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with love and thanks

[a blessing from John O'Donohue's To Bless the Space Between Us]

At the End of the Year

The particular mind of the ocean
Filling the coastline's longing
With such brief harvest
Of elegant, vanishing waves
Is like the mind of time
Opening us shapes of days.

As this year draws to its end,
We give thanks for the gifts it brought
And how they became inlaid within
Where neither time nor tide can touch them.

The days when the veil lifted
And the soul could see delight;
When a quiver caressed the heart
In the sheer exuberance of being here.

Surprises that came awake
In forgotten corners of old fields
Where expectation seemed to have quenched.

The slow, brooding times
When all was awkward
And the wave in the mind
Pierced every sore with salt.

The darkened days that stopped
The confidence of the dawn.

Days when beloved faces shown brighter
With light from beyond themselves;
And from the granite of some secret sorrow
A stream of buried tears loosened.

We bless this year for all we learned,
For all we loved and lost
And for the quiet way it brought us
Nearer to our invisible destination.

i have never loved a daybook like this

today's reading from mark nepo's book of awakening:

February 3

Before we blink,
we know each other.

We speak before we speak, with eyes and lips, in how we tip our heads, in how we lean like trees tired of waiting for the sun.  We tell our whole story before we even open our mouths.  Yet we frequently pretend that nothing is conveyed.  We pretend we are strangers and deny what we learn before words.

We are all made up of yearning and light, searching for a way out, afraid we will be shut in or cut off or repelled back into the ground from which we are reaching.

This is enough to begin:  To know, before all the names and histories drape who we are, that we want to be held and left alone, again and again; held and left alone until the dance of it is how we survive and grow, like spring into winter into spring again.

*As you move through your day, let in what you learn of others by how their being passes you.

* Without a word, bestow a blessing on each as they walk away.



a twist of stomach, brought on by this story.    in brief, a decade ago a 17 year-old girl gave her 15 year-old boyfriend a blow job (he was a few weeks' shy of sweet 16).  somehow they got caught.  because of this, she's now a registered sex offender for life and cannot secure an affordable place to live (she's not allowed to live near churches or schools).   what might her future have been had a moment of consensual pleasure not fucked up her life like this?  

sweet jesus.

Nov. 17th, 2008


The Seven Deadly Sins Quiz on 4degreez.com

kinda boring, really. no surprise on the sloth. dana, amazed at my fortitude and foresight in our event planning this weekend, commented that i shoot my wad on things like the event and packing for travel, but that i'm pretty useless the rest of the time. i can't say that she's wrong. i'm good in a pinch, and at cleaning things (she's not allowed to do laundry), but i am a bit slothful. well, and greedy and envious. but i only said i want a better car (and envy friends') because i want a hybrid. is that so bad? is it?

election fraud + lovely people

a friend went to vote the other day, voted straight democratic ticket (y'know, where the machine fills in the whole thing as votes for democrats?), and when she got to the confirmation page, her vote showed up as MCCAIN/PALIN!!!!  now, this isn't like it's a game of telephone, with a story 15 people removed.  this happened here, now, to my friend!  it has me so beyond upset that i can't write much about it, it's one of my greatest fears realized, and i've read that it's happening in other states, too.  so i'll just say this:  when at the polls, don't hit the 'cast your vote' button without double checking your vote!!!  and have a cellphone with you, if you can, and RAISE HOLY HELL if it happens to you (call the newsmedia, campaign headquarters, police, don't leave the voting booth, etc.).  i'm obviously an obama fan, but regardless of how you vote, it needs to be a fair election for everyone.

a couple of happier things, which are blogs i'd like to point you to.  i have huge crushes on these people...Collapse )

Powell endorses Obama!

watching the clip from meet the press this morning made me cry.  okay, so i'm premenstrual, but it gave me so much hope for this election, really feeling like despite my fears of vote machine tampering, despite the bigotry and hate you see at the mccain/palin rallies, despite it all, we may actually have a new president that can do some good for this country.

but more, i think, was mr. powell stating the thing that hasn't yet been said...obama is christian.  okay.  but if he were muslim?  what's wrong with a 7 year-old muslim kid thinking (s)he could grow up to be president?   that's the thing of it, a vision of america that's larger than the narrow view promoted by the right.  i'm a hopeful girl this morning.

oh, and by the way, if you're looking for some belly laughs, check out these SNL skits.  hot dog.

no friend of mine

i got drunk with john mccain last night.  okay, maybe not drunk.  and we weren't exactly together.  but 20 minutes into watching the debates, my stomach turning at the ceaseless phrase, it occurred to us that it would be a fine thing to drink every time the senator said, "my friend(s)".   thanks are (obviously) owed tina fey and her 'maverick' drinking game for the inspiration.

70 minutes and three beers later it was over. 

no matter how much i had (or ever will have) to drink, though, john mccain is no friend of mine.  'that one', however, will do fine. 

one month to go!

here we go...

this op-ed piece, copied from the nytimes, speaks of a horrific turn in medical providers policy. god, i hate this administration.  i think the title of this piece, "blocking care for women" is a bit limiting.  but here you have it...

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what i wish is that we were told how to utilize the comment period, where to send our opinions.

wait, that"s what google"s for!Collapse )

probably too late to send it via regular mail, but there are a couple of other options. 

remember that bumper sticker, "if you're not completely appalled, you're not paying attention"?