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Christine L. Slocum
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Right now, in the flesh, I’m wearing a lot of makeup and constantly drawing the curtains. I’m fine, it’ll pass. But you can still catch me in a highly censored way on social media, that is, when I’m not busy ducking that too. Twitter. Argh, Twitter. It…

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Every now and then I imagine how it could be so different. Word on the internet is that we have a military-heavier, social welfare-lighter budget. I’m dismayed with the HUD cuts. I’m dismayed with the arts cuts. I’m dismayed by the cuts to meals for…

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I want to tell you this story because it’s so Buffalo, and Buffalo is the unifying theme of my life right now. Buffalo isn’t my hometown. I grew up two hours away, meaning I have a very similar cultural background but none of the local history is woven in…

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I keep asking myself, over and over again: What can I do? Who do I do it with? What can I accomplish, with this increasingly diminished amount of energy? And I look on the margins of what I already do to see if I can do more And I look at what needs to be…

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I tend to overestimate the amount of weight I can comfortably carry. As long as I can stand with the combination of children, backpack, or grocery bags on my body, I do. I decide the discomfort is temporarily tolerable. After all it’s just a block/few…

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When I was young, and Catholic, and learning the world was awful, I leaned into two things to be OK with it. 1) God is going to bring justice in the afterlife. 2) The belief that I could have some effect on far-off suffering by praying about it. I prayed…

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Today is Valentine’s Day. So I gave some of my blood away. Seemed reasonable enough, and I’m fine. My blood is A+, which I choose to interpret as it being excellent. I’ve donated a lot, enough to only approximately have an idea how many times I’ve donated…

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“Fear makes you do the wrong things.” –my next door neighbor “Trust that you can cope.” –my closest friend Buffalo had its “Ferguson”. There were protests. I decided to go. My professional networks had been advocating for more police training for a long…

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I impulsively quit drinking and coffee. These are things that have made the people close to me do a double-take. It’s not that impulsive choices from me surprise them, it’s just that coffee and drinks-consumed-in-moderation were kind of my favorites. I…

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The Lorax could point at me and say, “there she is, a Person Who Cares a Whole Awful Lot,” and it would be true. I would love to play off my tough, unruffled exterior, that is 100% an act that everyone kindly pretends they aren’t aware, as meaning I’m too…
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