Share Your World 12/4/17

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Hmm.  I think the question may be is there a household chore I don’t hate doing?  Been trying to improve my attitude as I realize it doesn’t help the general feeling tone of cleaning, etc. to be doing it begrudgingly.  I DO like how good it feels when the tub is clean or the laundry is folded and put away or the stove is shiny again but the process … not so much.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

In the wake of the election I have felt a great passion for working on “being peace” in my own life and promoting peace, lovingkindness, and compassion for all.

How many times have you moved in the last ten years?

Well, this is unusual in my adult life — in which I’ve often moved more than once in a year — but I have been in the same place for 19 years!

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

It was another week in which I kept being out finishing errands as the sun went down and the beautiful skies were so awe inspiring!

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Women in collusion?

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In the midst of the rising tide of stories of wrongdoing by men, I find myself feeling uncomfortable about more than my life-long knowledge of men’s generally condescending and sexually-based attitudes toward women.  One discomfort stems from a growing fury I’ve felt for years at younger generations of women who seemed to throw away all the advancements the women’s movement made on their behalf.

At a previous post you’ll find some thoughts about their disdain for feminism, but now I’m reaching a peak of outrage at young women dressing and behaving as sex objects, as if nothing else about them matters.  It trivializes them… and I’d argue, all of us.  It’s been disturbing me for years, this trend among so many young women — especially actresses, rock/pop divas and models — who dress with necklines down to their waists, skirts slit up to their crotches, cut-outs that leave them barely covered, butts hanging out, etc.  I’ve watched dance on variety shows and on programs like Dancing with the Stars turn into basically simulated sex to music.  Women shaking their booties and thrusting their pelvises.

And through it all, besides regularly thinking, “Ew, that is more of her than I want to see,” I keep angrily feeling that everything the women’s movement fought for in terms of having women taken seriously and perceived as more than sex objects has been thrown out the window by young women who seem to have no appreciation for the privileges feminism brought them nor any concern for the attitudes toward women they are fostering.

You can argue till you’re blue in the face about your right to dress as you please.  I certainly won’t disagree up to a point, and I totally agree that dressing like a hooker doesn’t mean you’ve lost the right to say no.  But why on earth among all the many ways in which you might dress to express your artistry or your talents or your drive for success or your braininess or your sports abilities, etc., would you choose to only dress to emphasize that you’re sexy?  And don’t even get me started on the women I’ve seen discussing how they want their 10-year-old daughters to dress “sexy” (personally I think there should be a special pedophile or child-porn statute specifying charges just for that…).

To me these women have been colluding in creating an atmosphere in which people think women are lesser beings who are only worthwhile for sex.  Men have always thought more with their dicks than their heads and they were certainly groping and molesting when women in general dressed pretty chastely (and I have some of those stories) so I’m not saying that women alone brought this on.  But I certainly feel they have added to an atmosphere that diminishes women to sex objects and probably encourages men in their propensity to sexualize us and ignore any other talents or skills.

During the time these younger women have cast off feminism and promoted themselves as sexual above all else, women have never really broken the glass ceiling. continue to make less than men in just about any job category or industry you can name and are regularly talk over and ignored in boardrooms and meetings.  They don’t want us there and they don’t want us to be equal participants in…  anything.  Really, all this is going on and the big thing you want to fight for is your right to dress like you’re ready to mount a stripper pole?

I realize I’m seeing a bit of a shift as young women seem to be galvanizing against sexual harassment and I guess I should feel pleased but mostly right now I feel cynical about their commitment.   And until I see young women — especially celebrities who are role models for young girls– dressing and behaving as more than sex objects, I’m still gonna feel angry at their determination to smear us all with the “just sex objects” brush.  Be more than that.

See:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/04/19/granderson.children.dress/index.html

Parents Who Let Their Children Dress Sexy

Why do women go out dressed like this

Cee’s Share Your World 11/27/17

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

Since I read voraciously and don’t do arts, crafts or any significant photography, definitely a reading nook!

Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.)

Clouds are breaking up after a gentle rain and the sun peeking through is about to form a rainbow.

If you could witness or physically attend any event past, present or future, what would it be?

Wow, so many fascinating moments in history from which to choose!  Assuming I could time travel in, witness and travel back, of course.  The signing of the Declaration of Independence seems like a pretty great moment.  An exhibition of Impressionist paintings in the time of the painters…  or maybe to watch Monet and/or Renoir, etc. painting.  Witness to the Wright brothers’ first flight.  See the Beatles live in concert.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

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I’ve been having a bit of trouble adjusting my schedule to the lack of DST so my daily sunny time on the sun porch has been hard to catch but this week not only did I manage at least a bit of time most days but many days it was as the sun went down and from my spot I could look in several directions and see pink-tinged sky.  Lovely.

Share Your World 11/27/17

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so?

