Whenever I feel at a loss, I go back to this advice that Maya Angelou gave comedian Dave Chappelle in a 2006 "Iconoclasts" interview. I'm reposting for myself and the exquisite pain of this moment in the story of this country.
"If you're not angry, then you're either a stone or you're too sick to be angry. You should be angry. But you must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer; it eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything. So use that anger, yes. You write it, you paint it, you dance it, you march it, you talk it. You never stop talking it." - Maya Angelou
This has been a particularly tense week in the U.S., if you follow our news. On top of the global health crisis, all the ways that we are fractured as a society feels like it is ripping us apart socially too. I had a hard time cartooning this week. Seeking relief and clarity, but that will take longer. I was only able to sketch this comic when I forgave myself for all of my own contradictions.
Take care of yourselves; the road ahead is long.
In the last panel, I refer to American poet Walt Whitman's line from "Song of Myself": "Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)" Support Connie on Ko-fi
I've been learning how to make breads I grew up with, like mantou (steamed buns), huajuan (twisted rolls), and congyou bing (stovetop scallion bread). It has been comforting and stress-relieving, if also fattening :p
Still, I'm enjoying being a total beginner at something in these days of upheaval and uncertainty.
Slice-of-life diary comic about wearing face masks in NYC. Plus, first shopping trip to Trader Joe's since the city locked down 2 months ago! It was about a 40-minute wait to get inside, but the staff are as nice as ever.
My hand is healing and I'm better, but not before going through a full range of hard emotions.
This is not a funny one, but I want to share what I'm learning about stages of pain, both physical and emotional. Doctors used to tell me that I have a "high" pain threshold, but it serves me less these days.
Especially in times of stress, I'm learning that it's important to name the pain you feel, when you feel it. Seems like it's critical to the healing process.