Moving forward

As I write this, there is a new Occupant in the White House—my White House, the one I inherited when I was born a citizen, the place that my family and my ancestors have looked to and protected since the day Thomas Jefferson moved in in 1801.

This Occupant is moving in because of a fluke series of events. Even the man himself was clearly as stunned as the rest of the country on November 8th when the results came in. Utterly unqualified, deliberately offensive, a showman playing to crowds of extremist followers. A man the majority of voters turned their backs on.

And yet he won.

I last posted a blog ten days after the election. I haven’t been much more active on Facebook. I, with the majority of my countrymen, have been struggling to wrap my head around this state of affairs and find some firm ground to stand on.

That doesn’t mean I put my life on hold. I finished a very tricky rewrite, I’ve started a term as president of the NorCal chapter of Mystery Writers of America, I did Thanksgiving and Christmas and spent time with family.

But 2016 was a tough year. Lockdown took a lot of work. Family problems sucked up a ton of energy. My oldest friend in the world committed suicide by choosing her Christian Science faith over treatment for leukemia—and told not one person outside of her church until it was too late. Then to top it off, watching this appalling figure get chosen by my fellow Americans as the person they want to guard their lives, their children, their planet…

Since November, whenever I’ve posted anything vaguely political on my author Facebook page, I’ve tended to get pushback—always polite, mind you, just critical, along the lines of: You have no business talking politics here. Which I can understand, since it’s my professional page, not my personal one.

However, I’m not sure how to keep those two parts of me separate any more. And my recent trip to New York, for the MWA board meeting and meet-ups with publishers, made it all the more obvious that a large slice of the population can’t figure that out either.

So here’s my decision: I turn 65 this year. I don’t know how much time I have left here, and honestly, if I’m not grown-up enough to figure out how to act in public, I’m never going to be. So I’ve decided that I’m not going to separate the parts of my life. I will be polite about it because that’s who I am, and good manners are the only thing that keeps us from each other’s throats, but my identity goes in this order:

1) Human being

2) Woman

3) American (genus: Californian)

4) Writer

And although I’ve always assumed that it’s category #4 that most interests the majority of people reading this blog—and will continue to make that assumption—you’re going to get the other three categories here as well.

Let me say it clearly, on this day of all others: There have been presidents who have infuriated me, and presidents whose acts I have loathed, but I would not have imagined that I could ever regard an Occupant of my White House as an abomination. This one is: a joke whose punch line comes with a fist attached.

And to you supporters of this new White House Occupant who also enjoy my books (or have in the past, at any rate): I hope you stick around and stay part of our conversation. As I’ve said from the start, I pray your optimism is justified, and would be overjoyed to be proved wrong—but I don’t think that’s going to happen. When I see a whole lot of highly intelligent and respected experts becoming alarmed, I can’t help feeling that panic may be justified.

So while I hope you’re right, I won’t keep my head in the sand. I’m not at all sure where these next four years are going to take us—either us the nation or us the community of readers—but one thing I do know: I need to pick my ground and stand on it.

I don’t intend to post my outrage—that way lies madness—but I will talk about the ground I stand on. The people I support, the organizations I’m giving money to, the people who need our care.

Because, in that list of Laurie King categories? Each and every one is permeated by a larger sense of responsibility. Call it Christianity if you like, or ethics, or just an awareness of commonality, but if I am a human, I am one of billions. If I am a woman, then half the people on the planet are my sisters, mothers, daughters. If I am an American, am I not required to see that my country’s power is used responsibly? And if I am a writer, it’s my job to make my words public.

I will be polite—well, I’ll try—but I will not be quiet.

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  1. Laura Rose Gatley on January 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I stand with you at 80!

    • Cynthia Vaughn on January 20, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you, I stand with you here in AZ!

  2. Stacey R VK on January 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you. You helped my public library when I worked there by sending the books for our book club, in a community that many people need the library to read for themselves at all. Thank YOU for standing on this ground.

    I’m Jewish, and I still love Mary Russell.

    I love people in my life who are QUILTBAG, and I love all of your characters.

  3. Jolene on January 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Amen, sister!

    • Heather Felder on January 20, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you!

    • Joan Shirley on January 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Yes! You cannot be true to us your audience/auditors if you lop off a part of your identity never mind your critics about Trump. He is v an embarrassment to us all even his followers

  4. Kimberly Mann on January 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you.

  5. Margaret on January 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you Laurie. I stand with you and your words.

  6. Kimberley Barone on January 20, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Bravo! I’m 63 and I will not be quiet, either! Your use of the descriptor, ‘abomination ‘ is spot on. I am frightened for everyone. But, I refuse to be quiet about those fears.

  7. John T. Bychowski on January 20, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Hear, hear! Bravo.

  8. Lisa on January 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. And grateful for your strength. Standing ground with you.

  9. Susanna on January 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for the intelligent post. Which is more than what I’ve been getting from friends today. Heard Christopher Buckley this morning speak of former President, George HW Bush and the very kind note he sent to Mr. Trump on why he would not be attending the inauguration today. Buckley called the former president the “Last Gentlemen” in politics and I fear he is correct. There is just so much noise right now. He would yells the loudest and is the rudest gets heard. So best wishes in the coming year to you and to us all and now will tuck into some Chopin (which always makes me want to dance) and look forward to a great weekend with lots of reading (without all the noise!)

    • Megan Zurawicz on January 20, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      I heard Buckley as well, and I must admit that I am baffled why Obama would not be considered a gentleman. Mayhap “gentleman” requires that one be Republican…..or white…..or both?

      • John Bullwinkel on January 21, 2017 at 2:35 am

        As the kids say (they *do* still say it, don’t they?) “Word”

      • Linda on February 1, 2017 at 10:57 am


  10. Judith A Jones on January 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing that, I hope it will not bring down any hatred or nastiness upon you. Writers and artists have a right and duty to comment upon any aspect of life, be it political or not. Very best wishes.

  11. Janice Restoule on January 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Good for you! As a Canadian, I can tell you that most of the people I talk to are absolutely appalled and dumbfounded at the results of your election. Personally, I’m frightened of what is coming. I don’t know what lies ahead for America, but I know it will affect us too, and there is absolutely nothing we can do here. Good luck.

    • Annette Lessmann on January 21, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Many of us are just as appalled and frightened.

    • Laurie on January 22, 2017 at 1:31 am

      As another Canadian fan I also am appalled by the abomination and am frightened. All North Americans should be as we are all affected by what goes on in the USA both financially and socially.

    • León on February 1, 2017 at 9:25 am

      I am an American, and almost everyone I know is also appalled and frightened.
      Laurie, I’ve been a fan since coming across a copy of Folly in a used book store many years ago. I have read and will continue to read anything and everything you write!

    • Ceebee on February 1, 2017 at 9:40 am

      As a fellow Canadian I am “appalled and dumbfounded” by the result of our own priminsterial election of an unqualified, inexperienced “trust fund” neophyte HOWEVER I am trying to let him prove himself which grace I hope will be given, at least for a while, to the current US President

  12. Seth Wilson on January 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Dear Ms. King,

    Thank you for your words! I am glad that you will not be quiet and agree we must be polite but never silent. Silence is what empowers oppression, hate, and bullies. The more we speak up the more we can effect positive social changes. I am a man in his mid-forties pursuing a bachelor and masters degrees in social work and was horrified at the election results. However we must remember that it is We The People that have the most power and must use that power to keep process moving forward.

  13. Cheryl on January 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Huzzah! Take your ground and stand on it proudly.

  14. Teri Soares on January 20, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you for expressing my emotions perfectly. 2016 was a horrible year for me personally and politically, also. I was hoping to salvage the year with the election of a woman president, but it was not to be.

  15. Cindy Claymore Watter on January 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you, Laurie King. You have expressed my feelings much more eloquently than I am able to right now. About month ago, I told two old friends from high school (who do not share my political views), that I would refrain from sarcasm and discuss differences with respect. I told them that what bothers me most about DT is that he has the least curiosity about the world than any president in my memory. (I am 66, and my memory is pretty good.)

    As a person who loves literature and believes the humanities are what make us human, I am heartbroken over what our country has done to itself. Oh, and I believe in science, too. The next four years will be terrible, but if John Lewis can pick himself up–with a cracked skull–and keep at it, I can.

  16. Laura E Kaplan on January 20, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Thank you Ms. King, I am with you. For me, as a citizen by birth, as a woman, a Jew, a lesbian, as a social worker (with a PhD and writer), and a woman approaching 65, I am with you. I will not stand silently. I am troubled that so many people voted without realizing they voted for a person who will take away the very things they need to live–healthcare, education, food stamps, social welfare (as in the good I believe society is to provide for all members, not the “welfare” of incorrect assumptions). I live in KY, we have been in the news often as evidence of this disconnect of people turning out for our most recent tea party governor and the now president. We have among the poorest people in the US, the most on Medicaid, the most who qualify for Black Lung assistance, the highest unemployment and under-educated, on and on, and these people put these men in office.

