Not writing. Anne Lamott says, “Stop not writing.”
So, with my morning window whittled down to a half hour before I am in the dentist’s chair to complete a root canal (my second in a month) I am going to write.
I’m looking for the tunnel to get back into my wealth inequality project I began to envision last year at the Ralston Writers’ Retreat. It excited me because it included cartooning and research with writing.
I think unconscious bias is one of the hardest things to get at.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Given that truth, I have been watching my reactions to the ever widening wealth gap in my local view and what glimpses of the national scene I find the guts and attention to view. And I have been informed that many people who come to America to thrive here in Silicon Valley do not donate to local poverty issues: They send money to international organizations who provide relief for war torn refugees and victims of famine and large scale catastrophes.
It makes the scale of poverty for those in America look, well, like a first world problem. However, the increasing number of malnourished children and the decreasing ways OUT of financial disability in our country are on a rapid rise.
And I have challenged myself to read what conservatives who write for social policy say try to understand the views of both poles of current political thought.
One thing I observe is true is that the rising American inequality contains every urgent social issue and it is affecting every community, school district, health, and civic engagement.
I tried one piece, a large sheet “info comic” on how the wide, wide wealth gap affects the health of a child.