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Fellow Americans: remember to vote πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ (and make it count)

I was out for walk last night when a neighbor called out from his yard, “Hey, are you gonna vote tomorrow?” “Yep,” I said. “Okay, cool. Just don’t screw it up,” he said. πŸ˜†

He didn’t tell me who to vote for, and I won’t tell you. But I will ask some pretty pointed questions.

Do you think we should do something real about the global climate crisis, or do you think we should sit on our hands and just hope things get better while the world burns?

Do you think we should make our own life-altering decisions or do you think the government should make these decisions for us?

Do you think we should take steps to keep our kids from getting murdered in their schools, or do you think that is just the price of freedom?

Do you respect our elections or do you support officially overturning a free and fair election using made-up claims?

Do you believe in civil discourse or do you believe in undermining political foes in their most tragic moments?

I could go on about how Republican policies are damaging lives. 😩. They also seem oddly scared of you voting and aim to keep that from happening.

If you believe in personal rights, respect for democracy, and solving problems in America, it looks like you may be down to one real option*.

*Libertarians seem consistent and ethical but don’t have a great answer to “things that affect everyone” like climate change and gun violence.

If you disagree, then vote your conscience and let’s get through this together. ✌️

From Ken Burns Tells America’s History Through Six Photographs

Quotes · You

“How can a guy think and hit at the same time?”

In honor of last night’s World Series no-hitter (this first since 1956) here’s a quote from Yogi Berra, the guy who never said most of the things he said. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Apparently he was frustrated with his coach, who told him to think his way out of a batting slump. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

How can a guy think and hit at the same time?

Yogi Berra

If you’ve tried to hit a 90 mph pitch (which I did once or twice at a batting cage), you know exactly what he’s talking about. You can’t even see the ball at that speed much less think about hitting it.

What are some other things you can’t think and do at the same time? Offhand I’m thinking of skateboarding, singing, dancing, playing guitar, shuffling a deck of cards, telling a joke…

Via The New Yorker.

Books · Quotes · You

“If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive.”

I like this idea…

If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive.

Kenneth Goldsmith

The book Show Your Work references this quote and really brings it home with an image that illustrates how a good picture can outshine even the best words.

πŸ‘‰ By the way, Show Your Work inspires this blog and will most definitely be getting its own super summary (or series) here (eventually).


“Be truthful, not neutral”

I heard this quote mentioned on an episode of In Conversation about objectivity in journalism during these polarized days. It’s so classic and simple.

We must always be truthful, not neutral.

Christiane Amanpour

On the podcast they give a great example…

If one person says it’s raining outside, and another person says it’s not raining, then the journalist’s job is not to give equal time to both viewpoints, but rather to go outside and see if it’s f’ing raining. πŸ’ͺ