    I will stand, speak out, and show up. But I wonder how we can make sense of it, more than that, how do we discover why people voted against themselves and how do we teach? convince? persuade? these same people to think about the consequences of their choices?

    Maybe it’s just that I cannot understand the thought process that leaps simply from “I need change” to this particular change. I can only see the level of racism, anti-Semitism (which still is not reported widely as it is growing in the US), misogyny, privilege, xenophobia that is in evidence.

    Anyway, thank you, thank you for your books and for joining those of us who believe speaking out and standing up is critically important right now.

  17. Laura on January 20, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I’ve enjoyed all of your books – now I know why. Was feeling hopeless and alone until I read this. Thank you.

    • Bonnie Moore on January 20, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      I loved your comments and totally agree with your position. You are the best writer in America and I have enjoyed all your books. Your priorities are correct and I can support each facet of your personality. Keep the faith and keep writing.

  18. Leslie McIntosh on January 20, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I would be overjoyed to be able to utter the words I was wrong to those that support this new occupant. Based on his behavior and those he surrounds himself with I don’t believe I will have to say it. Proud you are human first. I have enjoyed your writing for over 20 years and shall continue to do so.

  19. Jill K on January 20, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    A wonderful statement. Thank you, and thank you for sharing.

  20. Lynn on January 20, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Couldn’t have said it better. Thank you.

  21. Corrie on January 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Yes! Yes!

  22. Penny Brindley on January 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Yes. This.

  23. Amanda R. on January 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you, sister. Your words are powerful. We cannot stand idly by and watch this happen. We have a voice, and we need to use it.

  24. Laura Goetz on January 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you for your witness. Keep on keeping on in all of who you are. It helps the rest of us do the same.

  25. Julia on January 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    I’m with you on this!

  26. Shirley Oldfield on January 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Well spoken Ms. King, and thank you. I appreciate your candor and honesty. From a Canadian fan who has family in the States. I hope the future of us all is a bright, positive and safe one.

  27. Michelle Ruelas on January 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    I applaud your decision!!!

  28. Gloria Horton-Young on January 20, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Brava. I’ll stand with you and for your right to express yourself, support your chosen issues, and be an outrageous, lovely 65.

  29. Marilyn on January 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Yes!! Thank you for speaking out and, outrage is appropriate, too!

  30. europhiline on January 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks. That’s all. (To end with a Stabenow quote)

  31. Michael Butler on January 20, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I left work early today and as I walked down the street I wished I had a sign that said, ” if this is a tragic day for you too, let’s hug”. At a coffee shop now and just read your post. Thank you

  32. lauren on January 20, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I am reading Dreaming Spies. I recommend Laurie King’s work to all for its inventiveness, its moral seriousness, its deep respect for scholarship. Thank you Laurie for all I’ve learned from your books.

  33. GraceAnne on January 20, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    grazie mille.

  34. Debbie on January 20, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I love when articulate and informed women say things I feel but can’t say so eloquently. Please continue to use your voice for reasoned and reasonable conversation and to say those things that concern so many of us. Also a Human Being, a Woman, an American and a Nia teacher.

  35. Rhonda on January 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I’m with you and support you 100% in your decision.

  36. Dore Nash on January 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm


  37. Joan Nash on January 20, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you, Ms. King. You have spoken for many of us and I applaud you.. I’m apprehensive about our future. History of the 1930’s seems to be repeating itself. Will we never learn?

    I, too, will not be quiet. If we don’t speak, then we are agreeing. That’s not acceptable. “Fore-warned is fore-armed”. We have been fore-warned in spades.

  38. Fulvia Hayes on January 20, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I agree totally. Your words were so eloquent and true.

  39. Merrily Taylor on January 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    I love you, Laurie, and I’m with you! And I’m so sorry about the death of your friend. Over the course of the last five years I’ve lost three of my dearest friends, and I know what a hole that leaves in one’s life. All we can do is pray for better times.

  40. Jill Porter on January 20, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I stand with you,Laurie R. KING!

  41. Kristen Laine on January 20, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I was introduced to your Mary Russell series some years ago and shared my enthusiasm for your writing with the rest of my family. (Our 14-year-old son is three books in…) My husband and I are both writers and editors. Today , my husband said to me, “I’ve always wondered why, in every history I’ve ever read about totalitarian or fascist or murderous regimes, there’d be something about how they started by rounding up the intellectuals and the writers. I’m starting to understand now: For those regimes to succeed, they have to silence independent thought, they have to give all the space to their views, their propaganda.”

    We, and thousands, tens and hundreds of thousands, millions of other Americans and people around the world join you in this journey and this struggle. May we share a day of celebration down the road.

  42. Victoria Kazarian on January 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Good for you, Laurie. I think we have a proud American tradition of not being quiet–it’s why we are a country. Tomorrow for the first time, I’m going to a protest march. This new president does not represent what I want my country to be. This is so far beyond business as usual and has the potential to affect us and those around us negatively. All of us who see that should be speaking up. Thank you for doing it.

  43. Bonnie MacBird on January 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Beautifully said, Laurie.

  44. Betty Mae Caywood on January 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Well said! We are fearful because we have nothing to reference here. So many rules and laws have already been broken. Some of his choices of people to align with are scary.

  45. Laura on January 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you. We need your voice. Thank you for sharing it.

  46. Suzie on January 20, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I stand with you!

  47. PK on January 20, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    If you’re angry about inauguration day, that’s because we screwed up the Founders’ system. The point of the Constitutional system was to make the federal government powerful enough to protect the country but not powerful enough to run your life. That meant that while Americans cared deeply about who became president, it didn’t carry the same weight at the presidency today, which has become a quasi-dictatorial office. If you’re truly concerned about Donald J. Trump’s presidency, perhaps it’s worth considering whether we need a federal government that is insignificant in your life.

    You live in America. If you’re deeply worried today, understand that your worries are likely wildly overstated. You live in the most powerful country in world history, in a time of relative peace and of absolute prosperity. Yes, America faces threats from without. Yes, America faces significant problems within, particularly a disintegrating social fabric. But you live in a free country. Those of us on the right thought that Barack Obama was an awful president, and that he did great damage to the country – but we still kissed our children at night, we still (mostly) went to work, we still attended church and synagogue and mosque, we still led pretty fantastic lives. And we will continue to do so.

    • Laurie King on January 20, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Oh, I’m not worried about me. I’m a white Californian with good insurance (thanks to my husband’s union) and enough income that I have no problem paying for both food and mortgage. I can kiss my own (grand)children good night without concern. But my Hispanic friends? The young women I know who might need the services of Planned Parenthood? The Muslims I know? The planet itself that warms its way up the coastline? Oh, yes: those I worry about. I’m happy to do with less Federal government if it isn’t the poor and brown who pay for the cuts.

      • Susan Allardyce on January 20, 2017 at 6:47 pm

        All mention of LGBTQ rights, civil rights, climate change and healthcare disappeared from the White House website within 20 minutes of the inauguration. Many have very good reason to be worried.
        Laurie, I thank you for all that you have given us through the years and for this post which gives me strength and hope that we can get through this together.

      • Lee Merrick on January 21, 2017 at 1:27 pm

        Thank you, both for your words, for your recognition of your White Privilege–and using your White Privilege to validate the experience of those without it.

      • BCS on February 2, 2017 at 9:58 am

        Our brown friends do and will get medical care, their citizen children will receive the full compement of social services: medical coverage, food stamps and cash aid if eligible and individuals and families can get counselling. Families will not be torn apart or deported to their homeland. Anyone with citizen children will not be deported. If an illegal immigrant commits a very serious crime, he or she may be deported, and that will separate the family. At one pioint I believe a quarter of inmates were illegal immigrants. I am in favor of controlled legal immigration. And absolutely uncontrolled illegal immigration has impacted and overwhelmed every area of our society and government resouces, and it has not served even the the immigrants well. And the gangs, my gosh, the gangs and drugs and murders–and I live in a small town. It’s like trying to control a raging flood with a bucket, and dams are necessary things. I worked at social services, and I know that an expansion of Medicaid was all that was necessary not “Obama care”. If “Obama care was coverage for all and farer, why were there four levels–lowest to highest: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum? Many people who would otherwise have had coverage with a smaller share of cost were pushed into having high premiums and not being able to afford medical care.

    • Susanne on January 23, 2017 at 6:49 am

      Open your eyes to the truth, your heart and soul know better.

    • Agnes on January 24, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Well, you can start by worrying about climate change. The administration has already deleted climate change from the websites and told scientists not to collect data on it (if it’s not happening, or not a big deal, why not collect the data to show that?) And when climate change causes the crops to fail and larger storms/hurricanes/etc., no one will be safe.

  48. Kimberly on January 20, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    I would expect nothing less from the mind behind one of my femenist role models! I stand with you Ms. King! I am so very sorry gor your loss. I will be thinking of you and Mary Russell and so many others as I march with my daughter tomorrow!

  49. Alyce Perry on January 20, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you Laurie! At closing in on 75, I stand with you!

  50. Debra Lewis on January 20, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Quite right…and well said.

  51. Susan Meek on January 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    YES! You have said what I am feeling, but so much better than I could hope to.

