I communicate better hahaha.
Sending love and good vibes to you while you wait in anticipation of your TFA interview. I miss you and wish you the best of luck while you show them how much they should BEG you to be in their program!
But, I have to keep telling myself I can do it. Maybe walk away for it for a little while - go to the vending machine and buy a bag of M&Ms. When suddenly, a new point of view exposes itself and with it comes a new breakthrough.
That's the high that I haven't experienced enough of to enjoy programming. Too often I am stuck in the uncertainty phase - and don't know where to start.
How do we convey the problems of integration of church and state? There are liberal xians who have strong faiths. Who want faith out of politics because it becomes cheapened and prostituted for votes and political gain (I know they exist, cause I am one. And there are a lot of us. We're just much quieter than the right). How do we show that faith in politics is fake and wrong?
What if it was muslim fundamentalists pushing the integration of religion and state? Would they see the problems in that light?
Laura painted me a BEAUTIFUL picture of greens and pinks. I love it more everyday. It makes me happy and loved to look at it. She told me she thought about me while she painted. Just knowing that makes me greatful for her gift of expression. I love owning original art. ORIGINAL ART! Painted for me. What an awesome form of communication.
I used it to write a paper today and had mostly success using it except when the peer-review journals required subscriptions or fees. Darn IEEE. But just think you are standing on the shoulders of giants.
Take some of the better parts of urban life and put them in the woods. Indie movies, wireless internet, cafes, (still need bookstores), independent restaraunts, downtown night life. You make it what you want.
Thinking about limits in a coffeeshop, away from my computer, frustrated that I have to write this on paper, and will later have to retype it. At the same time as admiring my own quirky handwriting and the flow of ink on paper.
Is it a competition between my friends to be the most motivated? To receive the most accolades? I still feel like nothing was done by me at the DFL. (I don't do this for complements, so let me try and talk myself into it) I called people to come down and make phonecalls, sometimes knock on doors, or just to sit in the office. I plunged the toilet A LOT. I was really nice to people who I wanted to go away. I talked politics with those who came in for bumper stickers and wouldn't sign up to help with work. I flirted with Andy Martin A LOT when I *had* to call him everyday. I tried to appease all the campaigns and not step on any toes, not steal any volunteers.
Speaking of which how do we solve the problem of "volunteer stealing"? Maybe if all interns and volunteer recruiters had to become the best of friends at a retreat prior to the campaign. Then everyone would share and coordinate their events and needs. And volunteers wouldn't get called four times a day with campaign opportunities.
Oh wait - that was my job wasn't it? I guess I was too busy with the mundane everyday operations of the place and didn't have space for coordination. (should have paid me for 30 or 40 hrs and maybe it could have happened.)
Sometimes I feel like I define my life in terms of before & after the election.
Like rushing water, our praises are to you. Like roaring thunder our voices shake the earth. We're moving mountains, just to get to you. We're moving mountains, moving mountains, just to get to you. We're moving mountains, moving mountains to get to you.Kids in the Way
For now I'm off to work and hopefully, I'll be able to squeeze in a trip to the Labrynth at First Lutheran before it closes at 2:00.
To partake in the sacrament, ceremony, to have a meal with God - it fills you up.
*Thank you for loving me. Thank you for finding me. Thank you for hearing me. Thank you for healing me. Thank you for saving me.*
(do you remember, i whispered, when i sat you down and we talked about the beauty of the human hand, and traced its contours around your fingertips? do you remember the gray-green seas and the handfuls of snakes and the gems and the other little metaphors that took flight from here? where have they all gone? i turned my head for a moment to look for them and now they seem to have vanished)correction
What Althea wants for President
My president will have worked in a job that is universally considered "menial". Good job experience for my president would be something along the lines of waitress, short-order cook, dishwasher or ditch digger. I want my president to learn first-hand about how much creativity it takes to keep the bills paid at minimum wage. I want them to work at minimum wage a good, long time.Among other things...
During that time, they should get very ill at least once, so that they can experience wage loss at minimum wage with no leave days or sick days. They also should attempt to purchase health insurance while on minimum wage. They should drive a 12-year-old car with rust eating through the paint, and it should break down regularly and cost an average of $500 to repair each time. Then, during their time as a minimum wage earner, the car should die completely and they should experience the desperation of losing a job because they can't afford a car, and the vicious circle that ensues.
