Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

This week, the United States passed 100,000 deaths from Covid-19. Shocking videos ignited tensions across the country, leading to questions about policy, justice, and race relations. Scenes of protests, both peaceful and violent, have dominated the news.

On a personal note, for the first time since March I physically entered the building where I work, because even though I’m still working remotely, there were things I needed to take care of and items I needed to bring home. Moving through the mostly empty building, waving and calling out greetings to the few others present, was a completely surreal experience.

For today’s post I planned to write, apolitically, about this week of emotional overload, but I just don’t think I’m up to the task. Instead, I’d like to share this David Knopfler song, which encapsulates a lot of what I’m feeling:

As always, I welcome your thoughts, and would love to know what’s happening in your lives and how you’re feeling. Be well.

are you ok

25 thoughts on “Struggling For Words

  1. kagould17 says:

    It has truly been a disheartening week, because the more we learn, it seems the less we know. As long as there is a them and us, there can never be a we. Up here, it seems that many have bought into the conspiracy theories advanced from the highest levels and hate crimes against Asians (many of who were born here) are increasing. Educate yourselves people and stop shooting from the lip. It is time to set aside selfishness, greed, hate and revenge and just work together for the common good. Stay well Amanada. Allan

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I pray that people will seek full information and understanding, and search for a way to unite in the face of adversity. Take care of yourself, Allan.

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  2. CARAMEL says:

    ❤ ❤ ❤
    Mankind is groaning in pain.
    I am busy busy working away. Sad that plans for this year have disintegrated.
    I just keep looking to the future. When the former things have passed away, and we can breath a sigh of relief feeling safe and secure, with nothing to make us tremble.
    I have no doubt that the tears in our eyes will be forgotten when all the damage man dominating man has caused is undone.
    ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      My hope is always that sorrowful times will motivate us to work to build something better as we move forward.

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      1. CARAMEL says:

        We know things are not right and that life should be a joy.

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  3. I posted on my Facebook profile it was ironic we could send people into space and not vacate hate from the human heart. If there’s a judgment day, we’ll have plenty of explaining to do. Thanks for posting.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      That’s a really powerful contrast. Thank you for sharing it.

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  4. It’s no wonder we’re all weary…this past week being the 60s all rolled up into one week…
    I am but one voice, you are two and we all just keep on keepin’ on with what is right and just and true in our little slices of this world.
    It’s hard, but it matters; it all counts.
    peace, young one.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thank you for the eloquently stated reminder that what we do matters. Peace to you also.

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  5. It has been very emotional week for me. Not only do I not understand all the violence, but I don’t understand how they did this without concern for the pandemic!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      There’s so much I can’t wrap my head around, and so much happening at once.

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  6. This has been a terrible week… I just watched the mother of George Loyd’s daughter try to speak during a press conference, but she could barely get a word out due to her grief. It was almost too much for Wolf Blitzer, and way too much for me. This whole situation is horrible, and I’m afraid of what the implications might be for COVID. Then there are the ever-looming threats of climate change and environmental degradation, which we won’t be able to respond to if our country remains so petty, hateful, abusive, and divided. My only hope is that these protests catalyze real and swift change, otherwise the next few decades will be almost unthinkable.

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    1. Edit: I made a horrible typo in my previous comment. His name is George Floyd, obviously.

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      1. Amanda Cade says:

        I’m praying that we can figure out a way to move forward together, and doing what I can to try and help that effort.

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  7. I really love how professionally and kindly you engage with this blog. From your concise, thought-provoking posts to the way you reply to each comment, I can see how much you care. I hope you’re staying safe (and sane)! ❤

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thank you so much! When I started the blog, I had no idea what to expect, and was honestly a little surprised when people started engaging. I admit that I thought it might just get lost in the either, so when I saw that people were paying attention, it made me really think about what that meant for me as a blogger. So I want my posts to be useful, and I really enjoy responding to comments, as it creates a level of dialogue and connection that I honestly hadn’t expected. I keep toying with the idea of posting about my blogging expectations versus the reality of the experience…maybe that will finally crystallize soon.
      Stay safe and well. 🙂

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      1. Would love that! I honestly started my own blog for the same reason. I was shocked when I had even a single follower, lol. I would love to see the blogging expectations vs. reality, and maybe also how you grew your blog?

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      2. Amanda Cade says:

        I’m definitely keeping those topics in mind.

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  8. Janis says:

    I truly hope that we’d soon recover from this pandemic. I miss living the life that I have taken for granted for so long. I miss hugging people, I miss intimate interactions… Death tolls still increase daily and all we can do is be hopeful that this will be over soon. Praying for the world!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I definitely think the past few months have really taught us to value connections and spending time with others. I also look forward to a time when we can fully experience that again.

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      1. Janis says:

        True. I can’t wait to be a better friend who responds to invitations… this situation had personal impact on each of us… Thank you for writing something so authentic…

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  9. That’s a beautiful song… Thank you for sharing. Sending you hugs xxx

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      It’s amazing how often music can portray something I’m trying to articulate. Hugs to you, too.

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  10. Stay well Amanda. All over the world, we are struggling.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I hope that you also stay well, and have peace as you navigate your personal struggles.

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