your protection has expired

I can’t make this up.

The first words I saw when I opened my laptop last night to read about the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg were “your protection has expired.” Granted those words referred to my cyberspace security, but last night they spoke to the inner turmoil I felt at the loss of this “protector” of the rights of the marginalized.

I fear the country I love, the democracy I cherish, is in more peril today than it was yesterday before the death of a woman who kept her oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States – a warrior who used the power of her dissent as a Supreme Court Justice to work toward promoting a more perfect union for every citizen.

If there is a heaven somewhere, I hope Congressman John Lewis and Justice Ginsburg are together still trying to create good trouble on behalf of a nation mourning their losses.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

(March 15, 1933 – September 18, 2020)

I will miss her.

Stay safe, stay sane and please stay tuned.





About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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11 Responses to your protection has expired

  1. cindy knoke says:

    She will be so sorely missed.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Anonymous says:

    Very upsetting.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Susanne says:

    I wailed. So, so sorry.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Bob Slatten says:

    I’m just heartbroken. My head knew she couldn’t but in my heart I thought she’d live forever.
    Now, it’s up to all of us to make HER proud.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Wayside Artist says:

    I cried I’m despair for a good 30 minutes, then felt a sense of peace. Her death has mobilized the troops. She and Lewis forged our path, and we must follow them with heads up. Onward Constitution Soldiers!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. You couldn’t make it up. As we watch the democracy train wreck unfolding (everywhere) we despair.

    Liked by 1 person

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