“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig. Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic. No rhetoric, no tremolos, no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. And of course, no theology, no metaphysics. Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling, on tiptoes and no luggage, not even a sponge bag, completely unencumbered.”—
It is barely 8 am. I have only been up for an hour.
And yet I am angry at EVERYTHING.
People who walk really slowly in across a parking lots where cars coming in from the road are driving really quickly.
People who send pointless text messages like “Hi” or “ok”
My aunt for calling me last night at 9.30 and then texting me at 11.30 in regards to something that is NOT an emergency.
The goddamn stupid radio for not having ANY music playing at 7.30, only traffic and entertainment “news.” I don’t give a SHIT about Dancing with the Stars, I just need some music to soothe my mothertrucking RAGE.
People you know, or really, people you knew when they were young and shallow and cared more about surfing and their cheekbones than anything else, are photographed giving a speech in the UN at the International Peace Day conference in front of a panel that includes Stevie Wonder, Dr. Jane Goodall and Michael Douglas.
To find a solution for twitching eyes, we needed to determine the underlying cause of this annoying problem. Called myokymia in doctor lingo, these rippling muscle contractions in an eyelid can be triggered by:
Almost all sudden-onset eyelid twitching is benign, meaning the condition is not serious or a sign of a medical problem. However, this kind of eye twitching also can be hard to treat. The only option for making the twitching stop may be to figure out the cause and deal with it.
The topic we’re discussing this week in class is Gay Marriage. We’re starting with early cases on the subject i.e. Baker v Nelson (1971). And finishing with Prop 8 and the NY same sex marriage statute.
I need YOUR help. It says specifically in the syllabus that coming to class is not enough for our participation grade. I haven’t been very good at speaking up yet. Here are two discussion questions for the week that you can help me come up with ideas/thoughts to contribute.
Tuesday: Why does American have such a ‘split personality’ on the issue, Why is the country so divided?
What are societal influences that will contribute to decisions on this issue while it continues to be debated in courts across the nation.
End of the week: NY was the first state to pass a statute legalizing gay marriage- as opposed to legalization through the judiciary system. WHY? And as tri-state residents- what are your personal, non-professional opinions on why the radical move was taken?
*heads up: next week is health care!
Can anyone help a sister out? Articles, thoughts, etc?
Here is something unspeakably amazing to brighten up your Monday morning - little six-year-old Helen Stone spent her Sunday outside her Morningside Heights apartment selling homemade cookies and lemonade to support The New York Public Library. According to her mom Robin Aronson,…
Hot guy invited me to a party at his house! (+). It’s 12.09. (-). I’ve just come home from having a couple drinks with the ladies. (+/-). It would take me 30 minutes to get to his house. (-). I would have to spend the night. (+). And leave early in the morning. (-).
Hello! Your credit looks great! I just have a few questions. How are you funding yourselves (As you are all re-locating) and have no local employment listed. I would need someone to sign the lease in person to hold the house. That would include being given first, last and security.I would like the lease to start on the first of the month, but if you would like to move in on the 4th i would take off $160 from the first months rent. Look forward to hearing from you.
One of the most fascinating effects I’ve seen in quite awhile is that we can predict people’s college performance reasonably well by simply analyzing their college admissions essays. Across four years, we analyzed the admissions essays of 25,000 students and then tracked their grade point averages (GPAs). Higher GPAs were associated with admission essays that used high rates of nouns and low rates of verbs and pronouns. The effects were surprisingly strong and lasted across all years of college, no matter what the students’ major.
To me, the use of nouns — especially concrete nouns — reflects people’s attempts to categorize and name objects, events, and ideas in their worlds. The use of verbs and pronouns typically occur when people tell stories. Universities clearly reward categorizers rather than story tellers. If true, can we train young students to categorize more? Alternatively, are we relying too much on categorization strategies in American education?
Worst: “So…in the movie, Angels in the Outfield, the team manager is ridiculed and called a crazy person for believing in angels…yet…in real life, a guy can’t even get elected to office UNLESS he believes in angels. Hrm.”