They should have no family members or close friends who are in a position to help them out of this mess. They should apply for government aid at some point and should be turned down for assistance by a rude government worker who makes them feel like scum. They should lose pay for the time they took off from their minimum wage job to go to the social services appointment, and they should have to decide between a light bill and groceries at least once.
These are exactly some of the problems that people I know are going through. All those who are so selfish as to think that we don't need social programs have it WAY too easy. I'm screaming at all you conservative computer science majors that I argue with in the lab, the ones with parents paying for their education and willing to bail them out when crap happens (along with my brother). Do you think that just because you were lucky and got into the right family you are special? We are a priveliged society, it is our duty to take care of each other. Isn't it obvious that everyone benefits from a well-educated, healthy population - who have a sense of hope instead of a sense of desperation?
"At the heart of Earth Prayer is a sense of belonging. Belonging is the basic truth of our existence. We belong here. Life belongs here. Likewise, at the heart of gratefulness, in its deepest sense, we also find an expression of belonging. When we say 'Thank you' we really are saying 'We belong together.' That is why we sometimes find it so difficult to say 'Thank you' - becasue we don't want to acknowledge our interdependence. We don't want to be obliged. But in a healthy society that is exactly what we seek: mutual obligations. Everyone is obliged to everyone and everything else, we all belong together, we are of each other. In this awareness we are freed from self-preoccupation - and only then, emptied of self, can we be filled with thanks. As Brother David Steindl-Rast tells us, 'Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise - then you will discover the fullness of your life.'
Within this human impulse to gratitude flow the vast cycles of universal reciprocity - for everything that is taken, something has to be given in return. If you merely take in a breath and stop there, you will die. Likewise if you merely breathe out. Life is not giving or taking, but give and take. This is the dynamic expression of universal belonging expressed in our thanksgiving...
Our praise and thanksgiving is as essential a part of life's give and take as are the cycles of oxygen and water or any other nourishment flowing through the biosphere. For millenia prayers and songs ... have been offered up to celebrate the miracle of existence of which we are part. May their voices join our own."
Earth Prayers, Elizabeth Roberts
Conservatives tend to be economic libertarians - that is, individuals and corporations should be free to practice their economic lives without government intervention. Hence, they revere tax cuts practically as a faith issue. Conservatives do not trust individuals to make moral decisions with their bodies - elevating same-sex marriage, abortion, euthanasia, and stem-cell research to be the central tenets of "family values."
Liberals are all in favor of regulating economic activity, on the other hand, in large part because they do not trust the avarice of either individuals or corporations. Yet they tend to be libertarians on social values, convinced that personal moral behavior that deals with sex/body is no one's business but their own...All to say, Christians in the U.S. today do not simply disagree on a hierarchy of values. They read the Bible quite differently and express their faith in Jesus in radically distinct ways. - David Batstone
Oh, and the best boss finally called. *grin*
Now time to go the dance!
The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) reports that at least 20.9 million Americans under the age of 30 voted in 2004, an increase of 4.6 million compared to 2000. "The trick, of course, to sustaining enthusiasm will be in convincing the many young Kerry supporters that their efforts were not in vain, that they made a difference. If they can take their passion and create long-term organizations, they will be a force to reckon with."PRNewswire
Whatever we thought things should be like today, they are the way they are.
Help us to remember that even though many of the women and men we elected yesterday are named after saints and monarchs, they are still human and fallible and need our support and our admonitions.
Help us to remember that those who opposed us and lost are still part of who we are. Help us to remember that those who opposed us and won are still our friends and neighbors. Even when our candidate has been elected or our measure has passed, help us to remember that other ideas and voices are still there and still important.
Help us to remember that truth and right and wrong are not defined by slogans, or polls, or even votes, but by you and your message of compassion and justice.
May we who are the followers listen carefully for your message of hope, peace, and love, and repeat that message loudly enough and often enough that those in front cannot doubt where we are to be led. May all the men and women we have chosen to serve us and lead us do so with your wisdom and guidance.
- November 2004, Newsletter of the Faith United Church of Ada and the Beltrami United Methodist Church
I finally heard my radio ad today while we were phonebanking at Education Minnesota! I felt dorky, but lots of people have told me that it sounded good so I'll take their biased opinions!
There is a possibility that my phone bank will have to call from 8-10pm tommorow night. We will be calling western states before their polls close and urge them to vote Democratic. Bluh. I wanna go to the party. Cash bar baby. But we will call, because maybe the last few votes in Hawaii will turn it blue.
I have been envisioning the win for some time now. I really want to go to class on Wednesday and be beaming from ear to ear because my candidate won:)