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Day 23: The Final Countdown


This election season has worn on us and worn us all down and torn us apart. We are anxious, we are angry. Sometimes, if we think too hard, we are terrified.

As I write this, we are 46 hours from the polls in my state closing. Since I’ve heard that the election (presidential) could be called by 6 p.m. Pacific, we’re only 44 hours away, possibly, from knowing who our next president is.

“I’m so nervous,” said a friend I was talking to today.

I’ve been nervous, too. I realized yesterday, though, that if my worst nightmare happens, my worrying about it for two extra days won’t make much difference. So for now, I am optimistic and hopeful.

Come Wednesday, no matter what happens on Tuesday, we all are going to have some work to do. Some common ground to find. Some empathy and compassion and listening to cultivate.

But for now, whatever you believe, just be sure to vote.

The Universes Inside the Lighthouse by Pam StuckyP.S. Did you know you can read my entire first YA sci-fi adventure book, free, online? And if you’re a parent or educator, or just someone who enjoys activities, check out the free, thought-provoking, skill-building activities at the end of every chapter! The Universes Inside the Lighthouse (and subsequent books in the series) was inspired by my love of books like A Wrinkle In Time or shows like Doctor Who. It’s my own exploration and answer to the deep and sometimes unanswerable questions: what else is out there? What if we could meet aliens from other planets? What if everything were possible? What’s more, through the power of truth-through-fiction, The Universes Inside the Lighthouse addresses issues of loneliness and compassion and gives parents and educators an opening to discuss these challenging but important issues. I love this series so much and I hope you will too! Start reading chapter one here! And feel free to spread the word!

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