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Sometimes Mondays

 . . . are particularly Monday-feeling kind of Mondays, y'know? And THOSE are the Mondays when it's really time to . . . 


On Mondays I share a few tidbits and miscellaneous things I discovered over the weekend. A little of this, some of that. Things to amuse, amaze, entertain, or inform. Maybe even something to rev you up!

And this Monday??? On this Monday . . . I dedicate this space to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Buckle up. Vroom- vroom. Welcome to Start Your Engines: RBG Edition.

Let's get to it.


"Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time."
            --- Ruth Bader Ginsburg


(My RBG, action figure, watches over me from my bookshelf every day.)




Heavy sigh.

I so wish I could say something . . . original, eloquent, fitting . . . in tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But, really. I'm just too wrung out and frazzled and sad for my brain to work in that way. Besides, many other more skilled writers have already written beautiful tributes. So instead, I'm just going to share these most excellent words from Rebecca Traister for you. And leave you with this link, so you can read the full piece she wrote for The Cut. (It's not long; worth a read, and with a slightly different perspective than most of the other articles you've likely already read.)

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg matters, now as much as she ever has, but her survival alone couldn’t have saved us, any more than getting rid of Donald Trump will save us. We are facing something far larger: a desperate, life-or-death fight to rebuild, reimagine, reform (and in some cases raze) enormous apparatuses, including our criminal justice, electoral, health-care, and education systems, labor and capitalism, education, housing, the courts themselves, and, most urgently, the health of our planet. It will call on us to fight as fiercely and with as much determination as Ginsburg herself fought, through her life and career.”



It all feels so overwhelming right now. Much as I want to do something, I feel so hopeless; so helpless. What can we DO with our sorrow and our anger and our rage?

Here are some ideas. . . 


First, Lift Her Up!

I'm not sure how many of you already follow Dr. Bertrice Berry on Instagram (or other social media platforms; I think she's on Facebook, too), but every day, Dr. Bertrice Berry posts a personal, heartfelt, inspirational, and love-filled message of hope for anyone who's listening. (Have a kleenex ready. She makes me cry on the regular.)

Over the weekend, she donned a dissent collar and provided a 7-minute talk about how important it is for us to "join hands and carry on her [RBG's] legacy."

"Lift up her life.
And her light.
And her work.

Because Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has lifted us to the highest place we have been, and it's our duty to continue with her work.

We've got angels, y'all."
    --- Dr. Bertrice Berry


Next, Immerse Yourself.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg became "notorious" for many reasons. A lot of us followed along with her career as it was unfolding, all of us benefitted from her tireless commitment to equality. Immerse yourself in her life and accomplishments; be inspired to move forward.

Right now, you can find all kinds of information and articles about RBG through a simple Google search. You can also find and read some great books about her. Books like . . . 

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I read this one when it was first published in 2015. (And then I immediately purchased a copy for my daughter and my daughter-in-law.)


Or this one, which has been on my to-read list for a while now.


There are some excellent movies you can watch right now, too.

Tom and I watched the movie On The Basis of Sex on Friday night. (I think it's streaming right now on Showtime. You can also purchase it through Prime or iTunes to stream.) And last night, we watched RBG, an excellent CNN documentary. (It's streaming on Hulu right now. Maybe other channels, too, but we watched on Hulu.)


Then, Do Something Concrete!

Put your money where your (broken) heart is!

There are many worthy organizations working hard to bring about the changes RBG fought so hard for. Tom and I are long-time supporters of the ACLU, and in RBG's honor, we plan to up our donation. There are so many vital organizations working for justice right now -- and I'm sure one is a good match for your own heart. You can also support political candidates trying to flip seats in the Senate -- or local candidates and races that matter to you. And if you're interested in supporting causes near and dear to RBG's heart, you can consider these options.

Contact your senators!

Let them know what you think about confirming a Supreme Court justice this close to an election.



Get everyone you know to vote.
Get people you don't know to vote. (Here's a link to Postcards to Voters to make this one do-able.)

RBG. May her memory be a revolution.


And . . . that's it for me on this Monday morning.

Hang in there, friends.
Keep moving forward.



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Thank you for the copious ways we can walk our talk, that we’ve had a few days to [try to] find our grip :(


Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you. I can’t believe how really, really sad I have been. I may watch On The Basis of Sex this afternoon. Sending a hug your way. XO


I have been bereft, but thank you for the link to Rebecca Traister's article. It felt like a ray of hope while RBG sat on the court, but I know that she alone could not save us. I've donated to the ACLU, written my postcards, and am reading Conversations With RBG. We MUST continue her work.


Thank you for showing us ways to turn our sorrow and despair into positive actions. I'm wearing my RGB pin again today and will continue to wear it to remind myself to not give up hope.


I love "may her memory be a revolution" Perfect! Thanks so much for all the links Kym.


Conversation with RBG was the best book (I listened to the author read it and it was excellent!)

I have prepared myself for the worst, because I am pretty sure that it will happen. But I have a sliver of hope that all those donations over the weekend will equate to votes on Nov. 3... yes... may her memory be a revolution!


It was a sad weekend for us in the wake of the news, but I also felt really inspired to carry on Ruth's good work. The quote you included is so on the nose -- she alone couldn't save us or fix all the things that are wrong with our country, but her life is an excellent example for us: We need to work to make small changes consistently, and we will get there eventually.

Gale Z

Thank you for this. I love the VOTE graphic with the dissent collar.

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