I wrote this piece as my alter ego Maggie Wells a couple of weeks ago for my local paper job. It’s called Ten percent. It’s inspired by real life events that have been unfolding. One of my favorite teens up here came out (or rather it seems was forced out) of the closet. I think you know where this is going.
Absolutely smart kid with a bright future ahead of her comes out in rural America to unloving maniacal guardian with a history of abusing women who don’t bend to his will.
She’s a kid.
He’s supposed to be the adult. He spreads rumors about his own kid. Threatens her with incarceration in mental health facilities. Texts her friends and threatens them. Texts her friend MY DAUGHTER to threaten her. Threatens the girl’s girlfriend with a ‘redneck rape’ to set her straight. Rural America can be a dark and disturbing place. I feel for the kids growing up both in its wondrous beauty and its evil.
I am praying with all my heart that the girl makes it out of there alive and well and knows she is loved. Knows she is smart. Knows things do get better. Because right now all there is
Pray for the gay kids to overcome their homophobic aggressive and abusive patriarchy run households and schools and communities. And may this tortured soul who truly believes he’s doing the right thing by being a hate filled raging lunatic be brought to justice.
When you live in a county which is primarily national forest , where the government employs most of the people like ours you can expect that people might have something to say about budget cuts and anti-science agenda.
Despite this being opening day for Little League (and you know things done with balls always rule over things done in labs or with data in America) etc over 100 people showed up for Earth Day in Quincy. Not bad considering.
Also my mother who never goes anywhere was willing to come out and March. So yeah, Trumpazoid, you had my introvert Mexican American mom out on a Saturday morning when she’s usually home either cleaning like a fiend or sitting on the couch with a stack of books and two cats.
Here’s some photos from downtown Quincy. Also it was a reunion of sorts. All my favorite adjuncts who left the college I also left were out in full force–wow to think what a great school it could be! But seriously, what a lovely morning in the Sierras with scientists and their groupies. Here’s some photos.
More fun signs! Facts! We are protesting in support of facts! Dr. Linda Cayot who is one of the premiere scientists on the Galapagos happens to live in Quincy (she works for the Galapagos Conservancy. We always feel lucky to have her and she addressed the rally with a timeline of accomplishments in her life time made by American scientists.
Marching up Main Street. My mom! And Anna Thompson (with her dogs whose signs say they are marching for veterinary science). Anna , along with Kyle Merriam, were the women who organized the event. Anna teaches biology courses up at the college. Thanks Anna!