    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Luke was a physician, so I just don’t think medical treatment goes against God.

  52. Diane Weber on January 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Thank you so much for your comments, your perspective and mostly for Mary Russell. I am 55 this year, and have too many friends who are NOT straight, white, male alleged Christians to be terribly comfortable with the current Occupant, and the pack of marginally qualified appointees he brings with him. I am a little blue dot working in a very red organization, and I am appalled by people I used to consider quite intelligent and their acceptance of everything without question. I am trying to find a way to stay positive, and not fall into despair for the next four years. I think reading things from you and your contemporaries may help distract from the 24 hour “news” cycle.

  53. Barbara Rohrer on January 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Sending sympathy as you mourn your friend and also the absence of a true statesman in the Oval Office.

  54. Jill Galvin on January 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Human to human, I am so sorry for your loss.
    Woman to Woman, I wish I could heal your pain, soothe your fears, give you a shoulder to cry on and a hugs if wanted.
    English Woman to American Woman, politics affects us all, I have friends in the United States and I’m a little scared to be honest.
    Non writer to writer, I love reading your books, the Mary Russel ones first and foremost as I have loved Sherlock Holmes for as long as I can remember, but I love all the works written by you that I have read so far!

  55. Benjamin L. Clark on January 20, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Love you Laurie and stand with you. As a white man in the midwest who did *not* vote for the Occupant, your post is encouraging today. Warming determination flows from one to another, bringing moments of hurt to a moment of strength, building, building, building. Do not keep silent; your words are more powerful than ever before. And needed.

  56. Julie on January 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you! I appreciate your strength, courage, inspiration, and as always, your words.

  57. EjShay on January 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I understand this post but still don’t understand why still all the outrage. There were a lot of people that didn’t want Obama and yet he was elected what happen nothing, people kept working maybe the occasional growl after a beer or two but understanding that he was elected and needs at least the chance to keep the promises he made. You say the experts are worried who’s expert? Everyone has their experts and they all have their opinions so before you panick remember that not all experts graduated with A+ in school and not all are correct. It’s the same as Dr you don’t like that Dr you find one that is closest to what your looking to achieve with your health plan.
    And politics aside I love your books and will continue to read them I love your work that is one part of you I don’t have to like everything or agree with everything to accept and even like a person.

    • Laurie King on January 20, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      I think I’ll do a post some time about the idea of authoritative judgment and opinions-as-fact. Not today, but thanks for the suggestion.

    • Debbie on January 22, 2017 at 9:29 am

      I really have to agree with you. You didn’t see the destruction when Obama was elected. Give the man a chance, he deserves that. I am sure that people weren’t for all of the choices that Obama made for his top positions. Let’s stop fussing and griping and get on board to help keep our country the best.

      • Pete Kelbrick on October 12, 2018 at 3:21 pm

        Well said, Debbie!

  58. Yvette on January 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Well said. Well reasoned. I stand with you at 74.

  59. Heide Estes on January 20, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you. THANK YOU. Marching in NYC tomorrow.

  60. Lucie Easley on January 20, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you. You are as courageous and directly honest as Mary Russell. I love and respect you as a writer and as someone with whom I can stand ground.

  61. Beth Mills on January 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you for this. I have enjoyed the Mary Russell books since the first one was published. I firmly believe that it is only the writers right now–through their books and their very thoughtful, thought-provoking posts–that are keeping me sane.

  62. Helen Dempsey-Tennent on January 20, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I stand most firmly with you, and feel blessed that we have people like you that can articulate our feelings! I can relate to all that you have said….I’m participating in the Women’s March in Yuma AZ on Feb. 5th, and as I speak my niece, Chelle, just touched down in DC to take part in the Women’s March…so proud of her…wearing her pink “pussy” hat knitted by her mother! We all love your books, and have our own little book club/reviews about them when we’re together. So sorry for the loss of your friend..Blessings…Helen Tennent

  63. Lee Ellen on January 20, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Well said. I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend.

  64. Kathy Reel on January 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Bravo for you, Laurie! You are eminently sensible and polite. I am glad to hear that you will be presenting your whole self here, as I greatly value your opinions and sage essays.

    I just reread Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, and in the book is a question. “How much does a house know?” When I think about the atmosphere of love and joy and hope that the Obamas brought to our beloved White House, and how now, someone who spews hate and discrimination is beginning his occupation of this house, I can’t help but think, how much does a house know.

  65. Maud Sterling on January 20, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    I first learned as a feminist, last century: the personal is political. Today was so relieved to hear it moving into your mantra. The personal IS political.

  66. Helenmary Cody on January 20, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you It is heartening on this most disheartening of days to know that someone of your eloquence will be speaking out in support of the things that matter.

  67. Gail Simpson on January 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you. I’m reading this to my 15 year old daughter who has been in tears for the last two days. Thank you for using your talent and heart to give me the words to use to help her see what we can do.

  68. Michelle Gray on January 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Oh yes! I stand with you! Silence is no longer an option.

  69. Norah Wolthuis on January 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I stand with you. Thank you Laurie; I will be polite (usually) but not quiet.

  70. Don Rickter on January 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Laurie, I turned 65 when I retired from Polaroid 21 years ago. We never know how much time we may have. Now I speak out, not forcing myself to be polite in dealing with a self-centered bully who is proud of breaking traditional rules. It is not a fair encounter if we are nice while he lies, attacks decent people, and personifies the Buddhist three poisons ( Ignorance, Hatred, and Greed ). There is an Iron Rule of
    Behavior (contrasted to the Golden Rule which is used with civilized people). — Many Thanks from your
    Red Sea proofreader.

  71. Tina Hoggatt on January 20, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you! I will continue to value your writing and your humanity, both. Keep it coming.

  72. Ecila on January 20, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Brava , thank you for expressing so much of what I have been feeling with out finding the words to articulate myself .

  73. Cathy on January 20, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you. I’ll add this to the list, along with fitting quotes from Elie Wiesel and JK Rowling, about holding the line and speaking up. Writers, artists, it’s all crucial more than ever. Thank you.

  74. Jeanette Okuley on January 20, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you, Laurie! I needed your words today. As a American female human of a certain age I need writers in my life who can put my thoughts into words that make sense. I’ve read all of your books and attended one of your readings. You have always revealed a bit of yourself in your characters. So maybe we should ask….what would Mary Russell do???

  75. Librariandoa on January 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I’m with you as always. Writers help us make sense of the world, even a world gone mad. Thank you for being there going forward to help us get through this.

  76. Sharon E. Cathcart on January 20, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for saying what so many of us are thinking.

  77. Kath Case on January 20, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    We in the land is Aus applaud all you have said. As a citizen of the world, I wish we had had a vote. We watched with astonished amazement is America seemed to run into a brick wall. I guess as your friend was silent and died with a whimper, we should not. It is very difficult to express ones ideas with out offending someone, however I for one find your sensible remarks hopeful. Thank you for your voice it is one of the few voices I have heard to come out in opposition.

  78. Susan Chambless on January 20, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you for your comments. I am glad to know one of my favorite writers shares my sentiments.

  79. Angie Heisler on January 20, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you. I stand with you.

  80. Kathy Emmert on January 20, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I, too am appalled. Am I the only one who can see the disconnect between what Donald Trump says and what he does?

  81. Roslyn Yeomans on January 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    This 75-year old woman thanks you, Ms. King, for your thoughtful and intelligent statements. I for one am attempting to stay positive and am taking steps (with my new knee) to the Women’s March in Los Angeles wearing one of the 7 pussyhats I knit.
    P.S. My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your friend. It is hard sometimes to accept another person’s choices.

  82. Jane Almquist on January 20, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Laurie, I turn 65 this year, too. Your words said what I feel so much more eloquently than I could have. Thank you for posting them.

  83. Mona Silipo on January 20, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Thank you. I’m genus Californian, too, although I now live in England. I know your environs: graduated from Cal, lived in Berkeley for nearly 30 years, have friends, both former and current, connected with GTU. I’ve always loved your books, not only for the story, but also for the grace and beauty of your writing style. Your essay above is one of the best personal statements I’ve seen about that abomination (I agree with you) now occupying the White House. When you reach our age –I am a couple of years older than you– it’s time to bring all of our parts into the whole. We need to integrate our various wisdoms, and we need to own our mastery. We are crones, the wise ones, now. P.S. I’ve wondered if you’ll ever write about Holmes’ death and Mary’s recovery from mourning it.

    • Laurie King on January 20, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Well, since Russell is still Tweeting about her life with Holmes in Sussex, clearly he’s discovered the key to immortality.

  84. Rebecca on January 20, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing these comforting words.

  85. Lexa on January 20, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I posted much the same on my FB page Fourthscore today (please like or friend me to see it). I will be launching my website, later this month.

    We are of an age, and state, and I am also a mystery writer (not quite twins as I suspect I am not nearly as polite as you hope to be).

    Thank you so much for validating my feelings and fears. You can count on me to stand beside you in this battle.

