Put A Pin In It

As a white woman of privilege, I joined in outraged solidarity with others in my community at the results of the election. As the mother of two black sons, I wanted so desperately to be surprised by this election. As luck would have it, I got to be surprised in a new way. Just when I thought our level of blind racial injustice could go no deeper, we "put a pin in it." Seriously? 

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Susanne Schmidt
Thank you Mr. Speaker

I have spent countless hours in the Vermont House Chamber listening to a myriad of politicians lobby for, what they believed to be, the will of the people they represent. Last Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to forge a different experience of this glorious space, as I listened to "true" stories. 

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Susanne Schmidt
Dance Like Everyone is Watching

My teenage sons would say,

"No mother please don't dance like no one is watching. The person who who invented that line was a terrible dancer who had no children or friends. You should dance as if everyone is watching and judging".

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Susanne Schmidt
The Organic Hunger Games

 I will readily admit that I was not a supporter of the original plan that favored a bourgeois cooperative over a more utilitarian supermarket, but I don't begrudge this decision. It is however, hard to reconcile what this "good intention" has devolved into. 

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Susanne Schmidt