School and tests were always so much my thing, I can’t imagine the situation coming up.  In my many years of school, the need to get an answer from someone else never arose.  But I don’t think much of cheaters so I’d like to think I wouldn’t.

What things in nature do you find most beautiful?

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Wow, is there anything in nature that isn’t beautiful?  I guess some faves would be:

  • standing on an east-facing beach at sunrise (or west-facing at sunset 🙂 )
  • rainbows
  • looking in the eyes of a kitten or puppy or pretty much any baby
  • weeping cherries in bloom
  • a waterfall in the woods

 

Complete this sentence: When I travel I love to….

Ha! I’m afraid the answer is getting to be “stay home”.  But if I decide I can put up with the hassles again, I’d say it’s a toss up between how much I love great historic places and how much I love sampling great cuisines.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

On an errand shortly before and then during sunset, I rounded a corner and faced a wall of bright pink clouds, which managed to last till I got into my garage and could grab my cell phone.  Breathtaking.  And this photo does NOT do it justice:

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Cee’s Share Your World 10/30/17

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

Where do you eat breakfast?

I have this crazy “nest” on the floor of the family room where I sit a great deal of the time.  The base is a large zabuton and I have a big bed/back rest thing sitting on the rear portion of it.  The back rest also came with a big wedge pillow to put your legs over.  The combo keeps my hips nice and flat and keeps my knees bent enough to both hold my laptop (or, as the case may be, breakfast 🙂 ) and keep my back in a good position.  I like to sit there for breakfast.  I usually watch TV and I save benign (i.e. no explosions, gun fire, forensic examinations of bodies or medical procedures) shows like “This Is Us” or “Jane the Virgin” to have something pleasant to watch while I munch on my homemade granola or eggs and then sip on my one cup/day of coffee.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want have a evening with?

I assume this is inviting me to dream up a famous person, but when I really think about it, it just seems uncomfortable.  At this point in my life the famous person would have no particular reason to want to spend the evening with me so I think I’d be anxious and uneasy.  I’d like to pick a couple of the great friends with whom I’ve been blessed and make them a nice dinner over which we can commune deeply and savor one another’s company.

When I’ve sold a book that does well or picked up a million blog followers 🙂 and they have reason to want to meet me as well as me wanting to meet them, I think Charlie Rose and Oprah Winfrey would be very interesting folks to have dinner with.

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

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Spring at Lexington Cemetery

A Weeping Cherry, I think.  Thirty+ years of yoga have taught me to relish having a combo of strength and flexibility and weeping cherries and willows seem to me to embody that notion very well with their strong trunks and flowing branches.  Plus the cherries are so awe-inspiring in the spring, it would be nice to bring that much pleasure to others.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

When the notification showed up on my phone last Friday that indictments are starting to come down in Russiagate, I felt pretty happy.

Cee’s Share Your World 10/16/17

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? 

Toss up between the south of France near the Italian border or Canada –probably Vancouver.

I’ve had a fascination and love for France since childhood and my favorite area (of those I’ve seen so far) is Provence, especially Nice to the border.  It’s an area that’s passed back and forth between Italy and France so the influence of both is there, in food, language and “flavor”.  Since I also love Italy, it’s a nice combo for me plus California-like weather.

Lately as I’ve watched current events I’ve pondered where I would go if I felt I just had to leave the U.S. and Canada seems the easiest — not only close, but of course same language and similar culture.  And nicer…  Climate, that’s a bit of an issue for me.

I have a long love affair with Vancouver (though I’m not exactly next door any more 🙂 ) because of going to law school in Seattle and heading up there for weekend getaways, then making longer visits every few years for quite a while thereafter.  I’m pretty good at holding maps in my head so I think I’d be able to pick up on getting around again quickly.  I’ve moved a lot and I’m pretty tired of starting over so the idea of a familiar place where it would be easier to adjust sounds good.

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

Pink and green.  

What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.

Well, I have a whole toolkit of things I do to stay in or return to a place of calm and balance and I would say they all bring me joy.  Since I wrote a post about it not long ago for Dungeon Prompts, I’ll refer to that post for the list of those things.

Morning Coffee

A couple of smaller things have been my daily joys for quite a while.  I love coffee but I try to hold to one cup a day.  I spring for pricey but especially good coffee from La Coppa in CA, make it in a stove-top espresso pot and look forward to savoring every sip at the end of breakfast.

A couple of years ago now I started an almost-daily habit of heading out to our enclosed (heated/AC) sun porch, rain or shine, to write and read and enjoy the only truly sunny room in the house.  I drink it in and feel grateful and happy every time.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

I used some money I got for my birthday to get a DNA test and to join Ancestry for six months.  I love history and doing genealogy research.  As I keep growing the list of names that are “mine” and noting the amazing migration of names from Virginia to Kentucky and discovering that I’m a “Mayflower Descendant”, etc. I’m increasingly aware of how little really does separate us.  We all have tens of thousands of cousins we don’t know and will probably never meet.   It brings the spiritual notion of “oneness” home to a physical reality that sends chills up my spine.

