Making Choices

I ran into a colleague of mine today at the conference (there are a lot of PSR and GTU folk about,) and she had heard, at the PSR Breakfast this morning, that I had a blog. She asked me whether or not I'd talked about some of the events that had happened this spring at PSR. I said that I hadn't. She seemed disappointed in me. I explained that I'd not been able to process them yet, and not been able to integrate other people's experiences and my own.

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Asilomar

I'm sitting in one of those big camp living room kinds of things, with a huge fireplace, and a bunch of peole sitting in chairs, and lots of activity around. I'm at Asilomar, the conference center in Pacific Grove, CA, on the ocean, near Monterey.

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I feel weird …

because I'm blogging, but not for procrastination. That is, I'm DONE!! I handed in a final take home exam in the big Bible class that I keep mentioning. I turn in my last paper this afternoon (it's already printed out, I have nothing more to say,) and I had one little tiny annoying form to get signed by my advisor.

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Please, please. Stay home!

Apparently, there is a fair bit of furor in conservative Christian (i.e. Religious Right) circles about what's happening in the government. They are not happy that their agenda has not been more forcefully put forward by the administration. And they are threatening to withold their support for the Republicans, if they don't do more.

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Boiling Frogs

With sincere apologies to frogs, here's the metaphor: You can't just put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will simply jump out of the pot. You have to heat the water slowly, so that the frog doesn't quite notice it's being boiled.

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Lesbian tidbits of the week…

Well, I don't have much time these days, between trying to finish an exegesis paper on Psalm 90 (if you've got any ideas, let me know!), and polish my final project for Christian Worship, which will be a contemplative service. I also have an exam to study for… Sigh. But in 10 days, I'll have a break.

In the meantime, I thought I'd entertain you with two lesbian tidbits, since I don't do this sort of thing very often. And, by happenstance, they fall into the two categories I know something about: science and religion.

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Dying Computers

A couple of weeks ago, my old TiBook (that's Apple lingo for Titanium Powerbook, bought about 3.5 years ago, which recently became my only computer) died a horrible, logic board fritzing, hard drive crashing death. It had been warning me of this for some time. The sound would go on and off, wierd things would appear on the screen, and the hard drive would make bad noises. I had hoped to hold out until later in the year, when the iBooks would be replaced with MacBooks, which would be a cheaper alternative to the MacBook Pros.

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Audre Lorde

A somewhat serendipitous occurance (two mentions of the same essay, "Uses of the Erotic" by Audre Lorde in a 24 hour span of time, one of which was in my Christian Worship class, in discussions of the history of Queer Theory and Theology – a whole different topic to write on sometime) sent me back to her collection of essays, called Sister Outsider which was published more than 20 years ago.

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