All posts tagged: Activism

My Deepest Date to Date

What can I say?  My first triple date with the men of A Ride to the End went so well that I decided to accompany them to a Quaker meetinghouse in Delaware County to see what it is that they actually do when they’re not busy serenading their hosts’ daughters.  (Apparently they actually asked my parents what sort of music I like in preparation for Thursday afternoon’s lunch date!  Is that smooth or what?) Admittedly, I wasn’t in the best mood when we all piled into my mom’s Volkswagen last night.  Between the Wedding Date’s busy schedule, dinner with Date #6 on Thursday night and Date #7’s rather ardent campaign to reclaim the lion’s share of my affections, I’ve spent the past week practically glued to my cell phone. (A word of advice to all would-be serial daters out there: don’t.  At least not unless you’re independently wealthy and can afford to devote ALL of your time to your “anthropological” endeavors.) I’m also choreographing a 30-student tap production number for this year’s competition season, for …

Three Male Houseguests, One Quasi Single Bachelorette

As if it’s not enough to be dating three guys simultaneously, my parents have been hosting three (male) activists here at Casa Richter for the past week.  They hail from an organization called A Ride to the End, a collective of veterans and artists who are riding their bicycles around the U.S. to raise awareness about the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and frankly, they’re fantastic. It’s been a while since I’ve done anything even remotely political.  I used to be fairly active with CodePink and ANSWER and I even palled around with some Veterans for Peace folks and the Quaker lobbying organization, Friends Committee on National Legislation, back in the day, but what can I say?  I went to my first anti-war protest during my senior year of high school; I never thought the war would last until my senior year of college, let alone beyond grad school. Admittedly, I got a bit disillusioned along the way.  The fact that October will mark the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan boggles my mind, …