  86. Angie on January 20, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you. I really needed to read this today. I was already a fan and loyal reader, but you’ve got me for life now.

  87. […] ​Words have been hard to find, let alone the focus to express them coherently. Part of me resists the idea that a man so devoid of common decency or simple shame could set any kind of agenda for me. I am grateful to Laurie R. King for expressing beautifully how I am feeling today. Please go read. […]

  88. Amy Kastigar on January 20, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the absolute joy your books have brought to my life. And thank you for the decision to speak your mind. We’re going to need every voice we can muster, and I stand with you.

  89. Carol Harper on January 20, 2017 at 7:11 pm


  90. RMSK on January 20, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Wonderful…and anyone who says that people in the public sphere are not entitled to express themselves as citizens of this country, or as concerned citizens of the world, does not really understand what this country means to the world. We are meant to be a shining city on a hill, where we embrace everyone with an open mind and an open heart, even if we disagree with them. It is that spirit that has allowed us to become great and admired in this world. I hope that we continue to be great and admired in this world…I fear the slippery slope has met our feet though…and I worry…I sincerely, sincerely hope I am not right.

    Somehow I wish Mycroft were busy working in the background to eliminate this blip…alas, perhaps another slippery slope!

    Have courage, stay strong, be the example, embrace your better angels, and breathe!

  91. Tricia Mills on January 20, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I stand with you at age 66. Very proud of your bravery and decency. Trump is probably more despicable that the King of Bohemia.

  92. A Wright on January 20, 2017 at 7:20 pm


    I’ve been in a state of unrest and anger and denial for months now and today I stepped out of my corner and while playing Mah Jongg with women I know as acquaintances had a great debate and discussion of conservative vs liberal. There were four of us, one chose to remain silent, one was very conservative, one was very liberal and I am middle of the road liberal. It was so nice to speak my mind and get an articulate reply from someone with an opposing view. Nowadays people tend to choose their side and defend it with belligerence and hatred. This didn’t happen today, and it not only gave me hope that people can come together and discuss all these differences and each walk away wiser and with respect for the other person. My esteem for the two ladies who did debate me today has risen through the roof. They gave me hope for our country as they want many things that I do and we agreed to disagree on the other items.

    • Laurie King on January 22, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Yes, isn’t it a huge relief when there can be respectful disagreement in place of the mad mud-flinging of 2016?

  93. Dot Stewart on January 20, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Thank you, Laurie King, for expressing what I’ve been feeling. I had officially declared this to be “a day of mourning, filled with sackcloth and ashes, prayer and fasting, much lamentation and gnashing of teeth.” Somehow, after reading your post, I feel a little less mournful, knowing someone of your stature will be speaking on my behalf — Less mournful but not less fearful, as this abomination with the itchy thumbs and little self-control now has the nuclear codes. I am afraid, so very afraid.

  94. Judy on January 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Laurie. I’m with you all the way! You said it so well and I’m grateful you put it out there for all of us to read. I had never been involved in politics until 2008 when Obama ran. I found myself drawn in and fully supporting all that Obama stood for, and I truly believed he would make a difference. In spite of all the roadblocks, he has made great strides! He made a difference – with dignity, grace, humor, and heart. He is a true statesman. Fast forward, and I cannot believe what just happened today! Our country, not by popular vote, inaugurated a man who has no grace, no dignity, no humor, and definitely, no heart. He is not a statesman-the man has great difficulty stating a full sentence, he goes off on unrelated tangents, not to mention repeating snippets over and over. Just as a leopard cannot change his spots, neither can DT. His actions speak loudly-on his abuse of women, his racist rants, his temper and anger, questionable business dealings and his failure to follow time honored tradition and protocol. He is ill fitted to be OUR president. I, for one, will not acknowledge him or his Cabinet, and I am going to make it my priority to write to every Congressional member and explain my displeasure with the way things are going. I will not take DT sitting down! Thanks, Laurie, for the further inspiration to tackle this monumental project with dignity and grace.

  95. Marsha W on January 20, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Elie Wiesel noted that “silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. ”

    May we be bold and brave and loud in these coming years.

    Standing with you at 68 for a few more weeks.

  96. carolyn Pezzoni on January 20, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    What you wrote today spoke for me, however I don’t know if I can carry out the polite, kind and thoughtful aspect of your thoughts. Right now I am so disheartened and angry all I can do is speak to those who share my views and avoid those who don’t. You are right to speak your mind whether political or private anywhere you want and as loud as you want and it others don’t like it (well trying to be polite) they can go elsewhere. Be our brave voice and in your spare time keep writing those wonderful books.

  97. LJ Zinkand on January 20, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks, Laurie. I’m with you.

  98. Judith Korff on January 20, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you so much for speaking out and taking a stand. This will be a very difficult time for most people in this country, and this administration can have a deep negative impact on the world with its climate change resistance and Mr. Trump’s position on nuclear armaments. At 70, I will resist efforts to advance voter suppression, and to dismantle protections for women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community. I will look forward to working with other like-minded people toward a better future than I believe he can provide us.

  99. Chris Worthington on January 20, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Although I do not share your politics, I respect your right as a fellow American to hold different beliefs than I do. I personally felt this election pitted two evil people against each other, and that we faced an impossible choice as Americans. I am concerned when I hear the rhetoric on both sides of the aisle, because I will continue to believe what unites us is so much bigger than what divides. Although you and I have different feelings this evening, I feel you expressed yourself very well and I also feel that it’s your page, you can do whatever you want on your page. I’m still going to read what you have to say, and I’m still going to be intrigued by your mysteries. God Bless all my fellow Americans as we go forward together to whatever the future may bring.

  100. Don Bomgaars on January 20, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Nicely stated. This totally sums up my shock, dismay, hopes, fears, and concerns for my family, community, country and world.

  101. Ann on January 20, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you for your post, Laurie. You have my complete backing and I will be supporting the authors and organisations who are equally appalled at the person currently occupying the highest office in the USA.

  102. Julieanne Humber on January 20, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Thank God you spoke out. It behoves all who want peace, care for and about their brothers and sisters regardless of colour, religion and every other label some chose to apply and want a fair deal for all in their country and around the world to speak out.
    In my little corner of Tasmania, I watch with fear and apprehension at what is happening in your country, in Britain, in Europe, in the Middle East and my own country, Australia. I see the evil that is the divisive socioeconimic and xenophobic way our governments behave and condone in some of their citizens, and in their neighbours. The callous lack of concern for the only home we all have: Mother Earth. I refuse to despair and exhort all who read your books and these comments, dear Laurie King, to keep reading, keep sharing and work to make a difference on any and all levels to restore balance. The longest journey still begins with one step and then the next …
    Don’t stop speaking out, don’t stop being less than true and 65 is a magic number. I’ve just turned that and find I still have a fire in my belly that has not diminished.

  103. Kay Lundgren on January 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    You put into words so much of what I feel. Thank you and from the comments left here, you have a lot of respect and love. Please accept mine also.

  104. Karen B. on January 20, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Laurie- I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. That must be so difficult and painful.

    You are a citizen. To deny you speaking as a citizen or to require you to be quiet about your convictions is to deny your rights as a citizen. I have so many fears because if this man, not the least of which is when I look at my gay daughter or my almost 18 year old son and wonder if they will be safe. And I truly don’t understand how people can justify voting for a man who has bragged about assaulting women, and all the other sins he has committed. But I will be marching in DC tomorrow and will continue with the phone calls and letters to my members of congress hoping that it makes a difference.

  105. Mandy on January 20, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you for putting into words many of the things I’ve been feeling. Beautifully written.

  106. Mary Beth on January 20, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I am with you 100%. This was very beautifully written. As I watched President Obama’s helicopter lift off from the Capitol my eyes welled up with tears and they spilled down my cheeks. My heart is broken…not only because my candidate lost by a technicality while still winning the popular vote, not because a man I respected was leaving office, but because, taking his place was a mega-rich buffoon who played upon the insecurities of a population he cares nothing about in order to gain the most powerful position in the world. Truly, in the United States of America, anyone can become president. People who want you to stay silent must be insecure about their own values. Silence means acceptance.

  107. Debi MacDonald on January 20, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Brilliantly put. I’m 63 this year, a fan and Canadian. I feel frightened for all of us, what happens there has a direct impact on what happens here. All I have left of my mother’s family live in California, I have many good friends there and worry for all of you. Be who you are, I will still buy and love your books.

  108. Lynn on January 20, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing you thoughts during this time of drama and anxiety. As sisters we will stand together. As some say God isn’t finished with us yet.

  109. Genny Bimslager on January 20, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you. Very well said and I stand with you.

  110. Beatriz Fernandez on January 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Having read, admired and enjoyed your books for many decades, I can’t imagine you would have felt any differently about this person now occupying the White House. I have no words for what I’m feeling today–thank you for yours!

  111. Ann Parker on January 20, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Yes, yes, and absolutely yes!! From an admirer who is also staring at 65 trips around this blue-green planet…

  112. Jennifer Kincheloe on January 20, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you.

  113. Edith on January 20, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks for speaking up. One of my five favorite authors wrote this on her FB page. I couldn’t possibly have loved her more since I feel much the same way.