Share Your World 10/2/17

Cee’s Share  Your World this week:

If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter would go?

I’ve ridden on a helicoptor– a sightseeing trip from Grouse Mountain outside Vancouver out a bit into the mountains.  I’m terrified of heights so it was a big challenge, and, while beautiful, I’d say here’s my sense of future helicopter rides after the experience:

  • if there’s a raging inferno and a helicopter is the only way to get out, yes, I’d ride one again.
  • if there’s no immediate danger and other forms of transportation are available, no I wouldn’t want the ride.
  • If it’s sightseeing and getting a different view, I think I’d prefer to live without 🙂

What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, seafood, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts)

I really like all sorts of protein and I have a body type that does very well with lots of it.

What would be your preference, awake before dawn, at dawn, or awake before noon?

Awake before noon.  I’m a night owl.  While my current schedule has gone pretty awry and I’d prefer not to be up as insanely late as I am and to get up earlier than I have been, my aims lean more toward before noon than dawn…

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Haven’t been outside enough nor taking walks enough (for spirit; I do lots of exercising indoors) but I managed to get out on a lovely evening a few days ago:

 

Share Your World 9/25/17

When Cee announced in late August that she was taking a couple of weeks off I quit watching for the Share Your World posts and that’s all it took to get me out of the habit 🙂  But I finally remembered this week slightly before it’s too late…

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

 

Lying in a hammock in my backyard.  Not too far from the refrigerator or the bathroom…  And if I don’t have to be in some kind of competition about how far or how fast I like to take short walks (because of a knee issue I’ve learned it’s best to keep it a mile or–preferably–less if I don’t want to be rubbing lineament and popping ibuprofen).

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

Drive.  In fact I’m such a nervy, bad passenger, I think most drivers prefer that I not be a passenger 🙂

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

Finish this entire long drawn-out healing process instantly and be full of energy and vitality for the rest of my days.  If I could have that one filled I don’t know that I’d need more wishes.  But I’ll name two anyway…

Enough money to live comfortably without worrying about it and then be able to offer my movement work and my writing about peaceful activism anywhere and everywhere for free.

Take cooking classes in France and Italy.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I think my most exciting moment this week was following a genealogy trail and figuring out my 10x great grandfather came over on the Mayflower.  Totally unexpected.  And since I’ve mostly found my family to have been poor and full of poverty consciousness, I’m feeling some kind of shift of consciousness because he was not only on the Mayflower but a prominent citizen.  Changes my view a a bit.

Share Your World 9/11/17

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2x Great Grandfather, Knoxville

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

Would you want $200,000 right now or $250,000 in a year? It’s safe to assume all money is tax free.

I could wait, so I’d rather have the extra $50 thousand.  I know people who could probably turn the $200,000 into $300,000 in a year but I’m not one of them…

Is it more important to love or be loved?

To love.  If you love I think being loved will follow.  If you need to be loved, for the most part you won’t  be…

List things that represent abundance to you.

  • All my friends and family being well and fed and happy.
  • Owning a home with no mortgage.
  • Being able to travel any time any where
  • Having a savings account so huge you could need a new foundation, a new car and a new roof all at once, and you could just move the funds to checking to pay for it.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

While waiting for Ancestry DNA results I went ahead and got a paid membership for the first time in a long time.  I mostly wanted it so I can follow up on the results, but I’ve been happily poking around and following trails, constantly inspired by another find to look for more..

Republicans, Harvey and the Wall

Initially I was shocked the other night to read that Republicans are proposing to take one billion dollars away from the Hurricane Harvey relief fund and direct it to #45’s wall instead.  Then upon reflection I wondered why it surprised me…

I found myself wondering how all those Republican voters in Texas feel about this.  Personally I feel appalled at the callousness and at first my heart went out to all the suffering Texans.  Then it occurred to me we’re talking about staunchly Republican Texas and this is exactly what they voted for.  This is who Republicans have always been and lots of people have been voting against their own interests and in favor of the 2% for decades now.  So, I’m wondering if losing recovery help in favor of building the pointless wall a billionaire wants will suit them just fine?

On the chance that they’re going to feel thrown under the bus by this, a little part of me is wondering if this is a Machiavellian maneuver by fed-up Republican politicians to turn the tide of approval away from #45 so they can get rid of him without consequences?  Or at the least to put him in yet another awkward position, in that he’s trying to pretend he gives a crap about what’s happening in the flood/storm zone and yet he wants that wall?  Which will he choose if these are his only options?

Interesting times we’re in. Lots of folks operating out of world views I seriously do not understand.

Meanwhile I’m still chanting and meditating on heart and compassion, etc.  Seems needed in these times… At least I apparently still need them.