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      I was listening to the radio this morning and heard a lot of talk about fantasy football...

      I was listening to the radio this morning and heard a lot of talk about fantasy football and about how much fun it is and about ways to have fun on this holiday weekend. At one point in Act I Scene ii of PROOF (sorry, I have PROOF on the brain these days...and will until a few weeks after it closes in October) Catherine's sister is trying to convince her to move from Chicago to New York: “New York is so much more fun, you can't believe it.”

      Catherine's response: “The 'fun' thing is really not where my focus is at the moment.”

      The radio comments about football fantasy and how much fun it all is came right after the news: the horrific floods/damage/danger in Southeast Texas, and reports that the Executive Branch in DC has struck deals with construction companies to build proto-type sections of the WALL that will separate Texas and other US states from Mexico.

      Yeah, let's all play fantasy football. No, let's play Mindcraft or Vikings. Let's do anything we can to remove ourselves from facing the possible devastating consequences of being the only country to turn away from the Paris climate change agreement and somehow pretend that the decision is a healthy choice. Let's convince ourselves that pipelines in the northern midwest are too far away from us to really matter...and that the people who live on the land that will be violated must be quaint relics from the past...not truly human. Let's move to New York...or anywhere...that's a fun place unlike the place we call home where all the challenges and problems are.

      The professor from Florida who made a statement that the hurricane in Texas was karma for the people of Texas who voted for the current President was chastised. I can't claim to know anything about karma, but I have a strong belief that the hurricane has a lot to do with climate change and the choices that have been made in the past ignoring or denying it...and the natural results are only going to get worse.

      Trying to find the balance of going on with life and finding joy in the midst of floods and heroin epidemics and barriers to those different from us and teen-age suicide is a challenge. “The 'fun' thing is really not where my focus is at the moment.” I know there's a balance and we need to prevail—as Faulkner said in his famous speech. My family motto is translated “move and persevere.”

      As I ate breakfast this morning, listening to first the two main news items, and then jumping to the radio personalities who jumped right to fantasy football, I heard Catherine, looking incredulously at her sister, saying “The 'fun' thing is really not where my focus is at the moment.” So how do we move and persevere?

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