    Here’s the thing. If you’re a Trump supporter, I don’t want to come together with you. I don’t want to talk to you or acknowledge your existence. I don’t think you have a right to your hatred, ignorance, and bigotry. Don’t bother telling me you’ll stop buying my books or burn my books or burn me. I don’t want you to have my books, it disgusts me that you read the words I put down on paper and ever thought we had anything in common. And I won’t appease your attempt to justify your bigotry, so don’t bother to shit your hate on this post. I’ll block you with a happy heart and I’ll never look back.
    Count me among the Resistance.

    • BCS on February 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      That does not say a lot for your favorite author or you. Talk about hate-filled. I know very nice, well-mannered, loving, kind people who support Trump and the same kind of people who can’t stand him. Not one of them is hateful, some have degrees and some don’t, and not one of them is a bigot. The persons, such as your favorite author, who spew such hatred toward and denigrate those with different opinions outlooks, or beliefs are the ones absolutely to be feared. Just see what’s happening around the world. I agree that the new president made some verbal missteps and was insulting, although I believe it was bluster, I also believe it was wholly uncalled for. President Truman believed that most presidents want to do a good job and said that if a president isn’t catching hell, he isn’t trying to get things done. (That’s not verbatim but close.) He critiqued presidents, democrat and republican, and listed good and bad in his opinion. Sonetimes it takes decades before a president can be put in one of those categories. Trump is in office, and I’m as concerned as anyone who cares about this country that he do a good job. But while we’re expressing our opinions, let’s not spew hatred and condemnation.

      • Laurie King on February 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

        Hate and and rage are so close, aren’t they? Yet rage can build something, while hate only eats away at the foundations. Best to focus on the one, and watch out for the other.

        • BCS on February 2, 2017 at 10:34 am

          We should be careful that rage doesn’t become hate. As you said they are so close–a fine line. They can both so easily become violent and destructive. Push and pressure are soft-sounding words, but in reality, powerful.

      • Kathleen Robins on February 1, 2017 at 7:19 pm

        With all my heart, I want to believe that the people who voted for Trump did not vote out of hate and a desire to return to a mythological past where everyone fits tidily into a preordained place (and those who don’t magically disappear or are quietly removed). I keep waiting to hear Trump voters publically express at least dismay about his speech and his behavior. But I haven’t.

        Instead, I hear lots of arguments that seem to imply that because Bill Clinton had an inappropriate-in-every-way affair while in the white house, all of Donald Trump’s inappropriate-in-every-way language and behaviors around sex and gender are somehow excused. His staff repeatedly tell easily disprovable lies about stupid things like the weather and event attendance and then excuse those lies with talk about “alternative facts”, and none of his supporters seem to care.

        Trump supporters talk a lot about the incredible damage they suffered over the last 8 years, without ever detailing what those damages were (and ignoring or disputing jobs and economy gains, and the millions of people who now benefit from the loathed ACA). They also seem to imply that those non-specified damages somehow justify the measurable damages (i.e., loss of health insurance) that their candidate will inflict on others during his tenure.

        This is part of the larger wholesale rejection of evidence-based thinking most Trump supporters articulate. They seem to disregard learning, expertise and near consensus science if it gets in the way of their worldview. They attack the free media, and denigrate anyone who dares to investigate and report on the veracity of the statements and claims made by Trump and his circle.

        And then there is the clear evidence that Trump voters, regardless of their minority status among all voters, seem entirely comfortable in imposing their belief systems and norms on the majority. From their opinions about who can appropriately love another, to how it is appropriate to be the person you know yourself to be, to who controls a woman’s fertility and womb, these people who demand that the government get out of their lives demand access into and control of the lives of others. The behavior they tolerated at their rallies (the t-shirts, the chants, the treatment of perceived outsiders) seemed full of rage and hate towards anyone who disagreed with them to me.

        I have yet to read of a Trump supporter willing to own and address any of these issues. There is no question that white supremacists and anti-semites have been empowered by his election, and yet, I’ve heard few Trump supporters repudiating those who actively practice hate-based politics.

        So– when folks who voted for Trump ask the majority who didn’t to give Trump a chance, what are they asking? For the rest of us to watch to see if the path the man they elected president takes isn’t the right one after all, despite all that’s already happened? I think that’s a very tall request to make. It seems to imply that those of us who didn’t vote for Trump are not able to correctly assess his actions, and that the questions we taught our kids to ask before speaking or doing – Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? – can somehow have more than a yes or no answer.

        I’m a human being, a woman, an American, a Californian, a writer, a wife and a mother. I love my family and friends. I love this Country and the ideals it represents. I love our diversity, and the generosity we are capable of. I love this land, in all its varied and incredible beauty. I stand beside Laurie King and everyone else who believes that we are better than the vision that Trump offers us, and will fight to make that true.

        • Laurie King on February 1, 2017 at 8:02 pm

          Amen, I say. Amen.

  114. Leslie Angel on January 20, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Thank you Laurie King. I hope you continue to write as you feel. We are all in this together and must make our voices heard. I’ve read all your books and always felt you were a kindred spirit. I think I’ve read Folly 10 times–it’s a comfort read in times of trouble. Thank you for writing it.

  115. Carol Busseau on January 20, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Right there with you. Recently introduced my granddaughter to your books, and she stands with us in this as well.
    “I will be polite, but I will not be quiet.” Perfectly said!

  116. Deborah Burger on January 21, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Thank you for your integrity….a public expression that matches inner beliefs. Anything less would have been disappointing, since you have created such characters of integrity!
    Every act, and every word, too, IS political. Silence in the face of injustice is a political act, as much as speaking out is a political act.
    As a fan of your fiction, and an admirer of you, I offer my thanks.

  117. Peggy Ann on January 21, 2017 at 1:04 am

    We stand with you. Thank you Laurie for you eloquent thoughts on this very difficult time for many of us. My husband & I have been greatly concerned too. As Christians & Americans, we see too many parallels in history… especially 1930s here and in Germany. We are again reading or listening to the audible of It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. Tomorrow we walk with Women’s March San Jose for all the daughters.

  118. Nancy Kaye Holcomb on January 21, 2017 at 1:08 am

    I stand with you in Seattle. I am appalled and heartbroken that such an obviously unqualified, impulsive, and bigoted man has been elected to our highest office. The contrast between this man and Barack Obama makes me weep. I did not agree with everything President Obama did, or with the way he did it, but I never doubted his integrity and intelligence, his thoughtfulness and gravity. Trump has none of those qualities and I will dedicate my life to resisting his racist, misogynist agenda.

  119. ELEANOR M.TATRO on January 21, 2017 at 1:27 am


  120. Cindy Brillhart-True on January 21, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Yes!! I knew you were my favorite living writer for a reason!!! Brava!

  121. Meredith T. on January 21, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Dear Laurie,

    My condolences on the loss of your friend. What a painful frustration for those who love her.

    Thank you for expressing so beautifully what many feel. As our election had a low turnout, apparently twenty thousand votes in each of three states swept away a popular vote.

    I think we are now engaged in a perilous but essential juggling act. Life and work must be honored. But we are not being ethical or responsible unless we act to prevent things which are just plain wrong.

    I don’t think I did anything more politically for the past four years than write a check. Now my goal is to do something every day.

    Thank you, once again.

  122. Jerry Johnson on January 21, 2017 at 3:34 am

    You post whatever you want. I have never considered an author an anonymous figure behind the page. The more I know about you, the more I enjoy your work. And, frankly, this 70-year-old has grave concerns about the next four years.

  123. Lynda Washbrook on January 21, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Dear Laurie,
    My heart goes out to you on the loss of your dear friend, it seems to go with being in one’s 60’s that there is so much more loss around us.
    I am a Canadian by choice and like my other sisters who have commented, I fear the decisions of this President will affect us all and sadly not for the best.
    Thank you for standing your ground we all need to.

    I will always be one of your devoted readers,

  124. Claire Lamonica on January 21, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Thank you.

  125. Teresa Pitman on January 21, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I love your books so much, and it adds to my pleasure in reading them to know what kind of person you are – the kind who stands up for those who are likely to be harmed by this new government. I am a Canadian, living in Canada, and we have watched this in shock and horror and now live in fear of what might happen next.

  126. Kitty on January 21, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Thank you for your stand.
    Many of my students ( yes I teach at a university) have been depressed and are fearful. I am 63, and I haven’t contemplated retirement yet.
    On a personal note, I am worried my youngest daughter may not have health insurance with the repeal of the Obama Health care, since she has chosen a different path than college.

    I am praying for all of us.

  127. Jennifer on January 21, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Now I’m really looking forward to future blogs posts!

  128. Jennifer on January 21, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Now I’m really looking forward to future blogs posts!

  129. Gail Watson Haas on January 21, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Thank you, Ms. King. I stuck my head in the sand yesterday and planned to keep it there. I have read your eloquent prose here and have thrown my shoulders back and raised my head. I just hope I can be polite.

