Monthly Archives: January 2014

Friday F*ck You

Seriously.  STOP TALKING.


There’s a saying that goes “all that’s necessary for evil to thrive is that good men do nothing.”  There were NO good people in that room.  NONE.

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Thought for Thursday

My thinking is here.


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Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Emotially Tone Deaf

Sometimes, my mother-in-law is more than I can stand.

Take yesterday, for example.  There’s some old sheet music that features two old relatives of Mother Chili’s mother in the living room, right?  One of the ladies had Grandmother’s last name and the other had a different last name.  When we asked Mother what the relationships were, she explained that one was a great aunt of hers (Grandmother’s aunt on her father’s side) and the other, a cousin of some stripe, “only married in, so she wasn’t really family.”

Take a moment with that, if you would, and recall that I was standing RIGHT THERE.

Most of the time, the stuff Mother says just washes right over me.  Every once in a while, though, she catches me up short.


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Ten Things Tuesday, Plus One

I was uninspired today, so I asked my brother for TTT topic suggestions.  He came up with a bunch, but none of them grabbed me until he suggested “ten great quotes from authors.”  I’m going to kill the two proverbial birds; I’ll get a TTT post AND have fodder for my classes’ morning writing prompts.

1.  ‘There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.’ – Patrick Rothfuss  I love this quote, and it’s kind of inspiring me to read some of this man’s work.

2.  ‘Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.’ – John F. Kennedy

3.  ‘Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.’  – Howard Zinn

4.  ‘You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’  – E. L. Doctorow

5.  ‘Sometimes, questions are more important than answers.’  – Nancy Willard

6.  ‘Activism is my rent for living on this planet.’ – Alice Walker

7.  ‘There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.’  – Nelson Mandela

8.  ‘If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.’  – Desmond Tutu

9.  ‘Caring for myself is not self-indulgence; it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.’  – Audre Lourde

10.  ‘Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.’  – Thomas Mann

Marc included this one:

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers


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Quick Hit: Dammit!

When I went to get my running shoes so I could work out a bit before my yoga class at Local U., I made the mistake of grabbing my right shoe…. and Punk’s left.


Lesson learned; turn on the light when retrieving shoes from a dark closet.

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Subway, Anyone?

So, the “right” has its panties in a bunch over the fact that Subway has teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to educate the American public about healthy eating and exercise.

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Did I say “panties in a bunch”?  Actually, it’s more like they’ve collectively lost their shit.

I’m going out of my way to buy Girl Scout cookies this year because certain elements of the right have claimed that the Girl Scouts are teaching girls to be uppity, abortion-crazed lesbians (they don’t use those exact words in that exact order, but you get the idea.  Also, I’m not going to link to any of the sites that are promoting this nonsense; you know how to Google if you really want to see it).  When JCPenney put themselves in the right’s cross hairs over ads that were inclusive of gay and lesbian families, I went out of my way to go shopping there (and made a point of letting the company – and all my friends – know why they were getting my money).   Now, it looks like Subway will be getting more of my business, too, if for no other reason than I want to support whatever the “right” wants to undermine.

The pathology here is fascinating.  No one had a problem when Jared was telling everyone to eat at Subway, but then again, Jared was, apparently, a non-offensive white guy.


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Six Word Saturday

Back to back yoga classes.  Ommmmmmm…..

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