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Not yet!

No, no baby yet, although I do feel like it’s coming very soon… not due until Monday, although practically every phone call I’ve received today has started with a "So? What’s happening? Any baby?"… I’m fairly certain that this happens to practically every full-term pregnant woman, so I just roll my eyes and say "Yep! Forgot to tell you!" I should joke about how I birthed it hours ago while I was taking a bath and should probably go check on it… But then I smile because I know they are just as excited to meet this little one as we are. Except, you know, the eye roll is very necessary because I’m the one who has to push it out here! So I’m pretty sure I’ll let people know when I’ve gone ahead and done that… silly.… Continue Reading...

I’m a Jensen junkie…

"We fear death. And not just the death that all experience, but another that scares us far more than the real death that comes at the end of our phony lives. This other death that we fear even more comes before the real death- sometimes long before- if it comes at all. This is the death of our socially constructed self. Once that self dies, then who will we be? We cannot face the possibility of actually living, of actually becoming who we really are and who we would be had we not been so violently deformed by this culture. We cannot face the possibility of being alive, of living, so we turn… to jet skis and off-road vehicles, to Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Magic Mountain, and Six Flags over Everywhere.… Continue Reading...

Earth Day

Over the past week I’ve been thinking about what to do for this day, and I just found myself in a cynical place. My youthful idealism has pretty much gone out the window when it comes to this kind of thing. Basically, I used to think that recycling and picking up trash and buying green and doing all these little things was going to make a difference, and now… I just know that it’s a lie that ironically helps to perpetuate the massive and relentless destruction of the planet. I’m a bright shining light, now aren’t I? But seriously, all the effort that people make on this day basically amounts to… not enough. Of course I’m not making the argument to throw up our hands and just toss trash out the window, but I do think that we need a dose of realism when it comes to this precious little holiday.… Continue Reading...

Violence, Part II. Sort of.

I was listening to NPR yesterday in the car and heard an interesting interview of a man who is a defense lawyer for death row inmates in Texas. He talked about the stress of the job, how ordinary murderers look, etc. He mentioned that most death row inmates don’t claim innocence- contrary to popular belief. He said that’s why when he does have a client who claims he is innocent, he pays attention. They went on to discuss why he defends the murderers who confess to the crime. He said that he’s not defending the verdict, but the sentence. He said that so many of the people that he defends are at no risk of committing the same crime again, one of whom he said he’d have let babysit his son for him, he trusted him so much.… Continue Reading...

On violence.

I’ve been thinking a lot about violence lately, and how I really feel about it. I know, I know, but bear with me. My whole life I’ve subscribed to this radical nonviolent movement, which essentially believes that all violence is interwoven and to allow for some allows for all of it. The definition of violence includes things like poverty and lack of education, etc. Let’s take for example, abortion. This was an issue I had a hard time with, considering that I’d been on both sides of the argument (pro-life as a kid/young teen, then pro-choice as a high schooler/young adult). I thought about it though, and realized that the philosophy works if you think about the roots of the abortion issue. Abortions are caused by lack of education/resources, rape, domestic violence, lack of family/community support, poverty, fear, etc.… Continue Reading...

Ramble ramble

I know I was supposed to do a post about food, but it’ll have to wait. I’m bound to talk about food in this post, so that should count, right? Right. I think part of my reluctance is because I’ve been thinking a little TOO much lately, about everything it seems like, and I’m just trying to cut myself a break. This is my thing, though. I’m hopelessly introspective. This is usually okay with me. However, it starts to drive me crazy when I can’t figure stuff out and my head just goes in circles. Ever since Jeff and I have been talking about how civilization is not and will never be sustainable, we’ve been talking about BIG things. Like, how to we live moral lives in the context of our civilization?… Continue Reading...