  130. Susan C Heiser on January 21, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I offer my sympathy in the sad loss of your friend.
    Regarding the occupant and the bewildering and frightening events of past year, thank you for your clear and courageous declaration.
    I stand with you proudly and gratefully.
    More than ever in my lifetime (74 years on this beloved Earth) we need writers and thinkers to share insight and expand our imaginations for the fight ahead.
    My daughter and granddaughter will march in St. Louis today, Loved ones are in DC, Boston, Chicago & Peoria. I stand with them too, proudly and gratefully.

  131. Karen Turley-Corbett on January 21, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Thank you for your courage to speak unabashed. When I realized who had been elected, it gave me comfort to know that someone whose intellect I have marvelled at was likewise apalled. As loathsome as the new occupant is, he does not stand alone. We have a Congress intent on stripping us of our rights, our dignity, our health care, and any sense of financial security. Yes, I am a 68 year old retired school teacher on Social Security and Medicare. Now that we know the ACA has been gutted, the National Parks have been restrained from tweeting, all mention of climate change has been removed from the White House website, and the press is being restricted access, my fear is deep and wide.

  132. Claudia Medaris on January 21, 2017 at 9:34 am

    In 1971, I adopted Berkeley, California as my own and associated with those around GTU. I was thrilled upon my first reading of your books to find mention of so much that interested me in your worlds. I introduced my sister and then my two daughters to your books, and, now, a grandchild, as well. You have meant a great deal to me and my family of readers over the years, but never more than today with your thoughtful, polite, and constructive political declaration. We stand with you. Through the wisdom and power of heartfelt words, we shall all prevail.

  133. Susan D on January 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Here in Canada we’re watching in horror, pretending it can’t happen here. (It could. The clones are already gathering.)

    I’m just now heading out to Toronto Women’s March, one of hundreds around the world.

    Keep the faith, Laurie.

  134. Beth Backus on January 21, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Thank you so much for your stand. I am with you 100%. I, too, am appalled that this buffoon has become our president. I am very fearful for our future,

  135. Geri on January 21, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I will not be quiet! I’m standing with you sister! Thanks as always for your support and love for libraries and librarians. You help us do a better job!

  136. BarbaraK on January 21, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I read the text of Trump’s inaugural address with disgust and horror. His first act following the address was to repeal the ACA by executive order. There is nothing on hand to replace the ACA. Fortunately, we have writers like you who are speaking out. I intend to speak out as well. This dangerous buffoon now in the White House is a clear and present danger to us all. I am not a writer but will make my opinions heard as is my right.

  137. Doretta Schrock on January 21, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Thank you. I still remember the day I discovered your books in my local library. Your thoughtfulness and courage are much appreciated. Heading out to the Women’s March in Portland soon and your post is a fitting preamble.

  138. Linda M. on January 21, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Thank you for perfectly expressing my feelings. I’m also in my mid-sixties. I never thought my later life would include activism. But we must all stand up and act when our country becomes mired in selfish, unconscionable acts. We must stand up for ourselves, and others who cannot stand up for themselves. Every community has organizations which work for the good of mankind. I will be supporting the ones that speak most to me, the ones I think can have the most impact for good. May God bless us all!

  139. CM on January 21, 2017 at 11:50 am


    Thank you for posting your comments – “As I’ve said from the start, I pray your optimism is justified, and would be overjoyed to be proved wrong” sums up my feelings exactly.

    One poll I saw from the election is that almost 50% voted against someone rather than for someone. . . All I can think is that a number of people just didn’t want to vote for Clinton, so voted for Trump, thinking there’d be no way he’d be elected. . . .at least that’s what I keep telling myself, that people didn’t deliberately select someone who was in your words, “utterly unqualified, deliberately offensive.”

  140. Annette Lessmann on January 21, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Amen. Thank you for voicing what I think.

  141. Gayle Chenevert on January 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Dear Laurie,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I hope you find comfort in your memories of happier times.

    I’m 57 and a long time fan of the Mary Russell series. I have to remind myself from time to time that Mary is a fictional character and not an historical figure. Holmes too 🙂 (I only recently found her twitter account, which is not helping, ha ha) I agree wholeheartedly with your post. My daughter asked me what would happen if she loses her healthcare and I just stared at her open mouthed. For the first time I could find no words to reassure her, because I don’t know! None of us know. I’ve always preached that there is a solution somewhere, we just have to find it. But I’ve never felt so at sea, not knowing what is to come. I support your decision to write your mind, feelings and opinions without regard to what others may think. At our ages, enough is enough. I applaud your decision and I will continue to enjoy your exquisite writing. Thank you.

  142. Jay Mitchell on January 21, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Well said, Laurie. I’m Scot in my seventies and between Trump and the British decision to leave the European Union which has kept peace Europe since it began. I’m terrified. For the sake of America and the rest of the world. I hope Trump changes his behaviour but begining by cancelling Obamacare doesn’t make me too optimistic. I fear what will happen to my own country once we leave Europe. In Scotland we voted to stay in by a fair majority but it was a UK decision and because I fear for my son and my grandaughter in the future because of the combined effect of Trump and Brexit.
    My best wishes to America for the future. Keep up the struggle to keep Trump in line.
    I apologise to anyone who finds my UK spelling distracting but I hope you get the message.

    • Laurie King on January 21, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Yes, I occasionally think of moving to the UK and then think, oh right, not much of a haven these days…

  143. Kat Braden on January 21, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Dear Laurie, I look forward to your writings as always and know you will be using facts.

  144. Nancy Gordon on January 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Please keep speaking up! We need wise words like yours now more than ever. As an almost 70 year old Christian, I am appalled by the results of the election. I’m not marching today, but I’m there in spirit. It’s going to be a matter of how to mount a resistance to some of the immense changes (and steps backward) that seem to be in our future.
    Keep the faith!

  145. Frances Kern on January 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you, Laurie, for giving words to my feelings. I do not expect to read anywhere, written by anyone, a more intelligent, perceptive or articulate statement. It has given me strength to read the other comments posted here. I remain appalled, horrified, and frightened for the future of our beloved country. I am 78 years old, with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and I thought they would grow up and grow old in the safe and free land where I grew up, and where I have grown old, the land we sing about: “America, America, God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.” We need His grace now, more than we have ever needed it.

  146. Maddie Hjulstrom on January 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Beautifully written, Laurie – you go, girl!!!

  147. Karen Bowman on January 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I agree at 63.

  148. B.B. Cantwell on January 21, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Thank-you for this statement. I am so at a loss as to understand this debacle … I have stage 4 cancer and am doing well on my therapy….but I am 62 next week…. In order to live I need my medical insurance –I can still work part time….but…. If I die because of this treasonous man in the White House, I’d like my family to sue him!!

    • Laurie King on January 21, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Good plan! And we all wish you strength and good fortune in your fight.

  149. Bill Edwards on January 21, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Ms King,

    Clearly, you are far from alone! What can I say but, “Me, too, keep on doing what you do!”
    “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

  150. Heather Haven on January 21, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Laurie, I have long respected you as a writer, but I see the words you put on paper are only a glimpse into the real you. Thank you so much for writing what you did. I feel much the same way. And I am so sorry about your friend. Losses like that take a real toll. My best, Heather

  151. Barbara Kline on January 21, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Regarding the Women’s March in Denver, Colorado downtown Denver was jammed with women of all shapes, sizes, colors, etc. Washington, D.C. was a solid mass of women and their partners. I, unfortunately, did not attend the gathering here in Denver. I’ve been kicking myself all around the block in regard to that one. However, I am going to deluge the Denver Post and my senators and my congresspersons and anyone else I can think of every time that loathsome orange creature or his ignorant billionaire cabinet appointees try to pull a fast one. I turn 69 in February and I know that some people wish that women my age would just shut up and behave like nice little lols. Well, I will not ever do that. I will confront The Occupant at every opportunity.

  152. Laurel Peterson on January 21, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you, Laurie. Every person who stands up
    Matters. I stand with you and I appreciate everyone who stands against the Occupant and the horrifying policies generated
    By his administration.

  153. […] Words have been hard to find, let alone the focus to express them coherently. Part of me resists the idea that a man so devoid of common decency or simple shame could set any kind of agenda for me. I am grateful to Laurie R. King for expressing beautifully how I am feeling today about moving forward. Please go read. […]

  154. Pennie on January 21, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Extremely well said. This is exactly how more than half of Americans are thinking. Thank you so much.

