me more time to collect links!

It’s That Guy. The Resistible One.
President Trump is a ‘world-class narcissist,’ but he’s not mentally ill, says the psychiatrist who helped define narcissism – LA Times (It’s ethically dicey for mental-health professionals to diagnose public figures, but some think it’s in the public interest to do so, just this once. But this doctor says “Trump isn’t crazy; he makes other people crazy.”)
How’d We Get Here? And What Do We Do Now?
Obama’s Lost Army | The New Republic and A new, liberal tea party is forming. Can it last without turning against Democrats? – The Washington Post (The grassroots movement that might have been, and the one that’s beginning to grow eight years after)
Practical advice for that active tole: How to Get Through to Your Member of Congress When Their Phones Are Slammed | Lifehacker
And something that it might be better to avoid: Please Don’t Buy Books Just to Send to Trump | Literary Hub (Seriously, don’t waste your money that way! Think about donating it to resistance-related cause instead.)
When The Political Gets Personal

If You Think The Resistance is About Politics—You’re Not Listening | john pavlovitz It’s not that it’s not about politics, but it’s about so much more:

The greatest tragedy right now is that you believe that we are the enemy or that we believe that you are the enemy.
We don’t believe that you are; nor is faith, family, security, safety, or whatever you treasure because chances are we probably treasure it too. That’s how Humanity works.

Hatred is the enemy, bigotry is the enemy, injustice is the enemy, isolation is the enemy, inequality is the enemy.
It is against these things that we resist, in whatever form they take and from wherever they originate and whatever religious or political affiliation conceives them.”

“Barack Obama, our great hope, our American dream… was not normal.

This guy? P45? Is totally normal.

And he will never NOT be normal if you don’t own him as a product of who we have chosen to be as a people for two hundred years.”


As I said earlier, life changes mean this may be the last Resistance roundup for the time being. But I’ll keep reading, and sharing, and supporting. We’ve got a long toad ahead.

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Readings for the Resistance No. 3 [February 5. 2017]

Readings for the Resistance No. 3 [February 5. 2017]

I have several different, but not opposing, goals for these “Readings for the Resistance” roundups. Some of the posts and articles I’ll share are practical–they advise or offer support. Some are analytical–they provide background and context for recent events. They’re stories I found thought-provoking, or provocative (not necessarily the same thing), or perspective-shifting. I collect more links over the course of a week than I include in these posts. And there are links I don’t save […]

Readings for the Resistance [Link Roundup], 1/29/2017

Readings for the Resistance [Link Roundup], 1/29/2017

The “Readings for the Resistance” link roundup will be a recurring feature here at The 3 R’s Blog for as long as conditions make it necessary. It may be a while, folks. My Facebook feed is even more political now than it was before the election. This is definitely not normal. Readings for the Resistance: Volume 2 of who knows how many Lifehacker | How to Make Your Voice Heard in Politics Between Elections (…and start getting ready […]

Reading for the Resistance: Links 1-20-2017

Reading for the Resistance: Links 1-20-2017

Reading for The Resistance The times they are a-changin’. I just thought I’d share a few think pieces today as we enter this new era. theSkimm‘s Guide to Going Through the Change: The Presidential Transition and the Inauguration [Washington Post] A hellscape of lies and distorted reality awaits journalists covering President Trump. (The real news about dealing with the upcoming fake-news avalanche) [LA Times] Trump’s approach might seem new, but Arnold Schwarzenegger tried it first (California’s been […]

The Last Blog Post of 2016

The Last Blog Post of 2016

2016 was my first year blogging on self-hosted WordPress and my all-time worst year of blogging output. I’ve barely cracked 100 posts, and I am officially declaring this one my Last Blog Post of 2016. After nearly ten years of doing this, I don’t feel a need to make excuses or apologies for inconsistency or offer promises to do better. I’m just grateful if you show up when I do! 2016: The Leap Year That […]

Thankful for a Long Weekend [Show and Tell Sunday]

Thankful for a Long Weekend [Show and Tell Sunday]

My agency doesn’t give a holiday for the day after Thanksgiving, but everyone in my department took Friday off. I’m thankful for a long weekend and wishing it could be even longer! Paul and I had Thanksgiving Day to ourselves. The kitchen stayed quiet and we went to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner. I had the Thanksgiving Day special and my husband–no fan of turkey–ate filet mignon. We both got just what we […]

