Tuesday, May 6, 2008

My Opinion (old but still valid)

I decided to move my opinion from my web page to the blog. Why not?
Maybe I'll add some more opinions soon. I have a lot of them (as you already know if you've ever met me...)

My Opinion

Posted after the 2004 presidential election.

Don't blame me. I voted for Kerry. I've officially lost all respect for the American voting public. I heard on NPR today that the populous states (NY, CA) thought the most important issue in the election was Iraq. They voted for Kerry. The central states, by and large, thought the most important issue was "moral values." Which is the Republicans' code phrase for "not letting other people live their lives in peace."

These people are so frightened that two people of the same sex might love each other that they're willing to sacrifice our international reputation, the economy, the environment, and our budget at the altar of their obsession. I'm sickened. By my standards, the morals of the people who have made that choice are appalling.

I'm tired of people with values of hatred, intolerance, and small-mindedness claiming that they're the one with morals---as though the rest of us don't have any. Guess what? We do. Generosity, integrity (the anti-Bush value), tolerance, and compassion. (Though I must admit I'm feeling mighty intolerant of intolerance at the moment.)

November 2006.

The country finally seems to have come to its senses. I hope that the new Democratic leaders are able to work in a bipartisan way to repair some of the damage that has been done to our country, and to our national reputation, over the last six years. I don't believe that the Democrats have all of the answers, but I do think they're trying to ask the right questions. If nothing else, the minimum wage should increase soon, after 9 years of the rich getting richer and the poor being stepped on.

Hello out there

I have these random thoughts now and then, which nobody probably cares about. But they're not exactly private, just of questionable interest to the world. So I thought, hey, everybody else and her sister has a blog, why not me?

So driving home today, I was thinking about what a great feeling it is when you have a routine that really works. I think this may be a feeling that is somewhat unique to massively perfectionist, type-A working mothers, but I'm not sure. What triggered it was that I had just checked the clock and realized it was 5:45 -- time to pick Caroline up from math -- went out to the car, started driving, remembered snack, ran back in, grabbed a juice pouch, beef jerky, and dried apples, and hopped back in the car. This feeling of well being swept over me -- this is how the post-math routine works; she will eat her snack, get home and be fed and ready to practice the cello for a few minutes before her lesson. Then I had it all organized so that I was in my exercise clothes when the cello teacher arrived, went for a run, came back and showered, and was ready to make her dinner after the lesson was over. Such an ordinary series of moments, but so elegantly choreographed, it could make me weep.

I decided to read the list of novels on wikipedia's ecofeminism page. Maybe I'll post some book reviews (or at least random thoughts on some of the books).

As Heather would say, "That was random." As I would reply, "That's the point."