Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Be gone, Steam Fangs and Flack Gobbler

It has been a long time since I read a piece by Anne Lamott (her last piece in Salon was in March 2007), but the woman got me through many a rocky parenting time, particularly in the early days, with her book Operating Instructions.

And now she has written what feels like the wisest thing I have read about the coming election.

Steam Fangs and Flack Gobbler (the names of the candidates who I do not support after, as Anne Lamott suggests, running their names through the the Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator) can get the hell out of my nightmares--I kid you not--I was up at 3 am the other night freaking out about Flack Gobbler.

I really hope that the folks running the Obama campaign, and the candidate himself, read her piece because it gave me a blast of good karma energy and hope that I'm thinking they could use a little dose of right about now.

And now I'm going to follow up with at least a little bit of Anne's prescription--drink some water, eat the bar of chocolate, and get the damn lawn sign put up.


Shana said...

Thanks for sharing this link. I found the advice so soothing -- not just for dealing with election anxiety, but more broadly than that. We oughtn't need to be reminded to drink fluids and take one step after the other and all of that, but sometimes it helps.

Jen said...

Oh, I LOVE Anne Lamott. And I could sure use a dose of good cheer right now. Thanks for posting this.

Jen said...

It *is* a good post. And I am spending time registering folks, volunteering at headquarters, donating money.

I'm sort of in a tailspin feeling that whatever I'm giving it's not enough and what I'm giving is already kind of wearing me down. Lovely conundrum, huh? OTOH, it's all about winning the good fight.

UGH. It shouldn't have come to this.

Alex Harrison said...

"Revolver Trooper" (aka: Alex) says: Less political talk- more recipes!! I am DYING to make that feta cucumber dip!! :)