Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

Small life in this house, big news in this world

My life, at the moment, is quiet and slow. Home, trying to rest, trying to be productive and useful, making sure to eat okay, visiting with the cat, getting out when I feel like it: life is very basic. One way things have been slow is that it wasn't until today, nearly a month past when I normally get it, that I received the quarterly Fred Meyer mailer with my quarterly discount. I was starting to wonder if I was going to get it.

Meanwhile, of course, goes the whirl of news around our lives, what's often been a faster whirl of "this happens then this happens then somehow this other thing happens" than I'd usually experienced before.

I've been watching some of the protests, some of which have been extraordinary. The Tuesday night crowd completely filling the Burnside Bridge between west and east Portland, with thousands lying silently on the pavement for nearly nine minutes to mark the loss of George Floyd, who died from cops holding him down on a road and kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes. A horrible, ugly death; an overwhelming, quietly furious response. And, like I said, extraordinary.

Another tiny memoir of life, contained in this blog entry.

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