The Last Post-Election Reading List (probably)

The Last Post-Election Reading List (probably)

This will probably be the last post-election reading list I share here. Perhaps the blog’s been a little too political for some readers recently. I got an email from Feedblitz over the weekend saying someone had unsubscribed for reason “02: Offensive, strongly disagree or disapprove.” I was surprisingly undisturbed by that. This is the space where I distill my thoughts on what I read and where all opinions are my own. I understand that you may […]

Two Days After: Further Reading, More Links

Two Days After: Further Reading, More Links

Yesterday, I started the process of processing. I included some links at the end of that post. I’m recycling that list here, following some other pieces I found after that went up. Two Days After: The Reactions Keep Coming On “Woke” White People Advertising their Shock that Racism just won a Presidency – Medium Rage Against the Minivan: How to talk to your kids about Trump winning the election The Self-Sabotage of the West | […]

Show and Tell Sunday: Live, From the Back Patio!

Show and Tell Sunday: Live, From the Back Patio!

The heat wave that ushered autumn into Southern California seems to have broken, finally, and I decided to take advantage of it by setting up the laptop on the patio. (Paul’s always reminding me that the thing is actually portable!) I plan to switch over from writing to reading this afternoon, but I intend to spend as much time as possible in my outdoor office today! I finished reading Alexander Hamilton in audiobook earlier this week […]

Six Things on Sunday [Show and Tell]

Six Things on Sunday [Show and Tell]

Six things on Sunday… …because I couldn’t pull together 10 things at random this week I’ve reluctantly accepted that only way to grok some apps is to just start using them. I’ve been  wading into Litsy during the last few weeks and am finally getting the appeal of “Goodreads and Instagram’s perfect baby.” These are a few of the things I’m doing with it: Cross-posting #bookstagram photos Posting snippets of reviews from the blog (Litsy limits posts to […]

10 Things At Random [Show and Tell Sunday)

10 Things At Random [Show and Tell Sunday)

10 Things at Random… If you are hearing the title of this post sung to you along the melody line of “Ten Duel Commandments,” welcome to my brain. I was elected to the board of directors of my condo association a couple of months ago. There’s a lot of emailing involved. I was very tempted to sign off on an exchange yesterday with “I have the honor to be your obedient servant.” I resisted because […]

Show and Tell and Stop and Think [Show and Tell Sunday]

Show and Tell and Stop and Think [Show and Tell Sunday]

Show… It’s been quite a week out there, so I thought I’d start by injecting a little serenity. …and Tell But the horrible happenings of the last several days have led to some really smart, thoughtful and emotional writing, and I wanted to highlight just a little of that today. There’s some overlap in the specifics addressed in these two pieces: Concrete Ways to Be an Actual Ally to Black People | Maximum Middle Age How […]

Show & Tell & Link & Read…and Catch Up!

Show & Tell & Link & Read…and Catch Up!

I’ve noticed that one thing that’s changed for me after more than nine years of blogging is that I seem to have stopped stressing about periodic absences. For a long time, I devoted big chunks of my weekends and stolen hours at the office to preparing content and scheduling it out at least a week in advance, and when I knew I’d have to be away, I’d make plans for coverage with guest bloggers and/or […]

Show and Tell (and Link and Read) Sunday

Show and Tell (and Link and Read) Sunday

It’s the unofficial First Weekend of Summer here in the USA, and we are having some beautiful late-spring weather in Southern California! We don’t have many big outdoor plans this weekend, though–we’ll be doing things like seeing movies and going shopping. I’m planning to take advantage of an extra day off by spending time reading and getting my book blogging up-to-date; I’ve had one review about 3/4 done for several weeks now, and I’ve finished […]

Some Recent Online Reading [Show-and-Tell Sunday]

Some Recent Online Reading [Show-and-Tell Sunday]

The momentum of Book Blogger Appreciation Week wasn’t sustained in my blogging last week, sadly–I only got one post up and am officially behind on review-writing. I fell off the comment wagon (although I have saved some posts with the intent to comment, and may yet get to them this weekend!)   I have been doing some online reading outside some of my usual haunts, though, and wanted to share a few links with y’all […]