Monday, September 29, 2008
I am feeling better, though still a little tired. Back to work tomorrow, I'm thinking.
And yes, TH has been taking excellent care of me. He's the best.
Take care of yourselves and stay healthy!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
But I just have to say it or I'm gonna explode. I didn't vote for Hillary automatically because she was a woman; so McCain choosing Palin as a running-mate is not automatically getting him my vote either. It's about the ISSUES, people...you know, things like: the war in Iraq? Poverty? Crime? Constitutional rights? Health Care? Our economy? Our personal freedoms?
Yoo hoo, politicians. Pay attention now: I AM NOT STUPID. I can think about complexities. When I ask you for leadership of my COUNTRY, an influential and powerful Western nation, with big big problems that need solutions, do not give me a hockey mom who I can relate to. I don't want to relate to her. I don't want to relate to my president. I don't vote for someone who is "just like me." If I wanted that, I would be running a campaign for apagefromherbook! I want to know what the candidates, what Palin stands for. I want to see how she handles tough questions. I want to know her experience. And I don't mean the beauty pageant experience. I want her to be exposed to the media, the vultures, and the pundits, just as much as any man would be. But I don't want those questions to be about her parenting (unless you also ask McCain and Obama and Biden the same questions). I want questions about foreign policy, about budgets, about health care, about the war, about abortion, about the death penalty. I want to see her inconsistencies. I want to see her strengths. I want a clear view of her humanity. Then, at least I know I'll be able to make an informed decision.
By choosing Governor Palin, I believe McCain and his advisors are basically telling me there aren't ANY women out there more qualified to be VP than she. Which I find extremely hard to believe. And which tells me a few other things: they are pandering to women voters, they are playing politics instead of seriously considering what's best for this country, and they are insulting me. As a citizen, yes, but also as a woman.
Palin Rorshach Test, Cagle Cartoons
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Lunch at a little Italian cafe. Ravioli with pesto, and a cherry Italian soda. Yum, yum.
Then, on to Empire Mine State Historic Park. This is a pretty interesting place. There are about 367 miles worth of tunnels under here. I walked carefully.
The entrance to the Main Shaft - you can go in, and walk down a flight of stairs to see the track.
It's a widdle schpooky.
You can also visit the mine owner's "cottage." Isn't it beautiful? There was a wedding scheduled there for this evening.
The weather was perfect, and I feel lighter at heart. I'm so glad I didn't spend all day inside!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
My favorite student - he's baaaaaccccck. And angrier than before! So maybe this semester I can get him referred to the student conduct committee. Meanwhile, I still need to serve him, since there's this legal mandate and all.
That's it. I'm moving to the Canadian wilderness and living as a hermit.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I think it's time for something light. Any suggestions?
All better, Mom?
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
This brought me hours and hours of enjoyment. You chose the plates, either two small or one medium, plus one large, then put them in the slot on the left, put paper over them, then put the gray slide down, and did a tracing. Then, you put the paper on a flat surface, and colored away on your outfits. Too cool!
What were your favorite toys? Can you connect your love of them to your current interests?
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
On this day, eleven years ago, TH and I slipped rings on our fingers, made a bunch of gooey, romantic promises, partied with friends, and headed off to SoCal for a week of fun. Yup, today's our anniversary.
What a crazy, funny, loving, scary, frustrating, enlightening, negotiating, exciting, comfortable, delicious, and wonderful ride.
I love you, Cliff. Here's to another year of happiness! (And then, 38 more because remember, you owe me 50. You promised.)
Look at that handsome face! Am I the luckiest woman in the world, or what??
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Despite attempts to feign sympathy, the leaders of today’s G.O.P. fundamentally feel that Americans complaining about their economic and health care difficulties are, well, just a bunch of whiners. It’s true that elected Democrats are often too cautious — and too beholden to major donors — to be as progressive as the party’s activists would like. But even in the face of a Republican Congress, Mr. Clinton succeeded in pushing forward policies, like the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, that did a lot to help working families.
And what one sees on the other side is a total lack of empathy for and understanding of the problems working Americans face. Mr. Clinton, famously, felt our pain. Republicans, manifestly, don’t. And it’s hard to fix a problem if you don’t even think it exists.
I feel so strongly that in a country as rich as America, it is unconscionable for anyone to be without basic health care coverage. But I also know that health care isn't cheap, and I don't know if I think the government should operate health care systems. What I do know is that we are a sick country, and that health is more than just putting a band-aid on a wound.
This article in the local alternative paper provides, well, an alternative view on health care. It discusses the work and beliefs of a local physician who suggests that we take a more holistic view (and he had me at 'holistic'). He suggests that it's time to take a community-focused approach, considering environment, the media, urban development, location and proximity of open air/parks/grocery stores/etc., and how treatment of an individual affects others. Here are some thoughts:
If our primary approach is to try to fix [a health problem] after the fact through medical intervention, we can't afford to do that anymore. It's getting too expensive. It's too resource-intensive.
Is it [doctors'] main job to be effective deliverers of health-care services, or is our role to actually improve health? It it's just to deliver health-care services, certainly we need to do it more effectively and a higher quality and so forth, but it's a fairly narrow role. But if we're supposed to be seen as healers in the broader sense, then we need to engage people in the community. As health-care professionals, we bring a certain amount of expertise...to the table. We then need to partner with people in the community to help develop broader health.
It is the community itself that creates the social norms. [It is important] to develop the capacity of the community to make the changes they need to affect their health, to empower the community, to develop social networks in the community. ... Helping coach kids in softball and soccer can help community health as much as just doing doctor things.
To reduce costs we have to look at prevention and the environments in which people live. ... Recognize that social connectivity is part of health, poverty is part of health. When one wants to improve health, it requires both individual and societal intervention. No man is an island.
I am thrilled to read about this approach to health. I'm a HUGE believer in the power and importance of community. My life's work is in creating and sustaining connections between seemingly disparate units - in my office, at my job site, in my thoughts - and in helping others see connections in these areas, as well. Mother Theresa said, "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." I believe we need to get back to the connections we have with others, as a way to solve our problems. This may seem over-simplified, but it is such a radical idea, with such life-changing consequences.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I'm all for saving the environment, but some days I just want to save my sanity!