I’m leaving on vacation after today’s show… “Boca” Britany Somers will fill in while I’m gone.
Today, Jeff Sharlet, author of C Street, The Family and other books and articles is our guest. The article he wrote in GQ about being gay in Putin’s Russia is at “Inside the Iron Closet: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Putin’s Russia“.
I’m headed down to Tulum, Mexico for yoga, mediation and to regroup… At the end of the show, I read a paragraph sent to me by listener Robert in NY, and it’s actually what this vacation is all about. We should all take its advice:
This morning I have been pondering a nearly forgotten lesson I learned in high school music. Sometimes in band or choir, music requires players or singers to hold a note longer than they actually can hold a note. In those cases, we were taught to mindfully stagger when we took a breath so the sound appeared uninterrupted. Everyone got to breathe, and the music stayed strong and vibrant. Yesterday, I read an article that suggested the administration’s litany of bad executive orders (more expected on LGBTQ next week) is a way of giving us “protest fatigue” – we will literally lose our will to continue the fight in the face of the onslaught of negative action. Let’s remember MUSIC. Take a breath. The rest of the chorus will sing. The rest of the band will play. Rejoin so others can breathe. Together, we can sustain a very long, beautiful song for a very, very long time. You don’t have to do it all, but you must add your voice to the song. With special love to all the musicians and music teachers in my life…..” #Resist
We can’t all do everything, but we can all do as much as we can as often as we can. And that includes taking care of ourselves for the long haul.
I’ll see you on the 20th… but please come back and keep Boca Brit company next week!