I stand on the side of those in my LGBTQ community. I stand on the side of women who need a voice. I am on the side of the kids in the neighborhood that play with my grandchildren in our yard. I am on the side of teachers everywhere who struggle each day to do the job they love despite the misery and poor pay. I am on the side of the dreams I have for my daughter’s family.

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I’m not a fan of the people who are always warning that X is simply a distraction from Y, which is their issue and, as a result, the REAL issue.  I’m a woman, a mom, and a lawyer and I know how to multitask as easily as I breathe.

But I do stop from time to time to remember where I stand.

I am on the side of the trees, and the mycelia that link them all across the landbase.  I am on the side of the streams, the watershed, and the Potomac River.  I am on the side of the foxes, the chipmunks, and the fireflies.  I am on the side of ocean waves and cats, both of which swirl around our ankles and remind us what a gorgeously sensuous planet this is.  I am on the side of honeysuckle, morning fog, and lilacs.  And peonies.  I am on…

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