And Now We’re Healing

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Thirty One]

I had a massive misunderstanding with a close friend.

Around being nonbinary.

Around using the they / them pronouns.

And we didn’t listen to one another for days.

And then we finally did.

But first the news:

We shouted.
We said things we both regret.
We told the truth.
We fought.
We pushed back.
We lashed out.

And then we listened.

And now we’re healing.


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I Love Ya, Tomorrow

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Six]

Why are you so looking forward to tomorrow, Leander?

Just, cause, y’know.

No big deal.

I mean, really, whatevs.

But first the news:

“The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States at noon (EST) on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, will mark the commencement of the four-year term of Joe Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice president. The inaugural ceremony will take place on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. and will be the 59th presidential inauguration. Biden will take the oath of office as president, and Harris will take the oath of office as vice president.

“The inauguration will take place amidst extraordinary political, public health, economic, and national security crises, including outgoing President Donald Trump‘s attempts to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election, which incited a storming of the Capitol, Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment, and a threat of widespread civil unrest, which stimulated a nationwide law enforcement response. Festivities were sharply curtailed by efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate the potential for violence near the Capitol.[1][2] The live audience will be limited to members of the 117th United States Congress and, for each, one guest of their choosing, resembling a State of the Union address.[3] Public health measures such as mandatory face coverings, testing, temperature checks, and social distancing will be used to protect participants in the ceremony.[4]

“‘America United’ and ‘Our Determined Democracy: Forging a More Perfect Union’–a reference to the Preamble to the United States Constitution–will serve as the inaugural themes.[5]
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In Case You’re Wondering What the Dutch Think

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Ninety Seven]

This is a reprint from NL Times with attribution but without permission – hopefully I won’t get in trouble – the highlights and links are my own.

Anti-fascism protest in Amsterdam following insurrection at US Capitol

A demonstration against fascism will be held in Amsterdam this afternoon. More than ten different organizations are involved, including Extinction Rebellion, BIJ1 Amsterdam, and Code Red. The protest was organized in response to the recent storming of the Capitol in the United States by Donald Trump supporters

The demonstration under the name “From US to NL, never again fascism” is expected to last from 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and was initially set to take place on the Museumplein. However, following advice from the Amsterdam municipal health institute, the protest was moved to the Westerpark and will be capped at 500 participants. 

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That Feeling You’re Feeling Is Shock

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Ninety Five]

Photo by Quick PS on Unsplash

Or surprise or trauma or depression or disappointment or rage or pity.

Me, too.

And that’s okay.

But first the news:

If you need some ideas around self care, please read In Case Of Emergency, Break Glass, but these are my coping strategies and they may or may not work for you, in that case, I’ve compiled a few resources for dealing with shock and trauma.

First, of course, a qualifier – I am not a doctor.

If you think you might cause harm to yourself or others, please seek professional help.

And I love you.

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