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Welcome to my photo journal blog! Here are my first drafts of poetry & prose inspired by my nature photos fresh and #NewThisDay

#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream

...abusing people verbally physically emotionally should be wrong period...
— Margaret Brennan, White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent CBS News

should be wrong period

Whenever I travel, I listen to Tom Ashbrook's On Point Week in the News podcast on Saturday morning while I walk and take pictures, which is what I'm doing this morning when I realize my phone didn't charge overnight. My battery will surely run out, I don't know when, but long before I'm finished shooting and listening. 

should be wrong period

A big story this week is the firing of Bill O'Reilly by Fox News

Bill O’Reilly’s reign as the top-rated host in cable news came to an abrupt and embarrassing end on Wednesday as Fox News forced him out after the disclosure of a series of sexual harassment allegations against him and an internal investigation that turned up even more.
— New York Times

for allegations of acts of sexual harassment against women. Tom is discussing this with his guest commentators and I'm getting pretty angry about how this is supposed to be good news – that, finally, after years of Fox News ignoring allegations of his sexual harassment of women employees until their ad revenue was threatened – this is supposed to represent some great progress for women in the workplace?

...it must be some comfort to women to see such a large figure take the heat. . . that must mean something to women. . . who have faced workplace harassment...
— Tom Ashbrook, Host of On Point, WBUR Boston

should be wrong period

Thankfully, Margaret Brennan is one of the commentators responding. Neither decision, to keep him or fire him, was made in the interest of women's rights and dignity in the workplace. These were business decisions, Margaret Brennan forcefully points out:

...before we all congratulate ourselves here. . . this was a business decision. . . to continue to settle lawsuits. . . to pay off lawsuits and keep him employed...
— Margaret Brennan, White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News

should be wrong period

I'm listening very intently to her remarks, particularly because in her voice, which sounds professional and calm, I swear I can hear a slight tremor, some anger, some heat, and I'm glad for it

...abusing people verbally physically emotionally should be wrong period
— Margaret Brennan, White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News

that moment, honest to God, the exact moment she's saying should be wrong my phone battery dies – on period 

All photos and text copyright Kelly DuMar 2017 unless otherwise attributed