Taralei Griffin

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Category: Alliteration Agenda (page 1 of 10)

Democracy Or Bust

Over the past year, We, the People of the United States of America, have been inundated with buzzwords and sound bites, attempting both to get us involved and to keep us distracted.

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Stronger Together. Historic. All of us. Isis. Protest voting. Believe me. Trust me. Spoiler vote. One percent. Freedom. Build a wall. Equality. Racism. Political Correctness. Grab ’em by the pussy. Socialism. Both a Public and Private Position. Liberals. Deplorables. Tone Down For What. Immigrants. Conservatives. Such a nasty woman. Revolution. Emails. Feel The Bern. I’m With Her. Make America Great Again.

Personally, the word that has most impacted me is Democracy.

The challenge to build a better democracy has always been there. This isn’t hearkening back to some better age; this is a new beginning, and your voice is crucial.

-Mark Ruffalo & Annie Leonard, “We Must Rebuild Our Democracy”

I spent the majority of my spring and summer in our nation’s capitol, fighting for a true democracy. Now, I am back in Tennessee, which has been my home for the past five years, and I am planning on doing something that many people think is crazy….

I am running for congress. In 2018, I plan on being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Tennessee’s 7th District.
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Teaser Tuesday (Aug. 2)

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My Teaser:
Biodiversity is a result of the process of evolution, and it is also a safety net that helps keep that process going. In order to pass our own genes into the future and enable our offspring to live long and prosper, we must reverse the current trend and preserve as much biodiversity as possible. If we don’t we will sooner or later join the fossil record of extinction.

-29% on Kindle: Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Books and a Beat.

To play along:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Please comment with a link to your teasers, or if you don’t have a blog, just type your TT into a comment. I’d love to read them! Thanks.

This Teaser Tuesday post is part of my week-long Alliteration Agenda. Stay tuned for more posts this week!

Feel Your Beat

People channel their emotions many different ways. For me, writing is the best, but it’s not the only way. I am not always able to wrangle my emotions enough to sit down and focus my energy on writing. That is where music comes in – especially EDM.

Whether I’m happy or sad, empowered or confused, grief-stricken or content, EDM can help me express that. We are taught to hold our emotions within, that some emotions need to be quiet – but all emotions are loud. They all affect the way the beat of your heart feels in your chest, they consume your mind and body, causing a need for a way to release them. Whether you dance to the beat, or simply listen and let the beat focus you, EDM connects what you are thinking and feeling, and allows you to let it out. After you let it out, you can enjoy the song again and again just for the joy of dancing. Continue reading

Who is the Unifier?

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If you know me at all, it’s pretty obvious that I support Bernie Sanders. Many people support me in this – many others think I’m crazy, and say I should support Hillary Clinton. When I ask why, the most prevalent answer is that she would be our first female president.

When I answer that I don’t believe that is a good enough reason to choose our future leader, people tear me apart – and while there have been a few men who called me crazy, the women who support Hillary have said much worse.
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Teaser Tuesday (July 5)

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My Teaser:
Sometimes I think you don’t like me very much, she said.
Like? he said. Is that all you want to be? Liked? Wouldn’t you rather be passionately and voraciously desired?
Yes, she said, but not every night.

-page 101 of Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Books and a Beat.

To play along:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Please comment with a link to your teasers, or if you don’t have a blog, just type your TT into a comment. I’d love to read them! Thanks.

This Teaser Tuesday post is part of my week-long Alliteration Agenda. Stay tuned for more posts this week!

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