First experience at Maoz Vegetarian. YUM.
This week. Wow, this past week. So much has happened and it’s all bee so wonderful. SCOTUS! Sitting at work, alone, (Fridays are quiet) I got the news from my best friend.What a great way to get it. I teared up with joy. The overwhelming feeling of happiness, of safety, of security. Of knowing that the U.S. government recognizes me as a valid entity worthy of the same rights.
As my dad said, and this really meant a lot: “The thing is Rach, you were never a second-class citizen to begin with. Don’t forget that. They just got with the program.”
I write a good deal about queer politics and intersectionality here on the blog. Wow, how things come full circle. It feels incredibly validating to have marriage equality recognized by all 50 states. My reaction: enjoy this. Enjoy the moment for the battle is won but the war is not yet over. We still have a long way to go. But for now, savor this. I know I am.
Pretty much sums it up:
On a personal scale:
First off, I submitted my first piece to an online queer site. If it’s not accepted, I plan to publish it here.
On an even smaller scale: thrilled with my new kicks. Decided to treat myself to a new pair of shoes in light of yesterday’s good news, as a celebration of this week, a celebration of beautiful Miami and how much I love it here. While I’ll be glad to vacation in NC for a couple of weeks soon, I’ll be so sad to leave this place that has so welcomed me into its fold. To leave all of the art deco buildings and palm trees, feral cats, parrots, and coconuts. I feel oddly at home here, and I can’t wait to come back.
On a similar note: I finished Judy Blume’s new novel, (written for grown ups!) In the Unlikely Event, on Thursday of this week. One of my most favorite podcasts, NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, gave a heads up a couple of weeks ago that they’d be discussing the book on this week’s (put out yesterday) podcast. Something about it tantalized me. I bought the book on kindle (one of the few novels I’ve purchased electronically!) and read it in just a few days. There’s a bit about Miami Beach there, which was a welcome similarity and strange collision between my life and a fictional (well, sort of fictional) world. This story was also a fantastic segway linking my life to what I just read. The book is a fun summer read, a period piece that really engages multiple levels of conflict, growth, tragedy, and familial structures.
Favorite Miami view: from the balcony where I’m staying. I often sit out here, reading, writing, reflecting. Summers are always a time of introspection and growth.
In that vein, would anyone be interested in a post about the books I’ve read this summer? My voracity for the written word runs rampant in the wild days of summer, unbound by academia and responsibility, and the multitude of articles I read during the academic year. I’ve blown through quite a few books so far, and I’ve got thoughts and feelings on all of them.
I’m also thinking (put this out on Twitter last week to a positive response) of doing a podcast round up. I mention several podcasts that I listen to throughout my other posts, but I’m toying with the idea of a podcast review. What I listen to, why and maybe a few choice episodes that I’d recommend to folks. Thoughts on either of these?