It’s 3 pm on a Wednesday. I’ve finally showered. I lit a candle and I burned sage. I walked to the mailbox and to the new bakery in town and cried with a new friend and ate the quiche she made. I’ve also received tone-deaf PR emails with titles like “Politics suck. This ladle doesn’t.” and resisted the urge to respond with vitriol.

This is not a blog about politics, but today, it has to be. I’m too distraught about the election results to tell you about a great new recipe. And as much as I want to tell you, “Let’s all just have a potluck and work it out,” I’m not there yet. I’m saddened, angry, and frankly fearful that about half of voters chose fear, protectionism, and yes, sometimes racism and sexism, over progress, openness, and equality.

So I’m going to take the advice of an eloquent friend: “Feel your feelings. Anger is a worthy emotion. Just don’t let it metastasize into hate because then you become what you’re angry at.”

And with that, I will leave you with a list of reads, etc. that gave me all the feels today.

  • Grace Bonney, thank you for these words. They resonated so much, because I, too, left the liberal bubble and am trying hard to see other perspectives with openness.
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, I DO want to choose these values. I will re-read this post every time I feel despondent.
  • Lela Barker is a fierce and amazing mentor of mine for Stewart & Claire. This story had me ugly crying.
  • And finally, Hillary Clinton’s concession speech: “And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

** The illustration above is on a tote bag I have from Jon Wye. It felt apt today.