6/7/08

more good news

this could not come at a more needed time--good news has been like this for me lately: yesterday, i found out that my short story, "talk on elekuro street," a piece i first wrote in 2006, and changed a bit since, has been accepted for publication in stand magazine, a notable literary journal based in the uk. the story was under consideration for nearly six months, and so i had put it to rest, and focused on other works. this acceptance is a bit surreal and another reminder that timing is divine.

6/3/08

somewhere half way

on the eve of the new year, i wrote this. six months later, i understand those words more now than i did then; this is the mark of experience. 'boldly into the unknown'? not always. steadfast? indeed.

the magic, the magic

i've just watched barack obama's acknowledgement of himself as the democratic nominee for the 2008 presidential race. i also watched 16 months ago, here on my living room floor, when he declared his intention to enter the primary race. then he was and tonight he remains both a nuanced and invigorating blend of grace, genuineness, and astuteness rarely seen in a public figure, much less a politician.

16 months ago, watching and listening to obama was pure magic, shameless swooning and all. tonight, it is still magical--admittedly the more subdued form that results from experiencing a contentious race that has mirrored the most beautiful and ugliest of our natures. i'd certainly become fatigued of the process over the last few weeks. tonight though, i am re-energized and re-inspired by what is possible for we who witness this.

i'm grateful to be a tiny part of the grassroots movement that's led to this historical moment. i am reminded that 'hope' and 'change' are whatever we decide: superficial, feel-good slogans, or an opportunity to do the work necessary to become the best of what we might be. ultimately it is less about who barack obama is, and more about who we are becoming.

here is to living the dream, and more fearless 'hope-mongering.'