I don't want to lose momentum or disappoint anyone taking a look to see what's new.
At the same time, it was a relief to have the election over, and I've ended up needing a longer debriefing period than I expected. My office remains piled with stuff. My bedroom is disheveled, and my inbox is a nightmare.
Thanksgiving came and went, tons of family and fun, and now I can't figure out how to regroup and get organized with more holidays coming up so closely.
In terms of politics, I'm trying to take a zen approach. I have the same sort of emotional/intellectual reaction to current politics, including the disgraceful treatment of Susan Rice by a few knuckleheads with too much sway; and the fascinating, tortured contortions of Republicans in Congress, trying to figure out how to reconcile Grover, the election mandate, and the ever looming mid-term elections.
My approach involves simply observing my reactions, "Oh, hmmm, that really pisses me off. Interesting. I see that my gut is telling me to delve at length into these issues, but my head is telling me to chillax and trust all the good, smart people, including dozens of high-profile bloggers, to keep a sane point of view articulated into the public discourse.
See? I need to spend this time relearning how to use short, declarative sentences, don't I? Ha! I think I will take Strunk and White to bed with me each night for awhile.
My intention is to begin work on my book in earnest after the first of the year, no later than January. I will post twice in December about the book, once with an overview of the subject matter (related to class and race in the US), and again with more about its philosophy.
By the end of the week I will have up my "What I've Learned" kinda thing I'm writing in honor of my 50th birthday.