I write because I love to tell stories. This was a surprising realization to me. I thought it was because I had something to say. Because I do: I harbor a lusty desire to contribute to the global conversation of human progress and development and justice. There are so many myths I want to explode, so many gnarled masses of foolish assumptions and wicked deceits I want my words to untangle. But ultimately, it turns out I write because I love to tell stories well. To tell them truthfully. And so if my stories also have some point, if they change the reader a little bit, if they answer some questions, or ask some others, then I am pleased. I am ecstatic. I am flattered. But I am reminded: it all begins with the story and how it is told.
Right now I'm obsessed with the 2012 election. Here's why: I've been alive 38 years now and President Obama is the first president whose policies have had a direct impact on my life: as in, I sit here in my house and I think, thank you President Obama for helping me buy this house. And it doesn't stop there. My list is long. And it makes me feel kinda vulnerable. Because politics is personal. It affects us in ways we don't always feel comfortable telling other people. Because the times we really need our government are not our most glorious moments. But I'm going to tell you about them. One every day from now until the election. And I invite you to share my posts if you feel so moved, especially if like me, you do not "de-friend" people who think differently than you do. Happy Voting!