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A Message To Women From A Man: You Are Not “Crazy” | The Current Conscience

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This passage from David Gerrold's "A Rage for Revenge" resonated strongly for me when I first read it, and it continues to do so. I read it tonight at a lovely gathering expressly for the Reading of Things. It seemed a good choice for the audience, and for this one as well.

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I'm looking at getting a sewing machine. Recommendations? Brands/models you absolutely don't recommend? Used vs New?

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Good day today

Taking care of my ticket took far less time than I thought it would. The weather was fantastic. Had a leisurely lunch with my book on Koriente's back porch, followed by coffee, conversation, and a cupcake at Bouldin Creek Cafe. Now I'm getting ready for an evening of Farscape with my love.

I've been feeling fairly down, both physically and mentally, since I broke my hand. But all in all, life is good, and today the universe reminded me so.

The wisdom of Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness
comes as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!...

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

~ Rumi

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“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men—go freely with powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and with the mothers of families—re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency, not only in its words, but in the silent lines of its lips and face, and between the lashes of your eyes, and in every motion and joint of your body.”
Browsing through my old blog, I came across this entry. Funny thing about epiphanies, they don’t always stick with you. It’s so easy to fall back into old patterns and habits. I guess that’s one of the benefits of keeping a journal/blog - not just to get stuff out of my head, but also to look back on from time to time, and remember the lessons I’ve already learned.

Thanks, Past Me!

Engine 2

Last week I started a month-long Engine 2 diet group. I had already started exercising regularly in the weeks before, and felt like it was time to whip the diet into shape. So far it’s been going well. I’ve quit drinking sodas, and cut the oil, and white flour and sugar out of my cooking at home. I’m being more conscious of what I’m eating when I go out as well - making better choices, and skipping dessert. Sugar will be the hardest part of this for me, but it’s the habit I need to kick the most. I picked up some good 72% dark chocolate that will be my fall-back if I just have to have something sweet and decadent. I can’t eat much dark chocolate at once, and it takes care of that craving quite nicely.

Today’s plan is to make batches of several different things that will keep well in the fridge throughout the week, so it’ll be easy to just open the fridge and nosh on good-for-me food.

Thunder!

Thunder has started...  this means my big bad Bear starts acting like a frightened puppy.  As soon as the first crack sounds, he’s up from his bed and comes to just inside the office doors.  He'd be right under my desk, but he knows he's not allowed to come all the way in, so he creeps in slowly as if I don't notice. With each strike, he inches into the room just a little farther. It’s funny and sad all at once.

I love thunder and lightning - always have. Some of the the strongest memories I have from my childhood are of sitting on my grandparents’ front porch with my grandfather (we called him Chief), watching the summer storms. I don’t ever remember being frightened, just fascinated. To this day when I hear thunder I think of Chief, and smile.

Food for thought...

"Isn't man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife - birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes and dingoes - by the million in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billion and eats them. This in turn kills man by the millions, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year, sends out cards praying for Peace on Earth."

David Coats, Old MacDonald's Factory Farm