I started a blog last January – now almost a year ago – and never finished it. Started it with a question How did I get through 2016? Some years fly, others appear to crawl by….the last one was full of “stuff”. Now almost another year later, I’m not sure I or anyone has fully had the time nor the tools to process the shocks of what has happened since two megalomaniacs on different sides of the globe have taken power to a whole new level of darkness. Survival seems to have surfaced as the MO for a lot of people. Yes. this past year’s been a watershed about survival.
Survived my mom who finally left after 90.5 years in early January. Rest in peace as she had seen WWII, been hungry and poor, happy and soared in her prime and ready to leave when her time was up. I still haven’t recovered from the enormity of that loss. No one really does from losing the person who gave us birth. Her and dad’s photo taken when they were in their late 40’s sits on the bookcase; I light a candle in front it. Just about every night these days. My personal pooja; the mini altar for someone who is not religious. Why not pay tribute to the two people who gave me the gift of their enormous love and never ceased to believe in me or in any of their children being and doing good. That –as I’ve discovered – is not a legacy a lot others got from their parents.
It’s been a year of conflicts, threats, and – I hope – the beginning of social movements that are a must if we’re going to buck the onslaught rammed down our throats by the neo-liberals and fascists making a comeback on the political scene. Won’t waste my space to even mention their names. As one of 12,000 college faculty, I too was on strike for 5 weeks this fall. In the freezing mornings on outdoor picket duty with colleagues, I learned that the President of my college is a coward and a liar. Also relearned after years of not having had to strike that rising onto the barricades is not only a right but an absolute must if any of us are going to get our voices heard. And it’ll take tons more protesting to turn the tide of privatization using public, taxpayers’ money, to dismantle public post-secondary education. That is the ultimate agenda of neo-liberals; to privatize health care, education, child- and eldercare to make all of us pay out of our own pockets. Read the rest of this entry »