Searching for the Shutdown’s Silver Lining
One good thing about the shutdown: it’s given me the time and mental space to do some writing, for the first time in a long time.
I started this blog in June of 2012. I updated it regularly until February, when a number of life events coincided to make writing well-nigh impossible. When I went on furlough (my scheduled furlough, that is) in August, I had lots of quality time in the backcountry. I did lots of journaling and vowed to take up writing again. I then came back to work at the beginning of September, and did a whole lot of … not writing.
When I found myself furloughed unexpectedly because of the government shutdown, just a month later, I knew it was at least a good opportunity to do some writing.
Once again, I haven’t been as on top of that as I might like. But today went well, and I should have a long blog post for you sometime tomorrow.
I guess that’s something. Really, though, the best thing I can find to say about the shutdown is that the fine folks behind fictitious Skunk River National Park (“America’s favorite national park parody”) have had lots of good fodder for their Twitter feed lately:
The sad truth of the matter is that there isn’t much good to find in all this mess. The national parks and the American people deserve better.