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Karla Archer  Anxiety authority•Mindfulness•Simplicity•Creativity•Artist•Relaxed home education•Work in progress•Web Designer (@archer_creative)

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We have a volunteer watermelon and a volunteer cantalope (I think that's what it is...) Volunteer gardening, FTW!

I got a better photo of the flowers
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*edited: I think the other/unfiltered one is better - gah, I can't decide 😜

Cheap dyed grocery store carnations along with dill from our garden and other cut greenery make a lovely bouquet

When I pull my hair up to sleep at night the curls at the back of my neck fall out.
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It's the part that hasn't really grayed, and it reminds me of how dark (and straight!!) my hair was pre-gray. I miss it; I like embracing my gray, but I do miss being dark-haired and dark-eyed.
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(sidenote: I've been thinking of going really short with my hair again... The struggle is real.)

One child left for a week at Montreat this morning and the other three are coming home tonight after a week away.
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So Randy and I headed out for a spontaneous adventure and ended up at the Moundville Archaeological site in Moundville, AL.
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Wild weather and being on Native sacred ground made it even more of an adventure.
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(no filters - just wild weather and skies)

Still going through photos from last week's healthcare sit-in in Birmingham, AL #thisiswhatdemocracylookslike #wedaredefendourrights (photo credit: Thomas Diasio)

Another face in progress. #wip

I've got a lot I'm processing from the past week of activism...
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I inundated your feeds with posts about our sit-in.
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I don't apologize for it, but I'm grateful you hung in with me. Informing people about why this healthcare bill is bad for Americans and stopping this bill is too important.
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I've got so many photos and videos to go through and share... so please continue to bear with me as I do ❤️
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IN THE MEANTIME: I've promised myself to draw faces and paint again... I've struggled to do so through all of my frustration, but I refuse to let that be taken from me as well.
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#artheals #artishealing #artistsofinstagram #wedaredefendourrights

The end of Day 3 of @indivisiblebhm's healthcare sit-in. Our theme tonight was children's health. Our speakers were Rep Coleman, a rep from Birmingham and Alabama Young Democrats, a pediatrician, and a gynecologist.
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Come join us! We're here until Friday at 5pm.
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If you can't stay, drive by an honk 🚗 -
#wedaredefendourrights #stoptrumpcare #stopbcra

Tonight's @indivisiblebhm healthcare sit-in projections and blessing ❤️Our theme tonight was women's health. #wedaredefendourrights #stoptrumpcare #stopbcra

Declan and I just got home from a short afternoon shift at our healthcare sit-in to cool off and refuel before heading back out at 8pm with the other kids.
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But I wanted to post some observations about today.
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-In the brief hour and 45 mins we were there, we had lots of honking for healthcare, waves and saw lots of smiling friendly faces (was only flipped off once!)
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-Someone at a local shop brought us ice cold cups of water and told us thank you.
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-Someone stopped by with over a 1000(?) business card sized cards with our Senators numbers and a sample script for us to hand out. She is unable to come stand/sit with us but wanted to do something. So she donated the cards.
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-Someone brought us bags of food from a local shop, and told us thank you.
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-Some people are afraid to engage us on the sidewalk but then get in their car and drive off honking.
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-Some people are afraid to honk; they honk lightly and wait until they are just passed us, but they honk.
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-Others own the honk!!!
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-People continually stopped to thank us.
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-Granted, Birmingham is a blue city, but not everyone who works in the city lives here.
THIS ALL HAPPENED IN A DEEP RED STATE.
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This bill is not good for Alabama. It's not good for any American (except the most wealthy who benefit from the tax cuts.)
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And people we encountered understand that. This is not partisan. This is about ALL of us.
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#wedaredefendourrights #stoptrumpcare

Tonight as part of our @indivisiblebhm healthcare sit-in, we had a candlelight vigil to share a positive word & think of all of those who will be affected by the #AHCA. We will do it each night this week. #stoptrumpcare

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