Something To Say

August 18, 2020

It’s Democratic National Convention Week! In any other year we probably would have heard this week described as a big one if you’re “into politics.” 

But it’s not any other year. We’re in a global pandemic and our country (ahem, President Donald Trump) has failed to mou...

August 17, 2020

It was a trip to Walmart, of all places, that made me think that maybe, just maybe, we might be able to eventually pull ourselves up and out of this deep, dark place. 

It was there I saw a little girl gleefully standing in a cart as a woman pushed her through the aisles...

July 30, 2020

The car horns, man. They get me every time. 

When I hear the rapid fire BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! I get a little excited for those on the receiving end of the drive-by celebrations, but then I get a little sad. I think about all those kids missing out on birthday parties, gradu...

July 20, 2020

I’ve had my eye on Kamala Harris for some time. 

On Dec. 3, 2019, in a column I didn’t end up finishing, I wrote just that. At that time, I realized that I had been keeping tabs on Harris, a Democratic U.S. Senator from California, since the Senate Judiciary Committee h...

June 29, 2020

Sure, John Bolton can go ahead and write about “The Room Where It Happened,” but goddamn it, guys. Where are the adults in the room? 

Adults, I think, are those who make challenging decisions, say difficult things and take uncomfortable actions that are aimed at helping...

June 12, 2020

I may get this wrong, but I’m going to try my best to talk about racism.

This meme. This is why I’m here. It’s not at all going to be eloquent, it’s going to be effort. 

I was -- still am! -- afraid to write about race at this moment because there’s really no way I could...

May 28, 2020

Finding some certainty among the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic

There’s a lot we don’t know about what’s happening right now and there are plenty of things we don’t know about what’s to come. 

While we know it’s bad, we don’t know, truly, how many cases of Covid...

May 15, 2020

We learn about our five senses pretty early in school, right? Probably kindergarten?

In a time of great stress, like the current coronavirus pandemic, it feels like each of those senses--touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing--are getting quite a run for their money. Ev...

April 30, 2020

I am deeply appreciative that we live, for the most part, during a time when people are encouraged to “feel their feelings.”

I mean, can you imagine going through this global pandemic with a “stiff upper lip” or pretending that anyone has any experience with the current...

April 10, 2020

I took up running at the end of 2008 as I closed in on my first full year as a parent. Something about the rhythm of that movement helped lift the fogginess of being a new mother. 

Running has provided me a physical outlet for the ups and downs of life. Bringing experie...

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Amy Bailey was a member of the Michigan Capitol Press Corps from 2000-2006. She lives and works in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband, son and an easily excitable Australian Shepherd named Max. Amy's guest column, Something to Say, publishes periodically. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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