Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Cliff and I just returned from our weekend on the Northern California coast. It was perfect. Of all the places I've been in the world so far (admittedly, not very many), to me this part of the world is uncontested for beauty, and for spiritual and sensual refreshment. By sensual I mean it pleases all the senses. It smells of saltwater, kelp, and earth. It sounds of waves and seabird cries. It tastes of pine, eucalyptus, and fog. It feels springy beneath my feet, soft against my skin, and cool against my body. It looks like heaven - greens, golds, grays, blues, and soft whites.
I feel like a new woman.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Got that? IN THE NATION'S HISTORY.
Right here. In California. In her acceptance speech, she urged lawmakers to toss aside partisanship and "harness the power of our common humanity." She said, "We have to toss aside the boxes we put ourselves in, and the labels we place on others, and come together to get the job done."
This is woman's wisdom. And I say, finally. A story I can get behind. A story that gives me hope. A story made for history books, out of her story.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
But something about this just seems wrong to me.
What could it be?
- Is it the fact that this woman is basically a walking uterus?
- Is it that the father's name is Jim Bob? And they're from Arkansas? (would I feel the same if they were from a different part of the country? One that is more "educated"?)
- Is it that they have named all their offspring with names that start with "J"?
- Is it that there are so many children in this country and this world who are orphaned, unwanted, and in need of a good home? It seems like they should take some of those kids in before they have more.
- Is it the suspicion that the older kids are taking care of ("parenting") the younger kids? Is that fair on them?
- Is it disbelief and cynicism over how one man could possibly provide for all these children (cuz you know that momma ain't bringing in no income)?
- Is it the comment that they will keep having kids "as long as God wills it?" I mean, I personally thank God daily for birth control and healthy surgical sterilization methods. He "willed" those, right?
What do you think about this? Am I out of line for being completely weirded out? Please, someone explain this to me.
And yes, I am aware that my biases are showing, so please don't lecture me about being stereotypical, I should be more open-minded, it's-a-free-country, etc. I appreciate all that. It's just that this life that they're living is so completely unfathomable to me. I need some help understanding it.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Taste good though. And I bet my coworkers will like 'em.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
So today, I had a moment that pushed me right back to junior high. I went to this store after TH and I cleaned out our closets. Now, it is a fact fairly universally acknowledged that I have style. I wear cute things, dammit. And TH does not dress like a slob either. So I'm hoping to get some store credit out of two big bags of clothes.
My clothes totally looked like this!!
I don't want my nice things in your yucky store after all. I hate you! I hate you and your stupid ass-face! (Sorry, accidentally slipped into Corky's City Council monologue from "Waiting for Guffman.")
See? SEE? Right back to junior high. My clothes were never good enough, my look was never right. I was never one of the cool girls, and got through it all with a mix of bravado and chutzpah. But I felt it. Oh, I felt it. And I felt it again today.
I'm cute, right? I have nice clothes, right?
I'm never shopping there again. Hmmmppph.
Young Thang Buyer Chick said, "Feel free to continue your shopping here." Sheah. As if. (Bitch.)
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
There are several paths I could take with this starting point.
- Medical model vs. biopsychosocial model of illness. The medical model says, 'oh - symptoms- this pill will get rid of those.' The biopsychosocial model says, 'oh -symptoms - let's see what is biologically caused, what is a product of social influence, and what is emotional (psychological).' Yes, some things work best with a pill thrown at them. Others are more complex.
- Are we overmedicating ourselves?
- What is happening: are we really discovering more ailments, OR are people noticing more and asking for relief (instead of pushing through), OR are the ailments caused by other problems, like obesity, OR are Americans so darn spoiled we just expect everything to be taken care of ("make it go away, NOW"), OR ????
- Is big-pharm out for more money, at the cost of medicating whoever, wherever?
- Is it all just a part of a giant government conspiracy to overdose us to the point of electing village idiots...
Well, now that I've got my panties in a bunch, it's time for my Havidol.