  155. Karen Wolf on January 21, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you, Laurie, for being as always honest, succinct and yourself. I am a 71 year old American born woman who has lived in 10 very distinct nations growing up; my children are born Spanish, Zambian, English. I was brought up by a very unique man: abandoned by his white mother, brought up by an Apache woman who rescued him from uncaring parents, raised by a strangely Pro-Nazi racist mother and my often mentally unhinged father who above all else believed that women deserve all the rights of all humans; colour never was an issue; we are all here to boost one another up when we can; take in all the homeless people you find and give them a boost. I learned from this functionally illiterate but extremely intelligent man with an eidetic memory that all humans deserve respect, all humans deserve a full education; all humans are one family and all children must be given the chance to learn from the day they are born. But I also grew up ignorant of the horrible atrocities white Americans had, and were committing against native Americans, people of colour, the disabled, the mentally ill, and most living creatures. I learned a great deal being brought up from the age of 9 years in 1954 until I finally returned to America in 1978, how wrong my beliefs that all Americans were treated equally, women were treated as well as men, and everyone had the right to live where they chose, work hard, get equal pay, and have the right to vote. Now, after many years of fighting against wars, for equal rights for all people, fair wages for a hard day’s work, and above all, respect and equality of women and men of all races, our nation has decided to elect to me a man whom I can only call the antithesis of all that is good, just, right, and fair, and decent, as our President. I thought I had done fighting when Barack H. Obama was voted into the office of President of the United States of America, only to watch this great achievement decried, desecrated and deplored by the many people in this nation who cannot accept a Black Man in the White House. Now we have someone I cannot describe, so against our held values I am sickened. I will continue to quietly fight for a better future for my beloved nation, and ALL of it’s beloved citizens. I shall not troll nor insult nor be destructive. I shall stand up for what is right and good and true, as all Americans must do! America deserves only the finest leaders if we are to call ourselves a great nation, a small light in a very dark world. I believe that leaders like you will help our little lights shine until they wipe out the deep dark evil darkness that our future may hold.

    • Laurie King on January 22, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Karen, what a fascinating life you have led. Thank you for staying involved.

  156. Kathi on January 21, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Well said. It is your duty and your right to speak out. You are blessed with an audience. Use it well as you have done.

  157. Janine Harris-Wheatley on January 21, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    So many people in the world are feeling fear and dismay as they consider the next four years. We know that most people in America share our misgivings but thank you, Laurie, and thank you to your intelligent readers/commenters for your thoughtful, caring words. You are the hope.

  158. armida scopazzi on January 22, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Thank you so much for your words. Words matter and our use of them will become more and more important as the years fly past.

  159. Barbara Ristine on January 22, 2017 at 12:42 am

    I am grateful for your principled stand. I’ve enjoyed and admired your writing for almost 20 years. I’ve been inspired by your passion for humanitarian causes, like the Heifer Project. i stand with you in hoping for the best for our nation while realizing that we must be vigilant and take action to insure its survival. I turn 59 this year and this is the first time I have felt such a strong calling to take a stand and to do something. Today’s March showed that there are many of us who feel the same way. So maybe this administration is our call to action, the force needed to yank us from our complacency. Stay true to your beliefs and fight on.

  160. Amy Hunter on January 22, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Ms. King, you have put into words what I have struggled to express, the reason for my anxiety since the day of his nomination. I am entrusting the lives of my children in the hands of this man, a man that I neither trust nor respect, whose past acts of belligerence and entitlement have never quite caught up with him. My fear is that it will catch up with him while he is holding such a powerful office, and that my children will be put at risk.

    My children, whose father was an immigrant from the Middle East. Children who struggle for good health and education while being brought up in a low income household. Children who worry about California’s drought and recycling and making sure that the adults around them understand that it is important to take care of the Earth, all while pledging to leave this place a better place than when they came into the world and selling Girl Scout cookies.
    Children who deserve to have a future.

    This new president makes me afraid for them.

  161. Sheala Bacon on January 22, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    We are still stronger together. Thank you. Peace.

  162. Mary O'Connor on January 22, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Laurie, thank you for articulating so well what is in my heart. I will be 73 this year and I am so sad as I look to the future under the Occupant. The only good news I can share is a text message from my son and his wife who journeyed from NYC to DC for the Women’s March. “Today was very memorable. Very heartening. There’s hope for America!” I hope so.
    By the way, I totally support your decision to be yourself–no one is stronger than one who accepts themselves as they are.

  163. Mary O'Shea on January 22, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    We need a new Mary Russell book!! It will help heal the wounds….

  164. Deborah on January 23, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I gladly add my name to the many who have written to support you. I attended the Women’s March in DC and was giddy that so many of my friends and family traveled from as far as L.A. to be there. It is clear that we can’t just sigh and roll our eyes anymore. I have congressional phone numbers posted in my home office now where I can easily see them and voice my opinions. And believe me (get it? ) I WILL!

  165. Sraddha Williams on January 23, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you, Laurie. My husband and I have been long time loyal readers. We both thank you for this powerful, compassionate blog post. We are with you

  166. Romona on January 23, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    It was with a heavy heart that my partner and I also witnessed the Deplorable Occupant take the reigns of the most powerful nation in the world. We were at once sickened, disheartened, and, yes indeed, wickedly, angered that anyone would even contemplate electing and following this petulant child-man with his disgraceful, hateful, and asinine rhetoric/twittering. Thankfully, much of that was relieved or perhaps redirected the moment we stepped into line with the 100,000 or so amazing women AND men at our local women’s march in Denver. The energetic masses were pretty damned ticked off, but always peaceful and kind. How transforming it was to be amongst sisters and brothers making such an impactful statement. As much as the Deplorable Occupant may very well be the coming of the Fourth Reich, there is hope that we who wished to be on the right side of history will band together and make a difference. When you see a sign at a rally that states, ‘I can’t believe we are still fighting for this shit!”, it certainly makes one want to stand up and end the madness! Women, men, and Russellites unite and speak up!!! Silence is deadly to us all. Write on Laurie!!

  167. Carman on January 25, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you. I am glad you are standing up for what you believe in. Maybe others will follow your lead. You have to stand up–because so many of us can’t: we who have little money, no influence, and no public voice.

    I’m sure you will get pushback. Some of it will be vicious. Please remember how many of us love your books, your characters, and yes, you.

    Again. Thank you.

  168. Terry Wages on February 1, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Thank you for speaking your mind. I fear that’s going to be harder with this unspeakable person residing in our White House and degrading it daily. Please continue – we have to be coherent in our resistance.

  169. Sally Barham on February 1, 2017 at 9:24 am

    I feel your pain. I am from the UK so we have a lot of pain ourselves at the moment. We just all need to know that there are many people out there who maybe didn’t appreciate that a protest vote were would have the outcome that it did. Nothing was perfect before but it is likely that it will be a great deal less perfect before it improves. We live in interesting times, things have become so divisive.

    I love your books – thank you

  170. April M on February 1, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Bravo. You go girl!!

  171. Ruth Anne Wolfe on February 1, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Thank you so much. I stand with you. I love all of your books. If you lose sales so be it, I’ll buy more books! I will buy your thriller but may not read it – you scare the heck out of me with those! Thank you for your beautiful writing, it helps to see others express themselves coherently about this horrible situation – I spend too much time having futile conversations with people in my head. Write on! Speak for us all. Mary Russell herself speaks for us.

  172. Monica on February 1, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Wow! I wish I had the eloquent words to voice my concerns and outrage, but they would put a sailor to shame. So instead I’ll just say Thank you for YOUR words, both here and in ALL your books. Keep on!!

  173. Caroline Gaudy on February 1, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Thank you for standing up and speaking out. I am with you 100%. I, too, will not ‘go’ and I most assuredly will not ‘stay’ quietly!
    Large, ever so polite, hugs. and as the Italians say, FORZA.

  174. Sandy Thurlow on February 1, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Laurie R. King, as you can see, you are not alone. Your voice is important. We need your wise and compassionate and clear voice. I’m 72 years old and my first march against injustice was in 1965. There were 20 people on that march and today we are marching five million strong worldwide. You are not alone. Let us join hands and raise our voices for all those who cannot and for ourselves.

  175. Phylis Berry on February 1, 2017 at 10:29 am

    You go, girl!
    I’m 80, have found your work to be entertaining, enlightening, and enjoyable.
    Separating yourself gets much too difficult. Besides, I wish to see what your thoughts are.
    Politically, I stand with you in being appalled at what the next four years will bring, but pray we get out the other side without a major war.
    Please, keep on thinking and writing.

  176. Nancy Fuller on February 1, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I stand by you as well.

  177. Barbara Lee on February 1, 2017 at 11:48 am

    If you have any suggestions for me as I talk with my distraught, disillusioned, brilliant (& a voracious reading) 17-year-old daughter, please let me know. Normally upbeat, I find her weeping if she reads or watches much of the news. Fiction seems to be our saving grace.
    Love your work in Pennsylvania & so sorry for the rest of our state. I was filled with dread in October when we saw the signs popping up everywhere.

  178. Carol G Williams on February 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    “Basket of deplorables”, in hindsight, was one of the most acute observations expressed. How any one – particularly those self-identifying as “Christian” – can support this buffoon or any of his henchmen is beyond me. At almost 66, it galls me to see the attempts being made to overthrow almost every positive stride we’ve made in social areas during my lifetime. I will not go out of this life without a fight – for sisterhood, for racial and sexual equality, for immigrates – and where would any of us be if our ancestors had been denied entry to the U.S.?! – and the environment. We MUST speak up; we MUST act.

