May 10, 2022

Vicky White, the Alabama corrections officer who helped a prisoner escape, died yesterday by an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound.  It seems that she made the only rational choice available, given what she was about to face.   She was about to face years in prison, and she knew what that was like – having worked in one for 17 years.  She would also face a scourge of public judgement.

I couldn’t help but feel very sad for her.  As deluded as she must have been to instigate the escape, she was undoubtedly motivated by love.  Love is what motivates so many women, and this love can get them into terrible predicaments.

So many politicians these days and even Supreme Court judges are not motivated by love.  They are motivated by greed and hate and too often hatred of women.  Still, women keep loving.  I would suggest that until this abortion mess gets cleaned up, every woman of child bearing age should boycott sex.   But that won’t happen.  Because women love too much.

I’m traveling to the Northern Midwest to visit family.  It’s been a year since I’ve flown anywhere as I’ve tried to avoid flying during these COVID times.  But I’m masked and fully vaxed and this is a trip that needs taking.

As I waited for the first leg of my trip in San Francisco International, I remembered how wonderful that airport is to return to.  It displays giant photos of Harvey Milk, our martyred gay supervisor.  A photo of London Breed, our city’s African American female mayor also greets the travelers.  The airport sells organic foods and best of all, signs were posted that warned people to keep their voices low on cell phones and to use headsets for electronic devices.  Oh, how I’ve longed for such signs in public places!  Silence is indeed golden and I cherish it more than ever since the advent of cell phones.

Since that Trump appointed judge lifted restrictions on masking on planes and in airports, I was pleased that people were still holding tight to their masks.  At least in San Francisco.  About 75% of the travelers there were wearing masks.  Now I’m at Chicago O’Hare and the numbers have flipped.  Maybe 25% of people are masked.  Maybe less. Still, in many places the COVID cases continue to rise.

Published by susancasslangmailcom

Susan Casslan is a writer and a nurse. Her writing touches on spirituality and issues pertaining to social justice. Casslan lived for a decade in the San Francisco Inner Mission District, and she was greatly inspired by the Latinx culture of that neighborhood. The Inner Mission emerges in her books Conversations with Richard Purcell: The Adventures and Reflections of a Renegade San Francisco Priest and That Which Wavers with the Night, as well as in her chapbook 24th Street and Other Poems. Additionally, Casslan’s nonfiction articles have appeared in El Tecolote, an Inner Mission newspaper.

%d bloggers like this: