December 31, 2019
I guess I’ve been a crummy blogger this year. When Cozy was a baby, I could squeeze out a couple of blogposts a week on everything from housework to feminist cowboy movies. In 2019, I only managed 22 posts. To be fair, I actually taught full-time the entire year. It felt good to be back at work. My wonderful students got to be the recipients of my random thoughts about the state of the world. And now that Cozy is a kindergartener, typing up cohesive essays is more of a luxury. Plus, I’ve spent much of my spare time chasing squirrels out of our attic.
I was excited that my writing still had an audience even though every single post wasn’t about Trump’s racism. My tribute to my late friend (and Atlanta punk icon) David Dickens had the most reads (1,900). My piece on the Christchurch killings was reprinted in The Peace Chronicle, which was a great privilege.
2018 was a year of global travel. For 2019, I managed to stay mostly on the West Coast, with a few weeks in Mexico to give a couple of lectures in my favorite anthropology field school. I still managed plenty of world media appearances (especially CNN International), but my favorite media interview was when a rare tornado came right down our street. Under my name, instead of usual “HATE CRIME EXPERT” it said, “LIVES NEAR DOWNED TREE.” Much more exciting than an appearance in Turkish TV (which I also did in 2019).
Of course the driving theme of the year was growing blackhole being created by our idiot president, culminating in his impeachment on December 18. By that point I had written so many posts about his inevitable impeachment that the actual thing was anticlimactic and I didn’t even bother to comment on it. (I do wonder what will happen to all the ITMFA t-shirts that are so common here in Portland.) I’m sure I’ll have plenty to say as the divide widens even further in 2020, with Trump loyalists promising civil war if they don’t get their way. It’s like the country is being taken over by hordes of fascist babies.
For me, the focus of 2019 was on my family. Working steadily gave me a better foundation to be grounded in the real and not the endless yammering on social media. My classes Portland Community College and my CLE trainings for attorneys gave me the professional connections I craved and I got to work on a few murder cases that let me to put my skills to work in very important arenas. This allowed me to not worry too much about financial issues, and focus on being present for Andrea and Cozy. Maybe the best moment was taking Cozy on a surprise trip to Disney in LA that included a stop at their animation studios where a friend showed her the work he was completing on Frozen 2. There was also a trip to Las Vegas to see The Beatles’ LOVE, twice! Family times was its own reward.
The coming year will have plenty challenges. I imagine I will be commenting directly on the rise of anti-Semitic violence and the Trump cult’s threats to peace and equality. But my personal agenda will be focused on making good educational choices for my daughter, showing my wife how much I cherish her, and finally getting the squirrels out of the attic.
2019 WTW Posts
“Thanks, punk!” (For David Dickens) (January 10, 2019)
Watching fragile men freak out over a Gillette ad (January 17, 2019)
Raising Honest Children in the Age of Trump (January 25, 2019)
A silly love song for my wife (February 14, 2019)
The Wisdom of Double Nickels: On Turning 55(February 22, 2019)
On not dying youngish(March 5, 2019)
I have found what I was looking for, Bono.(April 14, 2019)
This War on Women and a Strategy to Defend Choice (May 20, 2019)
Just Open the Damn Border (June 18, 2019)
Female Role Models For My Daughter (and all those boys) (July 7, 2019)
How Do You Solve a Racist Problem like Donald? (July 17, 2019)
Lita was one cool cat.(July 26, 2019)
Matterhorn not withstanding, we have a 5-year old (August 29, 2019)
Your biography is history: Taking in the Trump impeachment (October 3, 2019)
White People: If you aren’t actively anti-racism, you are pro-racism (October 23, 2019)
I was 5 once, too!(November 27, 2019)
Reelin’ in the Tens: What was this decade about anyway? (December 29, 2019)
Dad’s Top Discs of 2019 (December 30, 2019)
2019 in Review – 22 Snapshots and an Impeachment (December 31, 2019)