October 30, 2022

Over the weekend people were celebrating the coming of Halloween and All Saints Day. There is much partying and fun. We also celebrate the coming of cooler days and the lovely fall foliage. Northern California does have an autumn, although it is subtle and slow.

The election is on everyone’s mind. At least everyone I talk to. People are scared. They’re afraid to even talk about it and that’s why they party.

I had considered spending election night camped in the woods. Far away from any media where the election results will be tallied and finally called. Then I was recruited to help at an election party. I decided to go, so I wouldn’t be alone. And I’ll be working, so if there is a monitor on, I can ignore it.

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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.

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