  179. Zoe Hansen on February 1, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I support you 100%

  180. Monique Cremers on February 1, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. Another King: Marten Luther.
    That now, seems to be the hardest thing to do.
    Monique, 54, Netherlands

  181. Paul on February 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Brava, Laurie. As a man, I stand with you completely-no reservations.

  182. Dena Fox on February 1, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Today I looked for my favorite authors, to see if/how they respond to the dystopian situation in the U.S. There you are (just received your newsletter) & also read posts by Louise Penny & Sara Paretsky’s speech at the Chicago Women’s March. The D.C. march was incredible. Coming home & seeing photos of sister marches, not only throughout the U.S. but all over the world is heartening. I do not know how to continue fighting this monster. More despicable nominees have been approved for trump’s cabinet. This will adversely effect the lives of many of us.
    Laurie- thank you for your books and for your decision to speak/write your thoughts.

  183. Nora on February 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Totally speechless when the final tally was read as well. Was not a Clinton fan, but didn’t see how I could vote otherwise. I’ve been thinking ‘give the man a chance’ seeing all the hatred and destruction going on – what good does this do? I’m thinking this might have been a large part why he was elected to begin with – all the actors on their soapboxes telling us what to feel (better they just do their movies and collect their outrageous salaries), and thinking ‘this guy isn’t afraid to speak his mind and he’d be a fresh voice’. I don’t know. His outspoken ‘I’m right/you’re right’ philosophy scares me as well – especially in these very frightening times when other countries are just waiting to wipe their feet on us. Well, he’s in now – we just have to pray that he gets good people around him and things turn out. What choice do we have?

    So sorry for the loss of your friend, Laurie and love your books. Can’t wait for “Lockdown” – I’d lose sleep for your stories anytime!

  184. Valeria Nelsen on February 1, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    63 and counting. I teach (largely immigrant) adolescents by day and their parents in adult school by night. Some of my students, both teenage and adult, are so depressed that it is gravely affecting their performance in all areas of their life. In other parts of my life, I have lived with an abusive father, worked when I was younger for abusive bosses, and this is a scenario, of a country that elected the Occupant (I like that terminology), which I cannot comprehend and which causes me to regard people I once thought of as friends who voted for him, with the same tension and acute awareness that I felt when I found out that the male of a couple that I had previously known socially and professionally, beat up his wife badly enough to put her in hospital, after which FINALLY she got a restraining order. The voters who empowered the Occupant have ignored all the warning signs and as a result, the country will stand shamed by his actions. I am willing to be surprised, but all the experience of a past life (and of history itself) tells me that I won’t be, that this political beast will not change his stripes.

  185. Cheryl Tuttle on February 1, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us. I am so sorry for your loss of a dear friend. “Standing ground” makes me consider something I have learned the hard way about certain difficult people that enter our lives. Trump is proud to “keep us guessing” and make us feel “off balance”. That is his style. Also, he can talk “as if” he feels a passion and respect for others. This is, in my very humble opinion, a trait that creates much harm and loss for others. Unfortunately more for those that trust him and work for him then even the rest of us that feel fear or alarmed him. I pray the base of voters that support Trump allow themselves the right to change their minds. We are all in this together and must love each other and all of us “should stand our ground”, because he is purposefully trying to trip us up. I was willing to give him time, but he is racing ahead so fast that experienced leaders of even our military can’t keep up or modify his judgment. He is not looking at the big picture, he is glued to the small world of the TV and his image on it. I stand with all human beings as best I can and always will. Bless you all.

  186. Renee Gal Primack on February 1, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you! I knew there was a reason I appreciated you — you, not the “writer” you — apart from the California references (and me a displaced Palo Alto-an living In Ohio, land-locked, missing the ocean), especially those to Bookshop Santa Cruz where I remember my parents letting me buy Oz and Narnia books, close to five decades ago.

    My list would include “Jew” somewhere, not sure which number, but otherwise, YES!, absolutely. If we are silent, if we allow ourselves to sit back behind a curtain of “professionalism,” or to believe we must take the high road and not get angry, then there is no hope. My sister keeps saying that she always wanted to live through the ’60x and is getting her wish.

    Why would being a writer be the only reason that requires you to speak out? Any of your other numbers do, as well. As humans, as women (or men), as Americans, we must speak truth to power. Each of us, in those ways we can.

    It has been difficult…my husband voted for Bernie in the primary and then Trump in the end. He is happy, almost gleeful, about his choice. He believes that the way Trump will handle international economics outweighs the damage he will do internally. I say that he should be ashamed to call himself a socialist. Then I shake my head and realize polite really is the only way to discuss this, because discuss we must. We must speak our truths. If it is the ’60s again, I have hope that the America that will be in four years will ultimately be ready to be a stronger, kinder, America…ready for a Bernie or the good parts of Clinton.

    • Laurie King on February 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Wow: socialist? Okay…

  187. Shoshanna on February 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Well said Laurie. What we must never do is let this man gaslight into thinking that what he says and does is NORMAL. There are no “alternate facts” and this is NOT NORMAL.
    The best way to fight is to stay involved in one or two issues, and let the rest go.
    Don’t let anyone guilt you into buying into their agenda, because they can then suck the life out of you and leave you with no resources to cope.
    Most of all, care for yourself, whether it’s by taking a walk with a friend, getting a massage, or simply reading a wonderful, uplifting book, or going to a movie. I recommend “Hidden Figures”.
    Thanks for keeping the Light on!

  188. Marilyn Armstrong on February 1, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Not only do you have the right to express your feelings on this nightmare in which we are now living, but personally, I think that we all have an obligation to fight back. This isn’t going to be a sprint. This going going to be a grueling marathon of a battle, just to keep the rights we’ve always had as citizens. I’ve been having nightmares — real ones. Every time I think it can’t get worse, it does.

    Nice to hear from you again. I remain one of your fans. Should you want a review of anything, let me know. I’m always glad to throw whatever weight my little blog has got behind an author I admire.

  189. Ann McKane on February 2, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Ms King, thank you for being our voice. Every day I am more appalled and heartbroken by the new administration’s actions. We must do all we can to voice our outrage.

  190. Anne on February 2, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Dear Laurie,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, I will hold you & her in my prayers tonight. I too lost my best friend a few years ago. I have to say, it was one of the harder blows to survive simply because it was,way too soon to let go.

    Thank You for sharing your strength, knowledge and talent here but most of all your heart…much appreciation and gratitude, Anne

  191. Jenn on February 5, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I admit I didn’t come here and expect to find this post (I fall squarely under your category #4 of blog readership), and it did cause me to question whether seeing political posts would affect my desire to come back and read on. I mean, I researched my candidates and voted according to my conscience (not Trump), but have managed to stay out of the social media barrage of opinion. I have unfollowed a few people who just can’t seem to stop delivering their opinions straight down their noses. And why? I don’t have time or the desire for it. I’ve had my own 2016 filled with challenges, mainly the cancer treatment of my second-grade daughter.

    But then, the more I think of it, my same challenges have brought about tremendous growth and strength for everyone in my family. I never in a million years thought I could have borne the diagnosis my baby girl had. But I did. I used to think that the way to deal with a major problem was to privately circle the wagons to shut the world out, but what I discovered is that I had to widen the circle, opening our arms to let in others who love and care for us. It’s through their prayers and their support that we had the strength to face it, never once feeling overwhelmed…just totally loved.

    Little experiment: I just called my daughter into my office (she completed treatment two weeks ago and all is clear) and asked her, “What do you think you learned from having cancer?” She smiled big(ly) and said, “I’m stronger than I think! Bye!” and ran out of the room so she could keep playing Geometry Dash on my phone.

    This presidency is very real and very scary for many people. It’s going to be a challenge, maybe even a real trial. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m glad that you are not circling your wagons, but opening your arms to look for support and polite dialogue. I hope that you (and maybe me and others) will learn something worthwhile and find new strengths we didn’t know we had. So, yes, I’ll still come here and maybe even read an occasional political post and keep buying your books because I love the way you write. I know enough about you to know that you have thoughtful and meaningful things to say in your blogs and they shouldn’t therefore go unsaid. Write on!

    • Laurie King on February 6, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Thank you Jenn, and I wish you strength.

  192. Johnnye on February 18, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Thank you, Laurie, for speaking out about this topic. To remain silent in the face of all the blatant lies and horrendous actions emanating from the White House would be wrong. You have many, many fans of your work who share your opinion, I among them, and I’m 73.

  193. Christine on February 28, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Bravo! Of course you have every right to express your opinion on your own blog. Among the many here who agree totally with your assessment. Cheering to read it and to see that it’s nearly universal agreement here. I am so bored with the Deplorables who continue to defend their insane vote in spite of how he’s proven since election that he’s every bit as ignorant and ugly as he showed himself to be throughout his campaign. In my 70th year I’ve again been forced to be a feminist activist. And so proud that my husband, sons and grandson have earned the right to call themselves the same. Resisting and persisting. No, his ugly thoughts and policies deserve no chance. What chance did the Right give to Obama to govern in anything like a sane respectful environment. Back at ya!

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