Asha Dornfest

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Thanks to our team for a quick turn around. On today's podcast we process, analyze, and reflect on the first night of hearings, the counter narrative, and why this matters.……
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Our podcast episode about the first hearing will be up this evening. Thanks for your patience. We're also working to get a recorded version of our group watch for you.
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Will the @January6thCmte hearings be recorded and made available after the live broadcast?
Settle a grammar thing for me about the word RESONATE. People often say, “I resonate with that” when I think it should be “that resonates with me.” In other words, stories resonate, people do not resonate. Am I wrong? Or just pedantic? #wordnerd
I'm hearing from parents everywhere that it's a frightening time to be raising a teenager. Here's how to know when to worry. 🧵1/9Y
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Dream, hope, intention, goal: to write in a way that respects my reader as distinct, yet illuminates the vastness of what we share. #writing
Jamie McLeod-Skinner is amazing, grounded, real. If you’re an OR-5 voter, you’re lucky!…
Thank you Ms. @TheAmandaGorman, for finding the words, again. (@nytimes gift link).…
Believing nothing will change-- insisting on it, even-- doesn't change a thing for the better. It just leaves the work on a solution to someone else.
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We are not powerless. Lawmakers decide on laws, but we decide on norms. Via ⁦@CitizenUniv⁩: Who decides what's ok?…
Of course, we don’t have to use social media that way. We can use it however we like (assuming we’re using it personally, not in ways determined by our jobs).
Social media urges us to “speed up” feeling things; to compress the time between feeling and expressing the feeling. It turns our emotional lives into a blur, like scenery viewed through a speeding car window.
Social media moves so much faster than emotion. By the time you’ve felt something, figured out what it is, then found words to express it, the moment (in social media terms) is long past.
Watching my favorite journalists’#Uvalde reporting on Twitter. The barely veiled rage at having to, yet again, tell the story of another school shooting in America. They’re pros so it doesn’t look like rage. But I can see it in the spaces between their words.
Well said. Another example of “politicizing shootings:” accepting campaign $ from gun lobbyists.…
If you need it, turn off media for a day to recuperate. You’re not abdicating responsibility. You’re marshaling energy to redirect toward tangible action. This is a way for us to honor those in pain, to show up for them without destroying ourselves.
Direct your rage at the people w/ power to change things — the LAWMAKERS. Don’t let politicians distract you into arguing with caricatures of other voters.
Thank you for the RT, Markos.
My niece survived a HS shooting. The teen shooter killed 3 students before killing himself. She heard the shots, ran for her life. Please call your rep and tell them to protect kids from gun violence. Or donate to @MomsDemand. Consider doing one of these things, for her.
We are not meant to live like this. We shouldn’t have to live like this.
We're all going through another day like this, another week like this, while our leaders wring their hands like there's no solution. Commonsense gun laws are so obvious that it's ridiculous. No other nation endures this.
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Donate to Moms Demand Action and Everytown to end gun violence (I just did).…
Our bodies are not designed to absorb and process this much violence, loss, and grief.
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Wishing you well today.
Bittersweet, beautiful, full of wisdom and longing. Thank you, @bookofwoe.…
Join us for a FREE two-day Oregon BIPOC Publishing Event presented w/ @ooliganpress & @PSUEnglishDept! ✏️Tomorrow: virtual Writers Panel w/ Nicholas Buccola, @diddioz, @gen_deg, &@oneofthejohns:… ✏️Saturday: in-person Ask an Expert:…
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I’m furious. It’s good not to feel alone in that. But constant exposure to collective anger/terror in news & social media paralyzes me and makes me LESS likely to act. My ideal: just enough media to be informed, then ACT. Hard to hit that balance, but crucial. #RoeVWade
The faster we move from rage to action, the more good we can do, for others and ourselves. #RoeVWade
Abortion rights will play out on the state level. Start a #DemocracyClub. Gather your friends & help turn out voters in your state and local elections. My story in this @Oregonian OpEd:…
In a memo, NPR managing editors send the following reminders to underscore in reporting of SCOTUS leak: 1. It is a DRAFT and drafts can change. 2. The potential change would not make abortion illegal nationwide. 3. It would allow *states* to pass restrictions or outright bans.
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Your local and state votes are absolutely crucial to reproductive health access. Addendum for my Oregon pals: the primary voting deadline is May 17. Get those ballots in the mail today. #vote…
One of the greatest comforts you can give a bereaved friend is to talk about the person they lost. Say their name. Share a memory or story. Bring that loved one into the present. It’s a momentary joy.
What’s your favorite brand + flavor of herbal tea? (Such an important discussion shouldn’t be limited to Instagram Stories.)
“Artists and scientists are trying to answer the same question, which is, basically, ‘wtf is going on here?’” — Me, to my husband, just now
“Hope is a seed.” — ⁦@TaranaBurke⁩ Remarkable conversation with ⁦@aijenpoo⁩ on the Future of Hope.…
PLS SHARE:📮The United States Postal Service has begun delivering ballots today, Wed. April 27, for the upcoming Primary Election.@multcoo voters who do not receive a ballot by Thurs., May 5, should call@MultCoElectionss office @ 503-988-VOTE (8683)
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👇🏽 Hope is fuel for action. Action is another word for…gs
PORTLAND readers and writers and humans: See you tonight at @Powells with the brilliant @lydiakiesling!
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Oregon’s My Electronic Vaccine Card gives you an electronic copy of #COVID19 vaccinations you’ve received in Oregon. You do not have to register for an electronic vaccine card. Oregon has no plans to make it mandatory. To learn more, visit
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I wrote this before the pandemic, before George Floyd, before the election, before 1/6, before Ukraine, before Elon Musk. It’s more relevant today than ever. #startablog…
Blogs = grassroots social media. Bottom-up collective conversation, free from algorithms. The tools we need are sitting in plain sight, have been for years. All we need to do is pick them up and use them.
If there were ever a day to announce a new, easy to use RSS reader, it would be today. Help us, @rklau, you’re our only hope!
If you’re worried about Twitter, start a blog. Build your algorithm-free foundation. Communicating deeply + consistently w/ an audience of 10 (multiplied by 10k of us) = real influence. A sustainable, distributed, relationship-building force for good.
Dear people, this is a must listen. On how the world is actually shifted on its axis and fierce, exuberant hope and pragmatic miracle-making and friendship and joy and OUR future. And more. Deepest of bows, for everything, @aijenpoo & @TaranaBurke.…
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What I wish I could say to her: it was WE who owe her our gratitude, our care, our deep thanks for what she went through to perform that poem, to write it. Richard Powers said it beautifully -- he was honored to share the stage with her. I was honored to be in the audience. /end
Jordan Wolmut opened last night's Portland Arts & Lecture event (an evening with Richard Powers, author of THE OVERSTORY). She sacrificed so much to deliver her poem, "MIA," to us, her audience. The pain, rage & utter grief stopped her more than once, and she apologized. 1/…
If you haven't already, check out our podcast, which @TIME just called a "must-listen" for Pacific Northwest travelers. The Peak Northwest archives are deep, y'all – load up and get ready for road trip season.…
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