Thursday, January 31, 2008

Storme Webber

Amongst the snow posts (yes, there are more to come) I have decided to post a clip from a documentary called "Venus Boyz" about Storme Webber. I was able to listen to this amazing poet, singer, artist last week (Notice how I avoided pronouns? I forgot to ask.)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Snow, lots of snow

We've had alot of snow here. Yesterday the report was 13 inches and it may be more at this point. Schools were canceled for the first time since 1996. Despite this, E. and I went snowshoeing in the mountains this weekend. While we creeped along the icy unplowed roads, I took pictures from the car. I like how blurred and imperfect they are.

I took some during the hike too. I will save those for later.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

My Pile

Inspired by Myrthe and her reading, I am posting my newest pile of unread books. The one on top is for my creative writing class which I really need to finish. Maybe posting this picture will help me and will not be yet another procrastination method.

I'd better get busy!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Empty Words?

Today is the day that the United States of America celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Yesterday, I was at a youth event where some of his quotes were taped to the walls. We tell the youth that they can make a difference; that they have a voice and the power to make positive change in their worlds.

Sometimes I feel that if all of us were truly following these words, we wouldn't have injustice. Can you imagine such a world? I don't want these to just be empty words.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Leftist Politics Do Not Always Include Women

Nancy Spero

"First, I tried vaginal inserts," says one Bolivian woman, referring to a widely available ulcer drug that has become a popular do-it-yourself abortion option because of the medicine's side effects. "When that didn't work I found someone to do it for $30. I passed out during it and when I woke up, I was bloody and he was gone."

This is a statement from today which reminds me of pre 1973 or the world that the conservatives are trying to presently create here in the U.S.. This is not how abortions should be performed. I have been in the room when they are performed safely and it is nothing like this.

As the anniversary of Roe approaches, abortion is definitely on my mind. But what really struck me about this statement is where it was said: Bolivia. Bolivia has an indigenous president that is supposedly a leftist whose politics are similar to Chavez's. And yes, I have been very happy about the leftward shift in Venezuela and Bolivia. I've even gone out of my way to buy Venezuelan gas, until now.

According to an article I just read on women's e-news, leftist politics do not include women, especially those that have an unintended pregnancy. BOLIVIA WAS ACTUALLY CONSIDERING BANNING ABORTION!!! And, according to the article, decriminalizing abortion has gone nowhere since Chavez became president in Venezuela. This is just another example of women's rights being shafted. Male leftist politics do not automatically equal female leftist politics.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Stray Coins

My friend G. came to visit me last week. We took a mellow hike one day along the river where he took the above photo. It was wonderful seeing him. We spent a year in Guatemala together and he always encourages me to live as fully and as mindfully as possible just by his presence.

A week is a long time in my small place but I kept on reminding myself that it was luxurious and spacious compared to our living quarters in Guatemala. He is the kind of friend who is always welcome in my space wherever that is.

When he left, I found this little sign of him on my shelf. Stacked coins. I was thinking about it and the three out of town guests that I have had since I have moved into this apartment have been male. I have given each of them a specific space for their stuff. Stray coins from pant pockets are the male (and butch female) accoutrement that I have always had the hardest time putting up with. Despite this, I have decided that I am going to keep the two stacks right where they are as long as I can stand it. It's a way for me to remember G., and all the cool guys and butches in my life.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

My Candidate

I am going to vote for what I believe in, not who I think can win. If all of us voted this way, we wouldn't have to compromise beliefs that should not be sacrificed.
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