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    Child Custody in the Time of Pandemia

    I am still raw from the March 13th sting when we, terrified by a novel virus, canceled classes at the high school where I teach -- where my youngest attends -- and floored it home without a backward glance, locked ourselves up tightly, and refused to open for friend and stranger both. I forced smiles for all the kids in my care, "What an adventure!" it said. We got this. I got this.

    Simply Insignificant

    Lately, I have been feeling a bit small. There are so many BIG concerns in the world right now that my life feels ... well ... unimportant.

    Maintaining is the New Thriving

    Don’t misunderstand me: Sierra’s death is in here, waiting, like lava bubbling deep inside a sleeping volcano. It will have its day, as such losses do, whether I want it or not.

    On predictions of death

    I am like him. When I am angry, my eyes flash contemptuously and I say nothing. I feel wrath and hatefulness and plan cruelty. It passes. I’m glad that is mostly all.

    Click Love 07.24.2020

    It feels like the world is speeding up. I catch myself living in the future, so this week I tried to focus on staying present. My transcendental meditation practice and daily journaling are two routines that have been helping me.

    My birthday is almost here. Usually, it’s the highlight of my year. I always have a blowout party, but this year feels different. I will celebrate with the small group I’ve been sheltering in place with for the last several months. It will be an intimate celebration, but I will be grateful for it. Perhaps that is one of the lessons we are meant to learn during this pandemic; to take more time to relish the tiny moments we so often took for granted before.

    I’m dreaming of Banana Split ice cream cake. We’ll see if I get one.
    ~Cooper

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s response to Rep. Ted Yoho’s “apology” for his verbal attack on her makes important points about casual misogyny all women have faced (many on a regular basis).

    I was fist-pumping and “yeah gxrl-ing” in my den as I watched AOC speak the truth we all need to hear. Here’s a section that particularly moved me:

    “And I am here because I have to show my parents that I am their daughter and that they did not raise me to accept abuse from men. Now, what I am here to say is that this harm that Mr. Yoho levied, tried to levy against me, was not just an incident directed at me. But when you do that to any woman, what Mr. Yoho did was give permission to other men to do that to his daughters. In using that language in front of the press, he gave permission to use that language against his wife, his daughters, women in his community, and I am here to stand up to say that is not acceptable.”

    And, here’s a video of her speech in case you missed it.



    We spent every night this week glued to our telescope while following the NEOWISE comet, which only comes around every 6800 years. How cool is that?

    This book by Morgan Harper Nichols will make you feel good.

    Hallelujah! Studio: David Lynch has a line of face masks featuring Lynch’s films and art.

    These headphones saved my marriage. Seriously.

    I’m dreaming of these bikini bottoms and this bikini top.

    My journal is almost full, so it’s time for a new one. I like this one because it’s faux leather and it has an owl on it!

    You know I like a little strange, so here’s a link to 10 strange places you can explore virtually, including the Paris Catacombs and Chernobyl. Good times.

    If you find something weird and/or cool you think I should include in next week’s Click Love, click here!

    That’s all for now. Until next week…

    Cooper Gillespiehttp://gxrlpod.com
    Cooper is responsible for all the operations inside GXRL. She holds a BA in theatre from Smith College and an MFA in creative nonfiction from University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert. When she's not writing and editing, she's hosting the GXRL podcast, acting, and rocking out with her two bands LANDROID and Bang Sugar Bang.
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    Latest Posts

    Child Custody in the Time of Pandemia

    I am still raw from the March 13th sting when we, terrified by a novel virus, canceled classes at the high school where I teach -- where my youngest attends -- and floored it home without a backward glance, locked ourselves up tightly, and refused to open for friend and stranger both. I forced smiles for all the kids in my care, "What an adventure!" it said. We got this. I got this.

    Simply Insignificant

    Lately, I have been feeling a bit small. There are so many BIG concerns in the world right now that my life feels ... well ... unimportant.

    Maintaining is the New Thriving

    Don’t misunderstand me: Sierra’s death is in here, waiting, like lava bubbling deep inside a sleeping volcano. It will have its day, as such losses do, whether I want it or not.

    On predictions of death

    I am like him. When I am angry, my eyes flash contemptuously and I say nothing. I feel wrath and hatefulness and plan cruelty. It passes. I’m glad that is mostly all.
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