Sunday, January 16, 2005

Sunday, January 16, 2004
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and bitingly cold

Last night ended up being a productive writing night – worked on Charlotte, wrote the second installment of “The Literary Athlete”, did some work on the second installment of “Trailblazing” and rewrote “Muse.” “Muse is almost where I want it – I wlll do another pass on it either tonight or tomorrow and send it off tomorrow. I’d like to get to work on another piece for Emerging Women Writers, but, with their new format, I can’t figure out where their theme list is.

I’m halfway through the month and have not crossed off half the items on my “To Do” list. Actually, I seem to have misplaced the list, and need to run another copy.

It’s quite cold outside, with a biting wind. It looks and feels like it wants to snow again – I just hope it’s not bad enough to stop the trains on the way back home.

I received an e-mail via the website that I found rather appalling. A potential subscriber decided against subscribing to the western because, “ u r makin too much a big deal out of slavery and it weren’t all that bad.”


I beg to differ. Both on grounds that I find it abhorrent that any human would own another human and feel justified in doing so (despite centuries of history of people/nations/etc. who have justified it), in addition to wondering how any twenty-first century human in a supposedly civilized country could come to that conclusion.

And we wonder why we have the government in place that we do, with attitudes like that.

I can’t believe the Inauguration is in four days. The thought of the next four years makes me ill. What makes me even sicker is the disrespect shown by the Republican Party in their extravagance for the Inauguration.

For more information on protests happening around the country (and around the world), click My favorite is New Orleans’s plans for a Jazz Funeral for Democracy. Last February, when I was in New Orleans, I was shocked at the rage against the administration voiced in every coffee shop, in every restaurant, historical attraction and music venue. I’d assumed that, being the South, they’d all be Red. While the state may have turned Red, New Orleans has a much more encompassing world view. Probably one reason I love the city so much.

I think the Turn Your Back on Bush will be extremely powerful. Yet, much as I disagree with the administration, I don’t know if I could be one of the people who did it. It brings up interesting questions that we each have to answer for ourselves – how do we voice/show our displeasure and disagreements and yet still support our country? I believe that you can only disagree as vehemently as people currently disagree when they DO love their country passionately. The way most current disagreements are dismissed as “unpatriotic” is simply not true. But how to express one’s view with meaning and yet still respect? And does respectful disagreement provoke positive change? I don’t have those answers. I wish I did. You can’t be a responsible citizen of any country by blindly following the leaders. There has to be discussion and debate and provocation, or, eventually, a tyrant with a narrow view gets into power and destroys the country, its people and who knows what else. Debate and discussion is what keeps a country – which is, one must remember, made up out of individuals – aligned with its principles. We have a Constitution and a Bill of Rights, and only by keeping discussion going continuously can we live up to the ideals set forth in those two documents. We live in this country because we choose to live our lives along the principles in those documents. The actual living of those lives is what becomes difficult, since none of us are perfect. By discussing and debating and helping each other along, we can get closer to those ideals.

For this information, I’d like to thank my blogger colleague, who writes the blog “Musings and Considerations of a Hobbit Obsessed Woman (actually, the title’s longer than that, but that’s what I can spell), a fascinating mix of inspirational quotes, tidbits of info on her favorite performers and astute political commentary with links.

Additional yoga seems to calm the back spasms – I usually don’t start feeling the pain from the weight of the costumes and the raked stage until after five or six shows. I’ll have to be especially disciplined about taking care of my body during this week. I will have to watch what I eat and eat properly. Since I metabolize protein much more quickly than the normal person, I have to eat more protein than most people do. And, when I’m on this type of crazy schedule, both physically and mentally, the protein and carb intake gets bumped even higher. I’ll end up eating four times what I usually eat this week, and still lose weight. But as long as I eat properly—and that means specifically to what my own body needs, not what some fad diet doctor claims is right – I can maintain my energy and good health. I don’t eat much crap normally, anyway – I don’t even keep soda or snacks in the house – but when I’m on this type of schedule, it becomes so easy to just run into a deli or a fast food place and grab whatever. I’m sure I’ll visit McDonald’s at least once next week! As long as it’s once and not every day, I’ll be fine.

Only an hour and a half left before I have to catch my train. Back to Charlotte.

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At 4:14 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

"I’m halfway through the month and have not crossed off half the items on my “To Do” list. Actually, I seem to have misplaced the list, and need to run another copy."

Oh, boy does that sound like me! I'm learning more about the functionality of Microsoft Outlook, so that I can use it here and at home. I've started to use it, but there's a lot I need to know. I also use a notepad and a pen. I know it's ancient these days, but it works for me. I too have to write what thought that comes into my head down at that exact moment.

Thank you so kindly for mentioning my blog! I'm honored.

"It brings up interesting questions that we each have to answer for ourselves – how do we voice/show our displeasure and disagreements and yet still support our country?"

This is a question that I have been pondering since Bush was "re-elected". One way that I show my displeasure is on my Blog and Live Journal. I'm also more than happy to voice it to anyone willing to listen, and on occasion, those who are not willing to listen. As far as supporting our country, I chose to play the piano for inpatients at the rehabilitation hospital where I work. It's a small contribution, but I believe community service and service to those around the world is a positive step one can take to counteract the negativity that is the Bush Administration and our current global situation. I'm a Libra. It comes out in everything I do. I try to create and contribute to balance out what I feel is a sea of hate mongering.

"What makes me even sicker is the disrespect shown by the Republican Party in their extravagance for the Inauguration."

This is morally reprehensible and like unto Marie Antoinette, in my humble opinion.

I'm happy that your writing night was productive!

At 7:28 PM, Blogger Ann said...

Enjoyed this blog.
I read an article in the paper today about how Bush says there is a crisis coming in Social Security and we have to privatize immediately (at the tune of $2 - 3 trillion in expense, I've read elsewhere) to prevent it. Maybe the privitization is good, maybe not - I don't enough about it yet, but...
Where have we heard this "immediate crisis" thing before? (hint - three initials.)
Bush has proven himself a liar with the WMDs and Iraq, and has showed he will lie with impunity to help himself and Cheney's corporate friends. When someone proves himself a liar, it is imperative for those effected by his lies (in this case, US citizens) to take anything he says with a grain of salt, discuss it, ponder it, and investigate it long and slow and thoroughly before acting on it.
I know the banks and corporate heads would like to get their hot little hands on all those investment fees for Social Security, but that's not our problem. We have to be very careful to police and watch everything Bush does and not take his world on "acting quickly to avert a crisis", so the taxpaying US citizens don't get screwed again, like they did with Iraq (and, the evidence suggests, the Medicare prescription plan.) From what I hear, there is a white house memo saying the privitization won't save Social Security. We need to see ALL white house memos before a decision is made, even if it takes several years. I hope Congress is less whimpy this time (but I won't count on it.)
And I agree - the excessive inaguration is just a symbol of the way our country is going.


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