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By Emily Milner

I don’t have a lot of words right now. My family has weathered the pandemic better than I thought we would; my son is back on a mission, serving right now in Bismarck North Dakota. I am grateful to be done with homeschooling my youngest two–it wasn’t my finest hour, but it could have been worse. We are enjoying home church–I miss talking to people at church and teaching Sunday School, but it’s been lovely (or, alternatively, chaotic and crazy, or both at once) to worship at home.

I don’t have my own words to say, so instead, here are some links:

The ladies at “I mom so hard” appreciate teachers. Holy cow, I do too. My kids’ teachers did an amazing job of making learning possible in spite of the at-home circumstances.I appreciate teachers so hard

I have chuckled off and on about this t-shirt for several weeks now: Everything has gone to hell in a ….

Cindy Baldwin, author of Where the Watermelons Grow and Beginners Welcome, has a great series on Instagram with mask-wearing tips. Cindy talks masks You can follow her and read previous posts with ideas on how to combat dizziness and how to get kids to wear masks. Cindy’s been wearing masks regularly in public for five years because she’s immunocompromised, and she has very helpful ideas.

Ardis Parshall at Keepapitchinin has a poignant series of posts about people who died in the 1918 flu epidemic, Who We Lost. Here’s the first in the series.

I don’t feel like I can or even should talk much about racism and the recent tragedies, even though they weigh in my heart. I don’t want to privilege my white experience of observing racism at a distance over the actual lived experienced of BIPOC (that’s black, indigenous, and people of color–I just learned the acronym.). Instead of my words, here are some links I have found helpful and thought-provoking right now:

I fit the description –The story from a few years ago of a black professor’s being detained because he “fit the description” when (spoiler) he did nothing wrong.

My Body is a Confederate Monument

Systemic racism in the health care system

I have been most moved by personal experiences of racism posted and reposted on Facebook. Here’s one of them, by David Gamble Jr.. Learning individual stories about lived racism makes it abundantly clear to me that we have work to do, both individually and systemically.

This editorial in the Deseret News by Sharlee Mullins Glenn, both realistic about the problem and hopeful about the future.

This article on how to talk about racism without alienating others. This kind of discussion seems like it will ultimately be more productive than the cancel culture that seems to prevail.

Racial Profiling with a White Woman and a Poodle–The experience of a white woman and her black dog. It’s relevant, I promise.

It’s the Fourth of July tomorrow, and I want to state that, whatever its flaws, I love America. I love this country and I’m grateful for those who have fought to protect our freedom to worship and to speak out against injustice. We are blessed to live in a place where we have the freedom to debate and not be silenced.

Frederick Douglass’ descendants recite his powerful July 5, 1852 speech.

Thus We See on how God judges us by the best things we have done, not the worst. I have been thinking a lot about this idea: I would much rather be judged on the best things I have done rather than the worst. I believe that God judges us by our own generation, not by those of the past or the future. To me this is clear from language in the temple, as well as scripture.

In that spirit, I will be singing along to Hamilton tonight: Forgiveness. Can you imagine?

About Emily Milner

(Poetry Board) graduated from BYU in Comparative Literature, but it was long enough ago that most of what she learned has leaked out. She would like to mention other hobbies or interests, but to be honest she spends most of her free time reading (although she does enjoy attempting yoga). She used to blog at hearingvoices.wordpress.com. For now, though, Segullah is her only blogging home, and it's a good one.

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