Archive for conflict

That sure is one way

“You gave me two assignments. 1.) Not to call you 2.) Not to see you,” he wrote her. “So now I’m a busy man.” – Viktor Shklovsky to Elsa Triolet

How hard would it have been to say some kinder words instead

“don’t condescend to the adults in your life, as a rule”

Linda Tirado is why I can never quit Twitter. 

Y’all. My child. Has just told me. She can’t write an apology because she doesn’t know “what to write besides fuck you.” I have never been prouder and I can’t laugh because this is Very Serious Imagine in ten years when she’s protesting tho …

The whole thread made my day.

To the south

After I moved back to Canada in 1996, I spent many years trying to determine what made Canadians and Americans different. I came to two conclusions: (1) Americans are ruled by zeal, (2) Canadians by a sense of the commonweal.

About a month ago I decided to go with a third conclusion as well: Americans hate one another.

Considerable simplifications, I know, but with high explanatory value.

Related

Back in 2016 a woman in my Dialectical Behavioural Therapy class told us she was “practicing not having Costco-size emotional reactions to 7-11-sized situations.” It became my motto.