I can never tell with this "new frontier" shit whether they're being ironic or they ACTUALLY never got past the version of history we got taught in 2nd grade. Pioneers are heroes who discovered UNCHARTED TERRITORIES, and there were a fewwwww people there already but they all became best friends, and they taught them not to be savages! I think the second version is likely-- they genuinely don't think the pioneers displaced anybody and don't think they'll displace anybody, because brown people aren't people.
@not a professional Eh, no reason to take this to a 'men and women can't be close friends' place. You can't be talking-every-day friends to a guy in a relationship if one or both of you wants to be more than friends-- the thing is, you never DON'T know when that's happening and people love to be in denial about it. But sometimes romance just is not on the table and that's fine-- I have a good male friend who I probably talk to every other day if not every day, we've been non-romantic friends since well before he met his fiance, I love her too and I'm gonna be one of her bridesmaids. Considering Polly's other letter this week is about how hard it is to make friends as an adult, let's not make unnecessary rules that make that harder.
On Polly Asks: New York Magazine Wants Me to Write Ask Polly For Them. Should I Tell Them to Piss Off?
But. . .but. . .I've been holding off on ever sending a question because I wanted to make sure I'd have a REALLY IMPORTANT one, but now there will be so many more and I'll never get published! Why can't you make this decision ALL ABOUT MEEEEEE.
If you can't change your mind on this for my benefit, I am thinking about moving to LA, so could you maybe promise to become my best friend when I do?
@540033485@twitter Thank you for this ramble, I was wondering briefly whether I had written this half an hour ago and somehow gotten amnesia so I didn't remember doing so.
Thank you for solving the mystery of the guy with a van who I pass by the Utica Ave 3 stop every night, yelling "Who's ready to go home?!" in a mesmerizing Tom-Waitsy voice.
@revengeofpompom Ha, I was JUST coming down here to talk about Pema Chodron! I'm reading "When Things Fall Apart" right now and just got to the part about how what we hate in others is often what he hate in ourselves, and if we learn to accept everything we see in ourselves, then we can start to have compassion for others as well.
If anything happens to Ask Polly there WILL BE RECKONING.
@Myrtle Thank you-- the emotional support I have gotten from unexpected places has been one of the main things getting me through this, internet strangers among others.
@RobotsNeedLove I love that boulder image! Thank you so much.
@franceschances Thank you so much for sharing that, and I'm sorry for your loss as well. I think I've been a little scared to take breaks in that way because a big part of what I've been dealing with in therapy is anxiety caused by repressing or not letting myself feel my feelings-- so with this, it feels like 'must feel EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME or I will ruin everything!" But you're right, I think putting it aside from time to time can also be important.