Hillary Clinton Posts

RAISED UP WHITE IN ALABAMA

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment in a series of interviews I’m conducting with people across the country. This is an effort to get to know the stories of the people whose status updates I see on Facebook.  It is the discovery of how people came to form their political beliefs, what worries they might have and what gives them hope. These are #PeopleoftheResistance. If you have a story to share, shoot me a note

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Atlanta, Georgia – Jennie Miller Helderman came from a broken home. “My mother went to Auburn and my father went to Alabama,” she explained. “In the football culture of the South that amounts to a broken home.” read more

Truth Isn’t Always Self-Evident

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This is an exercise in reasoning.

It might be a little hard to grasp at first but bear with me. It may seem improbable, but it is possible for one’s pea-picking brain to hold two truths in one’s head at one time. For instance, “It is snowing in Oregon tonight.” And, “Georgia peaches are the best. Wish I had me some.” The one thought is independent of the other. But thinking about peaches doesn’t mean that I can’t also recognize that it is snowing outside.  

In the same fashion, we can say, “Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 Election, in part, because millions of voters weren’t motivated to vote at all. They were loathe to elect her.” 

And: “American Intelligence officials have confirmed that they have proof that Russia interfered with the Election of 2016 and that they had a clear favorite -Donald Trump. Senators from both sides of the aisles are alarmed by these findings.”

  See how that works?  

It can be true that Hillary Clinton lost because people weren’t motivated enough to get out and vote for her. read more

The Danger of Nationalism & the Complexities of Grace

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I’ve been working through the topic of forgiveness all year. It is the theme of the upcoming book – Christian Bend (Fall 2017, Mercer University Press). It’s one of those God poetry things. I knew when I began writing this Appalachian tale that takes place in Tennessee and France that the last book would address the topic of forgiveness and redemption.

What I didn’t know when I began writing the first of the three books in 2005 was just how much personal & national forgiveness I would wrestle with as I concluded the books in 2016.  There are things going on in all of our lives, deeply wounding things, about which we don’t speak. We gather during the holidays, or other times throughout the year and put those hurts aside in the interest of everybody just getting along. I’ve done it. I’m sure you have done it, too. There are many in this nation who are suggesting, some even demanding, that we do that now. For the sake of the country. Because we are all Americans. Or so the admonitions go. read more

In Memory of Ellen & the Adventures

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There’s a stack of papers on my desk needing my attention while I type this out – the edits on the next novel, Christian Bend (note name change, formerly Rain). When you read the book the name change will become apparent.

Twenty years ago this very day, I walked into the local newspaper office and began my first job as a reporter. It was my 40th birthday. I knew even that very day that I would always remember it as a significant life change. I had been writing already, having been prompted to take up writing when professor & poet George Venn called forth the skill dormant within. He saw it long before I even realized it was something I might enjoy doing. I consider him part wizard, actually, this ability he had to speak a gifting into life. I hadn’t known that was even possible at such a late age in life. read more

GET OUT THE VOTE

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Vote. People died fighting for that right. Don’t waste their bloodshed. Quit your whining & Vote.  This isn’t a popularity contest. You don’t have to “Like” the people you elect. You have to elect people who can run the country, who won’t heedlessly send our soldiers into war.

dads-casketVote. It’s not just your right – it’s your obligation. Vote.

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Book Karen