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The whole mess in our city - mayoral politics, city schools, city council, police department - all of it, is making me quite cranky again, and while I am quite willing -and able - to fight the good fight (and will continue to do so here) it's well, amusing and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
I just finished reading Stanley Fish's most recent blog post, "What Should Colleges Teach?" and am pondering his response; I find that, while I have some areas of convergence, I disagree with much of what he says. Yes, I agree that the level of writing skills in the average college... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
Well, I've gone and done it. I've taken my comprehensive exams - written and oral - and as of yesterday, I have managed to go ABD (all but dissertation) in my PhD program. I am a newly-minted late doctoral student!! This means that, if all goes well and according to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
While today is not generally a holiday I celebrate, it has been a lovely day just the same. Thank goodness, because it follows on the heels of a miserable evening, both from the torrential downpours of yesterday's weather, and the downpours of my soul. I have been sorrowful about many... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
I ran across this article on Gadling via AOL: Gay travel: South Carolina in an uproar over advertising campaign and thought three things: 1. Good on the Brits for getting SC to sign on to this. From the Stars and Bars and the General Lee to the Pride Flag in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
It's been a terribly, terribly long time... and I had just vowed with my last post to be so much better about posting! Things got very, very busy after my last post! VERY busy! After working up to nearly 5 miles every Tuesday and Thursday at PT, they released me!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
First Question: starting out with Eisenhower and budget! Why not with the military-industrial complex? How are you going to deal with the budget crisis? Obama: Economic oversight, depositors must be able to get money back, must not pad CEO bank accounts, must protect homeowners. McCain: Bipartisan efforts, budget package, stabilize... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
Gwen Ifill introduces domestic and foreign policy matters as topics. First Question: Bailout Bill: Worst of Washington or best of Washington this week? Biden: Worst economic policies the past eight years. Obama laid out four basic criteria for bailout: oversight, homeowners, taxpayers like investors, CEOs don't come out benefiting. Palin:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
Liveblogging Debate #2 - Town Hall Format Domestic and Foreign Policy First Question: Shafer: Economy: Fastest, most positive solution for older people and pensioners: Obama: Failed economic policies of the past 8 years. Stripped away regulations. Step 1: Rescue package. Strong oversight. Cracking down on CEOs. Middle class need a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
An open note to General Colin Powell (ret.) Dear Sir: As a general I respected your decisions even when I didn't agree with them; you were a humane man and used that humanity to make those decisions even though they sent young men and women to their deaths. You carried... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
I've had this *wonderful* day today ... it's been rainy, yes, but I have been busy and accomplishing things all day long. So, the burst of anger that erupted when a friend sent me an op-ed piece from the New York Times really surprised me. Branson is not all that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
Wow. I've gotten a lot of e-mail tonight about my last post, and it's made me think a lot about what I said. I'm not kidding about the racial issues - the white privilege issues - that exist in this city. But I think I was a little harsh on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
Why, oh why, must textbooks... especially college history textbooks... not only cost a fortune (for god's sake, it's HISTORY)... but also WEIGH a ton??? I just got a new history textbook for review... and it weighs... ELEVEN POUNDS. Either that, or my scale is off. *I* think it weighs 11... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
From Keith Olbermann, via Daily Kos: George Walker Bush. 43rd president of the United States. first ever with a criminal record. our third story tonight, his presidency: eight years in eight minutes. early in 2001 the U.S. fingered Al Qaeda for the bombing of the USS Cole Bush counterterrorism adviser... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
I am pretending I am not wrestling with another bout of insomnia after a glorious two-day run of blissful sleep. Nope, this hot toddy (with more toddy than tea) is just for effect! Ahhhhhh.... yes.... to polish off the last of the Jack Daniels with a lovely cuppa.... and MAYBE,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
I am fully in agreement with the wonderful post made by Sara Robinson on the Orinicus website. (huge hat-tip to Jess at Best of UU for reposting on her blog, which is carried by http://UUpdates.net). As Sara says, we Unitarian Universalists are a strong people ... and have a long... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
I got nudged a couple of days ago by my dear friend, Peg, who was wondering if I might be ill since I hadn't posted in... well... a long, long time. For once, nope. ::grin:: But school started this week, and I have been all about the prepping and the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
Went to church yesterday for the Ingathering / Water Communion celebration... it was a packed house and ever so wonderful... Rev Bill talked about Angels Among Us by example of bullies and those who stand up against bullying. I could really relate to it because I was heavily bullied as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
We sang Hyfrydol (hymn) today... so many different lyric sets to it, but my very favorite set is this, by Peter Mayer (Hymn 207 in the hymn supplement Singing the Journey by the UUA): Though below me I feel no motion Standing on these mountains and plains Far away from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
I feel a need to join yet another community of like-minded folk, and for that reason I have added the Atheist Blogroll to my sidebar. I feel you should understand why... and we should revisit the issue of atheism one more time. I discuss religion and morality frequently here... and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
This is a sermon I gave in church on September 13, 2009. Salvation Moments Laura Perry READINGS The first reading is by the ageless poet, Rumi: I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground My place is placeless, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
A reprint of John Shelby Spong's words of of October 15, 2009. A Manifesto! The Time Has Come! I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone. I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
I just read this article, which will be in the New York Times Sunday Magazine tomorrow - and steam is currently coming out my ears. The question of the Christianity of the Founders has been a long and heated one - clearly people are lined up on both sides of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
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CONTENT WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE, SEXUALITY While we were the nicest seven or eight high school geeks I have ever known, we almost never had dates and almost never got in um, 'family trouble' (unless you count Bob getting his GF pg during High School, SR yr.) Worst, most tragic part?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain
I am just in love with Colorado - had forgotten how much in love with it I have always been and being here is like a homecoming. The only hitch? My allergies are in full force and I am having a terrible time with them - sneezing constantly. NEVER before... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at BiddiesInMyBrain