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Meryl Streep at the 74th Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, CA, Sun, Jan 8th. Credit Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Last night, excepting her Lifetime Achievement Award, Mary Louise “Meryl” Streep delivered a dynamic speech at the 2017 Golden Globes, eloquently expressing her heart break over Trump politics and her hope in spite of it. We’ll be hurting for a while—grief doesn’t disappear over night, you have to work through it—and it helps to connect with others, listen and read good wise words, make art.

Feeling the paradox of life, after three score and two years on the planet, I look around for the first few days of 2017 and feel I’ve lived too long. My cataracted eyes has already seen too much and I cannot abide that which my ears are sometime forced to hear.

Meryl and my late sister, Betty are “same year children”, born in 1949. 20 years ago today Betty lost her life in a plane crash and my family’s world turned upside down. I remember the moment, walking along the road in the Riverdale subdivision of Albany, Georgia with my husband, both of us filled to the rim with grief and shock trying to figure out why the birds were still chirping and electricity was still coursing through the wires above our heads and why a few miles in toward town the traffic lights still worked. I remember at the moment thinking this is bad as it gets and yet I am putting one foot in front of the other, and unless I choose to die with her this is what I must do. It was not a hard choice because we had a daughter two and a half years old ~ she was a gift: I saw my reason for living and the beauty of the world through her. She was the choice to live, already made. That little girl now a splendid young woman on the precipice of her adult life and I grateful for her again now that the whole world has turned upside down.

Life is hard enough with loved ones dying, children all over the world hungry and running for their lives as wars rage. It’s hard enough to breathe through the casual moments when even the music in a playlist can have lyrics that pierce your soul. So on top of that to have to endure public displays of ignorance and pure hatred from a man who would be the leader of the free world can bring me to say my eyes have seen too much. Yet again I am here putting one foot in front of the other following the path of beauty and good forged by the young. I’m happy to see that—by the fact that you are reading this—perhaps you have chosen to do the same.

Hopefully for another year you and I will meet here and converse and share and hold each other up. Toward that end here’s the video with good wise words from Dame Meryl:

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